Sansevieria-The Most Valuable Plant in Corona Pandemic Season in the World.

Sansevieria is an oxygen plant at night time of the day. Sansevieria absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night. It is suitable to put as a bedroom plant in this corona pandemic season

Sansevieria is known as snake plant, snake tongue, bowstring hemp, devil’s tongue and Mother-in-law's tongue.  Sansevieria is its botanical name. Snake plant is its common name. There are many varieties of this plant. Sansevieria cylindrica and Sansevieria Trifasciata are two varieties out of the many varieties. 
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In Sri Lanka, Sansevieria is grown in the low country, dry and wet zones and mid-country. It is easy to plant because it can live four days without water. Sansevieria is grown about three or two feet high. It can plant in a pot or ground. When the mother plant is planted in the ground, small suckers will appear around the mother plant some days after. It will give you a new plant. 

Sansevieria is a commercial plant. These plants can be purchased for 200 rupees to 1000 rupees. Sansevieria Laurentia is a type of Sansevieria Trifasciata. It has flat leaves with yellow edges.   It is a famous one. Cylindrica and Trifiseiata grown patterns are different. The potted plants are very beautiful for your bedroom and indoor home side.

Sansevieria is popularly referred to as the ‘money plant’ in Barbados. They believe if the person having this plant it will always have money.  When the opening ceremonies of commercial industries, some people give this plant as a valuable gift. In Korea, people commonly presented this plant as a gift, during opening ceremonies of business. 

Sansevieria species are good air purifiers. It removes toxins from the air through the leaves. Sansevieria absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night. 

Sansevieria leaves have been used to treat asthma, bronchitis and caught. Sometimes it will help as medicine for insect bites. 

Sansevieria needs less water. Once in four days is enough. So, it is easy to plant in a nursery. It gives you money and oxygen to the air. Try to plant Sansevieria in your home garden. Then you have a healthy life and money. 

The Bael Fruit for healthy living

The Beli fruit or Bael fruit as it is called in sri Lanka is ideal for the adventurous. The beli fruit is valuable for our home garden. Every part of The Beli tree has medicinal value. The Beli fruit takes about 11 months to ripen on the tree. both the ripen and un-ripened fruit has its benefits.  un-ripened fruit has an anti-diarrheal effect and its ripened form it prevents constipation. The Bael fruits are native to the Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

The Beli fruit’s shell

The Beli fruit’s shell can be removed and it can be boiled in water and consumed. Then it can be prepared as tea. It gives a very good cooling effect to the body.

The Beli fruit as a paste 

The Beli fruit can be eaten as a paste. Preparing a paste is very easy. You can boil the fruit with its shell.  After then break the shell and take the pulp out. Then you only need to add sugar or honey. It can be consumed as a paste. It is quite delicious and nutritious. 

 The Beli fruit juice

The Beli fruit juice very delicious and famous drink in Sri Lanka. in order to prepare there is no need to boil the fruit. Ripe fruit can break and take out the pulp firstly. Then add a quantity of sugar and mixed with water. When you make the drink, the seed must be taken out, because it is bitter.

The Beli flowers

The Beli flowers are also important to our health. It is used to reduce internal body heat.  The flowers need to be dried and mixed with water and boiled. Then the juice can be consumed. The Beli mal drink is very popular among sri Lanka.

The Beli leaves

The Beli leaves is excellent for the skin and the healing of wounds and skin rashes. People use beli leaves for healthy bathing. The leaves are used to mix with water and boiled. After the heat go out, it used to bathing. It helps with body order.

The Bael roots

The Bael roots have mediational value. In Sri Lanka beli leaves, roots flowers and fruits are used in Ayurveda medicine. When the country may be experiencing a heatwave, it is an ideal refreshing juice.

 Health benefits of Bael Fruit

  1. Reduces acidity in our stomach
  2. Purifies the blood
  3. Cures diarrhoea and dysentery
  4. Fruits contain a lot of vitamins that help restore skin health.
  5. Fight skin problems
  6. Help to fight health injury. It contains vitamin B that very important for our liver health.
  7. Control Diabetes
  8. Fruits can control insulin and glucose in the blood

 Beli tree is one of the sacred trees of Hindus. It is used in the worship of Siva. Bael trees can be usually seen near the Hindu temple and their home garden.

Butterfly pea plant

Butterfly pea plant is an Ayurveda plant and all parts of the plant used for medicine. It is native to South Asia. The scientific name is Clitoria Ternatea. It is part of the Fabaceae pea family. 

In Sri Lanka, this plant is known as Nil Katarolu, because its flower is blue. The flower vivid deep blue is very famous. Some varieties yield white flowers. This plant is growing as a vine or creeper, doing well in moist neutral soil. It has a flat pod with six to ten seeds in each pod.

 The butterfly pea plant is traditionally been used as a vegetable in cooking to colour desert or rice. It mainly used as a colour tea. When you are cooking milk rice Butterfly pea flower coloured it blue.  sometimes it used for pudding and cakes because it is a natural colour.

 How can we eat this plant?

The flower and leaves can be eaten raw. In Sri Lanka leaves used as a mellum, which are prepared to cut small pieces, mix with coconut and fry normally. Some people use this leaf to make herbal gruel.  The flower makes as tea and a drink. 

You can put six flowers in a glass and add hot water to it. Then mix sugar and make a colourful drink. When dry flowers used to prepare tea.

Butterfly pea flower is deeply rich in antioxidants. So, it can slow down the skin again process. It can help your body fight back against the damage caused by free radiation. It takes treatment for swollen joints, liver disorders, dyspepsia, and enlargement of abdominal viscera.

Butterfly pea plant health benefits

  • It helps stop bleeding
  • Weight loss
  • Reduce hair fall
  • Slows down the greying of hair
  • Promote hair growth
  • Beneficial of eye health
  • Improves skin health.
  • Overall brain health
  • Protect the body from cancer cells
  • The lesser the damaged cells in the body.

 

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