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Sunday, November 6, 2016


Kitchen garden enthusiasts in the capital apart from growing organic vegetables, fruits and flowers are now focussing more on air purifying and pest deterring herbs and plants that help in warding off the deadly air pollution and looming threat of Chikungunya, dengue and Malaria in the city.

“With minimal fuss and expense one can find place in house from small planters and grow some herbs of one’s choice of herbs to purify air naturally .The most effective and most in demand being Sansevieria Trifasciata Zeylanica, popularly known as snake plant or 'Mother In law's tongue. This plant not so beautiful or ornamental but works as air purifier can be planted indoors as well as outdoors. Other air purifier plants include Areca Palm and spider plant"said Mr Bella Gupta , Secretary, All India KItchen Garden Association (AIKGA) .

"Similarly herbs and plants such as basil, mint or thyme which repel mosquitoes and flies, so not only are they a good addition to a pot of soup or a salad, they help create a house free of unwanted insects” said Ms Bella Gupta.

“Basil is a popular and versatile culinary herb apart from being used in food helps deter both houseflies and mosquitoes. Basil can also be boiled into teas/sprays that will help keep bugs at bay. Rosemary is another herb not liked by mosquito’s, lavender is another pest pestering plant and Garlic is the ultimate answer to mosquito menace ” added Ms Gupta.

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