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Engineer Spent 14 Years Rising 500 Uncommon Medicinal Crops


For Chottanikkara-native Ezekiel Paulose, his favorite factor to do is the gathering and safety of uncommon medicinal vegetation.

However farming isn’t just a interest for him. He hails from a farming household the place his ancestors had been full-time cultivators. “My father was a mechanical engineer however cherished farming a lot. It was he who first began accumulating medicinal vegetation. That’s how I obtained too,” says Ezekiel, who works as a programs architect in Bengaluru.

The medicinal herbs backyard is put collectively on the four-acre land close to his residence. Right here there are 500 varieties, together with rudraksha, paarijatha, cluster fig, gurmar, Lakshmi taru and betadine vegetation. Different vegetation in his backyard embrace shimshapa from Sri Lanka, which is tree turmeric confirmed to be efficient for pores and skin issues and anali vegam from Agasthyamalai used as an antidote for viper bites. 

Medicinal herbs garden
One portion of Ezekiel’s medicinal herbs backyard.

Aside from medicinal vegetation, there’s an area reserved for some unique plant species just like the pitcher in addition to duck, black fowl and fish farming. “I’m practising an built-in farming methodology which is the upkeep of livestock, poultry and fish in the identical place. One’s excreta turns into the opposite’s meals. For instance, fishes are stored in a 1,45,000 litre tank from which the sludge is collected for use because the meals for geese and black fowls,” explains the farmer.

Moreover, Ezekiel’s home in Kerala is provided with a rainwater harvester and photo voltaic panels which takes care of the complete water and electrical energy wants of the household. 

The medication man

It was throughout 2007-2008 that Ezekiel kicked off his medicinal herbs assortment. “This interest requires effort and to an excellent extent, cash too. After I obtained my first job and obtained to journey across the nation as a part of it, I took the plant assortment severely. Typically it’s from fellow hobbyists in alternate for every other plant and in any other case, it’s purchased. I additionally grew to become a part of a group of medicinal plant collectors,” shares the 39-year-old.

Ezekiel’s buddies in Karnataka and Northern states normally assist him to find uncommon vegetation and ship them throughout. “When individuals go to my backyard in the hunt for any plant or medicines, relying upon the supply, I promote them and even give them away without cost,” he says.

Whereas the farmer was working in Bengaluru he used to go to his residence in Ernakulam each weekend to ensure the vegetation had been fantastic. After the lockdown and the following work-from-home orders, he now finds time to take care of the vegetation. “My household, together with my spouse and two kids, are additionally engaged in these actions. We encourage children to make new saplings of a plant and maintain the curiosity for gardening alive,” he gushes.

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Ezekiel together with his spouse Sreesha, children Zephaniah Elias and Zanetah Sara within the backyard.

The gardener says that preserving the uncommon sorts of such vegetation is important as they’ve wonderful medicinal properties. “Nature is aware of greatest with regards to therapeutic. In case of wounds or different illnesses, none of us in the home runs to a hospital. If we all know the proper formulation and vegetation, there’s a answer for each illness on this medicinal backyard,” he says. 

Ezekiel additionally provides that it has by no means been about ‘discovering time’ for this interest. “Everybody has or ought to have a interest which may calm the thoughts and energise us to face no matter life throws our means. For this reason I began this assortment. It has turn into a ritual to go to the backyard earlier than and after work. It’s a big meditative follow for me,” he shares.

Medicinal Herb Collection
Some gems from Ezekiel’s assortment.

He provides that he additionally likes his vintage assortment. Area in his home is reserved to showcase the big selection of artefacts he has gathered from varied areas. His assortment features a gramophone, typewriter, utensils, tailoring machine, measuring bowls and extra.

Medicinal Herb Collection
Part of his vintage assortment.

Ezekiel’s dream is to show his ancestral residence and the backyard round it right into a ‘natural homestay’. “I’m planning to design it as an ideal getaway from metropolis life. The presence of all these medicinal vegetation itself is a type of detoxing which is far wanted today,” he says.

Medicinal plant garden
Ezekiel Poulose.

The passionate gardener additionally provides that he hopes to the touch the magic variety of 1,000 medicinal vegetation and increase his backyard right into a inexperienced haven.

Edited by Yoshita Rao

Photograph Credit: Ezekiel Poulose



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