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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 crops.

However farming isn’t just a passion 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 crops. That’s how I bought too,” says Ezekiel, who works as a techniques architect in Bengaluru.

The medicinal herbs backyard is put collectively on the four-acre land close to his house. Right here there are 500 varieties, together with rudraksha, paarijatha, cluster fig, gurmar, Lakshmi taru and betadine crops. Different crops in his backyard embody 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.

Other than medicinal crops, 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 technique 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 supplied with a rainwater harvester and photo voltaic panels which takes care of the complete water and electrical energy wants of the household. 

The drugs man

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

Ezekiel’s associates in Karnataka and Northern states normally assist him find uncommon crops and ship them throughout. “When individuals go to my backyard searching for any plant or medicines, relying upon the provision, 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 house in Ernakulam each weekend to ensure the crops had been positive. After the lockdown and the following work-from-home orders, he now finds time to take care of the crops. “My household, together with my spouse and two youngsters, are additionally engaged in these actions. We encourage children to make new saplings of a plant and preserve 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 styles of such crops is important as they’ve wonderful medicinal properties. “Nature is aware of greatest on the subject of therapeutic. In case of wounds or different illnesses, none of us in the home runs to a hospital. If we all know the proper method and crops, 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 passion. “Everybody has or ought to have a passion which might calm the thoughts and energise us to face no matter life throws our method. For this reason I began this assortment. It has turn out to be a ritual to go to the backyard earlier than and after work. It’s a big meditative apply for me,” he shares.

Medicinal Herb Collection
Some gems from Ezekiel’s assortment.

He provides that he additionally likes his vintage assortment. House in his home is reserved to showcase the big selection of artefacts he has gathered from varied places. 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 house 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 crops itself is a type of cleansing which is far wanted lately,” 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 crops and develop his backyard right into a inexperienced haven.

Edited by Yoshita Rao

Picture Credit: Ezekiel Poulose



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