We have chosen SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being – because we think that SDG 3 needs to be worked on because health and well-being is very important for everyone to live and have sustainable lives.
We have established a herbal spiral garden with several medicinal plants that works on various health problems.
– We focused on common diseases in school communities prioritizing Malaria. Therefore, we have grown Artemisia annua which is used in traditional medicine to treat Malaria because it contains Artemisinin. And we haven’t had Malaria at our College since the moment we are growing these plants, because it is a mosquito repellent and an infusion from the plant is drank and taken as tea. This can help you to get relieved from Malaria within a few hours.
Our students, teachers, tutors, as well as the community around have enjoyed this wonderful plant, and appreciated the Integrated Land Use Design (ILUD) / Permaculture at our College because of the health and well-being that is being provided by numerous plants at the College in the Herbal spiral.
Below is the list of Artemisia annua benefits next to treating Malaria:
- To treat fever;
- It contains the element thujone which is believed to have antioxidant properties;
- Boosts the immune system;
- Used for cancer studies; it contains the two components Artemisinin and Artesunate and both are studied for cancer treatment;
- And it is used in: aromatherapy, in many of the products in the craft industry such as herbal pillows and potpourri, in the Perfume Industry and in flavoring beverages and wine.
– We also grow Lavender which is also one of the important medicinal plants in the herbal spiral at our College as it combats most of the common diseases and health problems in the college community.
Below are the health benefits of Lavender:
- Help improve sleep;
- Help treat skin blemishes;
- Offer a natural remedy for pain;
- Reduce blood pressure;
- Relieve Asthma symptoms;
- Lessens menopausal hot flashes;
- Help combat fungus growth;
- Potentially promotes hair growth;
- Boosts the memory.
– Rosemary is also one of the plants in the herbal spiral that has played wonders in fulfilling the obligations of health and well-being in our college community. The herb has been hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties. It was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth.
Rosemary has a range of possible health benefits:
- It contains a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation;
- Improving digestion;
- Enhancing memory and concentration;
- Neurological protection; Rosemary contains an ingredient called carnosic acid, which can fight off damage by free radicals in the brain and appears to be protective against brain damage and might improve recovery after, for example, a stroke;
- Prevent brain aging; some studies have suggested that rosemary may significantly help prevent brain aging. The therapeutic ability of rosemary for prevention of Alzheimer’s shows promise, but more studies are needed;
- Cancer; research published in Oncology Reports found that crude ethanolic rosemary extract (RO) slowed the spread of human leukemia and breast carcinoma. Another study, published in Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, concluded that rosemary might be useful as an anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor agent;
- Protection against macular degeneration; a study published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, revealed that a carnosic acid, which is a major component of rosemary, can significantly promote eye health.
And last but not least our students enjoy all herbs such as Peppermint as well as Lavender, Rosemary and Artemisia annua in their tea.
We want to make others aware about how to work on SDG 3 and help them to establish herbal spirals and food forests in their school communities. Therefore, we teach our partner schools in Kenya and Togo about Permaculture/ILUD and prioritizing SDG 3 because health and well-being is very important for everyone.
We teach them our knowledge and experience by Skype and WhatsApp and email. ILUD professionals in Uganda, Zimbabwe and Kenya guide us during this project, so that our partner schools understand what needs to be done. And we learn a lot from them about their culture, environment, issues related to climate change, how to work together, and to share knowledge because there is diverse of knowledge in the area of health and well-being especially in relation to the use of herbs.
OUR PICTURES BELOW:
- In the first 2 pictures below you see the differences before and after the implementation of permaculture;
- Pictures 6 and 7 shows changing compound into food forests and water harvesters;
- In all other pictures you see us during installation of our permaculture project, our herbal gardens, food forests, mush room garden, and all the trees we have planted to grow fruits and to fight global warming – the cheapest climate change solution.