12 Healing Herbs You Need To Grow In Your Medicinal Garden
If you are looking for a way to reduce your dependence of drugs and pills, you should definitely consider growing your own medicinal herbs. You need to grow plants whose goodness you can access through simple preparations such as teas and infusions, poultices and powders.
Some medicinal plants are to be used for treating specific ailments, while others have a generalized positive effect on our health when used regularly.
Here are the 12 healing herbs you should consider growing in your medicinal garden:
1. Aloe vera
Aloe Vera is an all time favorite plant among those gardeners who are looking forward to its medicinal properties. Aloe vera plants grow well in a sunny location in warmer areas where there is not much danger of killer frosts. As a succulent, it doesn’t need much care and maintenance.
Aloe Vera is an excellent moisturizer that can treat inflammation and has a mild antimicrobial effect. The jelly-like, colorless pulp of mature leaves can be applied to minor cuts and burns and to dry, inflamed, or damaged skin due to eczema or other skin conditions.
2. Peppermint (Mentha × piperita)
Spearmint and watermint are the most common ingredients used in hygiene products, mouth fresheners, soothing balms and candies. If you decide to grow peppermint, consider growing it in a part of the garden where the plants are assured of water and give it plenty of room to spread.
A nice and hot tea made of a few leaves of peppermint can calm stomach upsets and relieve pain and discomfort due to gas. The active ingredient menthol found in abundance in peppermint, as well as in many other aromatic members of the mint family, has a cooling effect on the skin. Applying it on the skin can relieve itches and skin allergies.
3. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Number 3 goes to thyme. It thrives between rocks and boulders, braving summer heat and winter freezes. Many herbs contain this powerful antiseptic phenolic compound, but thyme oil has more than 50% thymol content.
Using thyme as an infusion you can get rid of bad breath and mouth sores. The most important use of thyme is to treat respiratory tract infections. Thyme extract is taken orally to relieve bronchitis, chest congestion, asthma, and whooping cough.
4. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Having rosemary in your medicinal garden will help you maintain a healthy wellbeing and good immunity. Long known as the herb of remembrance, the claim that rosemary enhances memory has had a boost from recent research findings.
Rosemary oil has been found to improve cognitive function and reduce brain aging. Its potential in cancer treatment also has been promising.
5. Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
Chamomile has soothing properties and we often drink the tea when we have difficulties sleeping or to soothe our nerves. To make the tea, take a handful of flowers in a bowl and pour boiling hot water over them. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes and drain. Have a cup of this soothing brew when you feel anxious or unsettled, or before bedtime in case you have difficulty falling asleep.
6. Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
The edible flowers of Pot marigold can be used to treat almost any problem related to skin. You can use a poultice of the petals to relieve sunburn and to clear up acne and blemishes on the skin. Use it as an antiseptic on cuts and bruises.
Or, you can use it to make tea, and get relief from varicose veins and to ease digestive problems.
7. Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Sage’s leaves are used in cooking, and for good reason. It can improve appetite and prevent flatulence. This plant has also a hormone regulatory effect on women. A tea of the leaves can relieve dysmenorrhea and symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome and menopause. It can also help respiratory problems, including asthma.
8. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Many people claim that just an inhale of lavender scent can get relief from headache and depression. The essential oil extracted from the flowers has an important place in aromatherapy.
You can also make a bathwater with a few lavender leaves or place pouches of dried flowers under the pillow to get relaxed sleep. It can also clear acne and accelerate wound healing if you put it on your skin.
9. Echinacea (E. purpurea / E. angustifolia)
This lovely plant has immunostimulatory action that enables the body to fight bacterial and viral infections. People who use it regularly claim by its efficacy as vehemently as conventional medical practitioners try to discredit them.
Use fresh flower buds to make an infusion to prevent and treat cold and flu.
10. Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
This herbaceous plant that has a weed status today in most places. Its uses include treating ligament injuries and broken bones, as well as relief from arthritic pain and varicose vein ulcers. People also use it to treat excess menstrual flow, gastrointestinal problems and stomach ulcers, only topical application is recommended today.
11. Broadleaf plantain (Plantago major)
The fresh leaves of this green plant are mashed and applied as a poultice to wounds, insect bites and skin sores for pain relief and to promote healing. It also soothes injured skin and relieves pain. A brewed tea from its leaves helps control diarrhea.
12. Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
This plant can grow up to 2 feet high, so you should provide it a nice space. Mullein tea made with leaves or flowers is an excellent expectorant. It is used to relieve cough associated with bronchitis and consumption. Mullein leaves are also rolled up and smoked to relieve chest congestion. The roots are used to treat skin infections, including warts and athlete’s foot.
NOTE: Be cautious with all of these herbs as they contain powerful bioactive compounds. We advise you to start with small quantities and test your tolerance. Watch out for allergic reactions as well!