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10 Medicinal Plants For Your Survival Garden

United States health system distributes medicine which is extremely expensive, as well as filled with unnatural chemicals that have unpleasant side effects. If you consider adding medicinal plants to your garden, besides saving your pocketbooks, you can save your life!

These 10 medicinal plants can be grown in your garden:

1. Aloe vera

Aloe vera grows well under the sun with well-drained or moist soil.  It is useful for speeding up, reducing skin infections and healing. It can help in healing wounds, cuts burns,eczema.

Aloe can also help treat:

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Chronic constipation
  • Digestive problems
  1. Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle is a plant that grows quickly and its leaves are covered with small, silica-tipped hairs that often irritate the skin. Nettle prefers rich soil with good moisture content. They enjoy full sun or partial shade. Nettle is a great addition to your diet with its healthy nutritious ingredients and it has been used in herbal remedy in many traditions.

Stinging Nettle can be used to:

  • Cleanse the blood
  • Treat hay fever
  • Arthritis and anemia
  • Excessive menstruation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Rheumatism
  • Eczema
  • Chicken pox
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  1. Marsh Mallow

Marsh Mallow was used as a medicinal plant to treat coughs, sore throats, indigestion and heal wounds back in the time by Greeks and Romans. This plant prefers partial sunlight but it will also grow well in shade or in full sun.Make sure to use rich soil which retains moisture. Marsh Mallow leaves are edible and can be boiled, fried, or added to salads.

The root is taken internally to treat:

  • Inflammations and irritations of the urinary and respiratory mucus membranes
  • Counter excess stomach acid
  • Peptic ulceration
  • Gastritis

Externally, the root can be applied to:

  • Sprains
  • Splinters
  • Insect bites
  • Bruises
  • Skin inflammations
  • Aching muscles
  1. Fenugreek

Fenugreek traditionaly used in cuisines in India has seeds that are most commonly used, and can make a flavorful addition to salads and other dishes. It does best in full sunlight and grows in well-drained soil.

Fenugreek seeds can be taken to:

  • Restore a dull sense of taste
  • Freshen bad breath
  • Inhibit cancer of the liver
  • Lower blood cholesterol levels
  • Treat inflammation and ulcers of the stomach and intestines
  • Cure late onset diabetes
  • Help poor digestion
  • Help relieve labor pains
  • Help with insufficient lactation
  • Relieve painful menstruation
  1. Great Burdock

Great burdock is a famous herbal medicine for detoxification in both Chinese and Western herbal medicine. Over the centuries, it has been used as an antidote for acute poisoning and parasites. Burdock is adaptable to different levels of light, from partial shade to full sun. It does well in sandy, well-drained soil.

The root is used to treat various skin diseases like:

  • Boils
  • Rashes
  • Burns
  • Herpes
  • Bruises
  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Bites
  • Ringworm
  • Impetigo
  1. Arnica

Arnica is able to withstand temperatures from -20 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant is mostly used externally, but it can also be used orally. It thrives in nutrient poor soil, but it grows best at a direct sunlight.

Arnica is applied to the skin for pain and swelling associated with:

  • Bruises
  • Aches
  • Sprains
  • Arthritis

It can also be taken by mouth for:

  • Sour throat
  • Insect bites
  • Sore gums
  1. Sea Buckthorn

Sea buckthorn has been used throughout the centuries in China to relieve cough, aid digestion, invigorate blood circulation and alleviate pain. This plant grows in very frost conditions and it is easy to propagate with. It grows best in well-drained soil containing large amount of organic matter.

The bark and leaves can treat diarrhea, gastrointestinal, dermatological disorders and topical compressions for rheumatoid arthritis.

Fresh sea buckthorn berry juice is known to help:

  • Colds
  • Fever
  • Exhaustion
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Cancer
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Liver diseases
  • Inflammation
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Eczema
  • Canker sores
  • General ulcerative disorders
  • Keratitis
  • Trachoma
  1. Tea Tree

Native to Australia, tea tree tends to grow in warmer climates. In cooler zones, it can be grown in a container. Aborigines have been using tea tree leaves for medicinal purposes for many of years. They chew on young leaves to relieve headaches.

Tea tree oil can be used to treat:

  • Cystitis
  • Glandular fever
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Thrush
  • Vaginal infections
  • Acne
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Warts
  • Insect bites
  • Cold sores
  • Minor burns
  1. Chamomile

German chamomile is well known for its herbal tea. It has a soothing and calming effect and is used to end stress and helps with insomnia.

The entire herb can be used to treat:

  • Toothache
  • Earache
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neuralgia
  1. Sage

The Latin word for Sage is Salvia, which means ‘to heal’. Sage grows best in rich, well-draining soil but it can tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions. The plant prefers full sun.

Internally, sage is used for:

  • Indigestion
  • Flatulence
  • Excessive lactation
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Excessive salvation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Female sterility
  • Menopausal problems

Externally, sage is used for:

  • Insect bites
  • Skin infections
  • Throat infections
  • Mouth infections
  • Gum infections
  • Skin infections

Having these plants means you have your own pharmacy at home. Help yourself to cure any ailments that come your way!

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