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:
- 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
- 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
Externally, the root can be applied to:
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
- 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:
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:
It can also be taken by mouth for:
- 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:
General ulcerative disorders
- 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:
Chronic fatigue syndrome
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:
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:
Externally, sage is used for:
Having these plants means you have your own pharmacy at home. Help yourself to cure any ailments that come your way!