Medicinal Herbs for the Garden
10 Medicinal Herbs for the Garden
I’m thinking of starting a new medicinal herb garden on a side patch and have been planning out exactly what I want to put in it. There are many plants out there that have medicinal qualities and can be used to help alleviate many common ailments, from sleep issues to pain management. Being able to walk out into the garden to find something to help would be a nice step in sustainability and being self-sufficient. The following 10 plants are must haves in my new garden.
Chamomile can be used as a tea to help with rest and treating colds. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic, and anti-spasmodic properties as well as sedative and muscle relaxant properties. Chamomile is used both internally and externally.
Basil is a common herb found in most kitchens but it has more than culinary uses. It is a natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and is and has many of the same compounds for in medical marijuana. Basil treats everything from allergies, diabetes, stabilize blood sugar, and improve breathing issues. Fresh is best with this medicinal herb.
Oregano is both a culinary and medicinal herb. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and provides potent antioxidants. Oregano treats things such as acne, dandruff, cramps, and many other gastrointestinal disorders. The plant also works well for repelling insects and other pests.
Lavender is a well-known antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial herb. It works well as an antispasmodic, detoxifying and as a sedative. Lavender as a medicinal herb is useful for treating insomnia, anxiety, depression, bug bites, nausea, and more.
Lemon balm also commonly called Melissa is a member of the mint family makes great medicinal herbs for the garden. It reduces stress and anxiety for many. Lemon balm calms the mind and promotes a restful sleep, especially for people who have trouble falling asleep. The herb promotes feelings of calm and positive moods. It is full of powerful antioxidants that help protect cells from free radicals and helps the liver detoxify.
Sage is a well-known kitchen herb but it is useful for so much more than merely cooking. It is helpful in helping with digestive problems such as stomach pain, loss of appetite, bloating, and heartburn. Sage helps with memory loss, depression, and much more. The herb increases the health of bones and slows the onset of cognitive disorders and possibly prevents the onset of diabetes. This herb is well-documented as a medicine.
Rosemary is another herb you’d expect to find in the kitchen for cooking but it has many other uses. The needle-like leaves have a woody evergreen smell and the flowers are white, pink, purple, or blue. The herb is well-known for its ability to improve both memory and mood. Rosemary helps reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Rosemary is rich in calcium, iron, and fiber and is loaded with antioxidants.
Peppermint is actually a cross between two other mints, watermint, and spearmint. The plant has many uses both oral and topical. It has antimicrobial properties and is an extremely versatile herb. Peppermint helps reduce digestive issues, boost energy, freshen breath, relieve headaches, and so much more. Peppermint has been used for centuries and was found in several Egyptian pyramids.
Tarragon is commonly used in the kitchen but has many other health benefits and makes great medicinal herbs for the garden. The herb has many health benefits including pain relief and increases appetite for those that need help in the direction. Drinking a tarragon tea helps those with insomnia as it has a calming effect. The herb is helpful to improve intestinal function, reproductive health, and cardiovascular health. The herb acts as an inhibitor of platelet aggregation, possibly lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
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