Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow
We know that gardens are good for more than just looking pretty and giving a kitten a place to frolic; they are also a way to grow our own food as well as help clean our air. But it can also be used to improve our health naturally. Here are 6 medicinal plants you can grow in your own garden.
Healing Herbs To Add To A Meal
Cilantro adds freshness to salsa and can liven up a Thai soup or spring rolls, but it's also a good source of thiamine, zinc, vitamins A, C, E, as well as dietary fiber. Cilantro also has antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. It can reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Cilantro likes to grow in cooler seasons and doesn't do very well during hot summers. If it's not too hot, it likes full sun, grows well in a container, and should be harvested weekly.
Basil can brighten a pot of spaghetti sauce or complete your pizza, but it also contains nutrients to help us heal a variety of health issues. It contains vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and calcium. As a whole, basil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can ease an upset stomach, give you your appetite back or soothe a headache.
Growing basil indoors or outdoors is fairly easy. All it requires is healthy soil, a lot of sunlight and a moderate amount of water.
Not only is parsley the key ingredient in your green goddess salad dressing or your tabbouleh, but it's also loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids along with vitamins A, C, K and folate. It can be used to alleviate indigestion, help treat urinary tract infections and reduce symptoms of asthma.
As a plant, parsley makes attractive edging or filler for your garden and works well in window boxes. It needs moist soil with full sun or partial shade
Plants For Tea Treatment
We see lavender in soaps, bath salts and creams because it smells lovely, but it also has healing powers. Studies show the scent of lavender alone has a calming effect that reduces blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature. Dried and made into a sachet to put under a pillow can aid with sleep problems, but it's also used in tea to aid with digestion, ease headaches and nausea as well as reduce bloating.
The subtle purple flowers love full sun, sandy soil and they don't require frequent watering which makes it a drought tolerant. Lavender grows well in gardens in arid climates, but in moist climates it does best in containers where the soil and moisture is better controlled.
We see chamomile most commonly as an herbal tea, but it's also a beautiful flower. It's similar to daisies with its white petals and yellow center. Dried or fresh, the flowers can be mixed with boiled water to make tea to settle a bellyache, ease the symptoms of a chest cold or even anxiety. Used in a hot bath, it can also soothe symptoms from skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Chamomile likes partial shade and cool, dry climates making it drought tolerant as well as low maintenance. It grows well with vegetables and it isn't bothered by many pests.
We use peppermint to make mojitos a lively summer cocktail, jelly to go with our lamb, and to add zip to any salad. But its medicinal abilities as a tea are also powerful. It's high in niacin, vitamins A and C, as well as calcium. Not only does it help with bad breath, but in tea, it can help with digestion, relieve stress and boost your immune system.
Peppermint is invasive, so if you decide to grow it, get your mint recipes ready! It loves damp soil in the sun or shade. It also grows well in containers, if you want to keep your mint supply controlled and close to the kitchen.