Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow at Home
Herbs have been used for centuries by all cultures throughout the world to treat various diseases and condition. Some herbs provide relief in times of pain and discomfort while others purify the body and heal tough diseases. Herbs are all natural and are generally safe for everyone to use. The great thing is that you can grow your own plants with medicinal properties at home.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a very popular plant grown in domestic conditions. It is safe and requires no processing before usage. It is used for a lot of conditions and can be grown in both a pot and in the garden.
Aloe vera likes sunny places with warm temperatures. It does not do too well with frosts. It can thrive in dry and poor soil. Out of all the variations of aloe plants, only the aloe vera plant has medicinal properties.
The plant contains a jelly-like substance inside its leaves. This jelly can be put on cuts, burns, and damaged skin, and skin disease. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. The gel can be eaten safely. It is a great treatment for constipation and digestive problems when taken orally.
Mint is widely used in hygiene and soothing products. The peppermint has been used for thousands of years. The only thing it needs when gardening it is plenty of room and water.
Mint leaves made into tea calm the stomach, relieve pain, and help with flatulence. It soothes nausea and has a cooling effect on the body and the skin when applied topically. It is also used to relieve headaches and muscle spasms.
The plant contains carnosic acid which has shown to prevent damage to the brain and the nerves. Rosemary improves cognitive function.
Rosemary can be grown in a pot or several rosemary shrubs can be grown in a row in the garden. The leaves can be used in cooking and in teas because of their great taste and aroma.
This herb with aromatic leaves grows under sunny places in a rocky soil. It thrives well in both extreme heat and cold weather. The oil in thyme contains thymol – a powerful antiseptic and antifungal essential oil. It is a great product for mouth hygiene, throat infections, and nervousness. The herb is particularly popular for treating respiratory infections.
Chamomile is very soothing to young and old alike. The flower heads can be dried and used for tea. Steep them in hot water for 15-20 minutes, and drink the tea for relieving anxiousness and helping you sleep before going to bed. The tea can be used for babies and young children to treat colics and stomach pain. Cooled chamomile tea can be used to soothe skin from rashes.
Sage is a plant with thick and long greenish-gray leaves. It has been used as a medicine and as a cooking herb by many cultures. It improves appetite, relieves respiratory conditions, and protects from nerve damage. It treats dementia, depression, and other cognitive conditions.
The herb is great for regulating hormones in women. This qulity of sage is used to treat premenstrual syndrome and menopause symptoms.
This beautiful purple flower can be grown indoors in a pot. Just keeping it in your room and smelling the fragrance can have a sufficient positive effect on headaches and bad mood. The aroma of lavender can be used to improve sleep and boost mood. Infusing lavender in water helps with bacteria and infections on the skin – particularly acne.
Marigold is a yellow and orange flower that can be grown easily at home from seeds. The flowers can be eaten or made into a tea to relieve digestive issues and varicose veins. When applied to the skin, it treats cuts bruises, bleeding, inflammation, acne, and sunburn.
Comfrey is most popular as a weed, but traditional medicine uses it to treat injuries to bones and ligaments. The plant gives relief to arthritis pain and ulcers from varicose veins.
It is recommended to use it only topically for tissue regeneration. This can include bones, muscles, ligaments, and gums.
Echinacea has immunostimulating properties. It is great to prevent the flu and infections. The roots of the plant can be used to treat burns, bites, and wounds.
Both the E. purpurea and E. angustifolia can be grown at home in a sunny place, and both species have medicinal properties.
Gardening is a pleasant activity, and growing some or all of these medicinal plants will give you the satisfaction of seeing something living grow before your eyes that is part of your own private apothecary.