Herbal plants do not take up a lot of garden space because they can be planted alternately between flowers, fruit trees, and even vegetables. Some herbs have very beautiful flowers, contributing to adorn your garden more colorful and multi-flavored. In addition to these effects, growing herbs will help reduce the dependence on medications, if not eliminate them altogether.
So, in the article today, we want to share 12 healing herbs that you should grow in your garden. There are many ways to use them daily, maybe you can add extra on dishes, drink as a tea, even poultices, and powders. They have positive effects on your health when used regularly. Besides, most of them are so easy to grow, just need to require minimal care about basic conditions. it’s time to check them out with us!
#1 Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is well known as a skin-friendly plant. It is one medicinal plant. The jelly-like, colorless pulp of mature leaves can be applied to minor cuts and burns and to dry, inflamed, or damaged skin due to eczema or other skin conditions. It is an excellent moisturizer with anti-inflammatory and mild antimicrobial effect. The leaf pulp can be eaten too. Regular use can prevent constipation and relieve other digestive problems, including ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
Sip a tea made of a handful of peppermint leaves to calm stomach upsets and relieve pain and discomfort due to gas. Carry a few sprigs of peppermint when you travel. Sniffing on it every now and then will prevent nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness. The active ingredient menthol found in abundance in peppermint has a cooling effect on the skin. Make a poultice of the leaves and apply it on the skin to relieve itching and burning resulting from skin allergies and inflammatory conditions. It has mild analgesic action and relieves headaches and muscle cramps.
Use an infusion of thyme as a gargle to get rid of bad breath and mouth sores. It can help with tonsillitis and laryngitis. Crushed fresh thyme applied on the neck is said to reduce throat infections. Inhaling the vapors reduces nervous exhaustion. The most important use of thyme is to treat respiratory tract infections. Thyme extract is taken orally to relieve bronchitis, chest congestion, asthma, and whooping cough.
Rosemary enhances memory has had a boost from recent research findings. The carnosic acid in the herb has been shown to prevent brain damage and neurodegeneration of the hippocampus induced by beta-amyloid peptides. These peptides are implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. In separate studies Rosemary oil has been found to improve cognitive function and reduce brain aging. Its potential in cancer treatment also has been promising.
They can be made into a soothing tea that can calm a troubled mind as well as a colicky baby. A tablespoonful or two should calm babies and young children having colicky pain or stomach upsets. Use it as a gargle to relieve mouth ulcers. Bathe the skin affected with eczema several times a day with cooled chamomile tea. You can make a tea from fresh flower heads or dry them for later use. Take a handful of flowers in a bowl and pour boiling hot water over them. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes and drain. Have a cup of this soothing brew when you feel anxious or unsettled, or before bedtime in case you have difficulty falling asleep.
#6 Pot Marigold
The edible flowers can be used to treat almost any problem related to skin. Use a poultice of the petals to relieve sunburn and to clear up acne and blemishes on the skin. Use it as an antiseptic on cuts and bruises. It stops bleeding and reduces inflammation when applied to nicks and cuts. Many skin ointments contain pot marigold extract as an active ingredient. A tea made of the flowers is taken to get relief from varicose veins and to ease digestive problems.
It can improve appetite and prevent flatulence. This plant has a hormone regulatory effect on women. A tea of the leaves can relieve dysmenorrhea and symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome and menopause. Inhaling an infusion of sage gives relief to respiratory problems, including asthma. It reduces excessive sweating and salivation too. Sage is neuroprotective and is used to treat Alzheimer’s, dementia, and depression.
Inhaling the fragrance of the flowers is sufficient to get relief from headaches and depression. Add a handful of lavender flowers to the bathwater or place pouches of dried flowers under the pillow to get relaxed sleep. Make the best of the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of lavender by infusing the flowers in water and using it to wash the face and damaged skin. It can clear acne and accelerate wound healing.
The purple coneflower Echinacea has an immunostimulatory action that enables the body to fight bacterial and viral infections. Commercial Echinacea products are in great demand during the flu season. Native Americans used the roots to treat wounds, insect bites, burns, and even snake bites. Now flower buds are more commonly used as a cold and flu remedy. Of the many different purple coneflowers native to North America, E. Purpurea and E. Angustifolia are the two most favored species. Use fresh flower buds to make an infusion to prevent and treat cold and flu.
The roots and leaves of comfrey are traditionally used to treat ligament injuries and broken bones. Other uses of the leaf and root poultice include relief from arthritic pain and varicose vein ulcers. It is used to treat excessive menstrual flow, gastrointestinal problems, and stomach ulcers, only topical application is recommended today. The allantoin in the plant can aid tissue repair and regeneration. Gargling with an infusion of comfrey leaves helps relieve sore throat and gum disease.
#11 Broadleaf Plantain
This plant has several medicinal properties including the antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing ability. The fresh leaves are mashed and applied as a poultice to wounds, insect bites, and skin sores for pain relief and to promote healing.
#12 Great Mullein
This tall plant treats respiratory tract problems. Mullein tea made with leaves or flowers is an excellent expectorant. It is used to relieve cough associated with bronchitis and consumption. The mucilage in the plant helps loosen the phlegm and the saponins help flush them out. When the infection has affected the lungs, mullein leaves are rolled up and smoked to relieve chest congestion. The roots are used to treat skin infections, including warts and athlete’s foot. Powder the dried roots and apply it on the affected area several times a day. Mullein flower tea is also effective in treating warts.