Build a Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Garden – The Green Guide to Health
We pop in pills comprised of chemicals every time we have health problems, while there are effective remedies to some of our health issues provided very easily by Mother Nature. And what's more, you can have them year round since you can grow them in your own garden. You can even grow some of these medicinal plants on your balcony garden or on your tiny kitchen-window! Most of these medicinal plants have immunity-boosting qualities which will help keep common diseases at bay.
Here is a list of some awesome, easy to manage, and sustainable medicinal plants to grow in your own herbal medicine garden:
This herb, though used widely in cooking, also has medicinal properties. It can be easily grown and maintained, as it is drought-tolerant and does not require frequent watering. You can place the plant under direct sunlight without any worries. It is commonly used against problems related to breathing and your lungs, such as asthma, bronchitis, coughing, sore throats, and/or emphysema. To soothe irritated throats steep the thyme leaves and make a tea, which can be drunk thrice a day. It can also be added to homemade salves and balms.
German chamomile is an annual bushy shrub which can be grown easily and requires little maintenance. Plant it outdoors under the full sun, or in a pot on a sunny balcony – it really does not matter. It requires well-drained sandy soil. Chamomile is known for reducing stress levels and aiding sleep―both of these are essential in our fast-paced modern-day lives. It also helps in soothing menstrual cramps and those with upset stomachs. You can use dried chamomile flowers and steep them in warm water to make chamomile tea.
Common sage, also used as a food flavoring herb, is a perennial plant that can survive tough winters easily. Plant it in well-drained soil and place it in plenty of direct sunlight – make sure that you don't overwater the herb. Sage is known to aid the memory, especially in elderly people. Rich in vitamins especially Vitamin K, and antioxidants, sage is effective against oxidative stress on the liver. Steep some of the sage leaves in warm water to make tea.
Plant this perennial plant in rich loamy soil which should be well-drained and place it in full sunlight or partial shade. Catnip has various medicinal uses―it can be used to pleasantly transition small children into sleep, to calm the body, to treat insomnia, addiction and anxiety, and ease an upset stomach. It can also be used as an insect-repellant. You can eat the dried leaves of catnip with a little honey or steep the leaves in warm water to make a soothing tea.
This herb plant requires a warm and humid place – plant it in dry well-drained soil. It cannot tolerate low temperatures, and should be planted in a container and kept indoors in colder regions. It contains a lot of antioxidants which slow down the rate at which acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, is broken down, thus aiding in improving your memory. To extract the best results, make some herbal tea using the leaves of rosemary. It also used to flavor various kinds of meat dishes.
This is one tough herb that grows very quickly. It does not require much water (the soil should be allowed to become dry between watering) and can grow in partial sunlight or indoors with a little amount of sunlight. Known for its stomach soothing properties, peppermint has a wide variety of uses from iced mint teas to peppermint chocolate cookies! It is ideal for those who suffer from chronic indigestion. Menthol, which is the active ingredient, makes it a solid decongestant and expectorant.
Basil needs a warm place with a lot of sunlight – keep the soil moist. If you live in a cold area, the basil plant should be planted in a container and kept indoors, because it cannot tolerate low temperatures. Basil has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antioxidant, and antiseptic properties. It is also a healthy source of vitamins, micronutrients, and omega-3 fatty acids. It can treat cough and cold, flatulence, headaches, and nausea.
There are numerous other medicinal herbs that you can grow, but for now you can start off with these stellar and extremely beneficial low-maintenance plants.