11 Healing Medicinal Plants You Should Have in Your Garden

Hate going to the pharmacy and getting prescription medication whenever you have a simple cold or flu? Here are some healing medicinal plant for the garden you can grow yourself.

They are natural ways you can relieve simple aches and issues so you don’t need to rely on tablets or pills.

Whether you’re looking for something to help you sleep and treat insomnia, relieve stress, stomach issues, heal wounds or bacterial infections, there’s something below that can help you.

 

Healing Medicinal Plants for the Garden

Peppermint

Peppermint

Peppermint is known for its strong scent and use in flavorings. You’ll see it used for gums as well as some other commercially sold items like toothpaste. This is thanks to their refreshing taste.

It is also a great remedy for ants. Ants hate the smell and will go away. So, you can use as little as a drop of peppermint essential oil to any area infested by lots of ants to instantly make them stop going there.

But, in addition to all this, it is also a medicinal plant with healing powers.

Mixing it to create tea helps with indigestion and digestive issues. It can also sooth muscle soreness if used as a lotion or liniment.

This is actually true to spearmint as well which is a close sibling of peppermint.

 

Rosemary

Rosemary

Rosemary is a popular herb used in cooking thanks to its earthy aroma and flavor. It has an woody flavor that goes very well with meats especially when grilled.

Some cuisines even use it heavily in all sorts of cooking.

However, not many people know that it helps your mind work and boosts memory. This is in part because of its ability to increase oxygen supply to the brain.

As such, if you’re trying to cut down on caffeine but need a pick me up for your brain, rosemary is a good alternative.

The best part is, you can easily grow rosemary along with other herbs in a small kitchen garden. they are drought tolerant and enjoy warm conditions. They likewise need a lot of sunlight since they’re from the Mediterranean.

The easiest way to use rosemary is to steep them fresh or dried into boiling water. You can add lemon or other flavoring to dilute the flavor it is too strong.

It also makes a great dip in olive oil for breads or used to marinate meats.

 

Lavender

Lavender

Lavender is a very well-known plant because of its fragrance. In large part that it is because of its use in different scents and beauty products that make us familiar with it. To a degree, it is almost as popular as Aloe Vera is.

The good news is, this aromatic plant also helps relieve stress. As such, you’ll often find it included in essential oil packs.

To use lavender all you need to do is light some scented lavender candles or add it to your bath to help you relax. You can also make a potpourri bag from some chopped lavender which will last longer.

To grow your own lavender at home, choose a spot that received at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. Make sure you don’t overwater it and keep it in soil that drains well.

 

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Chamomile

Chamomile

Best known as a flavor in tea, this small, white petaled flower with yellow centers not only pack good flavor but also medicinal healing effects.

It works great for relieving stress,  stomach issues and help you sleep.

You can easily create a “powder” by chopping the flowers, tying them up into a tea bag and steeping them in boiling water.

 

Cilantro

Cilantro

Cilantro has a very distinct flavor. And, it is a staple ingredient in some cuisines including Vietnamese and Indian. But, for most people you either really like it or not.

If you happen to enjoy its flavor, you can use it to get rid of toxins in your body.

As for growing them, they enjoy cooler weather and regular watering. This makes them different to herbs which prefer opposite conditions.

 

Mint

Mint

Mint is well-known for its flavor. It is used with lamb, as well as flavoring chocolate and other food products.

And, it works well in this role because it actually helps soothe stomach distress and digestive issues.

To use it, steep in boiling water to create a tea. It is good once you see the liquid turn yellow.

Best of all, mint is another easy herb to grow. Like the others, it enjoys full sun so this should be your main priority when it comes to planting mint.

 

Thyme

Thyme

In the garden, thyme is often grown as groundcover. But, it is more often found in kitchen herb gardens because of its culinary uses.

When it comes to healing plants, thyme is known to be anti-bacterial as well as an antiseptic. As such, it is an ingredient used in oils used for colds and flu.

Growing thyme is very similar to many other herbs which trace their roots in the Mediterranean. As such, it prefers hot, dry conditions. Under full sun, it will almost grow on its own without much help from you.

Like many herbs, the easiest way to use thyme as a medicinal plant is to brew it in boiling water to make a tea. You can use it along with chicken soup when you’re feeling under the weather.

 

Calendula

Calendula

Its yellow and orange flowers are amazing to look at in the garden.

However, there is another reason why many people grow this lovely plant – it is a medicinal herb.

Unlike make plants and flowers that are toxic, calendula is edible. As such, some people use it in teas and broths to take advantage of its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antifungal properties.

It is also used for treating skin issues. To this effect, it is used as topical oil or a salve for burns, rashes wounds or skin conditions.

One of the best things about it is that it is easy to grow. As such, you can pick them from your garden when they’ve opened. Steep for 10 minutes in boiling water and strain before drinking.

Gargling it will help remove any mouth or throat inflammation.

 

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm are fragrant herb that wards off mosquitoes while attracting bees and butterflies. This is a win-win for your garden as it gets rid of those pesky bloodsuckers while bringing in more pollinators.

In addition to improving the ecology of your garden and scenting it, lemon balm likewise has some medicinal uses.

It helps relax your nervous system as well as calm your stomach. It is often used as teas or tinctures for this purpose.

 

Passionflower

Passionflower

Passionflower or Passion Flower is one of the pretties flowers you’ll ever see. It is a vine common to the southwest. At times, its ability to grow without human intervention causes it to become a weed.

The plant is also a vigorous climber. So, if there is a wall or some kind of vertical structure like a trellis or arch to climb, it will grow that way as well.

The good news is, you can use its growing ability to your benefits. It aids in sleep and helps with pain relief as well as headaches.

You can use it in dried or fresh form. Often, it is blended to make a tea.

 

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower is commonly known as Echinacea. It is a unique looking flower that attracts bees and butterflies.

And, it is easy to grow as well. This is in contrast to many pretty flowers which are often fussy.

The plant is known as an immune system booster which is one reason people infuse it to make teas.

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