8 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow
Heal rashes, treat depression, and reduce indigestion with these herbs you can grow in your own garden.
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You too can grow a healing garden.
In ancient times, monks and physicians grew gardens specifically full of healing herbs called Physics. Why not plant your own with some of these herbs? By investing a little sweat and the cost of seeds, you'll have the makings of infusions, teas, and balms that will keep you healthy and soothe ailments.
Heals: Flatulence, lack of appetite, cuts, and scrapes.
Harvest the young leaves of this annual plant as needed.
Heals: Indigestion, anxiety, skin inflammations.
Use the flower heads for infusions and salves.
Heals: Flatulence, bad breath
This herb is loaded with nutrients as well as healing powers.
Heals: Mouth and throat inflammations.
Sage's genus name, Salvia, means "to heal," reflecting its early use as a medicinal, not culinary, herb.
Heals: Coughs, congestion, indigestion, gas.
The active principle in thyme, thymol, is a strong antiseptic.
6. St. John's Wort
Heals: Mild to moderate depression. (Talk to your doctor first.)
The glossy leaves and yellow flowers are this herb's active parts.
7. Lemon Balm
Heals: Anxiety, insomnia, wounds, herpes, insect bites, flatulence, upset stomach.
A relative of mint, lemon balm is a versatile medicinal herb.
Heals: Headaches (including migraines), arthritis, skin conditions.
Use leaves and flowers for teas; chew leaves to ease headache pain.