Support your health and beautify your garden with these attractive & beneficial medicinal herbs…
With cold and flu season at hand, many people are taking charge of their own health with natural herbal remedies. Especially if you grow your own herbs, making your own herbal remedies can be much more affordable than purchasing them from the store – plus, you know exactly what is in them and what you are putting into your body! (For more on natural herbal remedies, check out our Holistic Health blog here.)
Medicinal herbs have been grown and used by humans for centuries, and there are few better ways to care for your family than by providing wholesome, organic herbs for natural health support! In fact, many herbs that you probably already grow and cook with in your kitchen have also been used for their health benefits. (Be sure to consult with a natural healthcare practitioner or experienced herbalist before using any herbal remedy.)
If you’re planning out your garden for next season, why not include some medicinal herbs in your garden plan? Not only can they help support your health naturally, but many of them are lovely additions to the garden, and very attractive to beneficial insects.
Here are 6 medicinal herbs to consider growing in your garden – and some common uses for them – from NewsTarget.com:
This is a perennial plant that is most famous for its ability to enhance the immune system. It’s great for colds, flu, and allergies since it boosts the immune system to more easily overcome these illnesses. Echinacea tea is commonly used during sicknesses and is also great in herbal supplement form to support immune function when you need it.
This is a most popular herb that is extremely helpful as a sleep aid and stress reliever when used as a tea. It can also relieve the symptoms of colic in children, help heal skin irritations, and relieve indigestion. The herb is typically best as a tea or ointment for medicinal use.
St. John’s Wort
Best known as a mood enhancer, St. John’s Wort can be grown, then dried for a powerful tea to drink for mild to moderate depression. It’s used in both the U.S. and Europe to help improve depression, as well as depressive symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite and anxiety. You can use both the dried leaves and flowers in a tea to improve mood.
Thyme is good for gas relief, congestion, indigestion or cough because of its antiseptic properties. You can drink it in tea form or even chew on its leaves for natural relief.
After drying, you can steep it in a strong tea that can give relief from digestive problems and gas. This tasty tea can also help relieve headache pain.
Most people first think of sage in the context of cooking. Actually, sage was used for medicinal purposes before it was used in cooking. Inflammation of the throat and mouth respond well to sage.