While herbs are amazing to grow for food, they can also be grown for natural medicine. Many herbs provide medicinal properties, either on their own or in addition to other herbs and combinations. Here are some of the best herbs to grow at home for medicinal purposes.
A popular herb used for natural medicine is echinacea. Echinacea is a type of coneflower that typically grows well in the fall if you start it from its seed, though you can transplant the plant as well. Echinacea is often used to boost the immune system and can also help to ease a sore throat when you drink it as a tea or gargle with a cooled-off version of the brewed tea.
When it comes to soothing medicinal herbs, most people are familiar with chamomile and warm chamomile tea before bedtime. Your parents or grandparents likely always had chamomile tea in the house, not just for the flavor, but because of how much it can relax and soothe you. Chamomile is often used to reduce anxiety and promote better sleep. It can also be used to reduce swelling and inflammation of surface wounds.
An herb that has become better known in the recent years is lemon balm, thanks to the many healing properties it contains. Lemon balm can help with your gut health and nervous system, as well and help to prevent certain types of viruses.
According to TheHealthy.com, fresh cuttings of lemon balm, steeped in boiling water for a couple of hours and then chilled, can be drunk as a tea to help calm anxious nerves. Alternatively, to make lemon balm tea, add 2 cups of boiling water to about 1 oz. of dried lemon balm leaves and infuse for up to 10 minutes.
Many forms of mint come with some powerful healing properties, though peppermint is often at the top of the list. Peppermint has a long list of natural medicinal qualities, including settling the stomach and easing nausea, helping with digestive issues, calming sore muscles, and using to reduce inflammation in the body.
In addition to eating mint or drinking mint tea, there are claims that inhaling the aroma of essential oils from the plant could provide health benefits, including improved brain function.
Lavender is one of the most popular herbs, both for its delicate and inviting scent, but also because of the many medicinal qualities it has. Lavender is often used to relax the body and mind, but it can also help with muscle tension, digestive and gut issues, and improve mental clarity. There are numerous products that center around the aroma and benefits that lavender can give.
Starting your own herb garden is a wonderful home project that can not only give you herbs to cook with, but to help provide you with some home healing.