8 Medicinal Plants you can grow at Home

Heal rashes, treat depression and reduce indigestion with these medicinal plants you can grow at home.
Grow Your Own Healing Garden
Physic (or physick) was the name given to gardens of healing plants grown by physicians and monks in ancient times and by home gardeners well into the nineteenth century. Why not plant your own healing garden with some of these herbs? By investing a little sweat and the cost of the seeds, you can grow your own ingredients for infusions, teas, and balms. Just choose a sunny spot with rich soil for your healing garden. Perennial plants will grow from season to season, while annuals must be reseeded or transplanted.
1. Sage


Sage is a perennial. Sage’s genus name, Salvia, means “to heal,” reflecting its early use as a medicinal (not culinary) herb.
Medicinal uses of sage: Mouth and throat inflammations.
2. Chamomile


Chamomile is an annual. Use chamomile flower heads for infusions and salves.
Medicinal uses of chamomile: Indigestion, anxiety, skin inflammations.
3. Basil


Basil is an annual. Harvest the young leaves of what’s called “the king of herbs” as needed.
Medicinal uses of basil: Flatulence, lack of appetite, cuts and scrapes.
4. Feverfew


Feverfew is a perennial. Use leaves and flowers for teas; chew leaves to ease headache pain.
Medicinal uses of feverfew: Headaches (including migraines), arthritis, skin conditions.
5. Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a perennial. A relative of mint, lemon balm is a versatile medicinal herb.
Medicinal uses of lemon balm: Anxiety, insomnia, wounds, herpes, insect bites, flatulence, upset stomach.
6. Parsley


Parsley is a biennial. Like its curly cousin P. crispum, this herb is loaded with nutrients.
Medicinal uses for parsley: Flatulence, bad breath.
7. St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is a perennial. The glossy leaves and yellow flowers are this herb’s active parts.
Medicinal uses of St. John’s Wort: Mild to moderate depression. (Talk to your doctor first.)
8. Thyme


Thyme is a perennial. The active principle in thyme, thymol, is a strong antiseptic.
Medicinal uses of thyme: Coughs, congestion, indigestion, gas.

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