More and more people are turning to homeopathic medicines to either replace or supplements the more traditional chemical medical interventions. What’s more, many of the herbs that can be utilized for these purposes are easily grown in your own garden, as long as you know what the basics. Here are some easy healing herbs to grow in any garden, and all of them share the basic principles of being easy to nurture, easy to source, and useful for a number of health complaints.
are aware of the healing properties of chamomile tea, say, for mental
stress, and it is no coincidence that this sweet honey-like herb is a
popular choice for oral consumption.
or not, chamomile can also act as a pain relief, especially to those
suffering from arthritis, and is a great natural intervention for
those looking for some restful sleep. The other great news is that
chamomile is easy to get your hands on for planting purposes, and
thrives in sunny but not-to-hot climates, and in soil that doesn’t
require a large degree of fertilizer.
so easy to grow that most of us spend our time trying to weed out
this ‘pest’ from out otherwise well-maintained lawns. However,
dandelion is a natural diuretic, meaning that is beneficial to our
liver and kidneys. It’s easily consumed as a tea, or if you are
feeling slightly more adventurous, some tasty dandelion wine.
“The taste of this weed is surprisingly sweet, and with beneficial diuretic, properties, you will never curse its appearance in your garden again,” enthuses Alan Firestone, a gardening writer at Biology Writing and OxEssays.
No list of
easy-to-grow medicinal herbs would be complete without this pungent
crowd favourite. Garlic is considered somewhat of a magic bullet for
any number of ills, including fevers and sore throats. That is
because, as well as being tasty, garlic is proven to stimulate the
growth and production of white blood cells, which are of course one
of the body’s natural defences in times of crisis. It is also has
anti-septic and anti-bacterial qualities. Plus it’s so easy to grow
that it is ubiquitous in any number of climates, particularly as wild
that needs little introduction and which is already a favourite of
any number of recipes from cuisines all around the world. However,
you may have noticed that ginger s often a common ingredient in
cuisines which emanate from hooter climates: Thai and Indian cooking
springs to mind. That’s no coincidence as ginger prefers hot,
tropical climates to grow in, meaning that if you live in a place
which doesn’t fit this description, a greenhouse will be required.
However, ginger doesn’t require much space to prosper, and of
course is produced under the soil because it is in fact a rhizome.
“Perhaps the most well-known benefit of ginger, or should I say, the most well-known sensation offered by ginger, is that feeling of warmth that is provides after consumption, and that is because it improves circulation. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, so is a great all-rounder for natural medicine collections,” says Brian Woolsten, a lifestyle blogger at PaperFellows and Academized.
The list of
positive attributes of oregano is almost endless: it’s a great
digestive aid, t’s good for your skin, it has anti-biotic
qualities, and so on. From a growing perspective, perhaps the only
issue you will have once you have planted oregano is how to keep it
under control. That’s because it is a hardy herb which thrives in
sunshine, and doesn’t require too much heat, although it won’t
mind too. Popular in Mediterranean cuisine of course, where it grows
abundantly, oregano is a tasty herb which offers a number of
medicinal benefits, as seen.
scent is unmistakable, and is everywhere in the world of candy, used
to flavour gum in particular. And that is no coincidence either as
one of the best healing traits of peppermint is that is great for
aiding digestion and appeasing upset stomachs, as well as fighting
flatulence. Chew or suck some peppermint – which grows almost
ubiquitously in any number of climates – after a heavy meal and you
feel as good as new before too much time has lapsed, and your breath
will smell great too!