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The 4 Best Medicinal Herbs to Grow in your Garden

The 4 Best Medicinal Herbs to Grow in your Garden

There are many medicinal herbs that are easy to grow and easy to use. You can plant them in your garden, harvest them and prepare them to treat minor illnesses in your family.

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However, it is a common myth that all herbal preparations are safe because they are natural. It is far from true. A typical example is the Purple Digitalis (Digitalis purpurea). It has a positive effect on cardiac function, because of the digitalis drug extracted from the plant. Nevertheless, consumption of any part of the plant can cause nausea and vomiting. Even more, this can lead to the total intoxication of the body, then death.

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The 4 best medicinal herbs to grow in your garden
The 4 best medicinal herbs to grow in your garden

Another problem is the accessibility to the medicinal effects of certain plants. This is the case of the Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) from which the anticancer drugs vinblastine and vincristine are obtained. You can not benefit from the properties of this plant unless you are an experienced herbalist who can put it to good use. Otherwise, it will just be a nice specimen of your garden.

lavender is used to relieve tension and is generally used in aromatherapy. Inhaling the scent of flowers is enough to relieve headaches and depression. It is also edible. These flowers are used in salads or drinks. They can also be infused in hot water.


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The 4 best medicinal herbs to grow in your garden
The 4 best medicinal herbs to grow in your garden

You must cultivate plants whose benefits you can access through simple preparations such as infusions, poultices, and powders.

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The 4 best medicinal herbs to grow in your garden
The 4 best medicinal herbs to grow in your garden

Some medicinal herbs must be used for specific treatments. Other plants have a generalized positive effect on our health when used on a regular basis. Many medicinal herbs belonging to this latter group have found their way into the culinary scene as flavoring agents.

Your garden of medicinal herbs should have plants that have practical uses for humans and are easy to grow. Each medicinal garden should include chamomile, German chamomile, peppermint, lavender, thyme, garlic, lemongrass, sage, and parsley. These nine plants are safe and effective for the vast majority of people when used as simple infusions, poultices or ointments. Here is our practical guide to grow them at home:

Chamomile is known by almost everyone for its ability to facilitate sleep when infused. It is also used for stomach upset. You can dry chamomile flowers in Ziploc bags for long-term storage. Or you can use them fresh soaked in hot water. It is a sweet-tasting herb that can also be used for children.

The best variety to cultivate, which is also most often used for the preparation of the infusion, is wild chamomile (German chamomile). It is an annual plant that grows as a small shrub about 2 feet tall. It prefers well-drained soil, areas with full sun to partial shade and moderate watering. Wild chamomile is easy to grow from seeds.

You can plant feverfew from scattered seeds on the ground in early spring. Like wild chamomile, it needs light to germinate, so do not cover, just water it. Give it a lot of suns and you will be rewarded with hundreds of small daisy flowers on a small bush. It is also an annual plant, but it tends to reproduce alone quite easily.

Chamomile is known by almost everyone for its ability to facilitate sleep when infused. It is also used for stomach upset. You can dry chamomile flowers in Ziploc bags for long-term storage. Or you can use them fresh soaked in hot water. It is a sweet-tasting herb that can also be used for children.

Medicinal Herbs: Greater Chamomile (Tanacetum parthenium)

Feverfew has been the subject of some scientific studies on its use for migraines that have yielded positive results. Infused in a cup of hot water, feverfew is used as a preventive treatment against a migraine.

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The 4 best medicinal herbs to grow in your garden
The 4 best medicinal herbs to grow in your garden

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