It’s spring! And it’s also time to start thinking about your garden again. I can’t wait to start my balcony garden. Just have to wait for a little for the weather to warm up.
Have you thought what veggies and other plants will you grow? What about adding some medicinal plants this year, creating your own little backyard pharmacy? Actually, I’m sure you already have a couple of them in your garden without you knowing it.
You don’t have a garden? Don’t worry! Most of these plants can be grown indoors or in your balcony garden too.
Do you know those amazingly smelling beautiful lavender fields in Provence? They don’t plant lavender just for its beauty. It has a lot of healing properties you might not know of.
Lavender has been used from ancient times for its fragrance, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Nowadays it’s also used for healing arthritis, sore throat, menstrual pain, migraines, and insomnia. Lavender acts as a relaxant and antidepressant too.
Aloe is said to be a super medicinal plant, but there is little scientific evidence of the effectiveness of the miracle plant. But still, aloe vera is widely used in cosmetics and health industries because of it’s moisturizing and soothing properties. It’s perfect for treating skin burns, mild skin infections and flu symptoms.
Aloe juice is said to help with poor appetite, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive problems, but consuming excessive amounts of it may have toxic properties.
Peppermint is said to be the world’s oldest medicinal plant that was used already ten thousand years ago. Peppermint has a high content of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, menthol, and manganese, making it a great plant for the food and cosmetic industry.
Peppermint helps to soothe nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, fevers, headaches, intestinal gas, chest congestion, and abdominal cramping. It inhibits bacterial growth, relaxes the muscles and menthol help to refresh sunburned skin.
Diluted peppermint oil helps to repel ants, flies, and fleas.
Chamomile is an extraordinary medicinal plant that can help with more than a hundred health problems. It’s well known for reducing anxiety, tension, and stress. Thanks to a high content of magnesium and calcium in the plant, chamomile helps to calm the body and to bring on sleep.
Chamomile is also helpful for dealing with an upset stomach, the common cold, hemorrhoids, acne, shoulder pain, skin irritations, mucositis, muscle tension, toothache, and earache.
Basil is not just an ordinary culinary herb, it has a lot of interesting medicinal properties too.
Greeks have used basil’s leaves to treat scorpion stings and Ancient Romans to stimulate breast milk production.
Nowadays it’s used for treating lack of appetite, flatulence, cuts, stress, infections, and arthritis. It’s also found that basil has antiviral, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties and helps to boost our immune system.
On top of all of that, it is easy for even the beginning gardener to learn how to start growing basil.
Besides culinary uses, garlic is a powerful medicinal plant too. Garlic has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. Medical research has shown that garlic has possible cardiovascular benefits and is one of the most antimicrobial plants we can find.
Garlic helps to fight viruses, infections, parasites, and bacteria. The common cold, ear infections, congestion, and digestive disorders can be treated with garlic too. It also helps to regulate blood sugar levels and to prevent lung and breast cancer.
Which plants will you grow this year? Do you have any medicinal plants in your garden?
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