You may not be aware, but people in the old days would treat mild ailments and wounds using everyday plants from the garden and without ever visiting a doctor. Not only that, but there are quite a few common medicines, like aspirin that are derived from plants. Today, these are commonly referred to as being healing plants. However, there is still a lot to be learned about healing plants and how they actually benefit humans as an alternative to modern medicine. With that, we have listed five healing plants with medicinal properties that can be grown in your garden.
Lavender can be harvested in order to help alleviate anxiety. To take advantage of it, pick the flowers and leaves right as the flower begin to open. You then chop the flowers and leaves together and place inside sachets. It is believed that lavender also helps with sleep.
With Calendula, it is harvested to decrease inflammation. It is best to use the flowers after opening completely before seeding begins. Then, you want to mix petals with hot water and let sit. Then strain and allow cooling down. You would then use the mixture as a gargle or mouthwash.
With Echinacea, it is harvested to increase the immune response to fight off infections that are both viral and bacterial. Its purpose is for preventative measures and for treating symptoms of the flu or cold. It also contains antiviral and antibacterial properties that help treat bacterial and viral infections, vaginitis, and respiratory issues. Echinacea also gets used as a topical that is applied to infections of the skin and other skin conditions such as cut and scrapes, boils, and many other wounds that are difficult to heal.
When aloe vera is grown inside the home it needs to have as much light as possible. It also needs plenty of water but be careful not to overwater the plant. It is fine if it is crowded so there is no need to divide it. Using it as a healing plant is simple and the leaves provide medicinal benefits to help relieve inflammation and promote healing. It’s best to use the largest sections of the leaves and remove the aloe vera substance and apply it directly to rashes or burns.
Mint is available in many different types and flavors. Once it grows, it can grow aggressively. So if you don’t want it all it to grow everywhere, you can grow and maintain it using pots. Make sure to keep it in the sun and water it at least daily. Having mint available is one of the easiest to enjoy. For medicinal purposes, mint helps to relax the GI Tract muscles and aid with issues concerning the digestive system. Usually, mint tea can be made to help with nausea and stomach aches. You want to make sure that the steeped tea has a yellowish color in order to get the most out of the mint.