The times are changing . So much so that the need to save lives is being superseded by the need to make money. The desire to preserve is not a priority anymore. It is little wonder that the pharmaceutical industry has lowered its standards that some of the medicines being churned out are destroying rather than curing. I didn’t think that the love of money would get as bad as it is today.
So as I primp my babies for long life and not premature death, I guess going vegetal is a great idea.
Here are some herbs you may want to grow in your backyard. Not only will they provide you with food, they also have medicinal properties that will improve your health and that of your family members.
This skin-friendly plant is one medicinal plant that people have used for years. That is because it is safe and does not need processing before it is used. It is a must-have in any home, whether in pots or a garden.
It grows well in warm areas where conditions rarely or never get very frosty. This succulent plant is drought resistant plant needing minimal care and can thrive in poor soils. While there are several aloe types, not all are edible or have medicinal properties as those of Aloe Vera.
- apply on minor cuts and burns and they will dry up
- relieves inflamed or damaged skin caused by skin conditions such as eczema
- it is a moisturiser with anti-inflammatory and mild antimicrobial effects
- relieves digestive problems such as ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome
- prevents constipation
The plant’s pulp can also be eaten.
It is grown for its pleasant fragrance as well as therapeutic uses. It has got antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
- inhaling its fragrance is calming hence dealing with depression and headache
- its flowers are a source of essential oils used in aromatherapy
- eases sleep. Just add a few lavender flowers to your bath water or put a pouch of the dried leaves under your pillow to improve your sleep.
- it helps with damaged skin. Infuse the flowers in water to wash your face or damaged skin
- it helps in clearing acne
- fastens healing of sores, wounds and cuts
While it is a woody shrub, it deserves a place in your herb garden because of its culinary and medicinal purposes.
- Known for as a herb for remembrance, it enhances memory and concentration. Therefore, a great herb for people with Alzheimer’s diseases.
- studies also show that it’s oil improves cognitive function and reduce brain ageing
- helps with mood swings
- improves one’s breathe by sweetening it
Rosemary can be grown in a pot or a garden. For maximum benefit, use it regularly for cooking and for herbal teas.
Both the leaves and flowers of this plant have got medicinal properties.
- use the leaves and flowers for herbal teas
- the leaves are chewed to ease headaches and migraines
- it provides relief for arthritis
- it helps with skin conditions
It is a hybrid of spearmint and watermint.
- used in the manufacture of dental hygiene products like toothpaste
- used in herbal teas to calm stomach pains and relieve stomach flatulence
- helps with freshening one’s breath
- sniff on it regularly to help with nausea and vomitting brought on by motion sickness
- the active ingredients menthol helps with cooling the skin. Rub the leaves in your hands or pound them then apply that to your skin to deal with itching and burning due to skin allergies and inflammatory issues
- it has also got a mild analgesic action
- relieves muscle cramps
- soothes headaches
- it speeds up the healing of sores
You can grow in your garden. However, it must be in a place where there is assured water with plenty of room to spread.
Coming from the same family as pepper mint, lemon balm is a great medicinal herb.
- relieves anxiety
- soothes wounds and insect bites
- relieves insomnia
- deals with gas dues to digestive problems
- relieves stomach upsets
- fastens the healing of cold sores.
A medicine chest is incomplete without this plant, more so its flower heads. These heads could be used in the fresh form or dried for later use. There are several chamomile types but the one referred to here is the Roman chamomile.
- the flowers heads are great for infusions
- the salves relive colic, tension, anxiety and indigestion. For that colicky baby, a tablespoon or two of the herbal tea is enough to calm them down.
- the flower heads are great for herbal tea. This helps to deal with insomnia
- deals with eczema; bathe the affected area with the cooled tea as often as possible
For a great cup of chamomile tea, add a handful of the flower heads into a cup and add boiling water. Leave it for 15-20 minutes before you can drain.
It has got antiseptic properties because of thyme, the active ingredient in sage.
- relieves mouth and throat inflammations
- improves appetite
- treats flatulence
- treats cough
- deals with indigestion
- relieves congestion
- helps with hormonal imbalance
- its herbal tea relieves dysmenorrhea and symptoms caused by menaupause
- relieves respiratory issues such as asthma
- reduces excessive salivation and sweating
- treats depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia because it is neuroprotective
It is a perennial herb with aromatic leaves. It grows in places with abundant sunshine and also thrives between boulders and rocks. It is antiseptic because of the active ingredient, thymol.
- helps with bad breathe; make an infusion of the herb and gargle
- deals with mouth sores
- treats laryngitis
- treats tonsillitis
- reduces throat infections; crush fresh thyme and apply it on the neck
- reduces exhaustion; put thyme in a pan of hot water and inhale the vapours
- treats respiratory problems such as chest congestions, whooping cough, bronchitis. To deal with these issues, a teaspoon of thyme extract added to a teaspoon of honey will relieve the patient. It works for children as well. However, you need to give it to them in small portions
Its colorful flowers make it a delight to have in the garden.
- the leaves are edible and help with several skin issues.
- The leaves also help with skin problems. Crush the leaves and apply to your skin to relieve sunburns, clear up skin blemishes and acne
- it is an antiseptic on bruises and cuts
- helps to stop bleeding,
- reduces inflammation caused by cuts and nicks
- its herbal tea relieves varicose veins and helps with digestion issues
Many look at it as a weed but it has several benefits due to its wound-healing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
- its fresh leaves can be crushed to promote healing and deal with pain caused by wounds, skin sores, insect bites and wounds
- the herbal tea from this herb helps to control diarrhoea as it is astringent
- eating the leaves helps with gout
This herb is packed with nutrients plus healing powers. It helps with flatulence and deal with bad breath
It helps to boost one’s appetite, relieves flatulence, heals scrapes and cuts. The young leaves the best to use.