Many human health conditions can be treated with natural plants and herbs from the garden.
These same plants gave rise to modern pharmacology.
For example, bark from the willow tree contains the pain reliever salicin which is the active ingredient in aspirin.
If you could no longer go to your neighborhood drugstore, growing your own medicine could save your life.
Many physical conditions have known natural treatments and remedies. And people with a wide range of symptoms can get help from the herbs and plants, including the following:
- High blood pressure
- Type II diabetes
- Chronic pain
- Alzheimer’s disease/dementia
Fresh herbs can be dried, made into teas, infused in hot water, or tinctured extracted with alcohol.
Below are 5 herbal treatments you can grow at home, in a pot indoors or outside in the garden, they are:
- Peppermint (Mentha x Piperita):Peppermint is stronger than its sibling spearmint. Minty tea is known to ease stomach and digestive disorders like an upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting. It soothes sore muscles when applied directly to the skin as a liquid, lotion, cream, or salve. Mint plants thrive in moist ground. Once established, they are hardy.
- Mullein (Verbascum thapsus):Mullein is a distinctive weed that grows tall in beaten-down areas like beside a path or roadway. The leaves are fuzzy and pale green. The flowers are shocking yellow rosettes clustered around the top of a sturdy stalk. Both the leaves and flowers are used to soothe the lungs and treat respiratory infections such as coughing, weak lungs, constricted breathing, and chest colds. Medicinally, mullein is an expectorant that removes excess mucus from the lungs while coating the mucous membranes with a slippery emollient.
- Calendula (Calendula officinalis): Commonly known as the marigold, calendula has been known for ages as an anti-fungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial. It is great for making natural cosmetics and diaper cream. Some people use it to treat acne and eczema. Although calendula is an annual flowering plant, it reseeds itself freely and thrives in full Sunlight. The blooms close in the evening. You can pick off flower petals or dry the entire flower head. The flowers can be steeped in hot water and taken as a tea. Tinctures and capsules are also good delivery methods.
- Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis): Lemon balm is a pretty addition to any garden with important health benefits. The aromatic leaves and flowers contain oils, tannins, and bitters that relax the mind and muscles. It calms the stomach and the nerves and hyperactive children. Applied topically to the skin, it can be effective against herpes simplex aka cold sores. Chew on a leaf to freshen the breath or crush and place on an insect bite to reduce the itch. Lemon balm is easy to grow and it attracts bees to pollinate the garden. Like other mints, it will try to overtake the garden. It likes warm weather and rich soil.
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): Rosemary plants look like little pine trees because they are. The woody herb came from the Mediterranean area and is steeped in ancient lore. Prized for its healing properties, dried rosemary in a cloth bag, sachet, or potpourri is an excellent aromatherapy treatment. The oil has stimulant properties and is thought to strengthen memory, focus, and clear thinking. The astringent and antibacterial qualities of rosemary make it a beneficial addition to oral health products like mouthwash. It takes rosemary a year to two to put down firm roots and establish itself so be patient. It can grow as tall as 4 ft and just as wide, so allow enough garden space. The pretty, small flowers; blue, white, pink, or purple bloom 2X annually: in late Winter and early Spring. The blossom-covered stems are a beautiful sight and a favorite of hummingbirds. We all like humming birds in the garden.
There are many more plants that are easy to grow and medicinally valuable.
So, do not wait, start a garden or a few flower pots now with some plants that have useful properties for you and your family.
Practice harvesting, drying, and preserving the plants before disaster strikes. Add more types of plants as your mastery grows along with your home-grown medicine chest.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively
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