Medicinal Plants You Can Grow at Home

Heal rashes, treat depression and reduce indigestion with your very own at-home healing garden.

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Healing plants you can grow at home
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Healing Plants For Your Garden

Physic (or “physick”) was the name given to gardens of medicinal plants grown by physicians and monks in ancient times and by home gardeners well into the nineteenth century. Why not carry on the tradition with some of these healing plants to grow at home? By investing a little sweat and the cost of the seeds, you can grow your own ingredients for infusions, teas and balms.

Just choose a sunny spot with rich soil for your healing garden. Perennial plants will grow from season to season, while annuals must be reseeded or transplanted.

Note: It’s always a good idea to speak with your doctor before beginning any homeopathic treatments. Even store-bought supplements can interfere with medication.

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Medicinal plants to grow at home - sage
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Sage is a perennial. Sage’s genus name, Salvia, means “to heal,” reflecting its early use as a medicinal plant, rather than a culinary herb.

Medicinal uses of sage: Mouth and throat inflammations.

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Medicinal plants to grow at home - chamomile
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Chamomile is an annual. Use chamomile flower heads for infusions and salves.

Medicinal uses of chamomile: Indigestion, anxiety, inflammation.

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Medicinal plants to grow at home - basil
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Basil is an annual. Harvest the young leaves of what’s called “the king of herbs” as needed.

Medicinal uses of basil: Flatulence, lack of appetite, cuts and scrapes.

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Medicinal plants to grow at home - feverfew
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Feverfew is a perennial. Use leaves and flowers for teas; chew leaves to ease headache pain.

Medicinal uses of feverfew: Headaches (including migraines), skin conditions, arthritis.

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Medicinal plants to grow at home - lemon balm
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Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a perennial. A relative of mint, lemon balm is a versatile healing plant to grow at home.

Medicinal uses of lemon balm: Anxiety, insomnia, wounds, herpes, insect bites, flatulence, upset stomach.

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Medicinal plants to grow at home - parsley
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Parsley is a biennial. Like its curly cousin P. crispum, this herb is loaded with nutrients.

Medicinal uses for parsley: Flatulence, bad breath.

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Medicinal plants to grow at home - St. John's wort
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St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is a perennial. The glossy leaves and yellow flowers are this herb’s active parts.

Medicinal uses of St. John’s Wort: Mild to moderate depression.

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Medicinal plants to grow at home - thyme
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Thyme is a perennial. The active principle in thyme, thymol, is a strong antiseptic.

Medicinal uses of thyme: Upper respiratory ailments (coughs, congestion), indigestion, gas.

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