Considering the events of the last few weeks, more people are interested in growing medicinal herbal plants. Think about it… many popular over-the-counter medicine ingredients come from China. If prescription and over-the-counter medicines become scarce, natural medicines could be necessary for health concerns and survival.
Even though the Corona crisis will come to an end, another disaster can happen at any time. And when it does, people will thankful they know about natural remedies. So, take advantage of spring approaching and plant some seeds for a more self-sufficient approach to living. You won't regret growing some of your medicines yourself, I promise!
Here you will learn about six medicinal herbs to include in your kitchen pharmacy for long-term and multi-tasking use. Additionally, you'll get some tips for growing and drying the herbs.
Here are a few medicinal, herbal plants to get you started:
1. Ginger Root
Ginger is incredibly trouble-free to grow. You can easily buy a ginger root and cut it into smaller root pieces. It's best to start ginger indoors. Plant by digging down at least three inches and then point the root tip up and carefully cover with soil. You can reuse the roots for several years if you maintain it properly.
Ginger is a warming herb and is known to help with soothing intestinal issues and constipation as well as nausea from illness or pregnancy. It is a popular antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Chamomile is generally easy to grow in your garden from seed directly. Seeds germinate in about two weeks and need light to moderate watering and full to partial shade. You can also propagate by division of roots.
Chamomile is a nervine herb, which means it has an effect on the nervous system. This healing plant has a calming, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is an excellent herb to have on had for digestive health, sleep and skin aid.
5. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is wonderfully versatile and has been used for hundreds of years. It is easy to grow from seed indoors. It grows in clumps and should be spaced about 12″ apart.
Lemon balm can be used for the entire body and it is beneficial for the digestive tract, children's health, winter illnesses, and to strengthen your immunity. It is good for pain relief and is considered a great stress reliever. Lemon Balm belongs to the mint family, so you can easily make a tea or a pitcher of infused water to drink throughout the day.
6. Tulsi/Holy Basil
You can grow Holy Basil all year long and is said to treat a wide range of medical conditions. You can easily sow seeds in a warm, sunny location indoors. This medicinal herb grows in upright, ushy clumps if you pinch it regularly.
Tulsi is an adaptogenic herb that makes delicious tea, tinctures and elixirs. It builds energy and helps to relieve stress, anxiety, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Additionally, it has antimicrobial properties to help heal the skin.
Tips for Growing Medicinal Herbal Plants
Keep Like Herbs Together
Drying Your Herbs
Oven Drying Method
Air and Sun Drying
What medicinal herbs would you like to grow in your healing garden? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.
The information presented here is in no way meant to serve as medical advice. If you are experiencing symptoms of any kind, please consult with your physician.