More and more people are turning to homeopathic medicines to either replace or supplements the more traditional chemical medical interventions. What’s more, many of the herbs that can be utilized for these purposes are easily grown in your own garden, as long as you know what the basics. Here are some easy healing herbs to grow in any garden, and all of them share the basic principles of being easy to nurture, easy to source, and useful for a number of health complaints.
Most people are aware of the healing properties of chamomile tea, say, for mental stress, and it is no coincidence that this sweet honey-like herb is a popular choice for oral consumption.
Believe it or not, chamomile can also act as a pain relief, especially to those suffering from arthritis, and is a great natural intervention for those looking for some restful sleep. The other great news is that chamomile is easy to get your hands on for planting purposes, and thrives in sunny but not-to-hot climates, and in soil that doesn’t require a large degree of fertilizer.
Dandelion is so easy to grow that most of us spend our time trying to weed out this ‘pest’ from out otherwise well-maintained lawns. However, dandelion is a natural diuretic, meaning that is beneficial to our liver and kidneys. It’s easily consumed as a tea, or if you are feeling slightly more adventurous, some tasty dandelion wine.
“The taste of this weed is surprisingly sweet, and with beneficial diuretic, properties, you will never curse its appearance in your garden again,” enthuses Alan Firestone, a gardening writer at Biology Writing and OxEssays.
No list of easy-to-grow medicinal herbs would be complete without this pungent crowd favourite. Garlic is considered somewhat of a magic bullet for any number of ills, including fevers and sore throats. That is because, as well as being tasty, garlic is proven to stimulate the growth and production of white blood cells, which are of course one of the body’s natural defences in times of crisis. It is also has anti-septic and anti-bacterial qualities. Plus it’s so easy to grow that it is ubiquitous in any number of climates, particularly as wild garlic.
Another herb that needs little introduction and which is already a favourite of any number of recipes from cuisines all around the world. However, you may have noticed that ginger s often a common ingredient in cuisines which emanate from hooter climates: Thai and Indian cooking springs to mind. That’s no coincidence as ginger prefers hot, tropical climates to grow in, meaning that if you live in a place which doesn’t fit this description, a greenhouse will be required. However, ginger doesn’t require much space to prosper, and of course is produced under the soil because it is in fact a rhizome.
“Perhaps the most well-known benefit of ginger, or should I say, the most well-known sensation offered by ginger, is that feeling of warmth that is provides after consumption, and that is because it improves circulation. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, so is a great all-rounder for natural medicine collections,” says Brian Woolsten, a lifestyle blogger at PaperFellows and Academized.
The list of positive attributes of oregano is almost endless: it’s a great digestive aid, t’s good for your skin, it has anti-biotic qualities, and so on. From a growing perspective, perhaps the only issue you will have once you have planted oregano is how to keep it under control. That’s because it is a hardy herb which thrives in sunshine, and doesn’t require too much heat, although it won’t mind too. Popular in Mediterranean cuisine of course, where it grows abundantly, oregano is a tasty herb which offers a number of medicinal benefits, as seen.
Peppermint’s scent is unmistakable, and is everywhere in the world of candy, used to flavour gum in particular. And that is no coincidence either as one of the best healing traits of peppermint is that is great for aiding digestion and appeasing upset stomachs, as well as fighting flatulence. Chew or suck some peppermint – which grows almost ubiquitously in any number of climates – after a heavy meal and you feel as good as new before too much time has lapsed, and your breath will smell great too!