Modern medicine has progressed a long way over the past hundred years. Doctors and scientists are now able to cure many diseases that used to be deadly around the world. However, some people have decided that they no longer want to rely on science-based medicines and instead they want to use herbs to deal with many of the illnesses they suffer from day to day. Although many herbal medicines are now available over the counter, quite a few of them can be grown in your garden.
Aloe vera is probably one of the most used herbal remedies in the world. It has amazing regenerative properties that have been used for hundreds of years and is now finding its way into many mainstream medications and skin creams. Aloe vera can be grown under normal conditions as it just needs moist soil and sun exposure. Its leaves are the part that contains the good sap that you can use for many things including burns, cuts, eczema and other skin allergies. You can also make a drink from the Aloe vera sap that can be used for digestive problems, constipation, and ulcerative colitis.
You might be surprised to discover that this is the same plant that the edible marshmallows are obtained. As well as creating a nice sweet treat to add to your hot chocolate, this plant also has many curative properties. Externally, this plant can be used to treat insect bites, bruises, aching muscles and other skin inflammations. You can also take it orally to treat ulcers, stomach acid, and urine problems.
The pot marigold is another flower that can be easily grown under normal climatic conditions. It also has the benefit of looking amazing in the garden with its striking yellow flowers. Pot marigold has long been known to help many skin ailments; it is also great for insect bites, sore eyes, and other wounds and stings. It can also be used to treat fever, chronic infections, and even varicose veins.
Although the Chinese yam might not look particularly appealing to the eye with just its green leaves, it hides a myriad of medicinal uses. The Chinese yam can be eaten to cure issues with the lungs and kidneys as well as problems with the spleen and stomach. That, however, is just the beginning, it can also help with poor digestion, dry coughs, diabetes and snake and scorpion bites.
Tea tree is another herb that has had a lot of good press and is also used a lot of medicines. As well as its amazing antibacterial and antifungal properties, it can also help with burns, fever, and insect bites. Its benefits have also led to successful uses against athlete’s foot, vaginal infections, and fatigue syndrome.
The lemon balm plant looks and smells a lot like mint, but it has large summer flowers that not only look pretty but can also be rubbed on the skin to help with animal bites, mosquito bites, sores and herpes. The nectar can also be used with some water to form a juice that helps with fever, colds, headaches and upset stomach.
Thyme is a popular herb that is prominent in many herb gardens. That is because it is used in many cooking recipes to add flavor, and also added to potatoes and other vegetables. It is no wonder then that this herb has some great effects against digestive problems. Not only can it help with coughs, but it is also beneficial for stomach gas and indigestion.
Another popular herb used in cooking, basil is most commonly used with tomatoes to give it a nice sweet and tangy flavor. Basil also have other properties that make it a hugely useful plant to have in your garden particularly if you have children as it can be good for scrapes and cuts on the skin. Internally, it also has uses for stomach gas and lack of appetite.
Sage is a herb that you will most likely have had in your Sunday roasts or perhaps with your turkey at Christmas as it is often used in stuffing mix. As well as flavoring your meals, however, sage has other uses. It has been found to help with skin infections and gum infections but also helps with digestion and the menopause. All the more reason to keep including it in your cooking.
The fenugreek seed looks a little like a crushed peanut, but this seed packs quite a punch when it comes to health benefits. As well as good nutritional value, fenugreek seeds also help with inflammation, low blood cholesterol, and inflammation. For pregnant women, it has also been found to help with labor pain, though you need to clear this with your doctor beforehand.
Cannabis has long been hailed as a plant that can help with some conditions including chronic pain and even cancer. However, it has also been the subject of many laws restricting its sale and use. There is now starting to be more interesting research on this plant that has led to some states in America lifting its ban and allowing growth of plants for personal use. The only slight issue with growing cannabis in your garden is that it has specific requirements that need to be met including heat and light. For that reason, it is best to grow it indoors using Buds Grow Guide LED grow guide to help you.
The little herb with red berries has been known for many years as a fantastic way to improve health and even promote long life. Not only can ginseng help with nervous disorders, but it can also increase your metabolic rate, improve blood pressure and improve immunity.
These are a few of the many herbs and plants that you can grow in your garden. Many of them you may already have for your cooking, while others might need a little help to grow effectively.