Plant and Grow a Medicinal Garden, by GA Writer

herb gardenGrow your own medicine instead of buying it. Sounds overly simple, but growing medicinal plants is as easy as growing your own food. Consider what ails you, like skin irritations or high cholesterol, research the health benefits provided by different herbs and flowers, then select some medicinal plants that would best meet your health needs. Select a sunny location, prepare the planting site, plant, water and in a few weeks you will be reaping the fruits of your labor and feeling better for it. Start your medicinal garden off with these easy-to-grow plants-

Aloe Vera

Popular houseplant used to treat minor burns and skin abrasions. The juice inside the plant leaves contain antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that promote healing for wounded skin.

Dandelions

Extract the juice from the plant to ease the pain and promote healing of blisters and warts. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.

Garlic and Onions

These two medicinal herbs have been proven to help lower cholesterol and prevent blood clots by preventing the platelets from sticking together.

Ginger

Ginger root provides flavor for a variety of cooking uses and medicinal purposes. Ginger tea calms an upset stomach, squelches headache pain and lessen the frequency of migraines.

Rosemary

Stimulates blood circulation and increases energy.

Basil

This herb helps to control blood pressure and is rich in healthy antioxidants.

Parsley

Parsley aids in digestion, freshens breath after a meal and discourages tooth decay when chewed after a meal.

Lavender Flowers

The fragrance of lavender flowers calms and soothes and the dried the leaves can be used to make a soothing, calming tea to reduce stress.

How to Plant

Select a sunny location with well-draining soil for creating your medicinal garden. Till the soil to the depth of 18 inches and work in organic matter like compost or well-rotted cow manure to amend the soil and provide food for the herbs and flowers.

Group plants together that have the same light and water needs to make garden maintenance easier. Create a size and shape garden bed that allows you to reach the center for harvesting the medicinal plants as needed. Planting a container garden with several medicine herbs and flowers is a way to grow your own medicine in small spaces and create an eye-pleasing living plant arrangement. Several small containers of medicinal plants can be grown on a sunny windowsill indoors so you will have access to free and natural medicine year ‘round.

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