14 Blooming Medicinal Herbs For Your Home Garden

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Why Plant A Medicinal Herb Garden?

So you want to start a garden? Most of us dream of planting gardens full of vibrantly colorful flowers and luscious green shrubs that will perfume the air, provide shade and attract birds.

But before you head to your nearest garden center or nursery consider this: Can your garden do more for you than just provide you with visual beauty? Can the beautiful garden of your dreams also be your natural medicine cabinet? The answer to these questions is Yes!

The following is a short list of medicinal herbs you can incorporate into your flower garden:

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera BloomOf all the medicinal herbs in my garden, I value my aloe vera plant the most because it has the most practical applications. The aloe vera plant is a low maintenance plant that thrives in the sun and does not require a great deal of water. Plus, a healthy and well cared for aloe vera plant, that has reached maturity (around 4 years old) will fill your garden with colorfully majestic blooms.

Aloe vera has been highly valued as a medicinal herb for centuries. The medicinal gel we know as aloe vera is located inside the aloe plant spears. To get to the medicinal gel inside the aloe plant simply cut open a spear and scrape off the aloe gel inside the leaf. The sap from the aloe vera plant is extremely useful toward speeding up the healing process of various skin conditions and reducing the risk of infections for:

  • Minor wounds
  • Cuts & scrapes
  • Burns
  • Eczema
  • Other forms of skin inflammation

Apart from its external use on the skin, aloe vera can also be safely taken internally for the treatment of:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Poor appetite
  • Other digestive problems such as indigestion, heartburn and ulcers (source)

Great Burdock

Great BurdockThe Great Burdock is a beautiful plant that requires moist soil and can grow in shady spots in your garden. In the fields of Chinese and Western herbal medicine the Great Burdock is known as a detoxifying herb.

Teas brewed from the leaves of this herb are used as mild diuretics and laxatives. The roots and leaves of this medicinal herb can also be crushed and used as salves for the treatment of:

  • Boils
  • Rashes such as prickly heat rash
  • Mild sun burns
  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Mild insect bites such as mosquito bites

Chamomile

ChamomileI prefer to grow German chamomile in my garden as it is an annual plant which grows into a 3 feet tall bushy shrub. The chamomile plant is famous for the fact that it can be used to brew chamomile tea which is used to naturally treat a variety of health concerns including stress, menstrual cramps, insomnia, digestive issues and mild inflammation in the joints.

This ancient medicinal plant has a sweet, crisp, fruity and herbaceous fragrance and delicately beautiful flowers which can add texture to your garden as well as substance to your alternative medicine cabinet. source

Globe Artichoke

Globe ArtichokesThe Globe Artichoke is low in calories and sodium and high in vitamin C, folic acid, and magnesium. The ancient Egyptians prized Globe Artichoke as a medication as well as a food since it can increase the production of bile and fat-digesting enzymes, which in turn help lower cholesterol levels by helping to stop its absorption in the bowels.

A bitter tasting plant, the Globe Artichoke which requires a lot of sun and water is a beautiful perennial addition to any garden.

When consumed, the Globe Artichoke can help:

  • Improve liver and gall bladder function
  • Stimulate the secretion of digestive juices
  • Lower blood cholesterol levels
  • Ease chronic liver and gall bladder issues
  • Treat Jaundice
  • Relieve IBS symptoms (source)

Milk Thistle

milk thistle

Milk Thistle is a colorful, low maintenance weed that grows well in most types of soils. The seeds of this member of the sunflower  family house the highly potent medicinal ingredient Silymarin. The antioxidant ability of silymarin is what enables it to remove free radicals from the body. Therefore, it is not surprising that milk thistle is highly beneficial to the health of the liver.

The flowers, seeds and roots of milk thistle are used to brew teas that can help relieve:

  • Liver and gall bladder issues
  • Jaundice
  • Mild joint inflammation
  • Chronic liver inflammation
  • High cholesterol levels
  • The effects of a hangover (source)

Great Yellow Gentian

Great Yellow GentianThe Great Yellow Gentian is a beautiful, perennial plant that will add color to your garden and a uniquely potent medicinal herb to your alternative medicine cabinet.

The extremely bitter tasting roots of this medicinal plant which are the most potent medicinal elements of this plant have been used for centuries to treat:

  • Chronic liver inflammation
  • Indigestion
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Poor appetite (source)

 

Echinacea

EchinaceaEchinacea, also called purple cone flowers, are a beautiful, perennial addition to any garden. This low maintenance medicinal plant will grow in full sun with little water.

One of the world’s most important medicinal herbs, the Echinacea is nature’s flue shot. This medicinal herb has the capacity to raise the body’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system and studies have shown that teas brewed from the roots and flowers of this herb can help shorten the duration of a cold by at least 1 1/2 days.

Echinacea also have antibiotic properties that can help relieve allergy symptoms. (source)

Siberian Ginseng

Siberian GinsengThe Siberian Ginseng is not the same as traditional Ginseng. Despite its name, Siberian Ginseng grows wild in hardwood forests in most areas of North America. This beautiful, low maintenance medicinal herb grows in shrub form; male plants produce purple flowers, while female plants produce green blooms.

The Siberian Ginseng has a wide range of health benefits, mostly as a powerful medicinal herb that can help menopausal women.Its medicinal properties are used to treat:

  • Menopausal problems
  • Low energy levels by stimulating the adrenal glands
  • Insomnia
  • Poor appetite
  • Poor memory due to menopause
  • General menopause symptoms such as hot flashes
  • Mild joint inflammation
  • Siberian Ginseng can help dilate blood vessels and hence is very popular with athletes and those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome since this can help increase strength, endurance and concentration
  • Siberian Ginseng should not be taken by those taking blood thinners, those suffering from heart disease or high/low blood pressure

Sea Buckthorn

Sea BuckthornSea Buckthorn is a low maintenance, frost resistant tree that will grow well anywhere where the soil drains well. Sea Buckthorn, nature’s most balanced fruit is often called the “Holy Fruit of the Himalayas” and has been cherished by native Tibetans for centuries for its incredible nutritive qualities.

Sea Buckthorn’s Nutritional Profile:

  • More than 190 biologically active compounds
  • Full range of omega fatty acids
  • More than 60 antioxidants
  • Very high in vitamin C (300-1600 mg/100 g), which is
    4 – l00 times higher than any vegetable and fruit

The branches and leaves of this medicinal herb are used in Mongolia to mainly treat gastrointestinal ailments.

Fresh Sea Buckthorn berry juice is known to help treat:

  • Colds because it is very high in vitamin C
  • Fevers
  • Exhaustion due to illness because of its high nutritional value
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Mild joint inflammation
  • IBS symptoms
  • Canker sores in the mouth (source)

Tea Tree

tea treeThis fragrant, tropical, evergreen plant grow well in backyard green houses since it requires a great deal of water, controlled temperature levels and needs at least 3 years to reach maturity.

The leaves and twigs of tea tree are made into tea tree oil which is famous for its antiseptic, anti fungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.

Tea tree oil can safely be used to treat :

  • Thrush in infants
  • Vaginal infections
  • Acne
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Warts
  • Insect bites (In fact, ea Tree oil is one of the more popular ingredients in natural mosquito sprays)
  • Cold sores
  • Minor burns (source)

Peppermint

peppermintPeppermint can be grown almost anywhere that is out of the hot sun, but it prefers a moderately rich soil and at least partial shade. Because peppermint spreads vigorously by underground runners, you need to cultivate it in containers which are at least four inches in depth or in garden beds surrounded by boards buried about 6-8 inches in the earth. This will help stop the mint from taking over your garden.

Peppermint is often regarded as ‘the world’s oldest medicine’, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years ago.

Pepeprmint is naturally high in Manganese, vitamin A and vitamin C.

Crushed leaves rubbed on the skin help soothe and relax the muscles.

Infused peppermint leaves and peppermint teas are used to :

  • Reduce IBS symptoms
  • Ease upset stomachs
  • Inhibit bacterial growth
  • Treat mild fevers
  • Treat flatulence
  • Ease muscle pain and contractions (source)

Evening Primrose

evening primroseEvening Primrose is considered to be a weed because it self-seeds rapidly and establishes itself easily. However, provided it’s kept under control, evening primrose has delightful fragrant flowers that open at dusk and is a plant with a number of important medicinal properties.

The young roots of this plant can be eaten like a vegetable, or the shoots can be eaten as a salad. However, the more medicinally valuable parts of this plant are the leaves and bark which can be made into evening primrose oil, which can be applied topically to treat:

  • PMS symptoms
  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Brittle nails
  • Rheumatoid arthritis inflammation (source)

Wu Wei Zi (Schizandra)

wu wei ziAlso known as Schizandra, or Chinese Magnolia vine, this beautiful medicinal plant grows well in warmer climates.

Female plants produce edible berries called Wu Wei Zi or “five flavor berries” which have a host of medicinal properties.

In the field of traditional Chinese medicine these berries are highly valued as one of the 50 essential herbs. These berries and their seeds are often dried or brewed in a tea and used to treat such ailments as:

  • Persistent dry coughs
  • Night sweats due to menopause
  • UTI’s (urinary track infections)
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Poor memory due to menopause
  • Obesity since these teas can suppress the appetite
  • Wu Wei Zi products are not safe for pregnant women to consume

Feverfew

FeverfewFeverfew is a charming, low maintenance, perennial herb that can add character as well as texture to your garden.

A tea made from the flowers and leaves of this ancient medicinal herb is used in the treatment of:

  • Mild arthritis pain and inflammation
  • Fevers due to the common cold or flue 
  • Feverfew is also known to have a mild sedative effect which can help those suffering from insomnia and anxiety.
  • Chewing 1-4 leaves a day has been proven to be effective in the treatment of mild headaches. (source)

photo courtesy of: olgaberrios

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Paulin Soleyman
Paulin Soleyman is the founder and editor of The Underground Bootcamp. Her goal is to help everyday people live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives by sharing all that she knows about healthy living, nutrition, and fitness.
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Comments

  1. Toni @Runninglovingliving says

    Great post!! I have a garden and the only thing I have growing on your list is mint, but I plan to add some of the others this year!!!! Love this!!!!

  2. Missy says

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve killed an aloe vera plant before. My mother grows a lot of these herbs and has a natural green thumb….I did not inherit this from her but did inherit my love of herbs.

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