Many plants have medicinal properties, that make them great for herbal remedies to common pains and aches.
These crops can be cooked in food, brewed in tea, mixed into creams and more, to treat various illnesses.
In this article, you’ll learn about plants you can grow in your garden to use in herbal remedies.
Be sure to talk to a doctor before self-medicating with any herbs.
We all know chamomile is soothing as a tea.
But did you know it’s also used as an antidote for anxiety, wounds and swelling?
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, reports that chamomile is also one of the best herbs for treating colic in children.
Chamomile can be used as a tea or compress.
Lavender is notorious for its soothing scent.
That scent has stress relief properties.
Plus, it works as a mild antidepressant and sedative to treat insomnia.
Lavender can be used as an oil, added to food, and added to creams to treat sunburns and acne.
As the name suggests, feverfew was traditionally used to treat fevers.
Today, it’s more commonly used for migraine prevention.
It also works to relieve allergies, asthma, dizziness and nausea.
It can be used in tea, or on skin as a cleanser and to prevent skin infections.
Ginseng treats all sorts of different ailments.
Extract from Korean red ginseng has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve antioxidants in people with eczema.
It also offers a mood boost. One study showed that mental health and mood improved in people who consumed ginseng daily.
Milk Thistle most commonly treats liver conditions and high cholesterol.
Medical research suggests that this plant helps with jaundice, hepatitis and gallbladder disorders.
It also is thought to improve diabetes when used with traditional medical treatments.
Studies show patients with type 2 diabetes see a decrease in blood sugar levels and an improvement in cholesterol when using milk thistle.
Ginger is delicious in meals, and it solves illnesses too!
This root is used mostly to treat nausea and motion sickness.
It has a long history of treating sea sickness, but some studies suggest it might be most effective against morning sickness.
It’s also been show to reduce muscle pain from exercise if eaten regularly.
For centuries, calendula acted as a antifungal, antiseptic and wound-healing medicine.
This herb helps wounds heal faster by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the wound.
It’s also used in creams to hydrate skin and treat burns and minor infections.
Calendula also treats skin inflammation caused by radiation therapy for cancer patients.
Lemon balm is a member of the mint family with many uses.
When eaten, this herb has a relaxing effect on the stomach and nervous system, treating indigestion, insomnia and anxiety.
As a cream, it’s been shown to heal and reduce symptoms of cold sores.
It’s popularly brewed into tea for easy consumption.
Next time you’re planning what to plant in your garden, consider some of these medicinal plants so you can easily make your own herbal remedies.
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