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In these uncertain times, more and more people are gardening to grow their own food and medicinal herbs. Being able to grow your own food gives you an edge in terms of independence and ability to get the most for your food dollar.
The same is true of being able to grow your own medicines. In this article, we will discuss the use of medicinal herbs for healing and make recommendations for the best and most useful herbs to plant in your survival garden. Read on to learn more.
There Is Nothing More Traditional Than Herbal Medicine
It is odd that modern Western medical practices are called “traditional” and herbal medicine is referred to as “alternative.” The fact is, herbs have been in use for healing far longer than chemicals.
Their use dates back many thousands of years and herbs have been proven effective for protecting and restoring good health. Regular use of herbal supplements helps strengthen the immune system to help keep you naturally healthy.
A medicinal herb garden is easy to grow and you can reap marvelous benefits from it. Here are 13 of the top herbs you should include in your survival garden.
1. Echinacea helps boost the immune system by activating your white blood cells. This helps your body deflect colds and flu and fight infection.
2. Feverfew is helpful for reducing fever and relieving headaches. This is accomplished by chewing the leaves. You can also make a tea with the herb that will help relieve arthritis pain.
3. Milk Thistle has been clinically proven to help cleanse and strengthen the liver.
4. Ginseng is also an excellent liver tonic and has been shown to have a positive effect on cholesterol levels.
5. Basil is a tasty kitchen spice that is also a superstar in the world of healing herbs. It is naturally antiseptic and also has some powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful for a wide variety of problems ranging from topical treatment of scrapes and cuts to ingestion for the treatment of digestive problems.
6. Lavender has deeply calming properties. It is excellent for aromatherapy and for tea. It also has strong antiseptic and anti-fungal properties and is a good addition to salves and ointments.
7. Chamomile is flavorful and soothing. A cup of chamomile tea can settle your tummy and/or help you sleep. It is also an excellent addition to salves for treatment of skin inflammation.
8. Peppermint contains the well-known medicinal ingredient, menthol. It is good for soothing irritated skin, calming and settling the stomach and soothing bloating and stomach pain.
9. Lemon Balm also helps calm the tummy and promote rest and relaxation. It is a bit more powerful than chamomile and can help relieve pain and discomfort. It is also a good appetite stimulant.
10. Parsley has very high chlorophyll content, so when consumed fresh it is an excellent source of enzymes that help promote good gut health. Additionally, chewing fresh parsley is an effective remedy for bad breath. The high ironcontent in parsley can help relieve fatigue. Parsley tea is a good remedy for bladder and/or kidney infection, upset stomach and flatulence.
11. Sage has powerful astringent and antibacterial properties. It is very good for soothing inflammation of the mouth, gums and throat. Drinking a cup of sage tea can help soothe mouth ulcers.
12. Rosemary has relaxing and tummy settling properties, and it also helps clearphlegm when you have a cold or flu. Drinking Rosemary tea can reduce headache pain and improve memory. This may be because it helps increase circulation. Overall, it is beneficial to the central nervous system and the circulatory
13. Thyme contains a strong antiseptic ingredient called thymol, which is used in many antiseptic commercial products. Thyme is an excellent choice for treating fungal infections and wounds.
How Do You Use Medicinal Herbs?
It is possible to learn to create a wide variety of healing and personal care items using herbs, but generally speaking, most herbs can be made into tea. This is a quick and easy way to get started. While you will want to harvest and dry your herbs for year-round use, you can also make fresh herb tea. Here’s what
-A quarter cup of fresh herbs
-A cup of water
Place your herbs in a teapot or other heat safe container. When your water comes to a boil, remove it from the heat and pour it over the herbs. Cover and allow the tea to steep for ten or fifteen minutes. Add honey and/or lemon if desired for taste.
The Benefits Of Keeping A Medicinal Herbs Garden
Most medicinal herbs are very easy to grow. In fact, sometimes you have to keep a tight rein on them to prevent them from running rampant. The essential oils found in herbs help them to resist pests, so you won’t need to worry about having your crop eaten by insects or animals.
When you plant your own medicinal herb garden, you and your family can literally reap a wealth of benefits in terms of health and well-being. These herbs are tasty, beautiful and good for you. Learning to create your own healing salves, ointments, tinctures and teas is fascinating, thrifty and enjoyable.
Jonathan Leger is a member of the Garden Writer’s Association and a gardening enthusiast. He is also a successful software developer and has created a number of software and service applications. He recently created a website where you can ask questions and receive answers from expert authors and researchers at AnswerThis.Co.
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