Top 10 Plants to Include in Your Medicinal Garden

Your garden doesn’t have to be used just for growing food and pretty flowers. It’s quite easy to create a medicinal garden where you’ll enjoy having a ready supply of various plants that can be used to maintain and improve your health. There are 10 plants that all medicinal gardens should have.

Garlic

You can use garlic for more than flavoring your spaghetti sauce. It’s also a very useful remedy for a variety of health issues. I can be used as a defense between viruses, some parasites, a bug repellent, and against bacteria. If you are prone to head colds, flu bugs, bronchitis, and congestion, you’ll find that consuming fresh garlic does wonders to improve your health. It’s also a useful remedy when you are suffering from digestive tract issues that have been caused by parasites and bacteria. Many people have also found that rubbing garlic on their skin where they have contracted ringworm has helped clear the problem right up.

Most people find that adding a pinch of garlic to one or two meals is a great way to prevent many health problems. If you feel you’re getting sick, you should consume a ½ teaspoon every hour or two. An effective garlic based oil can be created by mixing a garlic mash with apple cider vinegar and letting it sit for a day or two.

The best place to grow garlic is in a spot with sandy soil that can be kept moist and where the growing plants can enjoy direct sunlight.

Elder Tree

It will take a little while for the elder tree to be old enough to be used, but once it’s ready, you’ll agree that the wait was worthwhile. Each part of the tree can be used to improve your health. You can use a small portion of the bark as a diuretic r purgative. The leaves can shorten wound healing time and ease rash discomfort. When you have a flu, head or chest cold, you’ll find that the berries and flowers can help you feel better.

The simplest way to use the elderberries is by making a syrup. All it takes is a 1 cup of berries that you’ve already dried. Add 4 cups of boiling water. After the mixture has soaked for about 12 hours, you should add a cup of honey and puree the mix. You’ll be able to store the mixture for a month, and it can also be frozen for increased storage time. Taking a ½ teaspoon of the mix 4-6 times a day when you feel a cold coming on will help you feel better more quickly than if you didn’t have the syrup on hand. The Elder tree does well in a variety of soils.

Licorice

The best way to promote a healthy endocrine system is by adding some licorice to your medical garden. Being able to partake of the licorice plant on a regular basis is a great way to restore balance to your body and help your pancreas deal with surplus of sweet and fatty foods we regularly consume.

The key to growing licorice is to make sure the garden is heavily mulched. The colder an area you live in, the more important the mulching will be. The plant needs to be planted in an area where it will be able to enjoy full or partial sunlight and it likes relatively dry, well-drained soil. It takes two or three years before you can harvest the roots.

Dandelion

When it’s growing in your yard, the dandelion is an irritating weed, but you’ll love having this cheerful plant in your medicinal garden. Experts in herbal medicines have long revered this flower. In addition to being a good source of nutrition, it can also be used as a total-wellness tonic and can provide assistance with gallstones, gout, improved bile flow, kidney stones, gastritis, bladder stones, and urinary tract infections.

The best time to harvest dandelions is shortly after they appear. You can use the entire plant, including the roots which can be ground up and seeped into a healthy, tasty tea that purifies the blood and helps maintain liver health.

Coneflower

You’ll have to take fewer sick days after you grow coneflower in your medicinal garden. It’s a great way to create a healthy immune system. You can use the coneflower to make a decoction to treat oral infections or use a lotion made out of the plant to assist with psoriasis, cuts, acne, and hemorrhoids.

Coneflower grows best in sunny areas in soil that drains well and is very fertile. You should harvest the coneflower when it is in full bloom. The roots can be harvested in the fall.

Ginseng

Ginseng has been an important part of herbal medicines for as long as anyone can remember. When you regularly consume ginseng you’ll find that you’re better able to manage stress, have mre energy, and are plain healthy than you were prior to making it a part of your life. It can be used to establish bodily harmony, reduce your blood pressure, and ease bouts of anxiety.

Ginseng should be planted in a shady spot. Ginseng is a long term commitment. It takes three years before you can use the roots.

Stinging Nettles

Most people work hard to eliminate stinging nettles from their yard, but you should add them to your medicinal garden. They are easy to grow and can help with a variety of health problems that includes hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, bladder stones, fever, eczema, and infections.

Stinging nettles prefer to grow in areas that get a great deal of sunlight and where the soil stays moist. They do quite well along fence lines.

Chamomile

Chamomile is a fantastic addition to your medicinal garden. It can be easily brewed into a tea and helps you reduce your stress load, fall asleep, and improves your nervous and digestive systems. Chamomile is an excellent source of magnesium and calcium. The plants grow best when they’re planted in sandy soil and receive a great deal of direct sunlight.

Lavender

In addition to being a great tool when you need to relax, lavender is also good for the nervous system. Herbalists have used it to treat menstrual pain, toothaches, throat pain, and to lower blood pressure. It can also be useful when treating burns. The best place to grow lavender is in a sunny space that has sandy soil.

Motherwort

For generations, women have been using motherwort to help with a variety of female problems. It can decrease blood pressure, improve your overall emotional health, ease menstrual cramps, and help you pass the afterbirth after you have a baby. Motherwort can be successfully grown in both full and partial sunlight. It favors well-drained soil.

These are just a few of many options you could include in your medicinal garden. What are some other plants that you grow to help your family’s health?

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I’m Laura P, aka, Passion Prepper, aka, Storage Prepper! I’ve been homesteading nearly all my life and prepping for the last 6 years. I strongly believe our great country of America was built on self-sufficient families like mine and yours. Politics bores me, learning new stuff, getting outside and living life thrills me.

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