Summertime is the Great Time for Medicinal Herbs in the Garden!

Garden plus Herbs equals Medicine if you plant correctly

You finally have your green thumb working and as a matter of fact you must be all green fingered as your garden has been thriving now for a while. Time for a new challenge!

You may have herbs in your general garden or even a specialty herb garden for spicing up your home grown food, but now you need a medicinal herb garb to really reap some benefits.

Add these plants to your homestead gardening and gain the many and varied benefits of the oils, tinctures, rubs and more they can provide!

See what you can grow and how to use them right now!

Grow Your Own Herbal Medicine Garden This Summer (and Beyond)

 

30th June 2015

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

For those who are in the thick of summer, now is a fantastic time to plant an outdoor medicinal garden. Don’t worry if you’re into winter, though — it’s also easy to grow a therapeutic herb garden on a sunny indoor ledge. Either way, creating a healing garden is a straightforward and rewarding pursuit, and is a great way to take charge of your day-to-day health and wellbeing. And best of all, it’s fun.

Several plants are well-known, others might be unfamiliar. But one thing is certain, all are powerful for promoting and sustaining optimal health.

Medicinal gardens 101: Which plants are best?

If you have a sunny spot in your garden, on a deck or an indoor windowsill, the following plants will happily thrive:

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Considered the cannabis of the feline world, catnip is a first-class medicinal for those of the human sort. A gray-green perennial, catnip has been used extensively throughout the ages as a calming agent for the body and mind. It eases digestive and emotional disturbances, pain, restlessness, insomnia, headache and menstrual disorders. The herb is especially helpful for infants and children due to its mild nature. The oil of catnip is considered an effective insect repellant.
In France, the leaves and young shoots are often added to sauces and stews for a flavoring similar to mint and pennyroyal. Since the roots tend to be overly stimulating, however, it’s best to stick with the leaves for culinary/medicinal purposes.

Herbal actions: calmative, diaphoretic, relaxant, carminative, astringent, digestive stimulant, insect repellant (volatile oil), emmenagogue, tonic.

Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)

If you suffer from irritability, anxiety, stress or insomnia, lavender is the herb for you. With its use traveling back thousands of years, lavender is a time-honored herb that uplifts the mood and encourages healthy circulation. It also demonstrates potent antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lavender is often used in baked goods and is a unique component of herbs de Provence seasoning blends.

Herbal actions: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antioxidant.

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