Growing Medicinal Herbs

Growing medicinal herbs is a great idea.  For thousands of years, people have grown herbs for medicinal reasons and have had great results.  There are many herbs that have been proven to show medicinal benefits and here, I will share with you some of those herbs and what they are used for and some easy tips of how to start your very own medicinal herb garden.

First of all, here are some advantages to starting a medicinal herb garden:

  • Medical herbs are helpful in curing everything from the common cold to arthritis.
  • Your herbs will be right there in your own home for you to use at a moment’s notice and you will not have to run to the drug store or supermarket to pick up herbs or alternative medicines.
  • The cost of growing your own herbs will be much cheaper than buying herbs at the store.
  • Since you are the one growing your herbs, you will know where they came from and what has been added to them and what has not.  You will know that your herbs are all natural.
  • The herbs you grow for medicinal purposes may also be good for other purposes too.  They may also be used for cooking, they may be used for aromatherapy and they look good and add colour to your environment as well.

There are many, many different herbs that can be used for different medicinal purposes.  When choosing your herbs, think about any health problems you or your family suffers from, and make sure to plant those.  Here are some examples:

  • Pygeum bark, Saw Palmetto, Horsetail, marshmallow, Echinacea and Pipsissewa are good for male prostate health.
  • St. John’s Wort is good for emotional well being and concentration.
  • Hawthorn, Motherwort, Skullcap and Cayenne are good for cardiovascular health
  • Helonias, Black Cohosh, Chasteberry, Dang Gui, Partridge Berry, Angelica, Ginger and Liquorice help with women’s overall health.
  • Reishi helps support the immune system.
  • Milk Thistle helps the liver.  I have also known people take this during a night on the town to prevent a hangover the following day.
  • Valerian, Passion Flower, Skullcap and Chamomile aid in getting to sleep.
  • Sweet Annie, Baikal Skullcap, Barberry, Meadowsweet, Marshmallow, Liquorice and Ginger help with digestion.

Once you have decided which medicinal herbs you want to plant, it is time to start planting your herb garden!  The garden will be planted the same way you would plant any other herb garden and the herbs need the same basic elements to grow healthy such as water, sun and good soil.  Some medicinal herbs may have special requirements that require more care and you should do a little research on each herb before you start planting.  Once your plants are planted, you should check them once a day to make sure they are doing ok.

After you have harvested your medicinal herbs, there are so many things you can do with them.  They can be used in poultices, teas and even meals.  Soon, you will be reaping the benefits of growing a medicinal herb garden!