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15 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Home Garden That Will Help You Sustain Your Health

Aloe Vera Aloe Vera has been used as a medicinal herb for some time. Aloe vera plants (Aloe barbadensis) has been grown for hundreds of years.… Simi - December 5, 2017

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has been used as a medicinal herb for some time. Aloe vera plants (Aloe barbadensis) has been grown for hundreds of years. Different parts of the world use it for various reasons. For instance, in the traditional Indian medicine it is used to treat constipation, skin problems and as a remedy for colic. The Chinese medicine uses it as a treatment for fungal diseases. While the rest of the world, it’s being used in industries including the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and food industries.

Aloe Vera has anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Its uses include treatment of burns, cold sores, constipation, boosts the immune system and works as an antioxidant. It acts as a moisturizer of hair and scalp. It contains the amino acids, vitamin B1, B2, B6, vitamin A and vitamin C

For instance, the aloe latex is used as a laxative. It has the anthraquinones that significantly increases intestinal water content, intestinal peristalsis and stimulates mucus secretion. It normalizes the acid/alkaline balance and reduces the growth of yeast. The vitamin A helps to maintain a healthy vision and skin. The vitamin C prevents the cardiovascular disease and vitamin E acts as an anti-oxidant that reduces the free radicals.

Aloe vera is easy to grow both indoors and outdoors.  It is a succulent plant that does well in dry conditions. It needs to be grown in a cactus potting soil and the pot should have drainage holes. They don’t need a lot of water to grow but make sure that they are receiving plenty of sunlight. You can water them only when the soil is completely dry. If you water them too often the plant will die.

14. Echinacea

The echinacea was used as medicinal herb decades ago by the native Indians. Mostly, it was used as a painkiller. It has recently grown in popularity, thanks to the revelations of its medicinal properties. It was once used as an alternative drug for preventing the common cold. However, it is being used for different treatments.

It’s used when treating cancer, boosts the immune system, used as a painkiller, laxative, anti-inflammatory and treats skin problems. The other uses include relieves upper respiratory problems, mental problems and treats infections. The use of echinacea alongside or as a replacement for chemotherapy is now being recommended for those suffering from cancer. It treats the bowel pains, headaches, pain from measles, pain from snake bites, sore throats, stomachache, and toothache.

It cures skin problems such as arthropod bites, eczema, skin infections, stings and promotes a faster wound healing. It can be used to treat those suffering from depression and anxiety. Furthermore, it cures acute sinusitis, flu, asthma, cold, diphtheria, tuberculosis and whooping coup. The echinacea can be taken as tea or you can make a paste from the dried herbs. This should be rubbed directly to the area that is affected.

The favorite plant that is grown in most of the gardens is the purple coneflowers. The name refers to the way the petals incline backward, away from the center, forming a cone. This is a perennial plant that should be grown in the sandy soil. It requires a lot of sun and normal watering. It’s drought tolerant, late blooming and comes in different colors. As they start growing, there is a clamp of basal leaves that send up flower stems in mid-summer. The shape of leaves depends on the variety of the echinacea.

15. Marigold

The marigold (Calendula officinalis) is native to Egypt and some parts of the Mediterranean. It has been as a treatment for various infections ever since its benefits were realized. It’s now being grown across every continent. It’s yellow-orange in color and produces small florets of petals. These flowers are what are used as medicines when harvested and dried.

The plant has some active ingredients that include antioxidants and volatile oils. These are what gives the plant’s flowers their bright colors and strong smell. It is known for its medicinal uses and has been used to treat various ailments.

They have anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and anti-fungal properties. The flowers are used to make herbal ointments, teas, tinctures and topical treatments. In some cases, they are planted in gardens to repel bugs, add beauty to the garden and get the pleasant smell. Some of the uses include treatment of rashes, allergies, eczema, dermatitis, pain, swelling, muscular injuries, eye inflammations, and itchiness.

The plants are easy to grow and you can start by planting the seeds. They are normally used as border plants because they are short but can also be grown in containers. This can be done indoors or outdoors. However, they grow faster when they are outdoors. The plants start growing when the weather is warm. When they have grown, you don’t need to do a lot of maintenance but will need regular watering. Eventually, as they grow they become drought tolerant. They resist pests and in some gardens, they are used to keep the pests away from the other plants. To get the best flowers, you may need to water them now and then but not excessively.

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