Discover 40 Must-Have Medicinal Plants and Learn How to Grow Them

8. Cat’s Claw Unlike some of the more popular medicinal plants on this list, you might not understand the health benefits of cat’s claw. Not the… Trista - April 13, 2022

8. Cat’s Claw

Unlike some of the more popular medicinal plants on this list, you might not understand the health benefits of cat’s claw. Not the plant directly, but cat’s claw extract has many benefits for those who use it for medicinal purposes. These benefits include digestive support, help treat blood pressure, work as an anti-inflammatory, support the immune system, and help fight against certain types of cancer. 

Caring for a cat’s claw is pretty straightforward. The vines on this plant tend to prefer moil and well-drained soil but will do well in anything as long as it’s not soggy. They like partial or full sun, so you’re not as limited on where to plant them in your yard or garden. This plant takes care of itself, besides the occasional watering. Just be sure to prune it up every so often to help with keeping it more manageable. 


7. Moringa Trees 

Moringa is a plant with anti-inflammatory properties that may effectively prevent edema from developing. The seed oil is also beneficial in protecting hair against free radicals and keeps it healthy and clean. This plant also helps protect the liver and can be used to treat and even prevent some cancers, asthma, diabetes, stomach complaints, and mood disorders. It can fight against bacterial diseases, makes bones healthier, protects the cardiovascular system, and helps wounds heal. Moringa also protects against kidney disorders, improves eye health, reduces high blood pressure, and can be used to treat anemia and sickle cell disease. 

Like most other medicinal plants, you may stunt the growth if it does not receive enough light, so be sure to plant moringa trees in a bright and sunny location. This plant benefits from a light application of a general, all-purpose fertilizer to help support its growth. They can, however, survive in poor soils if needed. Keep the ground for the moringa plants consistently moist but not wet. They are sensitive to overwatering. 


6. Ashwagandha 

People widely believe that Ashwagandha has aphrodisiac properties, and they can use it to help improve vitality and fertility. This medicinal plant can also help boost the immune system, increase blood production, and contain anti-carcinogenic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and cardo-protective properties. You can use Ashwagandha to treat depression, stress, diabetes and stimulate the thyroid gland. Why? Because Ashwagandha has tons of antioxidants. 

Ashwagandha grows best when the temperature is between 70 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Plant it in a dry and sunny location. Add manure to enrich the soil if it’s poor, and remove debris and weeds before planting. This plant needs sandy and well-draining soil. It’s important to know that growing Ashwagandha in soil that retains moisture and remains waterlogged is impossible. It only needs to be watered when the plant seems thirsty, so make sure you don’t overwater it. 


5. Lemongrass

Drinking lemongrass tea gives you many health benefits. People use it to aid the digestive system, improve cholesterol levels, enhance the erythropoiesis boost effect, and increase hemoglobin concentration and red blood cell count. It reduces thrust and decreases elevated blood glucose levels. You can chew it to improve dental health. This medicinal plant has diuretic, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Lemongrass can help with weight loss, treats high blood pressure, cold, cough, and helps relieve anxiety and stress when inhaled. 

When put in shampoo, lemongrass is also suitable for hair and dandruff and even possesses potent anti-cancer abilities that help fight cancer cell lines. Because lemongrass is a tender perennial, it will die back in colder climates. Make sure to grow it where the plant will receive direct sunlight and is in a well-draining, moist soil that’s right in organic matter. Remember, lemongrass can expand up to four feet in diameter, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant location. 


4. Oregano

You probably have this herbal medicine in your cupboard or pantry right now. Oregano has more to offer everyone than just something you add to your recipe when cooking. It can treat cramping, asthma, aching muscles, indigestion, colds, diarrhea, and skin sores while boosting overall health. Some evidence proves oregano can also help relieve inflammation, regulate blood sugars and lipids, fight bacteria, and even fight cancer. 

Oregano plants prefer to grow in a sunny spot but could benefit from afternoon shade. Plant them in a well-drained area filled with nutrients in the dirt. Over time, you will need to add nutrients to your plant’s soil, though. Keep reading for more medicinal plants that have health benefits. Also, learn how to grow them in your own garden so you can reap the benefits all of the time.


3. Passionflower

Passionflower not only is pretty to look at, but it has a few medicinal benefits to offer. People use it to reduce anxiety and promote sleep. This medicinal plant can help treat epilepsy, relieve menopause symptoms, and provide anti-inflammatory effects. 

Do you want to grow your own passionflower? When planting passion flowers, make sure they will be in direct sun and are in well-drained soil in a warm sheltered spot. To keep the plants neat, cut them back after flowering, or cut away any damaged growth in the spring. Most varieties of passionflower need protection in the winter. Keep reading to learn more about the health benefits of medicinal plants and how to grow them. 


2. Rhodiola Rosea

The health benefits of Rhodiola Rosea, an herbal root, are linked to the anti-inflammatory properties it contains. That includes stress, physical and mental performance, along with depression and anxiety. People also use it to treat stress-induced eating disorders. Rhodiola Rosea, or roseroot, is a hardy perennial that is not frost tender. 

This medicinal plant is not self-fertile, needing help from both male and female plants to propagate via seed, so bees and flies help pollinate the plants in nature. When choosing a spot to plant the roseroot, choose carefully. This plant does not like the shade but will grow in most soil types. It tolerates drought in some areas, as well as salty climates. Water your plant every week and a half with an inch of water at a time. If wilting starts to occur, water every 8 or 9 days instead of every week and a half. 


1. Peppermint

Peppermint isn’t just candy to snack on when you want something sweet and minty. It offers many medicinal benefits as well. It can soothe upset stomachs, helps with headaches, can treat symptoms caused by IBS, and ease stuffy sinuses. Peppermint also kills germs in the mouth, relieves menstrual cramps, boosts energy, curbs appetite, fights foodborne bacteria, sharpens your focus, and calms seasonal allergies. 

Peppermint is pretty easy to grow. As long as you give it enough water, it will be happy and do its thing. This medicinal plant will tolerate sandy or clay soil if you keep it sufficiently moist. Peppermint will thrive in a partly shaded area or direct sunlight, and just know that its flavor noticeably diminishes when the plant is in full shade