15 Plants to Start Growing Medicinal's

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Dating back many thousands of years, herbs have been proven effective for protecting and restoring good health. Regular use of herbal supplements helps strengthen the immune system to help keep you naturally healthy.

A medicinal herb garden is easy to grow and you can reap marvelous benefits from it.  In fact, sometimes you have to keep a tight rein on them to prevent them from taking over. The essential oils found in herbs help them to resist pests, so you won’t need to worry about having your crop eaten by insects or animals.

1. Basil is a tasty kitchen spice that is also a superstar in the world of healing herbs. It is naturally antiseptic and also has some powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful for a wide variety of  problems ranging from topical treatment of scrapes and cuts to ingestion for the treatment of digestive problems.

 Basil

Basil

2. Chamomile is flavorful and soothing. A cup of chamomile tea can settle your tummy and/or help you sleep. It is also an excellent addition to salves for treatment of skin inflammation.

 Chamomile

Chamomile

3. Echinacea helps boost the immune system by activating your white blood cells. This helps your body deflect colds and flu and fight infection.

 Echinacea 

Echinacea 

4. Feverfew is helpful for reducing fever and relieving headaches. This is accomplished by chewing the leaves. You can also make a tea with the herb that will help relieve arthritis pain.

 Feverfew

Feverfew

5. Ginseng is also an excellent liver tonic and has been shown to have a positive effect on stamina, cholesterol  levels, and repairing lung damage.

 Ginseng

Ginseng

6. Johny-Jump-Up has anti-inflammatory properties, this medicinal herb is good for eczema and skin blemishes as well as to help loosen phlegm.

 Johnny Jump Up

Johnny Jump Up

7. Lavender has deeply calming properties. It is excellent for aromatherapy and for tea. It also has strong antiseptic and anti-fungal properties and is a good addition to salves and ointments.

 Lavender

Lavender

8. Lemon Balm also helps calm the tummy and promote rest and relaxation. It is a bit more powerful than chamomile and can help relieve pain and discomfort. It is also a good appetite stimulant.

 Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

9. Marigold is good for sunburn, acne, and blemishes, this medicinal herb also soothes ulcers and digestive problems.

 Marigold

Marigold

10. Milk Thistle has been clinically proven to help cleanse and strengthen the liver.

 Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle

11. Peppermint contains the well-known medicinal ingredient, menthol. It is good for soothing irritated skin, calming and settling the stomach and soothing bloating and stomach pain.

 Peppermint

Peppermint

12.  Parsley has very high chlorophyll content, so when consumed fresh it is an excellent source of enzymes that help promote good gut health. Additionally, chewing fresh parsley is an effective remedy for bad breath. The high ironcontent in parsley can help relieve fatigue. Parsley tea is a good remedy for bladder and/or kidney infection, upset stomach and flatulence.

 Parsley

Parsley

13.  Rosemary has relaxing and tummy settling properties, and it also helps clearphlegm when you have a cold or flu. Drinking Rosemary tea can reduce headache pain and improve memory. This may be because it helps increase circulation. Overall, it is beneficial to the central nervous system and the circulatory
system.

 Rosemary

Rosemary

14.  Sage has powerful astringent and antibacterial properties. It is very good for soothing inflammation of the mouth, gums and throat. Drinking a cup of sage tea can help soothe mouth ulcers.

 Sage

Sage

15. Thyme contains a strong antiseptic ingredient called thymol, which is used in many antiseptic commercial products. Thyme is an excellent choice for treating fungal infections and wounds.

 Thyme

Thyme

Container Gardening

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If you don't have a lot of space, or are an apartment dweller, try container gardening.  Out of these 15, the best choices for container gardening are marigold, basil, rosemary, thyme, peppermint, johnny jump up, parsley, and lemon balm.

It works well to pair more than one herb in a large pot too, if you choose to try your hand at that.