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10 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow at Home

Listed in this blog article are the top 10 medicinal herbs you can grow at home.

10 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow at Home

Herbs have been used as food and for medicinal purposes for centuries.

Researches have focused on various herbs that possess hypolipidemic, antiplatelet, antitumor, or immune-stimulating properties that may be useful adjuncts in helping reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

In every culture people have been cooking with different types of herbs to add unique flavor to dishes. Studies1, 2, 3, 4, 5 now have shown that the health-promoting compounds in various herbs can play a key role in keeping illness and other health problems at bay. Instead of buying herbs from the market, you can grow them in your backyard, small kitchen garden or even indoors.

Herbs are among the best and easiest plants you can grow at home and it is cheaper than buying them. Moreover, you will have fresh and organic herbs handy whenever you want.

Most herbs are rich in antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and carminative properties.

Furthermore, gardening is a wonderful form of exercise that will keep you fit and a great hobby to help calm your mind, sort of a meditation as well. Gardening barefoot, on top of it, is therapeutic and extremely beneficial to your health.
 

1. BASIL

 

Basil

 
Basil is a common herb used cooking which also has medicinal uses. that you can easily grow in your kitchen garden.

Basil can be easily grown in your home garden and even in your kitchen garden. Sow basil seeds in a warm, sunny place and provide water on a regular basis to retain moisture after the soil has warmed. Basil is very sensitive to cold, so to protect it you can keep it indoors or cover it with a sheet.

Medicinal Properties

  • Antioxidant;
  • Antiseptic;
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Antibacterial;
  • Vitamins A, C and K;
  • Calcium;
  • Copper;
  • Iron;
  • Magnesium;
  • Manganese;
  • Omega-3 fatty acids.

Can Be Used to Treat

  • Acne;
  • Cough;
  • Cuts;
  • Flatulence;
  • Gas;
  • Headache;
  • Kidney stones;
  • Lack of appetite;
  • Nausea;
  • Scrapes;
  • And more!

 

 

2. DILL

 

Dill

 
Dill is an aromatic herb that will add beauty and a pleasing aroma to your garden. Dill is used in many traditional medicines.

You can grow it either in the ground or in large containers in well-drained soil. This herb grows best in direct sunlight and you need to water the plant frequently. Avoid cold, wet areas and protect the plant from strong winds.

Medicinal Properties

  • Antiseptic;
  • Antispasmodic;
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Carminative (prevents formation of gas in gastrointestinal tract);
  • Disinfectant;
  • Sedative properties;
  • Vitamins A, B-6 and C;
  • Amino acids;
  • Calcium;
  • Copper;
  • Fiber;
  • Iron;
  • Magnesium;
  • Potassium.

Can Be Used to Treat

  • Bronchitis;
  • Cold;
  • Cough;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Dysentery;
  • Fever;
  • Gallblader infection;
  • Headache;
  • Hemorrhoids;
  • Intestinal gas;
  • Liver disorders;
  • Menstrual cramps;
  • Nerve pain;
  • Urinary tract disorders.

Dill also boosts immunity as well as provides relief from insomnia.
 

 

3. LAVENDER

 

Lavender

 
Lavender grows nicely in dry, well-drained, sandy soil with full sun. It needs little or no fertilizer and good air circulation.

You can easily grow it in a small pot, but you need to keep it safe from both strong summer and winter winds. In the winter, protect the plant by putting the pot in your garage or in any warm indoor location.

Due to its nice aromatic fragrance, lavender is used in creams, shampoos, soaps and other cosmetic products.

Medicinal Properties

  • Antidepressant;
  • Antiseptic;
  • Anti-inflammatory.

Can Be Used to Treat

  • Bad breath;
  • Body odor;
  • Cuts;
  • Flatulence;
  • Hair loss;
  • Insomnia;
  • Migraines;
  • Nausea;
  • Sores;
  • Stress;
  • Toothaches;
  • Upset stomach;
  • Vomiting;
  • Wounds;
  • And more!

 

 

4. LEMON BALM

 

Lemon Balm

 
The lemony and minty smell, and the refreshing look of lemon balm leaves will add glory to any garden area. This herb easily grows in rich, moist but well-drained soil with partial or full sun.

It can also handle acidic and very alkaline soil, and needs a little fertilizer. It can be grown indoors, but make sure it gets at least six hours of good sunlight daily. Also, lemon balm cannot tolerate frost.

The leaves contain health-promoting compounds like rosmarinic, caffeic, protocatechuic acids, phenolic compounds and flavonoids.

Medicinal Properties

  • Anti-tumor;
  • Antihistaminic;
  • Antimicrobial;
  • Antioxidant;
  • Antispasmodic;
  • Antiviral;
  • Astringent.

Can Be Used to Treat

  • ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder);
  • Colds;
  • Coughs;
  • Cramps;
  • Fever;
  • Headaches;
  • Herpes;
  • Insect bites;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Menstrual cramps;
  • MigrainesStress;
  • Stomach gas;
  • Stomach pain;
  • Toothaches;
  • Wounds;
  • And more!

 

 

5. MINT

 

Mint

 
Mint grows in moist, shaded areas as well as in sunny locations. Keep it well-watered and use a weak liquid fertilizer. Consider growing mint plants in large sunken pots because they grow vigorously.

Medicinal Properties

  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Antioxidant;
  • Antiseptic;
  • Diaphoretic (induces perspiration);
  • Digestive;
  • Expectorant (promotes the clearance of mucus from the airways);
  • Iron;
  • Manganese;
  • Vitamins A and C.

Can Be Used to Treat

  • Abdominal pain;
  • Bad breath;
  • Chest pain;
  • Fever;
  • Headaches;
  • Heartburn;
  • Indigestion;
  • Irritable bowel;
  • Sore muscles;
  • Vomiting.

 

 

6. OREGANO

 

Oregano

 
Many Italian, Mexican and Spanish dishes are spiced with the signature flavor of oregano. You can grow oregano in raised beds or containers. It needs full sun and well-drained soil. It does not thrive in humidity, excessive rain or overwatering.

Medicinal Properties

  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Antibacterial;
  • Antimicrobial;
  • Antioxidant;
  • Calcium;
  • Carminative;
  • Diaphoretic (induces perspiration);
  • Diuertic;
  • Expectorant (promotes the clearance of mucus from the airways);
  • Fiber;
  • Iron;
  • Magnesium;
  • Manganese;
  • Niacin;
  • Omega-3 fatty acids;
  • Tonic;
  • Vitamins A, C, E and K;
  • Zinc.

Can Be Used to Treat

  • Acne;
  • Asthma;
  • Bloating;
  • Bronchitis;
  • Colds;
  • Dandruff;
  • Fatigue;
  • Fever;
  • Headaches;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Menstrual cramps;
  • Muscle pain;
  • Sore throat;
  • Toothaches;
  • Vomiting.

 

 

7. PARSLEY

 

Parsley

 
When it comes to taste, parsley is one of the best options and you can easily grow this herb in your small garden area. Parsley prefers damp, well-drained soil and partial shade. It can also thrive in the sun, but the soil must be kept moist.

You can grow this herb outside in the ground or in large pots. It’s helpful to feed it with organic fertilizer. Cover plants with a plastic sheet or move the pot to an indoor location to help it thrive in the winter.

Medicinal Properties

  • Antioxidant;
  • Flavinoids;
  • Folic acid;
  • Vitamins A, B-12, C and K;
  • Volatile oils.

Can Be Used to Treat

  • Asthma;
  • Breath freshener;
  • Colic;
  • Constipation;
  • Coughs;
  • Diabetes;
  • Gas;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Indigestion;
  • Jaundice;
  • Kidney stones;
  • Osteoarthritis;
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs).

It is also used as an aphrodisiac.
 

 

8. ROSEMARY

 

Rosemary

 
Rosemary is a great herb to grow in your garden. It grows best in well-drained, sandy or gravelly soil and prefers neutral to alkaline conditions with average fertility. This herb loves basking in sunshine. It will not withstand water logging or frost.

Medicinal Properties

  • Anti-allergenic;
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Antioxidant;
  • Astringent;
  • Calcium;
  • Diaphoretic;
  • Essential fatty acids;
  • Iron;
  • Phytonutrients;
  • Stimulant;
  • Vitamins B6
  • Volatile oils.

Can Be Used to Treat

  • Colds;
  • Depression;
  • Dandruff;
  • Gout;
  • Headaches;
  • Indigestion;
  • Muscle pain;
  • Neuralgic conditions;
  • Premature baldness;
  • Rheumatism.

 

 

9. SAGE

 

Sage

 
Another herb used for culinary as well as medicinal purposes is sage. You can grow it in well-drained, fertile soil where there is enough sunlight. During the winter, it can survive well in dry, indoor air, but it will need strong sun.

Medicinal Properties

  • Antibiotic-allergenic;
  • Anti-diabetic;
  • Anti-hypertensive;
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Antimicrobial;
  • Astringent;
  • Carminatives;
  • Flavinoids;
  • Stimulant;
  • Tonic;
  • Vitamins A and K;
  • Volatile oils.

Can Be Used to Treat

  • Asthma;
  • Cold sores;
  • Depression;
  • Excessive sweating;
  • Gas;
  • Gum disease (gingivitis);
  • Heartburn;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Painful periods;
  • Stomach pain.

 

 

10. THYME

 

Thyme

 
Another herb that you should grow in your garden is thyme. You can easily grow it in dry, well-drained light soil with enough sunlight. It can grow in any climatic condition, but protect it from harsh winter weather with a covering.

Medicinal Properties

  • Antibacterial;
  • Antioxidant;
  • Antiseptic;
  • Copper;
  • Expectorant;
  • Fiber;
  • Iron;
  • Manganese;
  • Vitamins A and C.

Can Be Used to Treat

  • Acne;
  • Arthritis;
  • Bronchitis;
  • Congestion;
  • Coughs;
  • Gas;
  • Indigestion;
  • Infected toenails;
  • Mild diarrhea;
  • Sore throat.

 

 

More Herbs

Along with these herbs, you can also grow bay, calendula, chives, cilantro, coriander, feverfew, lemongrass, wheat grass and other medicinal herbs. The list goes on and on!
 

Source

Original article by: Top10HomeRemedies

References


1. Health-promoting properties of common herbs
2. Health-promoting properties of common herbs
3. 12 Health-Promoting Herbs & Spices
4. Health promoting effects of bioactive compounds in plants
5. Herbal Medicine

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