Here are the top 10 medicinal herbs that you can grow at home
1. 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.
Medicinal properties: Lemon balm is a natural antioxidant, antiviral, astringent, anti-tumor, antimicrobial, antihistaminic and antispasmodic agent. The leaves contain health-promoting compounds like rosmarinic, caffeic, protocatechuic acids, phenolic compounds and flavonoids.
Parsley is another plant that works both in the kitchen and as a medicine. It’s full of nutrients as well as properties that help with an upset stomach and bad breath.
Medicinal properties: Parsley is a good source of volatile oils, flavonoids and antioxidants. It also has many vital vitamins like C, B-12, K and A, along with folic acid.
Grow some mint at home for tons of purposes, including medicinal ones! Add mint to your drinks can help with an upset stomach as well as soothe headaches and anxiety.
Medicinal properties: Mint has antioxidant, expectorant (promotes the clearance of mucus from the airways), diaphoretic (induces perspiration), digestive, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also rich in vitamins like A and C and contains manganese and iron.
Oregano has antioxidant, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, carminative, diuretic, diaphoretic, expectorant and mild tonic properties. It is also rich in vitamins like A, C, E, and K as well as fiber, iron, manganese, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, zinc and magnesium.
Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs, both because of its culinary uses as well as it’s medicinal ones. Plus I think it tastes and smells great. Use rosemary to improve your mood—and your breath!
Medicinal properties: It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, along with health-benefiting phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, anti-allergenic, astringent, diaphoretic and stimulant properties. It is also a good source of iron, calcium and vitamin B6.
Basil is a commonly used cooking herb with medicinal uses that you can easily grow 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.
Lavender grows nicely in dry, well-drained, sandy soil with full sun. It needs little or no fertilizer and good air circulation.
Medicinal properties: lavender is used in soaps, shampoos, creams and other cosmetic products. Also, it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and mild antidepressant properties.
Chamomile both looks beautiful and has medicinal purposes. Use chamomile to help relieve indigestion as well as help with anxiety and tension. You can also use chamomile topically to help with skin irritation and inflammation.
Dill is an aromatic herb that will add beauty and a pleasing aroma to your garden. 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.
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: Sage is a natural stimulant, antibiotic, astringent, tonic and carminative. It also contains anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Plus, it contains a variety of volatile oils, flavonoids and vitamins A and K