Medicinal Plants You Can Grow At Home
A little garden at your home can be helpful in many ways. Gardening can be more than a hobby. You can plant some herbs which can offer you medicinal properties. Since ancient times, Ayurveda also suggests use of herbs and plants to fight different health issues naturally. From stem to leaves, several plants can be used in different ways. These can offer some amazing health benefits and help you ward off diseases.
Here are few important plants you can grow at home :
- Dandelion – What most people see as a pesky weed is actually rich in folate, magnesium, fibre, calcium, iron and vitamins A,C and E. It also may lower blood pressure, treat acne, foster weight loss and reduce the risk of urinary tract infections.
- Mallows – Mallow, once commonly used to make marshmallows, has anti-inflammatory properties, and can soothe a sore throat and aid cell renewal when healing bites, minor wounds and burns.
- Milk Thistle – Taken internally, this plant can aid liver function and help manage blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
- Sage – Internally, sage can aid indigestion, flatulence and help boost your mood. Externally, sage can soothe insect bites and skin infections.
- Usnea – Usnea grows on trees and is a combination of fungus and algae. Usnea can be used to aid weight loss, relieve pain, heal wounds, and reduce throat congestion.
- Primrose – Primrose roots can be eaten as a vegetable or made into tea and is useful in treating eczema, breast pain, premenstrual syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Peppermint – This sterile plant blended from water mint and spearmint can help treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, including gas, bloating, pain and diarrhoea.
- Echinacea – A member of the daisy family, echinacea has been used as a treatment for colds and flu. But it also could help provide some relief from acid indigestion, ADHD and chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Lemon Balm – This lemon scented plant can be crushed and rubbed on the skin as a natural mosquito repellent or to heal bites. Lemon balm tea can help combat a cold or soothe an upset stomach.
- Self Heal – This member of the mint family is rich in antioxidants and minerals and is used to treat wounds and control gingivitis because of its antiviral properties.
- Chickweed – This nutritious weed has anti-inflammatory properties and is used to reduce minor aches, pains, and menstrual cramps..
- St. Johns Wort – This herb is a natural antidepressant used to improve mood, reduce anxiety’s and improve sleep.