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Grow Your Own Medicinal Plants

Grow Your Own Medicinal Plants

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Buying medicinal ingredients can be expensive, but did you know that you can easily grow medicinal ingredients yourself? We aren’t talking anything illegal, but there are many medicinal plants that have medical properties that you can grow in your own garden. Whether by using their leaves, using the salve produced by the plant, or from the scent they give off. Plants can be beneficial to our health without having to break the bank. Plus, they add that sense of natural décor in your home!. Check out these 5 medical plants that you can grow yourself!

 

  1. Aloe Vera
    Aloe Vera

This one of the amazing medicinal plants that is not only great for improving the air quality in your house, but it can act as a healer. Most people go out to buy Aloe Vera to apply to sunburned areas of skin. Instead, break off a piece of the plant’s leaves. This will reveal a gel-like salve that you can apply to the affected area. It will not absorb as fast as some store-bought mixtures, but know that even if it dries on your skin, it will still be absorbed. Strangely enough, Aloe Vera is also beneficial to eat! The outside of the plant is not very appetizing, but eating the inside of the plant (gel included) can assist with heartburn, possibly lower your blood sugar, act as a laxative, and keep your skin hydrated and healthy!

 

  1. Lavender
    Lavender

Lavender is one of those medicinal plants we love to have around. It smells amazing and also acts as a pest deterrent (say goodbye to summer mosquitos!). Lavender is also a flavour popular to use in baking and cooking. If you choose to eat lavender, it can provide vitamin A, Calcium and Iron into your diet in small doses. More commonly known, lavender has been said to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as pain and headaches. It’s calming effects can wipe your worries away and help you fall asleep!

 

  1. Peppermint
    Peppermint

Peppermint plants grow like weeds and can often get out of control if grown in a garden. Place your peppermint in a planter pot so you can manage it. This also will allow you to keep the plant indoors. The scent of peppermint is said to have calming effects and reduce stress. Peppermint is also an amazing ingredient that helps our bodies in numerous ways. If ingested (whether through tea or additive to foods), it can assist with nausea, gas relief, congestion, and headaches. Peppermint is also believed to support liver functions. This wonder-plant can also freshen up your breath at the same time as heal your body!

 

  1. Chamomile
    Chamomile

Whenever you become sick and are looking for relief from your symptoms, the tea you probably turn to is chamomile. This pretty little white flower can actually be grown in your own garden. Similar to peppermint and lavender, when used in a tea it can have calming effects. When using this plant, you can use the petals, the leaves, or the entire flower! If you are feeling sick, chamomile can reduce your congestion, indigestion, and anti-inflammatory. The flower is also beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety. Compound the plant into a salve, and it can help skin conditions (burns, cold sores, canker sores, etc.).

 

  1. Sage
    Sage

This super medicinal plant is one you definitely want to grow in your garden! Although it is not safe for pregnant women to use, it can be beneficial to others! Using the leaves in tea is always a good way to use this plant, and can aid in reducing headaches and other pains. The plant also acts as a detoxifying agent that will help with weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, and reduce bloating. If a sage tea is cooled, it can be applied to reduce the irritation of bites and rashes on your skin. This healing plant is also known to prevent and counter infections and allergies!

 

Sources:

http://www.healthline.com/health/7-amazing-uses-aloe-vera#Digestion6

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/01/medicinal-plants.aspx

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-peppermint-leaf/

https://www.herbal-supplement-resource.com/german-chamomile.html

http://www.growingraw.com/sage-plant.html

 

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