Herbs for a Medicinal Garden
Make your garden do double duty. Let them grow and flourish in a beautiful garden and then use them in your medicine chest too. But before you can harvest herbs for healing purposes, you have to have them growing. What herbs are good for a medicinal garden?
On Your Medicinal Garden: Ten Herbs to Plant This Spring, Homestead.org recommends these ten herbs in a medicinal garden: Garlic, Chamomile, Dandelion, Lavender, Motherwort, Stinging Nettle, Echinacea (Coneflower), Elder Tree, Ginseng, and Licorice.
The Self Sufficient Living Site has a post, 15 most effective medicinal herbs to grow in your garden. They recommend: Aloe Vera, Marsh Mallow, Pot Marigold, Chinese Yam, Tea Tree, Lemon Balm, Thyme, Basil, Sage, Fenugreek, Comfrey, Turkey Rhubarb, Ginseng, Peppermint and Milk Thistle.
How do you choose which ones to grow? Several factors can influence the herbs you decide to have in your garden.
Is it useful for you? One item you’ll want to consider is whether it’s something that you have a medical use for. If you’re plagued with headaches, the herbs that help with those might jump to the top of your list. While an herb that helps with hot flashes may not interest you if you don’t need it. Read the information on the sites linked above to see what each of the herbs help with. Or, check other sites or books for their healing uses.
Will it grow where you are? There’s many plants I’d like to have in my garden. But it gets too hot, or too cold, or not wet enough or any number of variables in my space on this earth that won’t mesh with the plants requirements. Rather than fighting with the difficult task of trying to keep a plant alive outside its unique environment, I stick to the ones that like it here.
Do you like it? I grew St. John’s Wort for many years. Not because of its medicinal properties, although it has many, but simply because I love the plant. It grew easily in the front planter where I’d planted it. It was low growing enough not to block the window and it was attractive as it spilled over the planter. I never harvested a leaf for any healing properties. But, I enjoyed it every day for the three years I was there.
Do you use any of your herbs or plants for medicinal uses? Which ones do you harvest and use? What herbs would you like to grow for its healing properties?