Our gardens are full of wonders, from the plants we grow to the insects they attract! But, beyond being beautiful to look at and sweet to smell, they can also be very good for our health when harvested. Here are some natural medicines you didn’t know were in your garden!
Valerian is a plant with magic roots! Valerian root is most commonly used to help stress, anxiety, and sleep. In fact, many medicines you can purchase make use of valerian extract – it’s very calming.
Rosemary is one of the best herbs to have in any garden! Not only is it incredibly easy to grow, fragrant, and a welcome addition to any Sunday roast, but it is also great for helping to solve digestive problems. Rosemary extract can even help to boost your concentration – great for students, then!
Parsley is commonly found in salads but is also widely loved for its anti-inflammatory properties. Having a bit of parsley with your dinner can definitely help with bloating – and it’s also good for certain skin ailments, to keep your bones healthy.
Trouble sleeping? Chamomile might be your very best friend! This beautiful flower is commonly used in teas to help reduce stress and anxiety and to help with sleep quality. In the garden, it’s known as a natural physician – as it can help to ward off fungal diseases and nasty illnesses spread between plants.
We’ve likely all come across peppermint in toothpaste and chewing gum, but it is also used for other medicinal purposes. It can help with digestive issues and even menstrual cramps – it’s not just a tasty treat.
6. Aloe Vera
If you know anything about natural remedies, chances are you’ll know that aloe vera is a juicy succulent that’s used in beauty products and burn gels, and can even help settle your stomach – and ease you to sleep.
Who doesn’t love a bit of basil in their summer salads? Well, did you know that this fragrant herb is also great for helping raise your mood? The linalool in this plant is supposedly what helps boost happiness levels – give it a try if you’re feeling low!
Although this plant is commonly seen as a weed, it does, in fact, have multiple purposes! Not only are dandelions beautiful little plants, but they are also great for your kidneys! The roots in particular and the leaves have superb medicinal value.
Calendula flowers are stunning additions to any garden, but they also have superb antifungal and antiseptic properties that have been used to treat human ailments for centuries!
Lavender is known for its sweet, heady smell, commonly found in beauty products and fragrances. But did you know that this fragrance can also help to reduce stress and even help you to sleep better? Try putting a little lavender oil on your pillow before getting some shut-eye!
It’s ‘thyme’ to stock up the medicine cabinet! This herb contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties that can help you to stave off nasty colds and bugs when the winter rolls around. Take some in oil form or with your dinner to help ward off the sniffles.
12. Lemon balm
Lemon balm isn’t always known for being as tasty as some of the other options on this list, but it can be just as beneficial! It contains antispasmodic properties that help the stomach, and can help to fight certain viruses.
FAQs about Natural Medicine
What is the best natural medicine?
There are plenty of fantastic natural medicines that are commonly used all over the world - turmeric, ginger, and chamomile are just some of the most commonly used natural ingredients in medicine.
Can you make your own medicines?
While you can make certain teas and gels (such as aloe vera) from the plants in your own garden, it is always best to consult your doctor before using anything. Even mild remedies can have serious effects on the body!
What is the most powerful herb?
Although there are many powerful herbs, turmeric is often considered to be the most powerful one. Turmeric contains lots of curcumin, which is known for its antioxidants.
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