Herbal Medicine has been a practiced art for more than 4000 years, dating back to Asian as well as Aboriginal tribes. This being said herbs are better grown in your own garden, opposed to buying them from a store. Stores rarely reveal how plants are being raised, and how long the ingredients have been exposed to chemicals, or light, or if they have been raised with the appropriate moisture levels. Here are some great homegrown plants.
1. Calendula –
Known to a lot of people as pot marigold. Calendula has been around for centuries, and has been used as an antiseptic, antifungal, wound-healing ally. This is an incredibly beautiful flower and the yellow petals lend skin soothing properties used by many natural cosmetic companies as well as diaper cream manufacturers.
2. Cilantro –
One of the most famous herbs in the world. Is huge in the Italian community and adds a distinct taste to any meal which it is added to. This herb has been proven through various studies to be a great digestive aid and may be linked to the process of removing heavy metals as well as bad toxins from the body. Cilantro grows best in a controlled environment where it is cool, and moist.
3. Lemon Balm –
The tannins, bitters, and oil in lemon balm’s fragrant leaves contains a soothing and relaxing antispasmodic effect on the stomach and nervous system. Lemon Balm has also been said to fight off many viruses such as herpes. Lemon Balm is gentle and can be easily given to children when prepared in drinks such as tea or tinctures with a glycerin base.
4. Peppermint –
Peppermint and Spearmint bare the same characteristics and have been used in toothpastes for decades. They have a great effect on ones teeth and gums, and combat against bad breath. Peppermint has also been said to relieve digestive discomfort such as indigestion and vomiting when brewed as tea. It can also soothe sore muscles, when it is applied as a topical lotion in liquid of cream form.
5. Rosemary –
Rosemary has again been garnished on top of food for decades. It stimulates energy and sharpens memory and optimism. Rosemary has also been said to sharpen memory and concentration by giving the brain more access to oxygen.
6. Mullein –
Mullein has great effects on a person with bronchial respiratory infections, the leaves are said to be a part of various cough formulas. This flower is very sturdy, yellow flowered stem and will emerge within a rosette of thick, and hairy leaves reaching up to 6 feet high.