When most folks think of an herb garden they think about picking fresh herbs to use in their recipes. But there’s a lot more to herb gardens. They’re chock-ful of natural remedies!
Take a gander at these common herbs that have medicinal properties.
Basil is in itself full of both vitamins and antioxidants. Chewing the leaves can help with stomach pain while drinking a tea made from basil leaves can help with a cough. You can steam basil leaves for a ‘facial steam’ to help soothe a headache. Make a paste from the leaves to help with bug bites and the essential oil can help with ear infections. It’s a great herb to grow for cooking and for health.
Oh lavender, so pretty and sweet. Some folks put lavender buds into their baked goods! BUT did you know you can make lavender tea and use it as a hair rinse to aid with dandruff. You can add the flowers to a homemade facial scrub we well as homemade soap. Lavender essential oil aids in soothing burns and a mixture of lavender and water sprayed will help keep bugs away. Some parts of the country where scorpions live put lavender buds in their windowsills to keep the scorpions away!
You can’t make dill pickles without dill! Dill helps strengthen bones and improves cellular function. Dill essential oil helps with cramps. Dill tea, in small amounts, was used to soothe colicky babies and eating dill is supposed to aid in milk production for nursing mothers. Dill in your garden is used by the swallowtail butterfly to lay their eggs. So dill in the garden helps nature, and you!
Fennel is considered a culinary herb yet it’s not used very often but the stalks can be substituted when a recipe calls for celery. Home remedies using fennel include soaking fennel seeds overnight and then consuming to aid with heat issues, eating straight to aid digestion and when consumed with grape juice and cumin is said to lower fevers when used as a tea/drink.
One of my favorite herbs. Delicious in olive oil-based dishes! On the medicinal side it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibacterial. And full of another anti word, antioxidants! Oregano tea can help with irritable bowel, oregano essential oil when mixed into a paste (at a very low percentage (1%) can be used to help with Athlete’s Foot and foot fungus in general.) (ALWAYS dilute oregano essential to a very low percentage is it’s extremely strong.) Oregano EO is one that’s always on hand here!
There are lots of herbal plants that do well in both cooking and remedies. Get yourself a good herbal book and become a bit more self-reliant and back to nature.
We are not medical professionals. Seek out your personal physician for medical issues.