12 medicinal herbs that you can grow in your backyard

Do you believe in homeopathic than in allopathic? Do you believe in herbs and want them in your backyard and grow popular in your neighborhood? Well these are the 12 important medicinal herb that you can grow in your backyard and its importance.

1) Sweet Basil

You must be familiar with basil or sweet basil and its intense aroma. It is great for cooking and has multiple medical uses. Basil is a great antioxidant, deodorizer, anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, insect repellent, contains vitamin A, C and K as well as iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium.

You can grow basil in your own yard and use leaves from its plant. It is frost sensitive so keep it indoor for 2 weeks and then you can take it outside. It takes 10 weeks to harvest and attracts pollinator in your garden and provides wonderful smell.

2) Chives

Growing Chives in your garden helps to keep away mosquitos and harmful pests. It contains high sulfur and it is naturally antibiotic and good for digestion. While cooking vegetables, potatoes, fish and soups it can be added to get a nice flavor.

You can sow chives indoor and later take it outside in spring or fall. It takes about 2 weeks to germinate and it needs moist and well-drained soil to grow properly.

3) Coriander

Coriander also known as cilantro contains vitamin c and high in antioxidant and minerals too famous for its powerful aroma. It is good for diabetic patient and reduces stress in live and pancreas and help to produce insulin. It is also good for digestion and can be used in cooking spicy flavor meats, soups and vegetable.

Coriander seeds can be directly sowed outside and the fallen seeds from coriander seeds can still be re-sowed. It takes about 10 days for germination and about 4 weeks to harvest.

4) Lavender

Lavender is another herb that you can grow in your backyard. It plays various role to keep you healthy and can be used for baking also. You can sow it indoor from lavender seed and transplant it outside but it doesn't do well on high humidity and high moisture. It is also a mosquito repellent.

5) Lemon Balm

 Lemon Balm is very easy to grow and has multiple health benefits with anti-viral properties. It reduces muscle tension and helps to calm nerves. If you consume lemon balm tea then it grow alertness and mental clarity. It repels pests and mosquitos.

You can plant it in spring or fall and sow it indoors from its seeds. It takes about 2 weeks for germination and need to be protected in cold season if the temperature is below 0o F.

6) Oregano

Oregano can help us with respiratory problems, indigestion, muscle ache, joint pain, psoriasis, dandruff and fungal infection. Generally oregano goes with Greek food but also could be used as seasoning for meats, eggs and bread.

It requires well-drained soil with pH 6.5 to 7 and takes about 2 weeks to germinate. You should apply nitrogen fertilizer in spring every year.

7) Parsley

Parsley helps to increase your immune system and it has anti-bacterial remedy. It is powerful antioxidant and helps to digest but it can be harmful to pregnant women.

You can grow parsley from its seed indoor and bring it out in spring and the soil must be moist. Parsley can be good food for brightly-stripped critters and Black Swallowtail so it needs extra care.

8) Peppermint

Peppermint is repellent for ants, rodents, spiders and many other pests. It is helpful for sinus, headache, menstrual cramp, indigestion and to be alert. You can also use it in tea, coffee and baked items.

It is one of the easiest herb to grow and it can be grown in containers and put it in a place where it can get a good amount of sun.

9) Rosemary

Rosemary helps in indigestion, relieving pain, relieving skin irritation, anxiety and neutralizing bad breath. It can be used as seasoning foe lamb, fish and chicken.

Sow your rosemary indoors and transplant outside in early springs and get the full benefit of it.

10) Sage

Sage tea helps to reduce greying of hair, calm anxiety, mouth and throat infection, nervous disorder, and gastric. It can also be used as seasoning for chicken and can be served as salad.

Sage can be grown directly grown outside from seeds or cuttings. It needs good light and the soil must be well-drained and use organic soil.

11) Tarragon

Tarragon is herb with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, calcium and magnesium. A fresh tarragon can calm anxiety, neutralize bad breath, suppress appetite and kill germs. It can be used in seasoning for seafood, chicken, egg dishes and vegetables. It can also be used as salad.

It can be grown directly by its seed or cuttings. It needs well drained soil and good amount of sun.

12) Thyme

Thyme is very good antioxidant beneficial to skin, hair nail and eye. It is anti-septic, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. It is helpful for coughs, cold, psoriasis, eczema and sore throats. It also reduces hair loss and dandruff. While cooking it can flavor soups, sauces and stocks and also pairs with onion, garlic and even parsley and ginger.

You can transplant your thyme from indoor when the frost is away. It needs well drained soil with pH 7. It doesn't need any fertilizer.