Medicinal herbs that can be grown at home

Medicinal herbs you can grow at home.

In today’s hectic society it is sometimes necessary to go back to natural and organic things such as the food we eat, or the remedies we take to help us get through our day, relax, and detox. This can be easy if we keep our favorite plants at home. Some plants that are beautiful, smell nicely and require minimum effort to keep alive can surprisingly be some of the most useful plants for our health and our wellbeing.

Aloe Vera: It has endless benefits, it’s easy to grow and it does not need too much watering. It is a very strong plant that can survive in almost any weather. Its benefits include: It helps soothe inflamed or very dry skin. And it also has anti-inflammatory and cough relieving properties when eaten.

Thyme: This is a surprisingly resistant herb, it can grow all year round and requires minimum attention. It has antiseptic properties, which is the reason why it can help with mouth sores and bad breath. This is also the base behind its common use when fighting respiratory tract infections, where it can be either ingested or inhale to diminish the symptoms such as coughing or congestion.

Mint: This plant grows very easily, thus it should always be put in a pot. Otherwise, if planted on the ground, it will grow over other plants you might have there and it is quite difficult to get rid of. It is good not only for a refreshing touch in sweets and desserts but also if made into tea it can relief stomach pain and distention. While the smell of the leaves can help with motion sickness and its cool feel can alleviate itchiness or burning sensations inflamed skin.

Parsley: It has the ability to facilitate the elimination of gas in the gastrointestinal tract. Made in the form of tea, it can also help with urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Parsley is also good for detox and can improve digestion which is why it’s useful for constipation. Topically, it can act as a local anesthetic.

Basil: Basil is great for headaches. You can make an infusion with 30 grams of basil and a liter of water and drink it along the day. It can also relieve the pain of menstrual cramps if you make it as a tea with two tablespoons of basil in half a liter of boiling water and let it rest for 10 minutes. This infusion is very useful for insomnia as well as improving digestion.  

Rosemary: Not only does it smell delicious but it also has many great health benefits from fresh breath to pain relief. Rosemary has many different uses because of its antibacterial and antiaging properties, as well as analgesic like activity when you drink it as a tea, which can also help improve your mood as a result.

General Tips

The more exposure to sunlight these plants get, the better. You can grow these plants at home in your garden, or in pots. The bigger the pot you choose is, the more comfortable your plants will be and the more nutrient and water reserve they will have in the soil. Fertilizing is also fundamental for the quality of the soil to be ideal.