A Medicine Garden – Why Do You Need Them

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With an endless variety of holistic health benefits, becoming involved in herbal medicine gardening is an exciting avenue to investigate, offering a unique take on how to enjoy the bounties of your garden space. And, with some seeds and herbs as a starting point, virtually anyone can harness the secrets of herbal medicine gardening by beginning with some simple flowers and plants. By using these same plants as a foundation, you are able to quickly move on to more difficult plants that offer more. While it’s certainly possible to grow an entire garden with only these two items, you may find that your interest wanes when you start to delve into more difficult plants. If that is the case, consider taking a course or two on herbal medicine gardening before moving on.

One plant that is often used in herbal medicine gardening is chamomile. It is often used in bathwater, but it has also been used for ages to treat a variety of ailments including insomnia and cancer. Chamomile has a strong aroma that reminds many of lavender. The sweet fragrance of chamomile has gotten chamomile tea popular for its pleasant medicinal benefits. It is often used as a sleep aid and in the treatment of various types of pain, although it has also been known to relieve congestion in the chest and digestive system.

Herbal Medicine Gardening

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Chamomile tea may not be as well known outside of the herbal world, but it certainly makes a delicious cup of tea. As with any team, there are several ways it can be made better. One option is to simply steep the chamomile in some herbal tea, such as lavender or mint. You can also steep it in some hot water and let it steep for a bit longer. This may not taste as good as drinking it straight from the cup, but it can offer some health benefits to your tea that you might not otherwise get.

You can use the leaves of this herb in a variety of ways, too. You may cut off and use the stems for salads and wraps. You may steam it or use it to make a delicious cup of soup. It may even be smoked for a nice flavored smoke.

Some people use the roots of this herb to treat urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and other conditions. It is most commonly used as an aid for nausea in women. However, it can also help to relieve constipation by aiding the body to eliminate waste products. You can either boil the herbs for an instant cup of tea or add them to potable water and use a tablespoon or two at a time. Be sure to use cool water.

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If the leaves are dried properly, this herb can be used as a mosquito repellent. It has been traditionally used to help keep homes warm. The essential oils found in it are believed to have aphrodisiac qualities. However, this herb should not be used in large amounts since it may cause intoxication if taken in large quantities. You may add the leaves to a mix of ground dried fruits and honey to make a mosquito repellent paste.

For centuries, this herb has been used to help strengthen the immune system, treat depression, alleviate stomachache, increase blood flow and provide relief from fevers. It can be used to treat a number of medical conditions that may arise in your family. There are certain blends that can help prevent cancer and increase the chances of living a long and healthy life. This is one of the many medicinal herbs that you can grow in your herbal garden.

Bottom Line

When you decide to create a medicine garden, you have the option of creating a space that will be dedicated to growing only these types of plants or you may want to include plants that may not be as familiar to you. This is okay because you will still have the ability to harvest the plants and use them in recipes that you may plan for the rest of the family. Your choice will determine what success you will have with the herb garden.

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