Herbs for Medicinal Use
If you are yearning for becoming more self-reliant and getting away from modern medicine. Herbs are for you. Herbs have been used for tens of thousands of years. Long before anyone started recording the usage. The first documentation of these herbal uses were back in 3,000 B.C by the Ancient Chinese and the Egyptians. They used herbs to cure-all sorts of ailments.
Modern medicine today is synthetic and unnatural. Diseases everyday are becoming resistant to our modern medicine especially antibiotics. It’s just not natural to put all those chemicals into our bodies. God made a whole world full of medicinal plants to use for our aliments which are all natural.
Herb gardens have become increasing popular with the new wave of the population wanting to become more self-reliant and homesteading. Herbs not just used for cooking but for your health.
Herb gardens these days have basil, oregano, mint, garlic, etc… the so-called everyday herbs we use in our diets. But planning for a medicinal herb garden might take a little more thought.
There are so many herbs that one could consider to put in a herb garden. The list is endless. So think about where you live and what is native around you. What can you grow in your climate zone. Every herb garden should be a little different due to this.
Some or the top herbs everyone should grow are; garlic, comfrey, thyme, sage, lavender, calendula, meadow-sweet, basil, chamomile, echinacea, feverfew, peppermint, and oregano.
I will tell you a little about each herb here but we can go into more detail on each one as well as many more herbs later. I love to use all these herbs as well as essential oils but that is another topic.
Garlic – is an old medicinal plant that was and is used for medical issues with the heart. Such regulating high blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood sugars, and hardening of the arteries, and many like to consume this daily for the medicinal effects.
Comfrey – this plant is used in healing wounds, scrapes, and bruises. This herb causes the wound to heal faster by increasing cell production. Comfrey can also be taken internally for issues such as bleeding ulcers. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory for bruises and sprains.
Thyme – This herb seems to treat everything. It has been used for diarrhea, upset stomach, flatulence, increase urination, arthritis, cough, colds, and whooping-cough to just name a few.
Sage – This is also used to treat stomach problems such as; diarrhea, upset stomach, flatulence, bloating.
Lavender – This herb is known for its ant-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It is used for healing small wounds and helping bug bites. It is also used more commonly for anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and depression.
Calendula – This is the flower Marigold. You know that stinky little yellow flower. Well it can do wonders. This is used in tinctures and ointments to treat burns, cuts, bruises, diaper rash, bug bites, and skin rashes. It also helps prevent infection, reduces swelling and inflammation. Quite a handy little flower
Meadow-sweet – This flower is an astringent used for diarrhea, stomach aches, ulcers, peptic ulcer disease, heart burn, colds, bronchitis, pain, fevers and gout.
Basil – This plant treats all sorts of different things. You can use it for treating kidney conditions, fluid retention, warts, and worm infestations. It is also used to treat insect and snake bites.
Echinacea – This is one of my favorite perennial flowers. It is a sturdy plant and is very unforgiving with its soil requirements. This is well-known for its use treating colds and upper respiratory infections. It also can treat urinary tract infections and slow healing wounds. Although we don’t hear of this that often.
Feverfew – Is a handy pretty little white flowering plant. This is taken for migraine headaches, fevers, arthritis, psoriasis, allergies, dizziness, asthma, and even irregular menstrual cycles.
Peppermint – This herb smells so nice and is used in all sorts of products including toothpaste and gum. This is well-known for taking care of stomach upset and aid in digestion. It also has a calming and numbing effect and can be used to treat skin irritation, headaches, and menstrual cramps
Oregano – I love this herb also. This herb has amazing antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties and may even kill MRSA. Besides that, it is used for treating respiratory, urinary, and gastrointestinal disorders as well skin conditions.
Like I said before this list is not a complete list of all the herbs one can use for medicinal uses. There are so many it would boggle our minds. But this is a beginning. Then once you’ve started your garden then you can do lots of fun research on the different herbs and add a few every year.
This is meant to be informative use only and is in no way intended to be used for diagnosing or treating different ailments. Please do your research and be informed.