Nature is full of wonders from the beautiful to the medicinal. In addition to many plants which are simply lovely to behold, many other plants have healing properties that can provide natural remedies to ease a host of ills. Many of the plants you see every day might even be concealing hidden medicinal qualities! If you have an interest in nature-based medicine and healing remedies, consider adding these plants and herbs to your garden this year.
1.) Stinging nettles:
Stinging nettles are a great choice to plant in your garden, because they can counter some of the common issues that can begin because of spring allergies, such as sinusitis, bronchitis, infections, and fever. Stinging nettles are edible and tasty - they taste similar to spinach and are great for cooked veggie dishes or salads.
You have likely heard plenty about the role of the herb ginseng as a memory aid. But it has other benefits as well. Ginseng can ease stress, increase energy, help the body heal from infection and other ailments, stabilize blood pressure (high or low), and ease anxiety. Plus, ginseng is tasty in a number of dishes, and you can also brew it in a tea or use it as a spice.
Most people know licorice as the sweet candy they ate as a child. But licorice the herb is a great balancer of the endocrine system - the system that helps the body remain in balance even when it is assaulted with stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalances, and more.
Dandelion is much more than just a pretty wildflower growing by the roadside. Dandelion can be used in its entirety - from flowers to leaves to roots - to heal a multitude of ailments. If you have trouble with bloating, dandelion is a natural diuretic. If your digestion is sluggish, dandelion can strengthen and stabilize it. And if your liver is toxic, dandelion can cleanse it. Finally, if you have high blood pressure, dandelion can help lower it. Flowers are often used to make wine (which is its own reward) and the leaves and roots can be added as a bitter complement in dishes and also taken in herbal or tea form.
If you have ever had trouble sleeping, you have probably tasted chamomile tea. Chamomile tea definitely aids in relaxation prior to sleep or in any stressful situation. It is also a natural cleanser and toner for the skin. Chamomile is a lovely flowering herb with a sweet scent that is a lovely addition to any spring garden.
If you have an infant in the house, calendula is a must-have for your home garden. This cheery, colorful flowering plant creates its own sticky resin, and it is this resin that is used for many herbal preparations. The flowers themselves are also edible and can easily be added to salads for a delightful culinary - and healing - garnish. Calendula can be made into diaper rash salves, baby skincare, and sensitive skin care products and washes.
Echinacea is another flowering herbal plant that is now receiving long-overdue attention for its many medicinal properties. As well, it is a lovely spring blooming plant that will look beautiful in any garden. Echinacea can be used in its entirety - stalk, roots, leaves, and blooms - to boost the immune system, ease inflammation in membranes, treat urinary tract infections, and provide extra immune support against viral infections.
Finally, if you have ever had a toothache, you definitely want Spilanthes in your spring garden. Just by chewing either blossoms or leaves, your gums will naturally numb and tingle - similar to many medications designed to ease gum and tooth pain.</p>â€¨â€¨<p>These eight lovely spring plants and herbs will get your medicinal garden off to the perfect start!