9 Common Garden Plants With Medicinal Applications

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Rediscover ancient cures & herbal medicines that are commonly grown in the garden. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

medicinal plants, 9 Common Garden Plants With Medicinal Applications

In our modern era, you would assume we would be closer to finding the answers to leading long, healthy lives without the need for reliance on medicine. Unfortunately, it seems the opposite has happened. There are millions of people all over the world who are prescribed & dependent on modern medicine developed by Big Pharma. What if we told you that effective medicine was as accessible as the dandelions growing in your backyard?

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The Importance of Rediscovering Herbal Medicines

When we take prescription and over the counter medications, what we’re doing is masking the undesirable symptoms we are experiencing at the time. This method of treatment is not only ineffective, but it doesn’t allow our immunities to develop legitimate resistance. A proper treatment shouldn’t just treat symptoms, but should instead address the root cause.

The Need to Become Self-Relient

Not only is modern medicine sometimes ineffective, it can be unreliable. With COVID-19 completely reinventing the way everyone is living their day to day life across the globe, it’s more important than ever to become more self-reliant. Especially if you don’t own a home or land, knowing where to start can be tough.

What we can offer you is an introduction to common garden plants that can be used for medicinal purposes. Whether you have a cottage garden, a couple of plants on your city window sill or you use a community garden, being knowledgeable about medicinal plants and their applications can come in handy – especially if there ever comes a time where going to the doctor becomes unavailable.

9 Medicinal Plants You Can Find in the Garden

Dandelion

Believe it or not, dandelions are edible and pack a ton of amazing health benefits. They’re rich in vitamins C & K, iron, calcium, chlorophyll, and so much more. Every part of the dandelion plant can be consumed; the leaves, flowers, sap, and root. Dandelion is known to help detoxify the liver, treat skin infections, promote bone health, and treat & prevent urinary infection.

How to Use it

Brew dandelion roots for a boost of vitamins & nutrients in your favorite cup of tea. The leaves can be used in salads as well as a garnish for your homecooked meals.

Lavender

We mostly admire lavender for the soothing effect it has on our nerves. This plant is extremely common in home gardens and can be used in so many different ways. Use lavender to help get a better night’s rest, for aromatherapy, to treat headaches, relieve pain, and topically to improve skin conditions.

How to Use it

Brew the delicate lavender flowers to make a gentle tea to drink before bedtime. A lavender essential oil can be used in aromatherapy diffusers as well as topically when mixed with a carrier oil.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is often used topically to treat inflammation, skin irritation, cuts, burns, and infections. A less common way to use aloe vera gel is consuming it. Using it this way benefits your digestive system.

How to Use it

Apply the raw aloe vera gel on your skin or wound for treatment. Mix the gel into your juices or shakes if you’re interested in consuming it.

Mint

Mint is a great natural remedy for uncomfortable symptoms such as headaches, nausea, bloating, allergies, skin irritation, muscle pains, and soreness. Along with those benefits are the ability to relieve congestion and promote digestive health. Mint is known to have antibacterial & antiviral properties, making it a must-have in the garden.

How to Use it

One of the most common ways to use mint is to brew it in herbal teas. Use it as a garnish or as an ingredient in food dishes to add an exotic flavor. Peppermint essential oil can be used topically for massages & skin treatments when diluted with a carrier oil.

Basil

Basil is one of the most popular herbs used in culinary dishes all around the world. This herb is rich in iron and vitamin K, making it useful for treating common ailments. This plant is known to help reduce stress, slow aging, reduce inflammation, promote bone & liver health, increase metabolism, and improve digestive health.

How to Use it

Like we mentioned earlier, you can use basil in many different culinary dishes as an ingredient or as a garnish. You can also brew basil in teas and throw a few leaves into your smoothie if you’d like.

Chamomile

Chamomile is a flower that is rich in antioxidants and can help relieve common undesirable symptoms. It has skin benefits, relieves pain, improves sleep, reduces inflammation, and can also relieve congestion.

How to Use it

The most common way to enjoy chamomile benefits is by brewing the flowers to create a relaxing cup of tea. You can also use chamomile essential oil topically & for aromatherapy.

Cayenne Pepper

Capsaicin is responsible for putting the kick in peppers. Cayenne pepper offers a delicious spicy punch in your meal as well as a few health benefits. These peppers are naturally detoxifying, boost your metabolism, improve circulation, and can even help relieve pain.

How to Use it

Enjoy cayenne pepper in sauces and as a garnish. If you’re not able to handle the spiciness, alternatively you can choose to consume cayenne pepper in a supplement pill form.

Echinacea aka Purple Coneflower

Did you know that purple coneflower is chock full of benefits for your immune system? The Echinacea is known to soothe urinary infections, respiratory conditions, common cold symptoms, and is overall good for your health. Keep in mind that you should limit your consumption of this flower to avoid negative side effects such as dizziness or nausea.

How to Use it

Brew purple coneflower roots to create tea for respiratory & infection relief.

Marigold

The last plant on our list is the Marigold flower. These fragrant flowers are extremely beneficial for your skin and are loaded with antioxidants. Another great benefit of these flowers is that they naturally repel insects, making them a flower to consider planting in your garden if you have one.

How to Use it

Brew dried marigold flowers for a soothing cup of tea. Marigold essential oil can be used topically (when mixed with a carrier oil) to experience the benefits it has on your skin. You can also use it as a unique garnish for your dishes.

The Takeaway: The Time to Reconnect with Nature is Now!

The next time you’re faced with an annoying symptom, try reaching for one of these plants instead. Your reconnection with nature can wait no longer. You’ll find that once you get started, the rest will come…well, naturally!

Also see healthfitplace.com/gardenremedies for more

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