5 Healing Herbs You Must Plant

Many people want to be as involved as possible in treatment of their ailments, but making homeopathic remedies requires specialised skills and equipment. Instead of mucking about with strychnine tree seeds, they plant a mini-garden with healing herbs, and learn how to make a few basic herbal remedies.

Their harvests, and the teas, tinctures, lotions, and ointments they make of those harvests, can, if used as directed by an herbalist, doctor, or homeopath, support any homeopathic medicines they take.

Gardening has been proven to help alleviate stress and anxiety, to combat depression, and to inspire a sense of wellness. This fits in nicely with homeopathy’s holistic approach to health. Whether you put them in the ground, in pots, or in a creative planter you bought using the winnings you made at betting sites, these are 5 healing herbs you need to plant:

1. Peppermint

Mentha x piperita, a spearmint-water mint hybrid, requires full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It also requires very little attention. Take care if planting it out, because it can get out of control quickly.

Research indicates the herb is antibacterial and antiviral, and that it can relieve muscle spasm. Its traditional uses include treating indigestion and stomach upsets such as nausea, colds, tension, and insomnia. Its tea, sweetened with honey to taste, makes it one of the most pleasant of all herbal remedies.

2. Chamomile

Plant either German or Roman chamomile (Matricaria recutita or Chamaemulum nobile), and bring a splash of colour and beauty to your medicinal herb garden. Harvest flowers soon after the buds open, and use them fresh to make tea, or dry them and store them for later.

Many people know of chamomile as one of the herbs that can help alleviate sleeplessness and to treat colic and indigestion. What they might not know is that it also can help with muscle spasms, infections, tension, and inflammation.

3. Echinacea

One of the nine Aster-family herbs native to North America, Echinacea purpurea has been used for health and healing by Native Americans for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. It is another attractive addition to your mini-garden

A popular way of using the herb is to harvest the root, or to chop up a whole plant, and use it to make a tincture. Another way is to make a tea of the flowers.

4. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm (Melissa offinalis) is a member of the mint family, and is famous for its lemony scent and flavour. Planting it in your garden has the added benefit of attracting bees.

It has been used for more than 2000 years to treat melancholy and anxiety, cramps, digestive complaints, spasms, and insomnia. Research shows it also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

5. Yarrow

Another Aster-family herb, yarrow (Achillea millefolium) was known to the ancient Greeks as a plant with healing properties.

It contains compounds that can help stop bleeding, ease pain, and decrease muscle spasms, and is also used to treat anxiety and indigestion. You can use the herb as a tea, or topically as a poultice.