Grow Your Own Medicinal Herb Garden

Medicinal Herb Garden

Sow your seeds, water, and watch your medicinal herb garden grow!

  • Arnica ~  Used for sprains, bruises, soaks, compresses, and an ingredient for salves and oils.
  • Ashwagandha ~ Used for physical and mental exhaustion.
  • Astragalus ~ Used for its immune enhancing qualities.  Improves function of liver, lungs, and spleen.
  • Black Cohosh ~  Used for controlling the infamous “hot flashes” of menopause.
  • Borage ~ Delightful blue/purple flowers for salads, teas and desserts. Put them in ice cube trays for floral icecubes. Gladdens the heart.
  • Burdock ~ Leaves make a lovely poultice for skin damage.
  • Calendula ~ Premier healing agent in salves, tinctures or applied to external injuries.
  • California Poppy ~ Works well for calming children and adults who have sensitive constitutions.

    California Poppy

    California Poppy

  • Cayenne Pepper ~ The fruit is widely used in cooking and contains capsaicin, which can help with some pain management.
  • German Chamomile ~Perfect for gentle bedtime sedation or for treating stomachache.
  • Chickweed ~ Used daily, the herb will assist in weight reduction programs.
  • Echinacea Angustifolia ~ Beloved medicinal that is used for its immune enhancing properties.

    Echinacea

    Echinacea

  • Ephedra ~ A natural adrenergic stimulant to the central nervous system and a bronchodilator for treating colds and asthma.
  • Evening Primrose ~  Some women report alleviation of PMS by eating the plant and the seeds.
  • Feverfew ~ Fresh leaves are tonic to prevent migraines.
  • Hibiscus ~ The flowers are used to make tea, and are also a mild diuretic and laxative.

    HIbiscus

    HIbiscus

  • Hyssop ~ This mildly anti-viral and expectorant herb makes an excellent tea to treat the common cold.
  • Lemon Balm ~ Favorite tea herb for its aromatic & sedative uses. Mildly anti-viral.

    Lemon Balm

    Lemon Balm

  •  Licorice ~ A demulcent and expectorant, essential herbal treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, adrenal exhaustion or gastric ulcer.
  • Marshmallow ~ Enhances immune function. Makes a healing tea that is soothing to throat and urinary tract.
  • Meadowsweet ~  Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving.
  • Mullein ~ Used as tea or tincture for moistening mucous membranes. A great soothing agent for the throat, bronchia, and lungs.

    Mullein flower

    Mullein flower

  • Plantain ~ Anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Particularly useful as a first-aid poultice and for dental infections.
  • Purslane ~ Eaten fresh as a salad herb, and is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Sage ~ The leaves are used in cooking, and tea from the leaves acts as an astringent and can help relieve itching.
  • Summer Savory ~ Widely used in cooking, and has traditionally been used to treat stomach upsets.
  • Stevia ~ 250 times sweeter than sugar. A flavoring agent, a wound healer, a treatment for hypoglycemia and a digestive aid.
  • Thyme ~ Used in cooking and for its astringent and antibiotic properties.
  • Tulsi (Holy Basil) ~ Adaptogenic, antifungal, antibacterial, immune enhancing, and of the Ayurvedic tradition.
  • Yarrow ~  Yarrow flowers are fabulous for their anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties.

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You can buy certified organically grown seeds from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Happy planting!

Dances with the Daffodils

Field of daffodils

We were going to write about the healing properties of Daffodils –  For centuries, the bulbs were made into a paste and applied to wounds as an astrigent,  as well as placed on strained sinews, stiff or painful joints, burns, and areas affected by gout – However, we then thought twice, since Daffodils also have toxic properties.
So, we’ll leave off with a nod toward the health benefits of poetry and the inspiration that Daffodils can provide…

 I wandered lonely as a Cloud
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I wandered lonely as a Cloud

That floats on high o’er Vales and Hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd

A host of dancing Daffodils;

Along the Lake, beneath the trees,

Ten thousand dancing in the breeze.

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The waves beside them danced, but they

Outdid the sparkling waves in glee: —

A poet could not but be gay

In such a laughing company:

I gaz’d–and gaz’d–but little thought

What wealth the shew to me had brought:

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For oft when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

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Which is the bliss of solitude,

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the Daffodils.

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William Wordsworth,  Poems in Two Volumes: Moods of my Mind 7 (1807)
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Daffodils and famous Wordsworth poem, at The Longevity Salon