Which herbs are in your garden?
Every herb garden has a variety of useful herbs which are grown primarily for culinary purposes.
We all enjoy being able to walk out into the garden to pick fresh herbs for our favorite dish. Among the most common would be mint, parsley, garlic, coriander, basil, majoram, thyme, peppermint, sage, rosemary, lavender and marigold. Other less common in the household garden might be aloe vera, echinacea, johnny jump up, lemon balm, st Johns wort, and feverfew.
We will take a look at the more common ones and how they can be used in a healing context.
- Basil: flatulence, lack of appetite, cuts, and scrapes.
- coriander: lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the levels of good cholesterol (HDL)., good food for digestive system, promotes liver functions and bowel movements, good for diabetes stimulates the insulin secretion and lowers the blood sugar levels.
- Garlic: boosts the function of the immune system, helps prevent colds.
- Lavender: smelling this medicinal herb can calm and relax, eases pain, and when applied to cuts and bruises functions as an antiseptic.
- Marigold: good for sunburn, acne, and blemishes, also soothes ulcers and digestive problems.
- Marjoram: Increasing the efficiency of digestion, improves appetite, relieves nausea, cures some intestinal infections
- Parsley: helps with flatulence and bad breath.
- Peppermint: as a tea for digestion or gas, and soothing headaches.
- Rosemary: helps memory and concentration, improves mood—and sweetens breath.
- Sage : provides relief for mouth and throat inflammations.
- Thyme: is a strong antiseptic for coughs and helps relieve congestion, indigestion, or gas.
The Less Common Herbs
- Aloe Vera: Has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, accelerates the healing of burns, reduces dental plaque, helps treat mouth ulcers, or canker sores, reduces constipation, may improve skin and help prevent wrinkles.
- Echinacea : eases the severity of colds and flu, helps provide relief for your immune system.
- Feverfew: chew leaves to ease headache pain, provides relief for arthritis, and skin conditions.
- Johnny Jump Up: anti-inflammatory properties, good for eczema and skin blemishes and helps to loosen phlegm.
- St Johns Wort: may help with mild depression.
Before you see the Doctor
I know there are many more herbs you can grow in your garden and I hope you will find the few I have listed here helpful. My purpose in writing this is not to produce a comprehensive volume of all the herbs known to man but to suggest we look to the garden before we look to the doctor for all those very common ailments.
For serious illness we must seek medical attention without delay but for all those illnesses listed above such as the common cold, cuts and bruises, flatulance etc it is worth trying the herbal solution first.
It will save you time and money going to the doctor and it will leave the doctor free to attend to more serious issues. It seems like there is always a long waiting list to see the local GP, in fact to see a doctor of your choice you almost have to plan to be sick in a months time or accept a student doctor.
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