Tending an herb garden itself is healing enough for some gardeners as it offers a respite from the busy world around us, however many herbs have significant levels of healing antioxidants when used fresh. The first healers were herbalists and the first medicines were derived from plants, so an herbal healing garden is steeped in history.
You can grow a garden that will treat headaches, help you relax, relieve upset tummies and even fight colds and flu. It’s as easy as planting some of the following herbs and using simple organic techniques to grow them. Consult a book on medicinal herbs or an herbalist for details on their preparation and use.
Aloe (Aloe vera) – produces a soothing gel for skin cuts and burns
Apothecary Rose (Rosa gallica officinalis) – scent of flowers is emotionally soothing plus hips are high in vitamin C as an immunity booster
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) – flowers help reduce inflammatory skin conditions
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) – soothing flowers for stress, insomnia, indigestion
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) – leaves act as diuretic, mild laxative
Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia) – roots used as immunity booster for colds and flu
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) – seeds for indigestion
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) – leaves used to treat migraine headaches
Garlic (Allium sativum) – bulbs eaten for cardiovascular health, infection
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – fragrance of flowers and foliage is a soothing relaxant
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) - lemony leaves in tea for headaches, indigestion and tension.
Peppermint (Mentha ×piperita) – leaves in tea for indigestion
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) – leaves stimulates circulation, relieve headaches and soothe sore muscles
Sage (Salvia officinalis) – leaves in tea for sore throats, colds and mouth ulcers
Herbs with the Latin species name
officinalis, officinale or officinarum
signifies that they were originally used
for their healing properties
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits;
who pardons all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.”