22 Medicinal Plants That We Can Grow At Home

22 medicinal plants that we can grow at home

It is always good to have anzaano medicinal plants to use when you need it, but it would also be good if you could grow them yourself, in some cases you can do it even if you have little space with these agricultural tips  that we will see throughout the article. Do you know that you can grow them yourself without paying more for them?

There is a long list of medicinal herbs that you can grow at home. Some can be used as teas or condiments, others just as condiments, others just as healing teas or poultices. All of them can be extracted tinctures in alcohol, oils or powders for medicinal use.

In popular pharmacopoeia, each culture has its favorite plants and, in fact, on all continents there are healing plants for common ailments that can affect us. However, there are some medicinal plants or herbs that are already universal because they were distributed throughout the world. In not so distant times, these plants were always present in patios and kitchens, widely used for curing stomach problems, phlegm, insomnia, palpitations and even for the ills of love;).

Normally these types of plants do not need special care, but they can give you many benefits.

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We show you some examples of medicinal plants and herbs that are really easy to grow in your home. Here are 22 medicinal plants that you can start growing at home:

  1. Garlic.
  2. Wormwood.
  3. Basil.
  4. Aloe Vera.
  5. Celery.
  6. Arnica.
  7. Burdock.
  8. Dandelion.
  9. Good grass.
  10. Hinojo.
  11. Jasmine.
  12. Lavender.
  13. Manzanilla.
  14. Melisa.
  15. Mint.
  16. Oregano.
  17. Greater nettle.
  18. Parsley.
  19. Romero.
  20. Salvia.
  21. Thyme.
  22. Carrots.

Garlic.

Garlic natural medicine

How to plant :

It can be planted almost at any time of the year. Likes natural light and well-drained soil. The good thing is that growing garlic is not going to take us a lot of work.

Properties:

Garlic is a food with many benefits  and properties. It acts as an anticoagulant, antibacterial, antibiotic and antioxidant in addition to fighting nasal congestion, among many other properties.

Wormwood.

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How to plant.

Needs half shade, clay soil. It adapts to poor soils and adverse weather conditions.

Properties.

Wormwood helps fight bad breath, menstrual cramps, heartburn, and even anemia. It is also a great repellent for insects, including lice.

Wormwood, with its bitterness that displeases many palates, is a very powerful medicinal herb that has qualities recognized by traditional Chinese medicine thousands of years ago. In folk medicine, this and other bitter herbs have always been used to ward off liver problems.

Basil.

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It is a plant that comes from South Asia, Indonesia and India;

How to plant.

It can be planted in pots, kept in semi shade and watered abundantly. It reproduces by cuttings (as we see in the image) or seeds, plant in well-drained soil, fertilize regularly, it is very sensitive to cold, it can be raised indoors.

Properties.

The oil contained in the leaves destroys bacteria and insects. The juice of the leaves relieves bronchitis, fevers, colds, sore throats and digestive problems. Thanks to its smell and mild aromatic flavor, it is used as a condiment. Against flatulence and gases, it is antispasmodic. An infusion of fresh leaves and lemon drops soothe stomach pains and intestinal spasms. The infusion of its leaves is diuretic, stimulating, digestive and relaxing; the juice of the leaves with honey from bees relieves fever. Basil tea makes mothers produce more milk. Cold tea is good for eye problems, both rinsed and drunk. Basil is the great regulator of the nervous system.

Its main use is in the fight against fatigue and depression, due to its value as an activator of the immune system.

Aloe vera.

aloe vera

It is planted in well-draining pots, it does not need excessive care. It is a very easy to use and maintain medicinal plant.

How to plant:

Aloe Vera properties.

It is very useful to apply on cuts, wounds, insect bites, burns and scars, ideal for refreshing dry skin. Improves the appearance of acne prone skin. Natural home air purifier.

It is best to use the internal gelatin of its leaves, make a gel for external use.

Celery.

celery

How to plant.

It likes hot climates and soil with many nutrients, it can be planted in a pot.

Resprout seedless celery

Properties.

It has diuretic action, serves to combat constipation, relieves heartburn, is a source of calcium, lowers cholesterol, replenishes electrolytes lost in physical activity, and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Arnica.

arnica

Arnica montana is the most commonly used species in medicinal preparations today, however the other species of the genus  Arnica have traditionally been used in different parts of the world.

How to plant.

It likes light, clay soil, planting in an isolated area or in a pot out of the reach of children or pets as it is toxic.

Properties.

It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is generally used topically to treat bruises, sprains, inflammation caused by insect bites and rheumatic diseases.

Burdock.

Burdock

How to plant.

It needs deep soil, because its roots grow a lot, it does not support transplantation well, it likes fertilized soil, it likes semi-shade, it can be grown in deep pots.

Properties.

Burdock is often used for dermatological problems, arthritis, and infections. In Europe, the roots and leaves have traditionally been used, while Chinese medicine prefers the seeds and often includes them in treatments for the common cold.

Dandelion.

dandelion

Common name: dandelion, plumerillo, baker and dandelion.

It grows naturally in many gardens, what many people do not know is that its flower is sweet and the youngest leaves are very tasty in salads, it is an edible plant from root to flower and with many properties, to get it we can use the seeds by removing them from the pompoms and it can be sown in any soil and condition, it is a very resistant plant.

Properties.

The dandelion leaf has more iron and calcium than spinach. It has many properties, perhaps the best known is the stimulation of liver activity. The dandelion infusion helps the liver metabolism, eliminating toxins more easily, increases the flow of bile, and helps in the digestion of fats.

CAUTION: Do not use dandelion if you are pregnant or taking antibiotics, anticoagulants, or gastric protective drugs that contain lithium.

Good grass.

Very similar to mint, an aromatic plant widely used for various uses such as infusions. Planting peppermint  is a very simple task. It adapts very well to different climates and only needs light and a lot of humidity.

How to sow.

Properties.

Useful to treat cases of diarrhea, its application is also recommended to relieve stomach cramps. It has carminative properties, since it favors the elimination of gases accumulated in the digestive tract, being very useful to treat cases of meteorism and flatulence. It has anti-dysmenorrheal properties, which is why it is highly recommended for treating periods that present excessive pain. In addition, peppermint is a mild sedative, which is why it is very good for treating cases of nervousness, also situations of anxiety, or difficulties when sleeping.

Fennel.

Fennel

How to plant.

It is easy to grow fennel from the same seed and it can grow up to 2 m tall, it also loves the sun and dry, rich soil.

Properties.

This plant is a digestive painkiller. This is why Indian restaurants place small containers of fennel seeds on the table to chew after dinner. Its active ingredient is anethole, it relaxes the stomach muscles and facilitates digestion.

Jasmine.

Jasmine

Jasmine is characterized by its exquisite perfume and by the multitude of benefits it brings to our health on a mental and physical level.

How to plant.

Jasmines  are plants of warm climates, they prefer the sun to the shade. The land must be well drained and well nourished. We have to find a place with enough space for them to make it easier to take care of them. We will put up a fence or posts so that the vine can be supported. It is recommended that the distance that we put between each  jasmine  is two and a half meters.

Properties.

It is used in natural medicine to eliminate stress and depression. The fresh flowers contain substances with aphrodisiac properties and in tea (very popular in China) it accelerates the metabolism which helps with weight loss, the purification of toxins and digestion.

Without a doubt, its greatest contribution is made to the world of perfumery, cosmetics and aroma therapy, being one of the essential ingredients in many perfumes.

Lavender.

lavender

How to plant.

Plant in pots with well-draining soil, it likes the sun.

Properties.

Lavender is a medicinal plant that has many properties, it highlights its calming and relaxing effects, which is why it is normally used to treat anxiety, insomnia, depression and problems associated with mood swings. It is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, aromatizes and serves to keep insects away, it can be used as an anti-moth by hanging a bouquet in the closet.

But the thing is not there, there are many other benefits of lavender to treat many other ailments if we use it in the form of tea, infusion or oil: lavender tea helps to improve bladder inflammation and urinary problems, water cloths of lavender flowers reduce headache levels, lavender oil helps relieve rheumatism, lavender tonic is frequently used in aromatherapy to help relax.

Manzanilla.

chamomile

How to plant.

It is easy to grow, it grows quite well in any type of soil and in full sun.

Properties.

It is a good remedy for headache, muscle pain or stomach pain. Chamomile essential oil contains more than 120 medicinal components.

Melisa.

balm

Lemon balm, lemon balm, citronella or lemon leaf is a perennial herb of the Lamiaceae family, native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region.

How to plant.

Relative of mint does not require much care, put in semi-shade, does not like the cold. It is a plant that is propagated by the roots that come out of the branches, putting them in the ground creates new seedlings.

Properties.

Sedative, antidepressant, digestive stimulant, peripheral vasodilator, diaphoretic, restorative and relaxing of the nervous system, antiviral and antibacterial. A cup of fresh or dried leafy greens is taken 3 times daily for depression, nervous exhaustion, indigestion or nausea. Widely used in ancient Greece.

Very fragrant, it is used in cooking to flavor salads, fish and sweet dishes.

Mint.

mint

Mentha piperita, herbaboa urmenda, spearmint, mentha virdis, an intense green herb with a refreshing aroma; it is tonic, stimulating and stomachic. It should not be consumed during pregnancy, nor by those under five years of age.

How to plant.

It does not require much care, put in semi shade, resists cold, shade, lack of water and accepts soils with few nutrients. For this reason, mints are very easy plants to grow with fertile soil and plenty of water.

Properties.

Each of the different varieties of Mint has its uses in popular medicine but, basically, it is used as a digestive and as a reliever for gastrointestinal disorders and to reduce colds.  Stimulates the senses and improves mood. As an infusion, it is excellent for digestion, treating colds and eliminating hiccups. It also works to relieve headaches, migraines, or pain caused by bruises. Like rosemary and camphor, it is used for skin irritations and colds, headaches and toothaches – chewing the leaf – The infused leaves are used against insomnia. The crushed stems are effective against insect bites.

Mint is used a lot in food, to perfume closed rooms, in addition, it repels ants, aphids and some other of the most common pests on plants.

It is almost always applied in the form of an infusion, although wet compresses are used for the skin.

Oregano.

oregano

How to plant.

It grows in all kinds of climates, they only need fertile moist soil. Likes light but tolerates shade too. It spreads fast and grows well in pots.

Properties.

Used for weight loss, promotion of the digestive system, treatment of sinus infection, toothache. It is antibacterial, antioxidant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine (to help in the treatment of allergy), relieves skin diseases, fights respiratory diseases, is used to treat nasal and lung congestion, relieves muscle aches and pains, decreases colic menstrual, relieves upset stomach, immune stimulant. Its tea relieves coughs, indigestion, muscle cramps and headaches, and is antifungal.

Greater nettle.

nettle

Nettle is a herb that normally appears on the edges of patches and temperate forests. It is covered with hollow hairs that contain acetylcholine and other powerful substances; When in contact with the skin, the hairs break, injecting these substances into the skin and causing stinging pain.

How to plant.

The plant prefers moist, nutrient-rich soil, similar to the fertile soil of the temperate forest.

Properties.

The tender leaves are very nutritious, we can remove the hairs by cooking them. It is a recommended food for pregnant and lactating women; It is also a home remedy for anemia, due to its high iron content. It is very useful to strengthen the blood and liver. The application of stinging hairs for chronic pain may be its oldest and most common use. Nettle infusion is a home remedy for gout, anemia, edema, eczema, kidney stones or stones, and urinary inflammation.

Parsley.

parsley

It is a robust, biennial plant that is grown as an annual, its foliage is bright green and curly and is rich in vitamin C.

How to plant.

He likes the sun, water and good compost.

Properties.

Enhancer of the immune system, reduces bad breath, to consume it we only have to crush some leaves and eat them, approximately one tablespoon daily would be adequate. It is excellent for enhancing dark hair and is a good antidote to dandruff. Those with very oily skin can apply both a nourishing anti-acne cream based on parsley and lavender as well as mint and parsley milk. This treatment, combined with a weekly facial mask, can produce very noticeable results. Also based on parsley, lotions are made for the eyes and against wrinkles and an excellent liquid to clean the mouth.

Rosemary.

rosemary

Rosemary has long been a suitable ingredient for eau de cologne and many hair preparations.

How to plant.

It likes the sun, in a large pot and with good drainage, it does not need much fertilizer or water.

The easiest way to have a rosemary plant is by cutting.

Properties.

It is made with it an effective remedy against dandruff that, as a magnificent hair conditioner and tonic, leaves hair shiny and healthy looking; it can also be prepared at home. Rosemary is also good for steaming facials, for dipping into bath water, and for rubbing your skin. Rosemary is used to treat high blood pressure, overweight or hair loss. It is very good for digestive problems, anti-spasmodic, sedative, tonic, diuretic and stimulating the nervous system.

Sage.

sage

Salvia officinalis L. Family: Labiatae Other popular names: White sage, fine selima, sage, salbei, sauge officinale. The Labiatae family is broad and cosmopolitan. It groups some 224 genera and 5,600 species, of which many are cultivated for ornamental, culinary or medicinal purposes. Sage is a plant native to the Mediterranean that has many varieties in the world. Its medicinal use dates from ancient times.

Its name, sage, that is, the one that saves, for such a healing herb par excellence.

How to plant.

It does not like the cold, put in the sun and indoors, little irrigation and rather calcareous soil.

Properties.

It is used in infusions to excite secretions and tones the nervous system. Relieves atony of the stomach and digestive organs, diarrhea, inveterate dyspepsia, nervous vomiting, colds, colds, nervous fevers, gout, chronic rheumatism, cerebral congestion. It favors the healing of leg ulcers and activates blood circulation. Effective in diabetes, it lowers blood sugar (Koller, 1997). It has also been used in the treatment of convulsive diseases and intestinal colic, as well as in the treatment of arthritis and to soften tumors and corns of the spleen (Hoffmann et al, 1992).

In the kitchen it is used to season meats.

Thyme.

thyme

Few kitchens do not have this herb, which for a long time was also appreciated for its antiseptic properties. In the last century and the beginning of the present it was used to soothe and disinfect the wounds of soldiers.

How to plant.

It likes the sun, good drainage, little water and rather calcareous soil.

Properties.

Thyme continues to be used in soaps and antiseptics, and its role is important in many home-made toiletries. It makes a refreshing and astringent facial toner, a relaxing foot bath, and a good additive to bath water, plus a delicious shampoo.

Carrots

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How they are planted.

They need a lot of light and the earth cannot have stones or debris so that the root can grow without obstacles, earth that drains well and with depth so that it can grow well.

Properties.

Hormonal disorders, it fights colds and has effects on the functioning of the intestine: it is antidiarrheal, but in excess, it ends up having the opposite effect.

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