Herbs are easy to grow, superbly useful (not just in cooking) and wonderful additions to your garden (you don’t need a big one). Labels on store-bought herbs rarely reveal how plants are grown, their exposure to light and air when inside plastic, so on and so forth. Here are 5 medicinal herbs that you can start growing even if you are a novice herbalist and that we absolutely love!
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Calendula also called pot marigold is antifungal and antiseptic. The petals of this sunny yellow-and-orange flower have skin-soothing properties and are widely used in natural creams and skincare formulations.
Peppermint (Mentha x Piperita)
Spearmint and peppermint are familiar flavours in chewing gum because of their refreshing zing but the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
(NCCIH) has declared that peppermint is a stronger medicine than spearmint. You can brew it as a tea to relieve indigestion and even help with vomiting. Peppermint is also known to help soothe sore muscles when used topically.
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Delicate, apple-scented chamomile shows that mild doesn’t translate into ineffective. Chamomile is among the best herbs for treating nervous stress, colic, infections, and stomach disorders in young ones.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
This one is a hot favourite. The oils and bitters of lemon balm are especially relaxing. They are also known to be antispasmodic and help soothe the stomach and even the nervous system. According to a study in 2008, Lemon Balm helps combat viruses like herpes simplex when applied topically.
However, always note that the dried herb loses some strength after six months. Lemon balm and peppermint infusions and tinctures are very popular among those who use natural medicine.
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Mullein’s soothing effects may help heal bronchial respiratory infections. It is very common for cough formulas to use the leaves of this plant. Most of these herbs grow pretty easily, all you need to do is give them sufficient sunshine and make sure the soil never runs too dry!