We all know that plants are good for our overall health. Just having them around provides cleaner air, a greater sense of calm, and better focus and creativity, among other things. They are, of course, also lovely to look at – but some plants offer us even more benefits.
There are some superhero plants that go above and beyond the already impressive list of perks we get from having plants in our spaces. Many plants have medicinal benefits and can easily be kept on hand in your home to be at the ready when you need assistance. If you’re interested in natural healing and could use some more greenery in and around your home, here are some medicinal plants and herbs to consider.
Even if you know very little about healing plants, you’ve probably heard of the benefits of aloe vera. In fact, you’ve probably even known a person or two who’s had this plant in their home. The leaves of the aloe plant are filled with a soothing gel that can be used to alleviate the pain of a burn, help heal cuts, scrapes, and some skin conditions, and can even be taken internally to soothe some digestive issues.
To access the gel, simply snip off a leaf and squeeze it out. It can then be applied directly to the skin.
Among medicinal herbs, burdock is not widely known – but it should be! The root of the plant can be used to purify the blood. A poultice can also be made from the leaves of the plant to pull infection from the body.
There are countless mouthwatering recipes that include the herb basil. The leaves of the basil plant are incredibly aromatic and add wonderful depth to a range of dishes. Even if you regularly use basil in your cooking, though, you may not think of it as one of the medicinal herbs.
The truth is that basil helps in a variety of ways. It can reduce the risk of low blood sugar, heal minor abrasions, ease PMS, boost appetite, lower stress levels, reduce fever, ease a sore throat and other respiratory issues, and eliminate gas.
The calendula plant grows beautiful orange flowers, so it makes a stunning addition to any garden. Even better, the flowers are wonderful for soothing skin irritation. They can also be eaten or made into a tea. The more resin-coated the plant, the higher its medicinal capabilities, so look for a sticky one.
People often drink chamomile tea in the evening to help them unwind, and with good reason. The heads of this healing plant offer an array of benefits. Use them to reduce anxiety and tension, relieve indigestion, and calm skin inflammation.
If you’re someone who seems to pick up every virus that goes around, then echinacea is probably one of the best medicinal plants for you to grow. It works double duty as it diminishes symptoms and also boosts the immune system.
If you’re looking for natural ways to reduce anxiety, lemon balm is a medicinal herb you should be growing. The herb helps relax the nervous system, offering a mild sedative effect. Lemon balm also acts as an antiviral.
Having lemon balm in your garden offers another benefit, as it’s a natural mosquito repellant.
Peppermint makes a refreshing addition to your collection of healing plants. Not only does it have an energizing taste, but as a tea, it can also be used to soothe digestive issues such as indigestion and vomiting. Made into a salve, it can be applied to sore muscles to relieve discomfort.
If you plan to plant peppermint, consider putting it in a pot, as mint plants tend to spread rapidly in the garden.
Many medicinal plants are simple to grow and add a perky presence to your garden and pots. Many of them even make gorgeous additions to bouquets. Of course, if you’re in the market for some ultra-fresh blooms to go with your healing plants and adorn your living space, The Bouqs Co. is the place to look!Shop All