Growing Herbs For A First-Aid Kit

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Did you know that many of the shampoos that you buy in the drug store have herb plants in them? Wouldn’t it be a lot easier and cheaper if you grew your own healing herbs? By using herbs from my herb garden to fill my medicine cabinet, I have saved tons of money.

Do you have any of these problems? Try herb plants!

  • For aching joints, experiment with chervil, coriander, and thyme. Lavender, marjoram, lovage, peppermint, and oregano can be used as an antibacterial.
  • Do you have bad breath? Parsley, mint, anise and sweet cicely will help everyone breathe easier.
  • Constipation is never any fun. Both dandelion and fennel can help in getting things moving again.
  • I’m shocked that there are a lot of herb plants that assist with flatulence, including beebalm, caraway, coriander, ginger, lemon balm, lovage, peppermint, and summer savory.
  • By the end of a hard day, I can usually go for some chamomile tea for my frazzled nerves. Some other herbs that could help include dill, goldenrod, lavender and lemon balm.
  • There is no better cure for a hangover than thyme. It is much more appealing than mixing a raw egg with tomato juice and trying to drink it.
  • Do you have a terrible case of hiccups that won’t go away? Dill can take care of them. Dill not only has a fabulous flavor; it also works like a charm.
  • Goldenrod, aloe, summer savory, and hens-and-chicks are wonderful for taking the sting out of those insect bites, even mosquito bites.
  • Insomnia? A lot of the same herb plants that will calm your nerves can help here too, but chamomile and dill are most likely to assist you with your insomnia.
  • For your seasonal allergies and other nasal congestions, use horseradish, sage, and violet. To clear your sinus passages in no time at all, experiment with some horseradish.
  • Indigestion and stomachache respond well to dill, fennel, lovage and especially peppermint.

Among all these remedies you might be feeling like herb plants are the next snake oil. You don’t believe me? Try it for yourself!

  • Aloe Vera: I have two different aloe vera herbs that are constantly suffering from me breaking off bits to treat burns (including sunburn) and mosquito bites. As a succulent, aloe vera does not require a lot in the way of creature comforts and I have to be mindful not to over-water it myself. Just be sure that it gets plenty of light and that its well-drained soil keeps it firmly rooted in the container or garden bed.
  • Chamomile: As one of the more familiar medicinal herbs, chamomile is helpful for both mental and physical ailments.. Chamomile has’two kinds (German and true or Roman chamomile), both of these herbs can self-sow if you allow them, which can reduce the amount of time you will have to spend replanting these perennial jewels.
  • Horseradish: If you need to clean out your sinuses, just take a whiff of horseradish. Believe it or not, even though it has a peppery taste, the horseradish herb is a member of the mustard family. When you are working with horseradish, it’s the root that is important, but doesn’t neglect the foliage, which can grow to two feet long’they can look brilliant in your floral arrangements.

Good luck with your herb gardening. Be sure to let me know how your herb garden grows.