Natural Remedies Found In The Garden
My garden does not whet the appetite; it satisfies it. It does not provoke thirst through heedless indulgence, but slakes it by proffering its natural remedy. Amid such pleasures as these have I grown old.
gardening quote by Epicurus
In every home I have lived as an adult I have planted. I’ve planted for beauty first. As I’ve grown older, and wiser I hope, I’ve planted for food and for healing. There is so much to learn and as much as I know, I find I am yet a baby in this gardening journey. I’m fascinated most by the herbs in my garden. For thousands of years people have found healing from snipping a leaf here or digging for root there. I have so much to learn! I am a firm believer that all we need for staying well can be found in what our Creator has already given us. That being said, I am not an expert. What follows is for educational purposes only. I do not profess to have all the answers, I am not trying to diagnose or treat any illness and you should research herbs and speak with your own doctor before taking any herb. What follows are but a few of the herbs that I use personally and some of the great attributes I have found hidden within their leaves.
Oregano – This powerhouse herb is high in vitamins and minerals and has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. Its uses…
- Yummy to eat!
- Cough & cold relief
- Helps relieve upset stomach
- Helps heal wounds, insect bites & stings
- Soothes sore throats
- Helps relieve gas & bloating
Use it as a tea by combining 1 cup of fresh leaves with 3 cups of water and boiling for 10-15 minutes. Drink 1/2 cup up to 3 times daily.
As a concentrate you can juice the leaves and take 1 tablespoon every hour. This is particularly helpful for really severe coughs.
As a poultice apply the leaves directly to the affected area.
Thyme – You can’t beat the flavor of this dainty looking herb! It’s great for…
- Seasoning chicken
- Cough relief
- Sore throat relief
- Helps relieve sores in the mouth and throat
- Home disinfectant
As a tea combine 1/2 tablespoon in 2 cups of boiling water. Let steep covered for 1 hour then sweeten with honey (local of course.) Drink 1/2 cup 3 to 4 times daily.
Rosemary – Did you know this plant, that grows like a weed in Southern California, promotes good health and most impressively is a powerful antioxidant and anti-carcinogen? It has been shown to improve brain function and memory. Eat it up often or drink it as a tea by placing 1 tablespoon of fresh leaves in 2 cups of boiling water and steep for 10-15 minutes.
Lemon Balm – A member of the mint family this is a great little herb to have growing in the garden. It’s been known to treat…
- Cold sores
The easiest way to use this herb is in a tea. Take 2-4 teaspoons crushed leaves in 1 cup of boiling water. Let steep for 10-15 minutes. You can drink the tea or apply to the affected area with a cotton swab.
Calendula – This is a beautiful little plant that loves to reseed itself! The flower petals have been found to aid in the healing of many different skin ailments.
- Reduces inflammation & promotes wound healing
- Treats acne
- Cold sores
- Athlete’s foot
- Diaper rash
- Relieves conjunctivitis
- Aids in digestion
You can prepare calendula in creams, infusions, and tinctures.
The winds are warming and spring is in the air. It’s time to plant your herb garden!
Of special note: some herbs are especially unsafe to use while pregnant or breast feeding.
[This post was featured on Little Natural Cottage.]