5 Medicinal Plants to Grow Indoors or Outside.

Your medicinal garden should definitely include these five plants.

St. John’s Wort

Grow St. John’s Wort for menstrual cramping and the symptoms of menopause. Make a tea from the leaves and drink it three times a day for symptoms. You can also use the tea and the topical oil for nerve pain of neuralgia, muscle pains, back pains, and body aches.

It is good for hemorrhoids, reducing the inflammation and pain and can be used to treat arthritis, rheumatism and gout. Drink the tea as before, two to three times a day, every day. Over time, it greatly reduces the pain.

St. John’s Wort has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that treat chest congestion, speeds healing of infections, including colds and the flu.

The herb is known to have additional uses including: removing fluids and detoxing the body, treating childhood bedwetting and lowering blood pressure problems. It is also reported to help in alleviating the symptoms of mild opiate withdrawal.

Aloe Vera

I aways have at least plants on my window sills have used the gelatinous sap repeatedly for sunburns, burns, skin abrasions and wounds and other skin problems. I also use it for anti aging creams and as a moisturiser.

Aloe vera is also edible and can be used internally to soothe the intestinal tract. Take it with meals to relieve reflux and heartburn, or use the juice to relieve cramping, flatulence, and abdominal pain. It is also a natural laxative, so you should start with small doses.

Peppermint

The trick to growing peppermint is to plant it in moist, rich soil and keep it moist but not wet.

It’s used mostly for indigestion, stomach aches, flatulence, intestinal, and liver problems. Sip on peppermint tea throughout the day for stomach problems. It stimulates the release of bile in the body. It also contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that treat the causes of the illness while soothing the intestinal tract.

Stomach And Menstrual Cramping

Peppermint oil relaxes the muscles of the stomach and uterus to relieve cramping. It is useful for treating diarrhea, spastic colon, IBS, and Crohn’s disease. To relax the bowels and stomach, sip on peppermint tea throughout the day.

Headaches And Migraines

Peppermint oil, 1 drop diluted in a teaspoon of olive oil and rubbed on the forehead or on the scalp over the painful areas.

Yarrow

This plant is known as the nosebleed plant. It has many different uses, most notably its ability to stop bleeding quickly. T heal a cut or wound, clean out the wound and sprinkle it with dried yarrow. Dress the wound two or three times a day until it healed.

Yarrow’s healing effects extend below the skin as well. Use it on bruises, sprains, hemorrhoids, and itchy skin.

For fevers, colds, and the flu, chew on piece of raw yarrow root. It causes sweating, reducing fevers. It is best used early in the illness to open pores and clean toxins from the body.

Evening Primrose

The plant is known for balancing the female hormones, treating symptoms of PMS, including headaches, bloating, acne and moodiness. It is also said to be helpful in treating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS.) Women with PCOS who take evening primrose are more likely to conceive and carry a child to full term.

Use a poultice made from evening primrose root to treat skin problems including piles and wounds. It reduces inflammation and helps the skin heal.

Use evening primrose oil for treating hair loss. Rub the oil on the hair every night.

Take evening primrose for the treatment of arthritis. Relief comes with arthritis pain when taken daily.

These are the remedies that grannie used regularly. We knew that if we got cut, we should bring in an aloe leaf when we came in. These remedies were part of our every day knowledge.

Unfortunately, so many of us have lost that knowledge. The younger generation rolls their eyes at me when I try to tell them how to use these amazing plants. They would rather run to the doctor and take a pill. I like the natural remedies and I encourage you to learn more about them. I believe the natural remedies to be more healthful for the body when taken correctly.

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