5 Medicinal Plants You Can Grow in Your Garden

5 Medicinal Plants You Can Grow in Your Garden

One famous herbalist, Dr. John R. Christopher, who taught thousands of people how to use herbs safely used to say, “We need an herbalist in every home. That’s when we will have people begin to improve their health.”

What he meant by this was that if you know about herbs and know how and when to use them, you can take care of the majority of small health issues that arise that do not need a doctor. For example, do you really need a doctor when you feel miserable from a cold or the flu or an infection? Only in certain cases where a fever has risen to a high temperature fast, or there are unusual symptoms associated with it. But for the ordinary infection, cold or flu, home remedies will often work quite well.

There’s another case where you might need to go to the doctor: when you’re a diabetic and develop an infection. But still this doesn’t mean you can’t still use home remedies on your own.

The top five medicinal plants for infections

Here are five medicinal plants you can plant in your outdoor garden to insure you have some remedies available the next time you get symptoms. (Remember, the sooner you start using the herbs after the symptoms arise, the sooner they will go away. Infections get established in the body the longer they are allowed to continue on their own when you do nothing about them.)

1. Onions

You would be amazed by the power of onions to wipe out an infection. The onion is best utilized in its raw state. It’s difficult to eat a raw onion like an apple, but you can juice onions along with carrots and other vegetables to extract out their goodness and infection-busting power.

2. Garlic

Garlic has all types of antibacterial properties, and if you eat it raw, it is more powerful than when it is cooked. Dehydrated garlic is also potent. Did you know that you can also simply bury a clove or bulb in the ground to get it started growing in your garden? It’s the easy way to do it.

3. Echinacea

Echinacea is also called purple coneflower. It’s an interesting looking flower that resembles a purple daisy except the petals of the flower are underneath the ‘button’ in the middle. Echinacea leaf and root may be dried, and the plant puts out some very antimicrobial constituents that are transferred to you when you consume it.

4. Thyme

Many people overlook the fact that many herbs have incredible antimicrobial properties via the constituents they possess. Thyme is one of them. In research studies, you’ll find that thyme has the potential to nip infections in the bud.

5. Oregano

Oregano and oregano oil (obtained when you press it with a hydraulic press) have anti-microbial, anti-parasitical, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties.

Make sure you have oregano in your outdoor garden.

How to use medicinal plants

After you grow these plants in your garden, you’ll harvest them. You might dehydrate them right away, or you might also take the fresh herb and make an extract with it. To make an extract, add one cup boiling water to one tablespoon fresh herbs. You might also add a larger amount – such as 1/2 cup  of the herb to vodka and shake it daily for 14 days. The alcohol will pull out the alcohol-soluble constituents and after the 14 days, you simply strain the herbs out and then keep it in a bottle for times when symptoms start. 

Use plants in your garden to heal yourself.