Here are 5 healing herbs that are easy to grow, no matter
where you live.
Peppermint (or anything from the mint family —
rosemary, lemon balm, etc.)
Peppermint is so low-maintenance that you’ll hardly have to
pay attention to it and it will still thrive. They grow very quickly, and even
more so if you regularly pluck their abundant leaves for teas or for culinary
purposes. (Just remember to cut gently at the stem and not take too much too
soon or you will damage the plant.)
*Peppermint likes gritty, moist soil and partial sunlight.
Their petals are a powerful topical healer. They are
appropriate for any skin type. It can heal rashes, acne, minor
scratches and bug bites. Taken as a tea, marigold petals
help move lymphatic fluid properly to stimulate detoxification.
Plant these ASAP and see them sprout and bloom in the early
summer. Give each seed about 12-18 square inches and bury them 1/4 inch into
loamy, well-drained soil. Water regularly to keep the dirt moist, but not
Chamomile is a crowd pleaser for many reasons. Their small
white petals spark joy in anyone who sees them. Their pleasant aroma is
calming. As a tea, they quell anxious stomach aches, bring comfort to sick
kiddos, and relaxes tense muscles.
Chamomile grows well in almost any climate — but they are
easier to start from a plant than seed. They are incredibly easy to take care
of. They are drought-tolerant and you don’t really need to baby them once
they’ve grown out.
They’re relaxing both internally and topically. A strong cup
of lavender tea has been proven to bring down cortisol levels, which are behind
our fight or flight hormone reflex. Added to oils, creams and salves, lavender
is a powerful muscle relaxant and wound healer. But its legendary use has been
to invoke lively dreams by promoting deep sleep.
Best grown from clippings of a mature bush, lavender grows
and solidifies itself quickly. Because of their resilient nature, lavender is
best planted at least 2 feet apart. It grows best in drier soils, so keep that
in mind as you’re tending your garden. Add lots of mulch to help the soil
drain, if you live in a city where it rains often.
*Lavender attracts pollinators of all kinds, making your
backyard a sanctuary for local butterflies, bees and hummingbirds,
Truly every part of a dandelion is medicinal. It’s widely
respected as one of the premiere detox herbs, and decoction tea made of its
roots is a great diet drink that helps you burn fat.
If you haven’t tried this yet, fresh dandelion leaves are an
amazing addition to salads and pestos to give a little bit of bite to sweeter
They’re highly medicinal and extremely flavorful when
prepared the right way.
To your health.