As we move into gardening season, I wanted to share a bit about what you can do now to create healing remedies for yourself in the year to come! March seemed to fly by and is appears that the world is moving quicker again. I have been finding myself feeling a bit worn down and many of you might find yourselves in a similar situation. So, as not to add too much to your plate, here are 5 easy, peasy medicinals to plant or plan for now that are worth the small amount of effort. Last year I wrote about medicine in my backyard. You can read the full blog post here, but it outlines what I currently grow and what these items can be used for. The fun thing is that many of these medicinals are perennials so some effort one year will produce returns year after year. I went through this list of medicinal herbs to find my favorites for a beginner!
Calendula – This medicinal is fabulous for skin conditions and also great for teas. One of the reasons I love it is because it will bloom all summer long if you harvest the flowers. It self-seeds and grows easily. I suggest placing it in an area that you don’t mind it taking over. It can be used in tea and I’ve even heard of people adding it to soups to absorb its healing resins. I also infuse the flowers in organic olive oil to make a healing oil. You can find that recipe here. There are lots of Calendula seeds out there. This is a good option for an organic, high resin seed.
Peppermint – This is a wonderful decongestant herb. It’s great for slowing mucus production. This is another plant that will grow with EASE! I suggest planting it in a wine barrel or large pot to keep it contained. It is wonderful in teas. As a perennial, it will come back year after year. This plant is easy to find as a start.
Mondarda – Also known as Bee Balm, this is another perennial medicinal in the mint family and grows easily. What is not to love about this herb? As a pollinator, it attracts bees and hummingbirds with its colorful, funky blooms. As medicine, it has strong antiseptic qualities. It can be used in poultices for skin infections and minor wounds. And it is great for stomach and throat infections as well as arthritis. High in Iron and B-vitamins, this dried herb is potent for a year! This plant is easy to find as a start.
Meadowsweet – I love this one. It’s fabulous for many reasons. Great in teas for digestive issues, inflammation and helping the immune system. It’s also just a beautiful plant so can easily find its way into your summer cut arrangements. This one isn’t as common to find as a start, but this blog had some helpful tips for planting as well as seeds available. You can also learn more about this herb here.
Lavender – To me, planting lavender is a no brainer. As a common plant, it is easy to come by and grows great in our region. I love it in teas, I love smelling it to calm down and using it in eye pillow. And, it’s beautiful to look at. This is a plant that every garden should have.Did you know my blog has great resources for new clients?
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