Have you ever thought of having herbal plants in your home garden? Just imagine the incredible healing qualities of herbs that you can incorporate into your meals! Also, if you have them in your garden at home, you save money. Some of them add delicious flavors and fragrances to food. This will encourage you to cook at home, staying healthy and motivated. Please read on to learn more!
Calendula, also known as marigold, is a perfect herbal plant for your home garden. Its botanical name is Calendula Officinalis. People have used it in alternative medicine for centuries to heal wounds, thanks to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. You will be glad to know that natural cosmetic industries use marigold flower petals as ingredients due to their skin-soothing properties. Also, babies benefit from this plant as their diaper rash creams include flowers! Another reason to grow this colorful and lively plant is its availability all year long. You can also collect its seeds easily by harvesting its petals.
Another herbal plant that is easy to grow in your home garden is cilantro. Its botanical name is Coriandrum sativum, and it grows fast and is available throughout the year. Interestingly, it also has 2 common names, Chinese parsley, and coriander. Why do you need to plant cilantro at home? It is simply because it boasts a unique flavor which you will love when it is fresh! I like to use cilantro as a herb to garnish my homemade Mexican and Indian dishes. Surprisingly, research has proved it is a powerful digestive aid and also a heavy metals cleanser! If you want to grow cilantro, you certainly need a cool and moist garden.
Ever heard of lemon balm? This fresh, bright green plant is an excellent addition to your herbs collection in your home garden. Its scientific name is Melissa Officinalis. Fascinatingly, lemon balm has flowers and leaves that are extremely relaxing and fragrant. You can use them to make calming herbal teas that are also gentle and safe for children. In addition, lemon balm has an antispasmodic effect on your stomach and helps you during indigestion. Another rare quality of this herb is it helps to fight the herpes simplex virus and other similar viruses. But, you should use it topically for immediate effects. Also, I prefer to use it in its fresh state because it loses its medicinal potency after drying.
Have you ever guessed about what causes the freshness in toothpaste and chewing gum? The answer is peppermint! Of course, you can grow the aromatic peppermint plants in your garden! Its family name is Mentha X Piperita. Studies have shown that peppermint has a strong medicinal quality. It can relieve digestive discomforts and sore muscles. I like to brew peppermint leaves to make a soothing tea when I get nauseous. You should consider cultivating each plant in a different pot for better control since peppermint can easily overrun a moist garden.
Have you ever imagined a magical herb that puts you in a positive mood? Then meet rosemary! Its family name is Rosmarinus Officinalis, and this herbal plant is believed to be a great reviver! Rosemary is perfect for your home garden as it is an everlasting and drought-tolerant plant. Also, it can make a pretty and bee-friendly garden hedge! It also has fantastic benefits: it stimulates energy and sharpens memory by boosting the oxygen supply to your brain. Besides, you can replace caffeine with rosemary because of its powerful stimulant properties!
Another nature gift to your garden is mullein. Its botanical name is Verbascum Thapsus. Amazingly, it has soothing properties that help in the healing of bronchial infections. Did you know mullein leaves are added to cough medicine formulas? In addition, Mullein beautifies your garden when it flowers after completing its biological life cycle of 2 years. Also, it can astonishingly reach a height of 6 feet!
Nobody is unfamiliar with the sweet smell of lavender! The botanical name of lavender is Lavandula. You will certainly like to have it in your home garden for its irreplaceable fragrance and medical benefits. The medicinal benefits of lavender are: that it acts as an antidepressant, heals insomnia, and treats acne and sunburns. So, do not hesitate to harvest fresh lavender flowers from your garden to add to your soothing bath! Why not garnish your salads, shortbread cookies, and lemonade with lavender flowers for a fresh and tasty touch? Because I have a creative nature, I sewed an eye pillow and stuffed it with dried lavender flowers! To grow lavender plants, you require a sunny and dry environment.
You make your garden beautiful and beneficial with herbal plants. These plants also attract friendly insects and repel harmful pests. Do take care of your herbal plants because they will take care of you! Please share your comments below!