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Healing Herbal Ideas for Your Garden

by on October 16, 2012

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By Nikki Striefler of Glad.is

Chamomile:  Most commonly used in tea, it’s leaves and flowers are full of oils that have natural relaxing, sedative qualities and it’s also used as anti-inflammatory for arthritis, rheumatism, etc.

-Aloe Vera: used externally as a natural astringent and emollient for the skin (and it has many internal uses as well!)

-Echinacea:  Used in teas, etc to increase the body’s immunity to colds and flu

-Sage:  the natural oils and tannins in sage have a variety of homeopathic qualities, including being a great antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent and antiseptic.  And and most likely anyone reading this website knows the power of cleansing the house (Smudging) with sage.  Check our article on how to perform a Space Clearing Ceremony here.

Lavender: Can help clear up headaches and calm anxiety.  Around the house, lavender is a good insecticide. Pouches of dry lavender put in the drawers among clothes keep clothes smelling good and can keep moths away.

-Lantana:  add to steam for a great natural expectorant, and the oils are also used as an anti-inflammatory in tissue healing

-Poppy: The California poppy has similar medicinal benefits to the opium poppy, although it is much milder, gentler and less addictive. It is even mild enough to be given to children. As an herbal remedy, California poppy tincture or extract is a relaxant and antispasmodic. It has been used to treat such ailments as insomnia, delirium, motion sickness, stress, nervousness, tense jaw and attention deficit disorder.

-Peppermint: Commonly found in everything from toothpaste to gum, sweets, balms and cough medicine, Peppermint can be used to freshen everything from your breath to your home. It’s also used to relieve indigestion, heartburn, allergies and more!

(This is just a short list, there are literally HUNDREDS of medicinal plants you can grow at home :  http://www.liveandfeel.com/medicinalplants.html )

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