Spring is almost at our doorsteps and we all have our socks pulled up to grow some beautiful gardens out there. Most of us are looking for fresh flowers while others are working towards a vegetable patch. While working on your vegetable garden, try planting some medicinal herbs as well.
These will not only protect and prevent you from a wide array or diseases but also help you save money which you might have spent over medicines and clinics. Even though you might say that spring is all about fresh air but let me tell you, diseases don’t knock at your door. They barge in leaving you nothing but distressed. Over here we have a list of medicinal herbs that will shield you and help you in your sickness.
Avoid the smell. Don’t take this queen of medicinal herbs for granted. Garlic comes on top of the list when it comes to medicinal vegetables, with its power packed uses. It’s not only good to eat, but is the most effective antimicrobial plants around; in short, it is a natural anti-biotic. It fights off various bacteria, viruses and parasites!
Garlic works really well with the respiratory system diseases such as bronchitis, ongoing colds, flu and congestion. As the list continues, garlic has very strong properties which support the proliferation of healthy bacteria in your digestive track, and yes fights with the pathogenic bacteria or the bad guys.
How to use?
Simply use garlic regularly in your meals. For cold and congestion take half a teaspoon of garlic oil with small intervals. Take some garlic bulbs and mash them mixing with apple cider vinegar or olive oil. Leave for two days and strain. Store this concoction in the fridge, and use it in your meals and also warm it up a little bit and use a few drops in the ear for ear infections.
How to grow Garlic?
Garlic loves a rich, moist sunny patch. Take a few cloves and plant each one of them about two inches deep, and six inches apart in the soil. Remove weeds as they grow and mound soil on them every once in a while. If you want a crop in August or September, you must plant them in February or March.
Who doesn’t love a good cup of chamomile tea? What we don’t realize is that this is a quintessential herb for teas having a pleasant, warm taste to it. It is not too harsh for the little ones and goes really well for elders, especially if they have sleeping disorders. Have a cup of chamomile tea after the day as it brings peace to your body and mind. This unique and delicious herb produces chemicals which aid in relaxing your mind, nerves and digestive system. This is primarily because it is so rich in magnesium and calcium. This gem of an herb helps soothe muscle tensions, headaches, belly aches, colic, insomnia and pain caused by fever.
The anti-inflammatory properties of this herb also help in the treatment of hemorrhoids, sore eyes, sore throats, acne, wounds, ulcers and conjunctivitis.
Stash two teaspoon of dried herb in a cup of boiling water. Cover and let it cook for about 20 minutes on low heat. Sweeten it with honey or any regular sugar. It is advised not to give this tea to children under the age of 1. It’s a gentle herb and can be used for therapeutic purposes with its tea.
How to grow Chamomile
Much like garlic, this herb loves a sunny spot too. There are two varieties to it, the roman and the German. The first one is a perennial while the latter one is annual. The German one is slightly better as it is sweet and has this apple flavor tinge to it. They can be easily harvested in a dry morning after they have fully bloomed.
We all love lavender in our bath room accessories. This is another herb which is really gentle and works well for both children and elders. It has medicinal properties which act as anti-depressant and a relaxant. It also has a number of healing properties which are used in sore throats, toothaches, diarrhea, cough, arthritis, menstrual and also lowers your blood pressure.
You can use the lavender oils in hand or in the house, car backpack or even a diaper bag. It can be used to fix wounds and burns directly on the skin.
Lavender loves sunny places and sandy soils. You can easily plant it and harvest it on a dry morning when the flowers have bloomed.
Elder tree isn’t really a plant but yes it packed with medicinal properties which you and your family can make use of. Elder has a wide range of uses from all of its parts such as bark, flowers, berries and even the leaves. The bark is used to “clear out” someone; it is purgative, diuretic and emetic. For internal problems, the leaves are used for the same purposes, however for external wounds and irritated skins, the leaves work exceptionally well too. The berries and the flowers are used to fix colds, flu and respiratory infections. It also takes care of congestion and fever.
How to use the elder tree
In order to make the syrup you have to pour two cups boiling water over half a cup of dried elderberries. Leave it overnight. Simmer this mixture for 30 minutes the next day and puree it in a blender adding sweetener to it. Pour this syrup in clean bottle and store in fridge. Use this syrup every 2 to 3 hours, hald teaspoon for cold or flu.
How to plant Elder tea
The trees can be grown from seed. You can start by planting ripe barriers one inch deep in soil or pots. When they have grown into a plant size, you can plant it in semi-shade. It can also be grown through a cutting or a broken twig. These plants can grow in all sorts of soils. It is better to avoid eating raw berries. And make sure to use the ones which are black, the red ones are poisonous.
The elder trees grow more like a shrub than a plant so you might want to prune it once in a while. Flowers bloom in late May and continue in June.