I just received my first order of seeds for the medicinal herb garden I am planning to plant this year. It took me a long time and a lot of researching to finally make up my mind as to what herbs I should order. I wasn’t able to get all of the plants I’d like to have, but I got enough to start with.
I am still very new to the world of medicinal herbs. I haven’t had an opportunity to try many herbs, and have much to learn still. I’ve never made my own tincture or salve. But I’m determined to learn. And this is where I start. Some of these herbs grow naturally in the wild, so find out if you might have them growing on your property or nearby before buying seeds. I ordered mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Here is what I ordered:
Basil– Good insect repellent, good for after childbirth, itching skin, coughs, head colds, asthma or bronchitis, and mental fatigue; also good for cooking with.
Burdock– Good for skin disorders like eczema; athlete’s foot, ringworm, indigestion, bruises, acne, and feverish colds with sore throat and cough.
Calendula/Pot Marigold- Not only are they pretty in the garden, they are also useful for menopausal problems, period pain, gastitis, inflammation of the esophagus, sluggish digestion, menstrual problems, mouth ulcers and gum disease, varicose ulcers, breastfeeding, scalds and sunburn, hemorrhoids, and broken capillaries, vaginal yeast infections, nervous anxiety or depression.- Also good for rashes, diaper irritations, facial creams and other natural cosmetics, and dry skin.
German Chamomile– Good for insect bites, eczema, IBS, getting restless baby to sleep, asthma, and mucus.
Chickweed– Good for UTI’s, painful joints, shingles, drawing insect stings or splinters, and burns.
Comfrey– Good to apply to minor fractions, such as broken toes, ribs, or hairline cracks in larger bones; osteoarthritis, bruises, sprains.
Echinacea Purpurea– (Purple Coneflower) Good for influenza, chills, UTI’s, food poisoning or snakebites, infected wounds, sore throats, skin conditions, kidney infections.
Lavender– Good for tension headaches, during labor; babies for colic, irritability and excitement; depression, halitosis, eczema, sunburn or scalds, asthmatic and bronchitic spasm, lice, migraine, insect bites and stings.
Marshmallow– Good for use as a cough expectorant, digestive or urinary disorders.
Meadowsweet– Good for feverish colds, children’s stomach upsets, excess stomach acidity, arthritis, painful joints, pink eye (conjunctivitis) and other eye complaints; works like aspirin.
Plantain– Good for diarrhea, lung infections, heavy mucus, bee stings and slow-healing wounds, burns, hemorrhoids, sores, sore throats, and mouth or gum inflammations, coughs, and constipation.
Yarrow– Good for upper respiratory phlegm, eczema, hay fever and mild asthma, inflamed joints, chesty colds and flu, nosebleeds, cuts, reduce fevers, menstrual problems and varicose veins.
Here are a few other things I’d like to add eventually:
Agrimony– Good for kids diarrhea, bleeding, wounds, pink eye, eczema.
Eyebright– Good for pink eye, mucus, colds
Lady’s Mantle– Good for regulating menstrual cycles, female problems
Ginger-Good for chills and phlegmy colds, flatulence, indigestion and nausea, morning sickness in pregnancy, travel sickness, menstrual cramps, stomach upsets, prevents vomiting, antiseptic.
Garlic– Good for acne, intestinal parasites, digestive disorders and infections, thrush, cardiovascular problems, reducing excessive blood cholesterol levels; antibiotic, anticoagulant, lowers blood sugar levels, anti-histaminic.
Aloe– Good for burns, dry skin, wounds, fungal infections, sunburn and insect bites; stops bleeding, sedative, expels worms, constipation, used on children’s nails to stop nail biting.
Green Tea– Rich in fluoride, helps guard against tooth decay; good on insect bites to reduce itching and inflammation, first aid for bleeding from cuts and grazes.
Cayenne– Good for colds; antiseptic, antibacterial.
Cinnamon– Good for chronic diarrhea or weak kidney problems, coughs and respiratory irritation.
Myrrh– Makes a good chest rub for colds.
Goldenseal– Useful for measles and eczema.
Mint– Good for nausea, indigestion, flatulence, colic, feverish conditions, and migraines; cools inflamed joints, nasal congestion, skin irritations, scabies and ringworm, repels mosquitoes, menstrual pain or to relieve milk congestion when breastfeeding.
Ginseng– Good to fight fatigue and promotes health during the winter months.
Rosemary– Good for fatigue and headaches.
Sage– Can reduce lactation when weaning, relieves night sweats during menopause, reduces salivation in Parkinson’s disease, sore throats, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers or gum disease, dandruff, restore color to graying hair, menstrual pain, coronary heart disease, digestive stimulant.
Also check out: Guidelines to Growing Medicinal Herbs from Seed (tons of great info here!)
As you can see, some of these herbs are great to cook with as well! This is just a list of some of the herbs I’d like to grow for medicinal purposes. There are many other useful plants that I have not listed.
Do you have a favorite medicinal herb in your garden? I’d love to know what you grow and how you use it!