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Natural Remedies Found In The Garden

March 14, 2012

My garden does not whet the appetite; it satisfies it. It does not provoke thirst through heedless indulgence, but slakes it by proffering its natural remedy. Amid such pleasures as these have I grown old.
gardening quote by Epicurus

In every home I have lived as an adult I have planted.  I’ve planted for beauty first.  As I’ve grown older, and wiser I hope, I’ve planted for food and for healing.  There is so much to learn and as much as I know, I find I am yet a baby in this gardening journey.  I’m fascinated most by the herbs in my garden.  For thousands of years people have found healing from snipping a leaf here or digging for root there.  I have so much to learn!  I am a firm believer that all we need for staying well can be found in what our Creator has already given us.  That being said, I am not an expert.  What follows is for educational purposes only.  I do not profess to have all the answers, I am not trying to diagnose or treat any illness and you should research herbs and speak with your own doctor before taking any herb.  What follows are but a few of the herbs that I use personally and some of the great attributes I have found hidden within their leaves.

Oregano – This powerhouse herb is high in vitamins and minerals and has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.  Its uses…

  • Yummy to eat!
  • Cough & cold relief
  • Helps relieve upset stomach
  • Helps heal wounds, insect bites & stings
  • Soothes sore throats
  • Helps relieve gas & bloating

Use it as a tea by combining 1 cup of fresh leaves with 3 cups of water and boiling for 10-15 minutes.  Drink 1/2 cup up to 3 times daily.

As a concentrate you can juice the leaves and take 1 tablespoon every hour.  This is particularly helpful for really severe coughs.

As a poultice apply the leaves directly to the affected area.

Thyme – You can’t beat the flavor of this dainty looking herb!  It’s great for…

  • Seasoning chicken
  • Cough relief
  • Sore throat relief
  • Helps relieve sores in the mouth and throat
  • Home disinfectant

As a tea combine 1/2 tablespoon in 2 cups of boiling water.  Let steep covered for 1 hour then sweeten with honey (local of course.)  Drink 1/2 cup 3 to 4 times daily.

Sorry for the night picture!

Rosemary – Did you know this plant, that grows like a weed in Southern California, promotes good health and most impressively is a powerful antioxidant and anti-carcinogen?  It has been shown to improve brain function and memory.  Eat it up often or drink it as a tea by placing 1 tablespoon of fresh leaves in 2 cups of boiling water and steep for 10-15 minutes.

Lemon Balm – A member of the mint family this is a great little herb to have growing in the garden.  It’s been known to treat…

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Wounds
  • Indigestion
  • Cold sores

The easiest way to use this herb is in a tea.  Take 2-4 teaspoons crushed leaves in 1 cup of boiling water.  Let steep for 10-15 minutes.  You can drink the tea or apply to the affected area with a cotton swab.

Calendula – This is a beautiful little plant that loves to reseed itself!  The flower petals have been found to aid in the healing of many different skin ailments.

  • Reduces inflammation & promotes wound healing
  • Treats acne
  • Cold sores
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Diaper rash
  • Relieves conjunctivitis
  • Aids in digestion

You can prepare calendula in creams, infusions, and tinctures.

The winds are warming and spring is in the air.  It’s time to plant your herb garden!

Of special note:  some herbs are especially unsafe to use while pregnant or breast feeding.

[This post was featured on Little Natural Cottage.]

(Linked to Little Farm In The Big CityTiny Tip Tuesday, and Wildcrafting Wednesday.)

10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2012 12:45 pm

    Reblogged this on The Fay Journey and commented:
    Hmmmm…might be a future topic in my own blog… Really considering planting my own herb garden!

  2. March 21, 2012 8:09 am

    This is one of the most comprehensive lists I have found in that you actually tell us how much to use to make a tea and how to prepare them. This is SO needed for beginners like me! 🙂 Just bounced over from Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.

  3. March 22, 2012 5:30 am

    Though I have been using herbs for a while…this is the first year I am planting my own! I am very excited. I think I have started all the herbs you have listed. 🙂 Isn’t great that we can plant and grow our own herbs from home and enjoy all the benefits! Great post!

  4. March 25, 2012 7:08 am

    Very interesting! My husband and I are moving soon to a place where we can grow things in our back yard. I’m planning a small garden for veggies and whatnot, I’ll have to try an herb section too!

  5. March 26, 2012 5:07 am

    Lemon balm and calendula are my new herbs this year. I am excited to try lemon balm out in tea and make some calendula infused olive oil!


  6. August 8, 2012 4:29 am

    Great list, Kristina! I’m pinning this on Pinterest 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at Tiny Tip Tuesday!

  7. Pat Gaver permalink
    February 4, 2013 8:46 am

    Our exterminator suggested we plant rosemary around house in flower and shrubbery and property perimeter to repel mosquitos. It worked like a charm. Now we can enjoy yard without being covered by mosquitoes.

  8. March 8, 2013 4:36 am

    Thank you for sharing your post on Wildcrafting Wednesday! Rosemary is one of my favorites!


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