It’s easy when we take medicines to disassociate them with any natural ingredients. After all, mass-produced pills don’t look very natural. But many of the remedies prescribed by a doctor contain elements that can be grown in a garden, or at least in a greenhouse.
Natural products in medicines are common, and they are used unadulterated in ‘natural remedies’ with varying degrees of success. This differs from homeopathy, where ingredients are ultra-diluted and any posited benefit is based on the controversial theory that the body can cure itself.
With all the above in mind, what medicinal plants can be grown in a garden and perhaps used directly as a remedy?
Calendula – a brightly flowering herb used topically to treat wounds, rashes, and burns. It can also be taken internally for anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial purposes.
Chamomile – a herb often grown to produce an infusion (aka chamomile tea), which is said to improve sleep quality and digestive health, among other benefits.
Fennel – an aromatic herb that helps alleviate symptoms of anemia and is anti-inflammatory. It’s a good source of vitamin C and therefore promotes healthy skin.
Peppermint – commonly used as a flavoring but also useful for stomach aches, nausea, and muscular aches and pains.
Turmeric – a flowering member of the ginger family. This spice is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is used in Verso super eye serum and other skincare products for this reason.
Yarrow – a perennial herb with multiple medicinal uses, including treatment of the common cold, dysentery, diarrhea, hay fever, and for initiating menses.
Consult a Doctor
In many cases, it’s easy to make home-made infusions and tinctures from medicinal plants. However, it’s wise to consult with a doctor before doing so, particularly if you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines already.