Herbs For A Natural Remedy Garden



If we’re looking to start a natural remedy garden and need some easy plants to start off with, then a few of these might be a fit. Herbs can offer a wide variety of benefits from stomach pains, rashes, eczema, and more! Check out these 6 easy herbs perfect to start a natural remedy garden.



1. Calendula


How to Grow It:

Calendula is an annual plant that’s easy to grow. Plant seeds in the spring after the last frost date and they can be planted in regular gardening soil. Heavy frost will kill the plant, but it will often reseed itself and pop up in unexpected places the following year.

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Health Benefits:

Calendula flowers are well known for their antimicrobial and skin soothing properties. A salve made with calendula infused oil is a safe and gentle treatment for diaper rash, insect bites, rashes, scrapes and minor cuts. A wash or tea made with calendula can help soothe skin that’s irritated or inflamed by sunburn, poison oak or ivy, flea bites and eczema.


2. Mint


How to Grow It:

Mint is a flowering perennial that prefers a moist soil. Once established, a single mint plant can supply lots of leaves to use and experiment with. Because they tend to be aggressive spreaders, you may want to place mint plants in a container or in a corner of your garden. There are lots of varieties available: peppermint, chocolate mint, pineapple mint and many more.

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Health Benefits:

Mint is a cooling herb that helps calm inflammation and pain. A minty salve is great for rubbing on sore muscles, or on your forehead and temples to relieve the discomfort of a headache. It’s also a classic remedy for upset stomach or nausea.


3. Echinacea (Purple Coneflower)


How to Grow It:

Echinacea (purple coneflower) is a popular perennial plant. It can be started from seed, but it requires at least a four to six week chill period first, so plant in late fall. Echinacea likes sunshine and average, loamy garden soil. They are very heat and drought tolerant. They have long bloom seasons and in the fall, the seed heads attract beautiful goldfinches.

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Health Benefits:

All parts of the plant are edible and have varying medicinal qualities. When infused in oil, echinacea can be turned into a salve for treating minor scrapes, abrasions, bug bites and sores. An echinacea rinse or tea can be used to clean wounds and as an antimicrobial mouthwash.


Check out page 2 for the additional plants to try!

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