Here are 10 medicinal plants which are easy to grow at your own and offer a variety of health benefits:
Aloe Vera is a highly beneficial plant that you can easily grow at home. The plant’s gel can accelerate the healing of wounds and reduce the risk of several skin infections. It is also effective against inflammation, minor cuts and wounds, ulcerative colitis and various digestive problems.
Greater burdock is a Eurasian species of plant from the sunflower family which can also be easily grown at home. Its root is edible and often used as a detox remedy in Eastern herbal medicine. The plant can relieve rashes and boils, eczema, herpes and bruises, but it can also eliminate ringworms and treat insect bites and stings as well. Greater burdock’s leaves and seeds can be crushed and made into a poultice that can relieve bruises, ulcers, sores and burns.
The Gotu kola plant can act on most connective tissues and accelerate the healing of ulcers and skin injuries. It has been used as a remedy against leprosy, can revitalize your nervous system and brain and improve your focus and memory. Crushed Gotu kola leaves can be applied on open sores to prevent infections and accelerate the healing.
Chamomile has a sweet fragrance and has been used as a remedy against digestive problems for quite a long time. It has a soothing effect on the body and has been used in aromatherapy as a way of treating insomnia. Chamomile can also be used in cases of neuralgia, toothache and earache.
Globe artichoke is a bitter plant which can improve your bile flow and stimulate the function of your gallbladder and liver. The plant can also regulate your cholesterol levels, treat jaundice, hepatitis and arteriosclerosis and resolve a variety of liver problems.
Echinacea is a popular herb nowadays thanks to its variety of health benefits. The plant can reinforce your immune system and prevent infections, while also relieving allergies. Echinacea roots can be used to treat skin burns, wounds and sores, and Native Americans used the plant in cases of insect bites and stings and snakebites as well.
Tea tree (camelia sinensis), is a species of evergreen shrub whose leaves are used to produce white tea. Tea tree leaves have been used by the Aborigines to relieve headaches and prevent infections on wounds. The leaves and twigs can be used to produce tea tree oil which has powerful antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and antibiotic properties.
Peppermint is one of the world’s oldest remedies and has been used for millennia. The plant is rich in vitamins A and C as well as manganese and can treat numerous health problems such as bacterial infections and digestive problems such as IBS.
Although people avoid stinging nettle and consider it a weed, the plant actually offers a variety of health benefits. Nettle can be used to treat arthritis, anemia, hay fever, hemorrhoids, rheumatism, skin problems, burns, chicken pox and dysmenorrhea.
Seeds from the fenugreek plant can be used in a variety of ways against numerous health problems, including high cholesterol levels, liver cancer, poor digestion, diabetes, inflammation, heavy and painful menstruation, bad breath and poor digestion.
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