Why drop your dollars at the drugstore buying dye-laden pills when you could use the natural remedies that you’ve grown yourself?
Fresh herbs enliven the home and the body; they’re rich in vitamins and antioxidants. More significantly, herbs are therapeutic and can relieve countless of common symptoms like nausea, burned skin and insect bites.
Grow your own at home garden of cures and never waste money at the drugstore again. All that is required to start your very own garden are some pots, soil and a sunny spot for growing. Seeds can be purchased at any garden store- you can even find organic varieties.
How to Grow Your Own Home Cures
To Ease Headaches: Grow Basil
Basil is fragrant and easy to grow. Tip: To keep your basil from growing bitter remove any white flowers as soon as they appear on the plant.
To Grow: Place in a sunny spot and water when the soil feels dry to the touch.
To Use: Rub crushed basil on your temples when experiencing a headache or migraine.
For Fighting Acne: Grow Lavender
Lavender leaves your home lightly scented; it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Read more on lavender here.
To Grow: Provide excellent drainage when growing lavender; use gravel and light soil. Place by a window.
To Use: Crush lavender and dab the oil on pimples to help them heal.
For Soothing Sunburns: Grow Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is 96% water and 4% amino acids and enzymes that nourish damaged skin. Use for sunburns and skin irritations. For more uses of aloe vera gel read this article.
To Grow: Place pot in sunny spot. Water once a week.
To Use: Break open the leaf and apply the gel to affected areas.
To Heal Cold Sores: Grow Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a part of the mint family and helps to soothe the skin.
To Grow: Put pot in a sunny place. Water weekly.
To Use: Rub leaves directly onto affected areas.
To Help Heal Stomach Aches: Grow Mint
Mint is important to have on hand for those with sensitive stomachs.
To Grow: Use a sunken spot. Leave in sunny place and water when soil feels dry.
To Use: Brew a tea with fresh mint leaves to relieve nausea, upset stomach, bloating and flatulence.
To Help Fight Depression: Grow Rosemary
Rosemary has long been known to fight symptoms of depression and fatigue.
To Grow: Place plant in a sunny area and water frequently.
To Use: Steep 1 tbsp rosemary in hot water for ten minutes and drink.
To Heal a Sore Throat: Grow Sage
Sage has remarkable anti-inflammatory properties and can heal an irritated throat.
To Grow: Sage requires a dry, sandy soil and lots of sun to thrive.
To Use: Simmer ½ cup sage leaves with a cup of water for fifteen minutes. Cool and gargle to relieve symptoms.
For Treating Cold Symptoms: Grow Thyme
Thyme is regarded for it’s abilities as an antiseptic; it is wonderful for treating common colds. Never use thyme when pregnant.
To Grow: Thyme requires lots of sun. Use a dry and light soil.
To Use: Steep 1 tbsp of thyme leaves in hot water for seven minutes. Drink before going to bed.
For Common Colds: Grow Parsley
Parsley is an immune system booster.
To Grow: Leave in a sunny spot and keep soil moist.
To Use: Chew 1 tbsp daily or stir into soups and stews.