Gardens in general have a highly therapeutic effect, but there are also many herbs with medicinal benefits that can help people with different health problems, such as anxiety, stress, stomach problems, arthritis, headaches and much more. So, if you have a green thumb, here’s how to plan and plant your medicinal herb garden and enjoy the benefits.
Planning the garden
No matter what kind of garden you’re making, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time gardening, relaxing and soaking in all the smells and colors that your herbs, flowers and trees provide. That’s why you need to create a garden that will engage all your senses. For instance, use plants with a variety of textures, colors, and scents, and don’t forget to include seasonal plants that will help you get in sync with the cycle of nature.
Provide shade and seating
Also, make sure to have some shade in your garden, so you can enjoy it even during the hottest of days. You can do that by installing parasols, trellises and even some plants. These instalments can also protect you and your garden from the wind. Also, add some comfortable seating that will offer you a quiet place to relax and meditate. Choose chairs or benches with back support and arm rests, and throw in a pillow and blanket for colder evenings.
Have tools and gear at hand
No matter how small you intend your garden to be, you must get some basic gardening tools and protective gear. A cultivator, fork and trowel are must-haves, together with a shovel, pruners and a good, long hose. You’ll also need some gardening gloves and work boots for protection. Once you’re all equipped, you can start planting.
Which plants to add?
There are many herbs that can be used for medicinal purposes in forms of teas, food or baths. These can be used to soothe and heal both body and mind, so choose those that best fit your needs.
This purple flower is one of the most popular garden plants, mainly because of its beautiful flowers. This plant is also quite easy to grow and it can withstand droughts, disease and insect infestations without a problem. You can use Echinacea roots, seeds and flowers and make tea that is great for your immune system.
Here’s another easy-to-grow herb that can be used for making different herbal remedies. When it comes to chamomile, only flowers are used, and they can be either dried or fresh. Chamomile is great for relaxation, treating sleep disorders, colds, stomach aches and inflammations.
Calendula is one interesting plant with beautiful yellow or orange flowers, and they are the part of the plant that is used for medicinal purposes. Calendula can also be used either fresh or dried for making tea and relaxing baths. It’s also used for sore throat, menstrual cramps, stomach aches and for clear and healthy skin.
Peppermint is great for absolute gardening beginners since it’s very easy to grow. It can be planted in the soil or put in a container. It spreads very fast, so a container might be a better choice since it will keep its size under control. Peppermint works wonders for stomach aches, colic, asthma and other respiratory problems, headaches and stress. The leaves are used here, both fresh and dried, for relaxing tea and baths.
Even though stigmatized by many people, nettle is actually an amazing medicinal herb. It can be used for making tea and as food in salads, soups and stir-fries. Nettle is high in minerals, vitamins and iron, and is great for allergies, arthritis and kidneys.
These are just some of the plants great for different medical conditions, and there are many more. Once you plant your garden, you’ll get to reap many health benefits and enjoy your handiwork. You work will be well worth it and you can be proud that you have a garden that you have created that will heal the mind, body and soul.