How To Grow Your Own Medicine Cabinet Indoors For Natural Antibiotics And Anti-Inflammatories
Gardening in itself can be an incredible therapeutic hobby, but it’s even better when the fruit of your labor can feed or cure you!
If you’re feeling adventurous, try growing these 11 healing plants. You don’t even need a backyard, many of these herbs and spices can be grown indoors!
Other than being used to flavor classic pasta dishes and rich tomato sauces, basil can be used as a digestive aid. In fact, it’s used in traditional medicine to treat stomach and kidney ailments and promote blood flow.
Basil is also high in beta-carotene, which is transformed into vitamin A. This vitamin is necessary for the growth and specialization of human cells. It’s also important for the eyes, skin, blood and immune system.
Typically, vitamin A is used to treat skin conditions, vision problems, menstruation symptoms, asthma, kidney stones and thyroid dysfunction.
Basil seeds are available in most hardware stores and juvenile plants can be purchased from your local grocery store year-round. Simply grow it in a warm spot with lots of bright indirect sunlight. Basil is quite sensitive to drying out, so make sure to keep it well watered and to plant it in a pot with a hole for water drainage.
2. Bay Leaf
Bay leaves gives stews and soups a slight, stubble flavor. Some natural health practitioners rely on the herb to treat cancer, epilepsy, gas, bile obstruction and fatigue. It’s also used to treat dandruff, boils and joint pain.
Bay leaves comes from 40- to 50-foot trees. They are difficult to grow on your own, so it’s best to purchase a young plant or topiary from a specialized gardener or online.
3. Cayenne Pepper
This spicy little pepper and other plants in the capsicum family can be used both internally and externally as a cure. It’s typically used for digestive tract issues like diarrhea, cramps, sore throat, laryngitis, flatulence and poor appetite. It’s also a cure for pneumonia, asthma and toothache, among other things. Externally, it’s mainly used to treat skin inflammation and joint pain.
A lot of pepper plants sold in gardens hop are decorative and not meant for ingestion. That’s why it’s important to purchase a pepper plant or seeds from a reputable source. Make sure that it’s grown in water retentive soil so that the plant doesn’t dry out as it grows.
Dill goes way beyond pickle seasoning! The herb is used to help ease digestion, flatulence and water retention. It’s also a helpful sedative that soothes anxiety, spasms and sleep disorders.
Dill is incredibly easy to grow from seeds and can typically be harvested 6-8 weeks after being sown. It likes being in sunlight and should be allowed to dry out between watering.
Ginger is probably the most well-known and widely used spice on the list. The root is a quick and effective remedy to a sore stomach, the cold and flu and nausea. It also cures inflammation, eases stress, freshens breath and fights cancer.
Ginger takes almost a year to grow from the seeds, but it’s a very easy process. All you need is a pot deep enough to accommodate the growing root. If you use ginger daily, prepare a few plants so that you have a large enough supply to meet your needs.