When it comes to obtaining herbs for healing yourself or others, it might be hard to track down or it might take days or weeks to get to you in the mail. There is a simpler way to obtain herbs, grow them yourself. I know that it sounds hard to do, but in all honesty, it isn’t hard at all. Granted, I actually love gardening. But when it comes to growing herbs in your own herb garden there are five major ones that you must always have on hand and be growing because they are used the most.
- Calendula (Calendula officinalis)- also known as pot marigold, this annual flower can easily grow from seeds inside a sunny spot. The fresh flowers are not only great for healing, but they also taste great inside salads and cooked foods. Dried, they can be used in teas or even for gargling when you have a sore throat. Did you know, that in Germany, the doctors apply preparations of the herb to surgical incisions and other wounds that are slow to heal? That is pretty fascinating.
- Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)- There are two different types of chamomile. The first is a German chamomile, which is an annual flower and the Roman chamomile, that is a perennial. The German variety is the one usually used in the tea that you drink and found in the herbal medicines.
- Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – This a weed looking plant, that has lemon scented leaves and has a long tradition as a medicinal herb. Research has verified that it contains antiviral compounds, and clinical studies have shown that a lemon balm cream can help cod sores and genital herpes lesions heal more quickly.
- Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) – A lot of gardeners will tell you that this herb is easy to grow than to get rid of. A spreading, even invasive, perennial, mint is the most common in many of the herb teas. This herb can be used dried or fresh, added to foods, made into syrups or jellies. It can ease gastrointestinal spasms, nausea, and congestion. Best thing to do with this herb is to keep it in a pot, that way it doesn’t get out of control when growing.
- Sage (Salvia officinalis)- Sage is a very common household herb, it is used in food, herbal teas, and even in tinctures. It is easily preserved by drying bundled springs. Plant it in well drained, moderately rich soil and full sun, the sage will bloom around June and draw clusters of bees. In the shade, it tends to pout. Sage tea can be used to gargle for sore throats, mouth ulcers, and gingivitis.