9 Healing Herbs To Grow in Your Garden

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9 Healing Herbs: Grow Your Own Healing Herb Garden

Are you tired of paying exorbitant prices for medications that may or may not have some really bad side effects?  There are may herbs that can help with common ailments that are safe and effective.   It is very easy for you to grow your own inexpensive, natural healing herbs at home. This way, you’ll have your very own healing garden to keep doctor visits to a minimum, and you can sleep soundly knowing that you’re capable of taking your health into your own hands.

Herbs are usually quite hearty as plants, and you can grow them in smaller spaces. These herbs can be grown outdoors or in containers on your patio. You can even grow them in your own kitchen if you prefer to keep your ‘natural medicine cabinet’ indoors. Here are 9 amazing healing herbs any novice gardener can grow.


  1. Basil – Basil has numerous medicinal uses, from acting as a natural anti-inflammatory to reducing flatulence, and nausea. It also has mild antiseptic properties and can boost appetite.  Basil leaves compose of several health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene and terpineol. These compounds are known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

  2. Dong Quai

  3. Dong Quai –  Dong quai has been named the “female ginseng”. It is an all-purpose herb for a wide range of female complaints.  This Chinese herb can help to restore hormonal balance in the body and improves menstruation. It aids in recovery from childbirth and supports women throughout their pregnancy. It also aids in nerve pain, headache relief, and strengthening the blood for those who suffer form heart conditions. Dong Qaui, meaning ‘return to order’, is in the same family as parsley and carrots.

  4. Feverfew

  5. Feverfew – A perennial plant that has been used in European folk remedies for centuries, this flower lives up to its name by reducing a fever.  Feverfew is used mostly to treat and prevent headaches.   Studies suggest that feverfew may help reduce damaged skin cells and inflammation.  Feverfew supplements are available fresh, freeze-dried, or dried. They can be purchased as capsules, tablets, or liquid extracts.

  6. German Chomomile

  7. German Chomomile – The dried flowers of chamomile contain many terpenoids and flavonoids contributing to its medicinal properties.  Chamomile preparations are commonly used for many human ailments such as hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatic pain, and hemorrhoids.   An easy-to-grow plant, chamomile can help treat stress without the need for anti-depressants or sleeping pills.

  8. Ginkgo Biloba

  9. Ginkgo Biloba – Ginkgo biloba, also known as Maidenhair, has been traced back nearly 300 million years making it the oldest surviving tree species on earth!  Ginkgo extract has proven benefits to elderly persons. This ancient herb acts to enhance oxygen utilization and thus improves memory, concentration, and other mental faculties.  The ginkgo extract may provide relief for persons with headache, sinusitis, and vertigo. It may also help relieve chronic ringing in the ears known as tinnitus.  Both the stem and leaves can be used for their medicinal qualities.

  10. Lemon Balm

  11. Lemon Balm – Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion.   It can also treat some venomous insect bites and stings.  Some studies suggest that topical ointments containing lemon balm may help heal cold sores.

  12. Ma-huang

  13. Ma-huang – Ma huang is one of the earliest and best known drugs of Chinese traditional medicine.  Ma Huang also is known as ephedra, yellow horse, yellow astringent.  The 3 species of this shrubby plant that are sources of the drug are native to China, where the aboveground parts are collected in the fall and dried for drug use. The root of E. sinica or E. intermedia is known as ma huang gen and is considered to be a distinct drug, used for its anti-soporific (anti-sleep) properties.   It has also been known to aid in weight loss due to appetite suppression.

  14. Parsley

  15. Parsley –   Parsley contains a large amount of chlorophyll, and as such is a natural breath sweetener.  Eat the leaves right off the plant to combat breath odors.  This herb promotes energy and improves blood circulation. It is good for the stomach, fights kidney infections, bladder ailments, flatulence, and help with bad breath or even anemia. Parsley is also a diuretic. It has to be replanted every two years since it is a biennial.

  16. Red Clover

  17. Red Clover – Red clover is a source of many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C.   This herb can relieve both arthritis symptoms and headaches.  Red clover has also been used to treat menopausal symptoms due to its isoflavones compounds. It is a perennial with beautiful pink bursts for flowers.

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About the Author: Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga. You can find more information about her here.