Grow your medicine cabinet with these 7 perennial herbs
11/28/2019 / By Bobbi Bruce / Comments
Grow your medicine cabinet with these 7 perennial herbs

Growing herbs is an easy and delicious way to get into gardening. Just about every dish could use a dash of fresh herbs – and there’s no better way to get access to the freshest herbs than to simply grow them yourself.

However, herbs aren’t only used for cooking. They can also provide a variety of health benefits and could even be used for medicinal purposes.

Medicinal herbs that are ideal for your garden

Perennial herbs are some of the more popular herbs to grow among gardeners. This is mostly because they grow for several years, giving you plenty of harvests throughout their lifespan. They also require far less effort than replanting annual plants each year. Many of these plants die back during the winter, waiting for the warmth of spring to come before rising again.

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A garden is a big investment – in both time and money. It makes perfect sense to invest in plants that can give you long-lasting value. Below you can find a few perennials you could add to spice up your garden.

  1. Chamomile –  Of all the herbs in the list, chamomile is the only plant that reseeds itself and regrows each year. This herb is popular the world over as a tea, but it holds a few medicinal benefits as well. Chamomile can be used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and even stress. Some people use this herb to relieve an upset stomach. However, those with a ragweed allergy should steer clear from this herb.
  2. Chives – These perennial herbs are often used as a topping or garnish for other dishes, but these green herbs still pack a healthful punch on their own. Chives are said to lower the risk of prostate, esophageal and even stomach cancers. It is also used to regulate mood, sleep and inflammation.
  3. Oregano – Used to flavor and spice up foods, oregano is also known for its antibacterial property and high antioxidant content. Studies have shown that oregano is a potential treatment for diabetes, and it can cure headaches and treat or relieve spasms. However, too much use of concentrated oregano oil can trigger skin irritation.
  4. Lemon balm – Aside from being a refreshing cold treat, lemon balm is used in salads to give them an additional citrusy kick. In terms of health benefits, it works like chamomile; it can relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia. It’s also effective in treating digestive problems, urinary tract issues, nausea and hypertension. Lemon balm is also used to treat insect bites, cold sores, sunburns and simple first-degree burns.
  5. Fennel – The bulb of this plant is used in bouillabaisse, while the seeds are used in Italian sausages. As a medicinal plant, it’s known as a treatment for congestive conditions, digestive problems and also works as an appetite suppressant.
  6. Peppermint or spearmint – Mints are often used as a flavoring for candy, but it’s also a common favorite for treating colds, headaches and migraines. These plants are also known for relieving nerve and back pain and clogged sinuses. Mints are natural blood thinners and work as insect repellents. They’re commonly used for dental and oral hygiene as well for their antibacterial properties. Much like oregano, too much use of concentrated mint oil can also cause skin irritation.
  7. Thyme – It’s a staple in Italian cooking; it adds flavor to sauces, soup, meat and seafood. But more than that, thyme is used as a topical solution for its antibacterial and antiviral properties, as well as an analgesic and anti-fungal treatment. When taken orally, it can treat coughs, upset stomach, aid sleep, soothe a sore throat and even be used as a mouthwash. It’s also often used as an insect repellent.

Reasons to start growing herbs

Are you still on the fence about growing your own herb garden? Here are a few reasons that would hopefully convince you to give herb gardening a shot.

  • They are easy to maintain.
  • They can make your garden look great.
  • Herbs are unique additions to your collection of plants.
  • They are really cheap.
  • They grow fast.
  • Each herb possesses unique irresistible scents.

Herbs are really great for your health, and having a garden with these perennial herbs will ensure that you have access to these healthy ingredients all year round. 

Sources:

NatureHacks.com

HomeSteadSurvivalSite.com

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