herb planterby Ann Safford

Herbal remedies are underrated with todays over the counter variety of pills, liquids and gel-caps to soothe just about any need.

Easy to Grow Herbs

Herbs are easy to grow, and can even be grown throughout the winter on a sunny sill. You can use them to cook with, and mix up your own remedies at a fraction of the cost of the money wasters on today’s pharmacy shelves.

Before you go mixing up your own prescription, it is imperative that you have a talk with your doctor. Some herbs can be deadly when used the wrong way, or mixed with necessary prescriptions. Always do your own homework, as our bodies are as individual as ourselves when it comes down to handling various medical needs.

Here is a small list to get you started!

Coriander: This aids digestion by adding a few chopped leaves to your meal.

Basil: Great tub-soaker! Run a few leaves in a muslin bag under hot water to invigorate you!

Thyme: Soak in hot water, let cool and use to treat mild coughs and colds. Some will swear that this is a great hangover remedy as well!

Parsley: This is great for healthy skin, as it’s loaded with Vitamin C. Use fresh parsley when you cook and for the best effects add a salt-free diet. A bonus is, it will help freshen your breath.

Sage: Great for PMS and menopause. Drink a small glass of sage tea to control the moodiness.

Lavender: Lavender is commonly known as “the smelling herb” for it’s sweet, distinct scent. You can throw a few sprigs into your clothes draw or crush it up for a relaxing, aromatherapy bath. The smell of lavender is a great way to get rid of that pounding headache!

Borage: The herb of “courage” can be added to your family’s meals. It affects the adrenaline gland and is known to give “courage.” It is chock full of minerals.

Whether you’re a beginner herb grower, or an expert, herbs are a great, natural way to take care of your body. Remember to always do proper research before beginning an herbal experiment and check for any negative effects.

Herbs will flourish with regular trimming and proper maintenance and can last for several years with the right care.

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