25
Mar

Top 7 Healing Herbs You Can Grow Yourself!

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Herbs are among the best and easiest things you can grow at home. You don’t need a large space, and by having herbs on tap, you’ll be able to pick them fresh for all of your juices, smoothies, salads and other dishes. Plus, growing your own is way cheaper than buying them and you won’t end up with a fridge full of wilted leftover herbs.

Here’s a list of my top 10 healing herbs and their medicinal properties.

Mint
This is such a versatile herb. I love it in salads, stir fry, smoothies, juices, and desserts. Mint is awesome for digestion and is a great mouth freshener. Mint grows like wildfire, so always keep it in a separate pot to your other herbs.

Basil
Basil leaves contain essential oils that have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Basil is also a great source of iron and vitamin A. Add to salads and stir fry.

Sage
Sage is anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Plus it helps cleanse your blood and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Coriander (aka cilantro)
This is an awesome chelation herb, which means that it helps the body to detoxify heavy metals and supports the liver in this process. I add this herb to salad, stir fry, curry, green juice and green smoothies.

Lemon balm
Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. The leaves, which have a mild lemon aroma, are used to make medicine.

Lemon balm is used for digestive problems, including upset stomach, bloating intestinal gas, vomiting and colic; for pain, including menstrual cramps, headache and toothache; and for mental disorders, including hysteria and melancholia.

Many people believe lemon balm has calming effects so they take it for anxiety,sleep problems,and restlessness. Lemon balm is also used for Alzheimer’s disease,attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an autoimmune disease involving thethyroid (Graves’ disease), swollen airways, rapid heartbeat due to nervousness, high blood pressure, sores, tumors, and insect bites.

Lemon balm is inhaled as aromatherapy for Alzheimer’s disease.
It can be aplied to the skin to treat cold sores.

How does it work?
Lemon balm contains chemicals that seem to have a sedative, calming effect. It might also reduce the growth of some viruses.

Parsley
Parsley is great for your immune system, helps flush excess fluid from the body, heals the nervous system and tones the bones. It’s also a powerful breath freshener.

Rosemary
Rosemary contains caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid, both of which are potent antioxidants.Rosemary is also a good source of antioxidant vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) and other important antioxidants. Adding rosemary to your cooked meat will help reduce carcinogens. Rosemary is a hardy perennial that copes well with drought and poor soils, but it prefers slightly alkaline soils. Therefore make sure you pot it separately.