According to many of us, a garden should be full of flowering and ornamental plants. However, it’s a shame if we are not making an effort to grow some diseases-fighting medicinal herbs in our gardens; mainly because they don’t require much effort. Even if you live in the middle of a bustling city, you can still grow these medicinal herbs in planters and pots. Having medicinal plants right in your home means, you are more likely to have them as natural remedies for various ailments, which can do wonders to your health in the long run.
The following herbs are a must-have in your garden for their proven health benefits.
1. Black Cohosh
This shrub-like plant is a perennial slow grower and has been used since the 19th century to treat a wide variety of diseases. It has been considered very effective in treating sore throats, bronchitis, gynecological disorders like vaginitis, menopausal and premenopausal symptoms. The roots and rhizomes of black cohosh are the medicinal portions of the plant.
Steps To Grow Black Cohosh
Sow the mature seeds of black cohosh
Plant them 1 ½ to 2 inches apart and about ¼ inch deep in moist soil that’s high in organic matter and cover it with a 1-inch layer of mulch
The plants shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight and it’s best to sow them in cold weather so that they germinate in spring
Water them regularly and since they are slow-growers they would need some patience
A well-renowned herb used to treat infections of the respiratory tract, Echinacea extracts have been used widely in herbal medicines. It has proven to boost the immune system and ward away microbial infections.
Steps To Grow Echinacea Plants
Fill a pot with good organic potting compost.
Make a small hole in the soil and place the seeds deep inside and close the hole
Spray water daily until the seeds germinate and make sure to keep the pot in the sun
Once the plants are at least 3 inches tall, transfer them to a sunny spot in the garden
Your Echinacea plants will bloom in summer, you can collect the cones and dry them to harvest them later
3. Evening Primrose
Evening primrose essential oil has been proven to be effective in soothing symptoms of arthritis and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It’s also a rich source of essential fatty acids and is used as an ingredient in cosmetics.
Steps To Grow Evening Primrose Plant
The plant thrives on neglect and is pretty much self-sufficient, so choose a sunny place in your garden with well-drained soil
If you have multiple seeds, place them at least 3 inches apart in the soil as they are non-fussy plants that sprawl
Just water them enough and don’t over-water them
As they tend to grow tall (up to 3ft), it’s best to place a support for the plant