11 Powerful Medicinal Herbs You Should Be Growing
Here are 11 of our favorite medicinal herbs to grow at home.
While many grocery stores sell fresh herbs, it is easy and inexpensive to grow your own at home. In fact, most herbs do well in a backyard garden or even on a sunny windowsill.
Fragrant and easy to grow, basil is a tasty addition to soups, sandwiches, and many Mediterranean dishes.
Grow your basil plant from seed in a warm, sunny location, and keep the soil moist. An annual plant, basil is quite sensitive to cold. Indoors, keep it away from drafty windows and outdoors, cover it on days when the temperature dips below about 50 degrees. Simply snip the leaves for use.
Known as a soothing tea, chamomile is another easy medicinal plant to grow at home.
The pretty daisy-like flowers appear within six weeks of planting, allowing two plantings in one outdoor growing season. German chamomile prefers a cool climate, full sun and neutral to slightly acidic, well-drained soil.
Known for its healing properties for treating the common cold, Echinacea (also known as coneflower) is useful both as a tea and in a tincture form.
The purple plant grows to about two feet tall and requires full sun. Echinacea is biennial and flowers only in its second season.