The most important thing when being sick is to take rest and not to stress yourself at all; going to the pharmacy often does not contribute to the process of getting better. How convenient would it be if you had your own pharmacy in your backyard, which would supply you with the medicine you need? And that is not all. Treatments with plants are considered safe and there are no or minimal side effects. You will also save a lot of money and contribute to saving our planet by not wasting resources in the production of medicine and packaging. Your garden pharmacy will be planet- and insect-friendly and can be established in any garden and on every balcony.
With the help of medical plants, you can create your own personal pharmacy. Below, we present you 5 plants, which will be a great enrichment to your garden pharmacy. We will also explain in brief what effects they have on your health and what you must pay attention to when planting them.
Number 1: Aloe Vera: This plant is one of the most famous plants used for medical treatments. It has been proven in several studies that Aloe Vera is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-fungal. It also helps with building up your immune system and is non-allergenic. Aloe Vera is also able to soothe rashes and skin irritations, treat burns and moisturize the hair, skin and scalp. You can apply it topically or orally, for example in a smoothie. Unfortunately, the plant cannot survive outside if the temperature drops below 4°C, in which case it must be brought inside.
Number 2: Sage: Sage is a true all-rounder and can be used against many medical issues. The main fields of application are sweating and sore throat, but it is also supposed to help with bad breath, depression, skin diseases, and a lot more. It's the leaf of the plant that contains the healing powers and can be made into a tea or an ointment. In general, sage is easy to take care of; it thrives when it has a sunny place in your garden and when the roots and the crown of the plant are protected in winter.
Number 3: Coneflower: If you catch cold easily or have a chronic infection, the coneflower can be your saviour. It is known for strengthening your body’s defenses by increasing the number of white blood cells. Note, however, that coneflower cannot be used to stop a cold once it has already started; it should be used as a preventative measure, to avoid getting a cold. It can also be used to treat wounds. The plant can be applied orally as a tea or as a tincture. It is preferable to set this plant in a sunny place. This plant is frost-resistant.
Number 4: Chamomile: This plant does not only smell fantastic and look pretty in your garden, with its white blossoms, it can also help you when you suffer from indigestion. It is antibacterial, calming, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving. Especially as a tea, it can work miracles. Due to its antibacterial effects, it makes life hard for the bacteria causing the indigestion in your stomach. The chamomile is easy to take care of and is frost-resistant. It loves the sun, but it can also cope with a shady place.
Number 5: Lavender: Another plant with beautiful blossoms and a pleasant smell that can also work miracles on your health. Lavender is famous for its calming effect. Furthermore, it is antiseptic, diuretic and anti-convulsant, and as such, it will be an enrichment to your garden pharmacy. You can make a tea from the blossoms, make a lavender pillow, or take a lavender-infused bath. Lavender loves the sun, due to its origins in southern Europe, and should be protected when it starts to freeze.
As you can see, there are a lot of plants that can improve your health, more than most people probably realize. It is easier than you might expect to grow your own pharmacy, but when you know which plants you need and what these plants need, nothing can stop you from having your own pharmacy in your backyard. It is still important to consult with your doctor to make sure that there are no allergies or other medical issues standing in the way.