Here are a few plants you can grow yourself to cure what ails you.
The pharmacy isn’t the only option when it comes to curing everyday ailments. From sunburns to headaches to upset stomachs, there are plenty of natural remedies you can grow in your very own backyard or window box.
Here are some plants you can grow yourself that will beautify your space and help you get over a cold.
Why buy that green gel at the store when you can grow your own sunburn treatment? Aloe vera has been touted for its healing ability for centuries. The ancient Egyptians even called it the ‘plant of immortality.’
Aloe vera not only takes the burn out of sunburn, but also soothes insect bites, fights Athlete’s Foot, cools blisters and burns, and can even prevent scarring and stretch marks. It even works on eczema, and it's a great exfoliant in the shower.
Basil can help your tired feet take a rest or cure that upset stomach. Soaking your feet in water with fresh basil leaves helps relieve pain, and eating it can help relieve anxiety and cure indigestion. It can even help clear out mouth infections when used in a gargle.
The herb is also a great source of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which can help prevent future health problems.
Calendula (pot marigold)
The flower petals of pot marigolds have been used as medicine since at least the 12th century for everything from cuts to digestive troubles. Studies have shown that it helps wounds heal and prevents skin inflammation in breast cancer patients during radiation treatment.
The dried petals are often used to treat burns, bruises, upset stomachs, minor infections including ear infections, eczema and ulcers.
Just the smell of lavender can help treat depression, nervousness, anxiety and more. As an oil, it can help kill bacteria and viruses like Athlete’s Foot, acne and psoriasis. It helps balance oil production in the skin and helps rashes, bruises, cuts and sores heal faster. It even takes the sting out of bug bites.
Dried lavender is great in potpourri and satchels for stomach pain, insomnia and more.