The advantage of growing plants with medicinal value is that you can have your own little pharmacy right in your yard. The following medicinal plants can ease skin problems, inflammations, burns and some can also improve digestion and circulation.
- 1 1. Aloe Vera
- 2 2. Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
- 3 3. Chinese Yam (Dioscorea opposita)
- 4 4. Echinacea
- 5 5. Greater Burdock (Arctium lappa)
- 6 6. Great Yellow Gentian (Gentiana lutea)
- 7 7. Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)
- 8 8. Marsh Mallow (Althaea officinalis)
- 9 9. Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
- 10 10. Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
- 11 36 Wild Edibles & Medicinal Plants In 15 Minutes
1. Aloe Vera
This succulent plant is known to have a lot of medicinal purposes. The sap of the Aloe Vera can hasten healing and reduce the risk of infections for burns and cuts. It also reduces inflammation. The juice is also taken internally to treat chronic constipation, digestive problems, poor appetite and ulcerative colitis.
2. Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Chamomile is used in aromatherapy because of its soothing, calming scent that can reduce stress and improve sleep. It has long been used as a cure for digestive system. Additionally, the plant is used to treat shoulder pain, earache and toothache.
3. Chinese Yam (Dioscorea opposita)
This sweet tuber has a soothing effect to the tummy and spleen. The Chinese have high regard to this yam’s medicinal ability as it is known to have a tonic effect on the lungs and kidneys plus it is also used to treat chronic diarrhea, dry coughs, diabetes, asthma and incontinence. Chinese Yam is also said to ease tiredness and improve digestion. This yam is also a favorite for those trying to lose weight.
This herbaceous plant which grows on any well-drained soil that gets lots of sun has the ability to stimulate the immune system, raising one’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections. Echinacea also has antibiotic properties that relieve allergies. The roots of the plant can be used to treat burns, wounds and sores. The Red Indians used Echinacea to get relief from snakebites and insect stings or bites.
5. Greater Burdock (Arctium lappa)
This biennial plant is commonly grown for its roots used as vegetable. In high-nitrogen soils, this plant can produce prolifically that it’s considered an invasive weed.
The root of greater burdock can be used to remedy ‘toxic overload’ caused by skin diseases (ringworm, boils, impetigo, rashes, acne, burns, eczema, bruises and herpes) and throat infections.
6. Great Yellow Gentian (Gentiana lutea)
The bitter root of the great yellow gentian is used to remedy digestive disorders and ease exhaustion from chronic diseases. It also stimulates the digestive system, liver and gall bladder. This medicinal plant is also known to strengthen the overall human body. It is taken internally to treat indigestion, aneroxia, liver complaints and gastric infections.
7. Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)
This medicinal plant stimulates healing of skin injuries and ulcers. It decreases capillary fragility and stimulates lipids and proteins for healthier skin. The crushed leaves of gotu kola is applied as poultice to treat open sores.
Other uses of this plant include: revitalizing the brain and nervous system, treating venous insufficiency and increasing concentration and attention span.
8. Marsh Mallow (Althaea officinalis)
The root of this medicinal and ornamental plant is taken internally to treat irritations and inflammations of the urinary and respiratory mucus membranes. It is also used to counter too much acid in the stomach, gastritis and peptic ulceration. Externally, the root is applied to insect bites, bruises and aching muscles. In early Egyptian time, a confection was made out of the Marsh Mallow’s roots which has evolved to modern marshmallow treat.
9. Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
This medicinal plant is an excellent remedy for skin problems. It is applied externally to treat wounds, bites and stings. Also, pot marigold is used to remedy sprains, sore eyes and varicose veins. It is taken internally to treat chronic infections and fevers. The petals are brewed to tea and it improves circulation. When the tea is regularly taken, it eases varicose veins.
10. Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
This herb has many health benefits. It is used to ease menopausal problems, mental and physical stress, improve appetite, treat bone marrow suppression caused by radiation or chemotherapy, and improve memory and sleep. The Siberian ginseng is also used to increase endurance and as an anti-inflammatory.
By growing medicinal plants, you can have a way to ease simple ailments and prevent diseases. Please note though that these plants are not meant to replace medications you may already be taking. If considering alternative medicine, please discuss your options with your doctor.