Medicinal plants have been used as remedies by different cultures for centuries. And today, these types of plants are still useful for those wanting to supplement and sooth in natural ways. In this article, we will go over what a plant medicinal, how you can use them, and a few of the most popular plants and their benefits.
What is a medicinal plant?
A medicinal plant is any plant that produces secondary compounds (e.g. scent, oils, or chemical compounds) that have proven health benefits or healing properties for the body.
How can you use medicinal plants?
Medicinal plants are most often used while cooking or as teas made from fresh or dried leaves, flowers and fruits. They can also be found in the form of pomades, essential oils, tinctures, and lotions for external and internal application.
What medicinal plants are common and easy to use?
There are four popular medicinal plants that you can place in your garden or in an indoor planter for easy and fresh use:
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is known for its calming effect. Its scent is relaxing and a tea made from fresh or dried leaves has been proven to relieve stress.
- Rosemary (Salvia rosemarinus) is ideal for adding flavor to veggie, meat and fish dishes. It supports memory function and also contains a number of antioxidants.
- Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a plant that offers antibacterial properties and has been historically used to fight infections. Add flavor to recipes and enjoy as tea.
- Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is famous for its calming and rejuvenating effects. It can be used to flavor desserts or ingested in hot or cold teas.
Most importantly, you must purchase all medicine plants from trustworthy sources to ensure quality. Fortunately, NBU Florists offer this non-GMO seeds source as well as other medicinal plant seed mixes for those wanting to explore medicinal plant use.
Some medicinal plants you can order and use for home remedies-
Oxalis Regnelli Bulbs - Green Shamrocks
Aloe Vera Live Indoor Plant
2 Large Citrosa Geranium Plant Natural Mosquito Plant
By Olivia Turner