The uses of plants for medicinal reasons predate written history and have been used for a variety of reasons. These reasons include:
- Used to synthesize other compounds
- Fight against infections from insect and animal attacks
- Prevent disease with regular use
- Relieve pain and reduce fever
Popular herbs grown that possess healing qualities include aloe, eucalyptus, lavender and thyme.
Aloe: This flowering succulent plant is native to Africa and is used for a variety of pharmaceutical purposes. Use well draining soil and allow room for root growth. Aloe can be used to alleviate skin irritations and sooth sunburn.
Eucalyptus: Globe Eucalyptus is most common among homegrown varieties and is grown as a container shrub. Eucalyptus is known to help relieve symptoms of colds and the flu like chest congestion, sore throat, and respiratory infections.
Lavender: When placed in a sunny location, lavender will thrive well indoors, and this aromatic herb can be moved outdoors during the summer months. Popular for its aroma, lavender helps reduce the effects of insomnia by relaxing you.
Thyme: Frequent watering and lots of sunlight help thyme grow well indoors. Liquid fertilizer helps supplement this plant’s energy needs. Thyme’s healing abilities range from its antiseptic properties to remedying gastrointestinal upset.
As with other houseplants, growing medicinal herbs is an easy task. Equip yourself with high quality planting soil and fill your plant containers half way. Place an already maturing plant with roots into container and fill the remaining space with potting soil. Adequate drainage is necessary when growing these plants because overwatering can suffocate roots and kill them.
It is important to note that although medicinal herbs have long been used for their healing properties, some illnesses or infections may not be treatable using them. Consult your physician for expert care advice regarding herbal treatments or before beginning an herbal regimen.