How to Start a Medicinal Herb Garden
Learning how to start a medicinal herb garden isn’t much harder than starting a vegetable garden. The first thing you need to do is to pick a spot that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day. Make sure that the area is well drained, herbs tend to do the best when they don’t get too much water.
The perfect place to start your medicinal garden is in a raised garden bed. Most medicinal herbs, are not that large. They can easily be grown in a small area. Herb gardens were traditionally part of your ordinary kitchen garden. Herbs can be used for cooking, and a lot of herbs also have medicinal uses as well..
Herbs grow best when you have high quality garden soil that is well drained. Most herbs that we use today came from areas around the Mediterranean Sea. Herbs differ from vegetables in that they do not need as much water to do really well. In addition, you can grow herbs in rocky soil that may not even be suitable to vegetables
Starting Your Medicinal Herb Garden
You can start these from seeds, or you can buy starters from your local home improvement store. The advantage of buying a starter is that you don’t have to wait for five or six weeks for the plant to start growing. You can buy lavender, rosemary, oregano, and mint, and basil plants that are already started. Because they are herbs you can start using them and harvest them right away. The advantage to buying seeds through a special orders that you might be able to find better quality plants, or at least plants that contain more medicinal value.
Oils derived from herbs can also be very good for your body. These oils are known as essential oils and are very good for your body. For instance, peppermint oil for instance can help you to relax. It can also get rid of stress and headaches. Oregano can be used to get rid of infections. It is a pretty hot oil so you need to handle it with care. Lavender is very fragrant and can be used to help you relax and go to sleep. Melaleuca oil can control swelling and inflammation.
Having your own herb garden is a great way to help your body to cure itself naturally. Because it is natural, there usually aren’t any negative side effects. When you go to the doctor’s office they may give you one pill to treat insomnia, and then three other pills to treat the side effects of that pill. It is much easier to simply go out and cut some fresh lavender or some mint. This is a much easier way to help you relax and go to sleep.
The last thing that you need to know about how to start a medicinal herb garden is what plans you should pick to put in it. Well, below is a list of some of the most popular plans.
Basil, oregano, mint, lavender, red chilies, lemon balm, ginger, cayenne pepper, Rosemary, Sage, thyme, chamomile, licorice, garlic, chives and if you live in California, marijuana ( although I think you have to get special zoning).
Another option when you are learning how to start a medicinal herb garden, is to have a garden that is completely made of herbs. If you want to have a grassy area around your garden, consider using Chamomile. It is very popular because it is very easy to grow and looks like grass when it comes in. It also gives off a very nice aroma. Herbs can give you a great deal of color and variety. French lavender, sage, and curry are very beautiful plants to have in your garden. In addition, fennel and majora have beautiful flowers. English lavender are pretty famous for its strong scent which helps you to relax.
There are also a lot of other good herbs, but these are the most common. When you eat herbs fresh, they have natural oils and enzymes that can help your body out.
The last reason why you would want to start a medicinal herb garden is that it can save you a lot of money. I mean have you been to the doctor lately? Last time I took my kids, it cost me a few hundred dollars for the appointment. Then, you have to also pay for the prescription. It doesn’t take you much effort to start a herb garden that can save you hundreds of dollars every year in prescriptions, and in doctors visits.