Five Great Healing Plants You Can Grow Yourself

· 12th July 2015

Regardless of whether you’re living in a tiny flat, or have your own allotment, growing your own healing plants is something everyone can do, and it’s certainly worthwhile! All you need is a spot that gets a lot of sunlight, a couple of plant pots to grow your little healers in, and a little reminder to water them once in a while. You and your children will love watching them grow and flourish, and all these plants, mint, chamomile, sage, will teach you all about the wonders of nature and what it can do for us. 

Healing plants you can grow yourself

Growing your own plants with healing and medicinal properties in your own home can be like having your own little chemist on your windowsill! You’ll find so many benefits from your plants; help with a cold, relieving your stomach ache, helping a stubborn injury heal, or even making your own refreshing facial toner! Most people never realise just how amazing nature can be. It offers amazing remedies that you can create yourself and learn from each and every day. To make the most out of the awesome healing properties of nature’s plants, why not grow your own healing plants? It’s more than worth the minimal effort it takes to care for them! Here are a few of the most common healing plants that you can grow in flowerpots super easily.

The aloe vera plant

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Aloe vera is an easy plant to care for. All you need to do is pop it into a plant pot, put it somewhere it’ll get a lot of light – a windowsill, or a balcony for instance – and remember to water it once in a while and you’re good to go! Aloe plants are incredibly fertile plants, and offer you many health benefits. The inside of its leaves are full of nourishing water, healing enzymes and are capable of regenerating skim that has been damaged with its rich amino acid content. Growing your own Aloe vera plant is simple, just make sure you use a clay pot, filled with 50% standard soil and 50% peat moss and put around an inch of stones in the base of the pot to allow water to drain properly. Make sure your plant gets lots of sunlight, and is protected from the cold weather in winter to ensure survival!

Mint

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Mint is a fantastic plant that has many great uses and health benefits! Mint infused tea is perfect to aid with stomach aches, and infused water is amazing to use as a calming toner for your skin. When combined with other plants, mint leaves make wonderful teas and infusions which are all kinds of good for your insides. Mint is a fantastic natural remedy that is the perfect addition to your healing plants home garden! Mint is perfect on your skin, and in your body, but how do you grow it? Like Aloe plants, mint is insanely easy to grow! You can plant it any time of the year, and it doesn’t need much care at all. Get yourself a clay pot, pop in some stones to drain excess water from the soil, made up of equal parts standard soil and peat moss and watch your mint plant repel all the unwanted bugs in your home! Don’t put your mint plant in direct sunlight, though, as it prefers indirect light!

Salvia plant

Salvia_Plant

Salvia, or sage – meaning “to be in good health” is an aptly named plant. It can aid in relaxation when infused with water, help with digestion and is even great for reducing the pain of headaches and taking down inflammation. Why not give it a go? To get the most from your salvia plant, ensure your plant has the best drainage and is planted in clay soil. Salvia loves a lot of direct sunlight, so if you’ve got a balcony that’d be an ideal place to put your salvia, or just a part of your room that gets a lot of sunlight.

Parsley

Parsley_Plant

You’ve probably got some dried parsley on your herbs and spices shelf, but did you know it can be great for your health, too? Parsley is great to use to detox your body! It’s great for cleansing your kidneys, improving your breath and even bolstering your immune system! Parsley has fantastic iron levels, making is the perfect herb for seasoning your meals. You can just take a teaspoon of it a day to help improve your health! How do you grow parsley, though? Simple!

Give your parsley five hours of direct sunlight per day, and then move it in to the shade after the five hours. All you’ll need is a plant pot with a stone drainage base, some soil and a little peat moss to plant your parsley in. Parsley can take a long time to grow, so make sure you remember to water it regularly and you’ll reap the benefits when it grows in a few months! Your home grown parsley will always be more filled with flavour than shop bought parsley, and you don’t need to worry about using it before it goes off because you can just cut it as and when you need it!

Chamomile

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Chamomile isn’t just a pretty looking flower! It also has fantastic healing properties that everyone should keep in their little home garden. It can help you relax, sleep better and reduce anxiety on a day to day basis. It is even capable of regulating cardiac problems! Chamomile is perfect for keeping in the house for infusing whenever you feel like you need a relaxing drink. How do you grow it, you ask? That’s simple!

Plant your chamomile during the summer, when the weather is at its warmest. Create a stone drainage in the base of your pot, and make soil up of one part dark soil and one part sand to allow for optimum drainage. Pop the plant pot in a part of your house that’s nice and bright, but out of direct sunlight. You’ll use the flowers to create your infusions, so you’ll need to wait for the petals to open completely before you pick them. Make sure you don’t pick the root though, or they won’t be able to bloom again.

We think having your own healing plants in the home is a great way for you and your children to learn about nature, and really encourage you to grow your own!

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