Must-have home remedies for your herb garden

It is well known that herbal supplements can be great for your health. They have been used for centuries to heal the human body both inside and out. In fact, you may be growing herbs in your garden without realizing the power they hold. If you are thinking of planting a healing herb garden, there are a few easy-to-start-with herbs to consider planting – dandelion, garlic, oregano, cilantro and mint.

dandelion1. Dandelion
The flowers and roots can be used for many ailments and overall better health. The flowers are generally eaten or made into tea. You can add them to salad, soups or eat raw. They are tasty and contain potassium, beta-carotene and vitamins A and C.
Roots and stems contain a creamy substance that can be squeezed out and used for skin issues. Rub it over a bee sting to take away the pain as well as cuts and scrapes. It is a natural acne treatment and can remove warts when applied directly to the affected area several times a day until gone. While dandelion is generally considered safe, you should be aware that some people are allergic to it. Be on the lookout for any skin reaction or gastric upset after using. If that happens, stop using it.

2. Garlic
The medicinal value of garlic cannot be ignored. It contains Allicin, which is a natural antibiotic. This helps your system fight infection and can help to strengthen your immune system. Garlic has also been in the forefront of natural remedies for fighting cancer, heart disease, lowering cholesterol, improving blood circulation and lowering blood sugar. Adding garlic to your diet can only improve your health. Used topically garlic can take the pain away from cuts, scrapes, bee stings, and rashes. It has also been successfully used to clear up acne or other skin problems. Cut the clove in half and rub the cut side onto the affected area.

3. Oregano
Organo is high in antioxidants and minerals. Antioxidants are responsible for reducing free radicals, which are chemical reactions in your body that damage your cells and cause premature aging. By adding oregano to your diet you can help keep your body healthy.

4. Cilantrocilantro
High in vitamin K, antioxidants, minerals and fiber, cilantro adds flavor to your foods as well as offering health benefits. It can help remove toxins from your body, ameliorate depression and reduce chronic fatigue. Some say that may also play a role in minimizing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis.

5. Mint
If you are susceptible to digestive problems or nausea you may want to plant some mint in your garden. Mint helps calm your stomach and ease flatulence. It contains vitamins, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and calcium making it a great addition for bone health, too. Not to mention it smells great!

Growing a herb garden is easy and can be done in a very small space, even a window sill. The benefits you will gain by adding fresh herbs to your diet or to have on hand for topical applications are numerous. Plus, taking care of a herb garden is as simple as planting the seed, watering and snipping to use as needed. Do remember to check with your doctor or medical advisor before using any herb for medicinal purposes.

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