Creating a holistic medicine cabinet for your family can be fun when you're putting it together, but it can also be very time consuming. In many ways, it's a lifelong process of figuring out which herbs work best for you and your family. And the herbs you choose can eventually take the place of certain over the counter brands.
This is a list of just a few of the herbs we will be growing in and around our home and a list of some of their medicinal uses. My sons, Caleb and Jaden, will be learning about the cultivation of these particular herbs and many more while making their own self healing tinctures and salves according to their needs as a part of their homeschool curriculum.
Here are a few common herbs found in many homes and a great place to start.
1. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)- tastes great with Lavender and Geranium, acts as a tranquilizer, aides a nervous stomach, colic, and safe and recommended for children.
2. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)- antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsive and anti-depressant properties.
3. German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)- Chest colds, Sore throats, Abscesses Gum inflammation (gingivitis), Anxiety, Insomnia, Psoriasis, Acne, Eczema, Minor first-degree burns, inflammatory bowel disease, Stomach ulcers, chickenpox, diaper rash, and colic.
4. Calendula (Calendula officinalis)- cuts, scrapes, abrasions, scalds, blisters, acne, rashes, diaper rash, chicken pox outbreaks, and athlete's foot, and bee stings
5. English Broadleaf Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)- intestinal worms, gastrointestinal ailments, bronchial problems, laryngitis, diarrhea, anti- fungal, lice and scabies
6. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)- taken during fevers causes the body to perspire, increase appetite, kidney and urinary tract cleanser.
7. Shepherd’s Purse (Casella bursa pastoris)- lower blood pressure, healing wounds and internal and external bleeding, and assist with easing the menstrual flow.
8. Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)- treat liver cirrhosis, hepatitis, and gallbladder disorders.
9. Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica)- painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia Here are two companies from which we like to purchase our seeds and bulk herbs, both are very earth friendly, conscious and trust worthy companies. Seeds of Change and Mountain Rose Herbs.
It is never too late to start exploring healing herbs and taking care of yourself and your family to ensure optimal health. It is also excellent when you find a health practitioner that shares the same health conscious and preventative holistic practices that you believe in and trust.