Garden herbs that heal

There is nothing quite like using your very own herbs from the garden to add a little flavour to your meals. But did you know many of these common herbs can be used for medicinal purposes and could be a valuable addition to your family’s first aid kit? We’ve listed ten of our favourite healing garden herbs that are easy to grow in pots if you’re short on space, and can even be tended to by little green thumbs.

  1. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) ‐ Peppermint is a traditional remedy for assisting digestion and is incredibly easy to grow for even the most novice gardeners. Fresh peppermint leaves can be steeped in hot water and made into a tea to soothe upset tummies and will also freshen the breath!
  2. Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) – Chamomile tea is popularly used as a sleep aid and to calm belly aches. To make your own, pick and dry some of your chamomile flowers for comforting cups of tea all year round.
  3. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) ‐ Calendula flowers, also known as marigold, are not only a pretty addition to your garden, but can also be made into an ointment to support the healing of minor skin wounds, burns, bee stings and sunburn.1
  4. Garlic (Allium sativum) – Garlic helps support our immune systems and is a valuable addition to any healing garden. Try just ½‐1 clove of garlic each day per family member. An easy way to help keep the whole family healthy all year round. Best of all, garlic is simple to grow!
  5. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – Fresh ginger can be used in a tea to soothe upset stomachs or relieve motion sickness. The traditional remedy of mixing ginger with lemon, honey and warm water may also help to soothe a sore throat.
  6. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) ‐ Rosemary is a must‐have herb for your garden as it not only adds flavour to Sunday roasts, but has antioxidant properties and may possibly help stimulate little minds. The Ancient Greeks apparently used rosemary to support memory function and scholars wore rosemary garlands around their necks during exams to boost their memory and concentration.2
  7. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – Lemon balm not only smells delicious, but can be used topically to relieve cold sore flare‐ups.3 Its fresh leaves can also be made into a relaxing tea.
  8. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) – Thyme may be helpful for an upset tummy or sluggish digestion, or made into a gargle to soothe a sore throat or irritable cough.4
  9. Lavender (Lavender officinalis) – Lavender will not only add brilliant colour to your garden, but may help to relieve headaches or nervous tension. Add a few lavender flowers to your little one’s bath to help them unwind before bedtime or fill a small bag with dried lavender and leave by your pillow for a good night’s sleep.
  10. Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) – Echinacea produces beautiful purple blooms that are not only attractive but may assist with minor wound healing when used topically.5