Medical Remedies you can Grow Yourself

Herbs are unequaled in their ability to synthesize a wide array of chemical compounds that natural healers have long used to deal with various human diseases, and to perform a number of significant biological and even culinary functions. As with cannabis growing, herbs have been cultivated for millennia and turned to useful purposes around the world.

Let’s take a peek at two herbs that can both be used as health aids, and grown in your home.

Sage

This was one of the first herbs used by European colonists when they arrived in the new world, and has been used since that time as a seasoning on meats due to its positive influence on digestion. Modern science has now isolated a number of phytochemicals, such as phenolic and rosmarinic acids, which have been shown to have a beneficial influence on a number of conditions.

For example, sage has significant antibacterial and astringent properties, which have been demonstrated to be effective in relieving gingivitis, throat pain, as well as sore and ulcerated gums. This is applied by making a strong herbal tea, or tincture from the leaves of the plant.

Native American and Chinese women have turned to sage for ages to help relieve the hot flashes of menopause, menstrual bleeding, and pain after childbirth. It has even been used to help heal minor skin irritations and stop body odor.

Sage is used both as a medicinal herb and culinary additive; most frequently prepared as a tea, extract, or essential oil. Dried sage leaves are easily prepared for use as food additives, and it can be burned as incense.

Growing sage is easy to do at home, the most difficult part being selecting which of the more than 80 varieties used for medicinal purposes to grow.

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Rosemary

So effective for improving memory and concentration, students in ancient Greeks are said to have braided it into their hair to aid them during exams. Rosemary is used for such a wide variety of culinary and medicinal purposes that, similar to cannabis growing, entire books have been written on this wondrous herb.

Rosemary contains the potent antioxidant rosemarinic acid, which has been demonstrated to have a powerful effect on the central nervous system, accounting for its widespread use in aromatherapy treatments.

Infused into an oil, rosemary is often used topically to relieve arthritis pain and to increase circulation. Chopped-up and sprinkled into food, it adds a seductive aroma and delicious taste to food, as well as imparting its medicinal characteristics to a meal.

Difficult to grow, rosemary is best procured from a nursery as a starter plant. There are several varieties, but all are lovely perennial plants with bushy resinous leaves.

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