9 Healing Plants Found in Your Backyard!

By: Amanda Froelich,

True Activist.

Why spend $20 on a half-filled jar of high-heated herbs in an artificially made capsule, especially when the most medicinal plants can be found right around your own home? While the health food store scene may be all the rave, there’s something to be said for positively impacting your health the frugal way.

Non-pesticide treated herbs that grow as weeds or are planted in the garden are more beneficial for a number of reasons: they’re free, easy to attain, have more nutrition and life force than processed versions, and help aid the body in a variety of ways.

Forage for life-promoting greens around your house or neighborhood and reap the benefits nature has always freely offered.

1. Dandelion Greens

The yellow-topped flower is happily shunned and sprayed, but did you know it is one of the most healing herbs for the liver and kidneys? Dandelion (the flower and greens) is a diuretic, contains potassium, alleviates arthritis and intestinal disorders, and is even thought to regulate blood sugar levels. Used topically, it also has use to treat skin disorders such as Eczema.

2. Rosemary

Commonly used in cooking, the herb native to the Mediterranean region can do more than spice up your dishes, however. A recent study shows that carnosic acid in Rosemary may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The oil in the flower is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Finally, the oil in Rosemary has been shown to improve circulation to the brain, hence it’s association with ‘remembrance’.

3. Lavender

The beautiful bush which offer relaxing fragrance and a shield from your neighbor has many health benefits as well! Lavender is known to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Historically used in ancient Greek and Roman times, it was used as an antiseptic. Through the ages it’s progressed to be utilized as an alternative remedy to treat anxiety, migraines, insomnia, and depression.

4. Aloe Vera

Besides being a great soother for burns and stings, Aloe Vera offers healing in many ways. The clear gel can be used to treat skin infections, reduce inflammation (taken intrinsically and applied externally), relieve constipation, aid heartburn, and even soothe irritable bowel syndrome. It’s easy to cultivate a plant indoors and keep it on hand for any ails in the future.

5. Lemon Thyme

A colorful derivative of Thyme, this variety of herb can be used as a digestive aid for children with upset stomachs and has been utilized for centuries as an anti-biotic to treat wounds. Also containing anti-fungal properties, it’s use extends to treating toenail fungus and more. Thymol, one of the main active ingredients in most mouthwashes, is a derivative of Thyme. Grow it at home or let it naturally spring forth and harvest the benefits for free!

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