Today there is a growing recognition and acceptance of the benefits of herbal and alternative medication. If you want to try your hand at growing medicinal herbs here are the things that you should focus on.
Of course before you start growing medicinal herbs, you need to be aware of exactly what kinds are suitable for medication purposes. For instance, marshmallow, Baikal skullcap, ginger and licorice are good for digestion; Pygeum bark, Echinacea and Saw Palmetto is good for the male prostate, while reishi is very good for the immune system.
Those interested in growing medicinal herbs may also want to cultivate Cayenne, fresh Motherwort and hawthorn as they are noted for their properties that help the cardiovascular system. Other medicinal herbs are Angelica, partridge berry, Black Cohosh, and Helonias. These have a variety of uses, most notably strengthening the bodily system of women.
After you have selected the herbs that you want to plant, the process for growing medicinal herbs is pretty much the same as that of other herbs. When planting these, be sure to allocate enough space for each one so that they may grow without getting in the way of the other. Also, it is a good idea to separate the annuals, perennials, and biennials so that harvesting them will be easier.
Needless to say, an integral part of growing medicinal herbs signifies getting the right kind of seeds. Buy only from reputable stores. The same high standards should be used when purchasing the soil and the pots (if you are going to plant them there).
When it comes to growing medicinal herbs and preparing them for use, be sure to put them in a bag and hang upside down, or heat it in an oven, after which it can be used in tea. Alternatively you may just crush the herbs, pour in hot water and drink them.
When it comes to roots or seeds, you should put dried herb (1 teaspoon), into your tea cup and mix in boiling water. Let it cool down for 15 minutes, making sure the cup has a lid on it. If you want to use fresh herbs, add three of them instead of just one.
The advantage of growing medicinal herbs is that you no longer have to buy them at a store, the quality of which you can never be sure of, anyway. By cultivating them yourself, the freshness of the herb is something you can be sure of.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 10:55:35.