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The 5 Best Medicinal Plants You Can Grow In Your Backyard

Thursday, March 30, 2017 1:11
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The 5 Best Medicinal Plants You Can Grow In Your Backyard

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Self-reliance often means relying on old wisdom to address health problems. My family believes in the use of medicinal plants to cure ailments.

Our herb garden serves a greater purpose than increasing the flavors of our dinners. We use these plants to create medicinal teas, herbal baths and healing salves. Here are the top five medicinal plants to grow in your backyard, along with some simple ways to use them in your everyday life.

1. Feverfew

Once it blooms during spring, it continues to grow throughout the season. Feverfew has been used for centuries to — you guessed it — reduce fevers. It also has properties that help to reduce headaches and stomach illnesses.

Families can use feverfew in a variety of ways, but one of my favorite methods is as an herbal bath. That is a fantastic way to reduce fevers in small children. For centuries, people have chewed on the leaves or drank herbal teas to relieve headaches, as well as fevers. (Check with your doctor about its use among very young children.)

2. Echinacea

One of the most popular medicinal herbs is Echinacea, which produces a beautiful purple flower. Echinacea grows up to 36 inches tall and has a long growing season.


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