If you plan to plant a garden this spring or you are thinking about plants that you can plant on your balcony or patio, be sure to consider marigold, sage, lavender and mint.
Especially if you are a parent and you are considering which plants would be great for your family home.
These medicinal plants are very resistant, so they can be easily grown in small spaces. Remember, every effort you make will pay off at the end.
The garden where you grow your vegetables in will not only serve as decoration, it will also be an excellent protector against various pests and diseases.
The choice of plants is really wide, but these 5 plants are a quality base from which you and your family members will certainly receive great benefits.
- Marigold (Latin — Calendula officinalis)
It does not matter where you plant this plant, its beautiful yellow flowers will be a beautiful decoration from June to the first frosts.
If you miss the weather forecast, you should know that these yellow flowers act like meteorologists: if the flowers are closed after 7 o’clock in the morning, it will rain!
The tea that you will make from dried marigold has anti-inflammatory properties, strengthens the immune system, regulates menstruation and calms the stomach and intestines.
Because it is an extremely potent immunological plant, people with autoimmune diseases should not take it!
This plant is also famous for its external use against skin diseases.
This plant has phytoncides in its roots and is able to eliminate the worms such as nematodes. It is excellent to plant near flower beds, carrots or among roses.
Healing Cream from Marigold
This wonderful natural cream will serve you as first aid for all skin problems; redness, inflammation, pimples, rashes, swelling and for relieving burns, insect bites and stings.
You can also use it as a lotion for the whole body, especially for dry and cracked skin areas such as the feet and elbows, or as a natural lip balm.
It will soften the skin, alleviate the feeling of irritation and pain and will provide you with a superior protection against bacteria, viruses and fungi.
It can also serve as an aid for hemorrhoids, bruises and varicose veins.
- 100 g of coconut oil
- 30 g of fresh marigold flowers
- A glass jar with a lid
In a bowl, melt the coconut oil over low heat.
Put the marigold flowers in the jar and pour them over with the melted coconut oil. Close the jar lid, but not until the end.
To create the rest of the cream, you will need a container with water and fabric (gauze, cloth).
In the container with water, put the fabric on the bottom, and put the jar with coconut oil and marigold.
Fill the container, which is heating at a level that is slightly higher than the oil and marigold level in the jar, with water.
The container should be kept on low heat about 4-6 hours, depending on how strong the effect of the cream you expect.
The water should not boil –the jar needs to be warm, but not hot!
After some period of time, drain the oil with the marigold through gauze or other fabric. Press the fabric well so you can save every precious drop.
Pour the strained liquid in a jar where you will keep it. Soon, it will take a solid form which can be used as a cream.
- Lavender (Latin — Lavandulaofficinalis)
The lavender repels various insects and prevents the appearance of aphids and ants.
Its flower stalks are harvested just before they open, and can be used for various purposes when they are dry.
As a tea it is best if you use it in mixtures, and it helps against migraine, insomnia, stress, hot flashes and fungi.
Fill small satin bags with dry lavender flowers and put them in the closet. These bags will protect your clothes from moths, butwill also refresh the room and give a distinctive smell.
In order to make lavender scented pillow for rest and relaxation, take a big pillowcase (in your favorite color) and fill it with pillow filling and dry lavender flowers.
Take a handful of lavender flowers and soak them in 2.5 dl of olive oil. Put everything in a jar.
Leave it on the sun for 40 days, then strain.
The resulting oil is very good for dry skin, painful joints and massaging after a stroke.
- Sage (Latin — Salvia officinalis)
Its remarkable healing powers are expressed in the old Roman proverb: “If death threatens, get sage from the garden!”
Pick young shoots and leaves and dry them.
The sage tea needs to be boiled for 3 minutes, over low heat. This will evaporate the toxic ingredient thujone.
The tea made from dried sage acts as a bactericide, fungicide and antiseptic, but is also excellent for the respiratory system, laryngitis and gargling in cases of sore throat.
It can help inflamed mucous membranes — mouth (thrush), stomach and intestines.
This tea can also help women in menopause because it regulates heavy sweating and has a mild calming effect.
Its stronger decoction helps the skin diseases, eczema, pruritus, and various fungi.
If you want a better, stronger and shiner hair that is resistant to breakage, rinse it with sage.
Sage, thyme and mint repel cabbage white butterfly and slugs, but they can certainly be planted near your cabbage and all the green leafy vegetables.
- Thyme (Latin — Thymus serpyllum)
It is a small bush of dark-pink flowers with intense aroma.
It has strong antibacterial properties, so the tea from thyme has a great effect against inflammation of the respiratory organs and all kinds of cough, but it is also excellent against inflammation of the stomach, irregular menstruation, and in case of problems in the bladder and kidneys.
It is useful as a feast for the bees because it keeps them from bacterial disease.
To strengthen the weak children, who are suffering from respiratory diseases, and rheumatic patients, make a healing bath.
Pourthyme tea in your hot water for bathing. The bath should last about 20 minutes.
- Mint (Latin — Menthapiperita)
Mint or peppermint has a powerful mint fragrance, which cools and acts as a natural anesthetic.
Mint leaves should be picked before flowering.
The mint tea stimulates metabolism, eases breathing, acts against indigestion and stomach cramps, eases pain in the gall bladder and other ailments.
Although it is very popular and refreshing, it should be noted that the excessive drinking of mint tea can harm the heart, so do not exaggerate with its consumption.
Pick some mint leaves and let them dry for 2-3 days on the sun.
Pour the mint with olive oil and let everything stand like that in the warm for 40 days.
Put the distilled oil in dark glass bottles.
This oil is great for massaging against rheumatism, gout, migraines and headaches.
Growing and harvesting
When choosing a location, take note that these plants prefer a sunny place where they can be protected from the cold and wind so they will be able to achieve a high concentration of essential oils and medicinal substances.
Harvest the medicinal herbs on a beautiful and sunny weather, and dry them in the shade, in well ventilated place.
By drying certain parts of plants, you will have stock for all winter and make a base for your small home pharmacy.