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Medicinal plants that can heal minor health complaints and can be grown right in your windowsill or patio container! There are more than 75 herbs that are completely natural and have been used since ancient times for sunburn, upset stomach, stress, insomnia, and even anxiety. Most are aware that indigenous peoples and Native Americans have had a special kinship with herbal remedies, relying on them as traditional medicines to address numerous complaints. This knowledge has been passed on through the ages and is still revered in many cultures.

Lemon balm is an example of an amazing little herb that is simple to grow and has been used for centuries for bloating, gas, upset stomach and anxiety.1. This herb prefers full sun or partial shade,and can be purchased at most nurseries. To use, simply wash the leaves, place into a mug and pour one cup of boiling water over them and let steep for 10 minutes before drinking

Many of the herbs are immediately recognizable for their use in cooking. Coriander for upset stomachs and cholesterol.2 and Rosemary, which infuses your body with natural disease fighting immunities.

There are also herbs that you may be totally unfamiliar with, such as milk thistle for liver health.3 Perilla, which most people will recognize as the garnish on their plate of sushi, but when consumed helps keep allergies in check. Meadow-sweet is popular among herbalists for it's aspirin-like qualities.

If you are not inclined to grow plants and herbs, consider teas, such as Traditional Medicinal's line of fascinating, pharmaceutical grade teas for all manner of ailments, from sore throat to menstrual cramps. 4. These teas are available on their website and are carried in most local supermarkets. Another option is to check for your particular growing region with Gurneys nursery,,5. where you may also order plants and seeds for growing your favorite herbal remedy, either in a small, kitchen garden or as mentioned, in containers.

Keep in mind, the FDA does not regulate herbs, so if in doubt, ask your physician to be sure the herbs will not interact with any medications you may currently be taking.

Should you be interested in growing your own herbal remedies, there is a book by the great herbalist, James Green titled. " The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual." Green emphasizes the point that herbal medicine-making is fundamental to every culture on the planet and is accessible to everyone. He describes in simple detail how one goes about growing, harvesting and making up a batch of something like Raspberry Herbal Cough Remedy. Excellent!

I hope you will give herbs a try! Start with something very simple, such as Peppermint or Spearmint for upset stomachs and respiratory ailments. You will be surprised and delighted at the results!

Michele Shelli Rossignol lmt/cr, 2012 June.


1.Yoga Journal, August 2012, Plant Medicine
3. Mary Hanna 2005
6.The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual by James Green available at


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