Blog - Growing Herbs for Medicine

By The Haven Team: 24 Jun 2015

Is there anything more rewarding than picking and eating your own home - grown produce? Herbs are so easy to grow and delicious in cooking or refreshing as teas. Plus they have been used throughout history for medicinal purposes. Here are some of our common and easy to grow herbs and their properties.

Dill

Dill is a carminative. It eases gas pains, bloating and settles the stomach. Nursing mums may want to drink dill tea to increase breast milk and those women who have a late or scanty period can drink a cup or two to bring on a period.

Fennel

Fennel acts as an excellent digestive aid to relieve abdominal cramps, gas and bloating. Fennel seeds help to loosen congestion and make coughs more productive. Fennel also calms the dry, hacking cough of bronchitis.  

Peppermint

Peppermint's antispasmodic effect calms nausea and helps prevent gas and bloating and can be used in the treatment of I.B.S.

Peppermint is a first herb of choice for treatment of colds and flu because it acts to relieve multiple symptoms at once: congestion, headaches and muscle aches, nausea and fever.

Sage

Sage is an excellent digestive herb when used for seasoning on meals of rich meats and fowl. It’s also great for colds and fevers and is often taken as a tea. Sage has excellent antibacterial and astringent properties and is used in gargles for sore throats, gingivitis and sore gums.

Thyme

Thyme is one of the best herbs to use as a cough and cold remedy addressing all your cold symptoms in a holistic way. Thyme acts both as an expectorant to clear the lungs of congestion whilst calming coughing spasms.

Thyme tea will settle the stomach, help you sleep, soothe a sore throat, relieve aches and pains, and encourage your body to sweat, helping to eliminate toxins and bring down a fever.

Rosemary

Rosemary has a long herbal tradition as a herb that improves concentration and memory. Plus It’s one of the best hair tonics available.

Whether you are worried about hair loss or just want healthy hair, rosemary extracts used in shampoos and herbal rinses will work wonders. Rosemary essential oil stimulates hair follicles and circulation in the scalp, encouraging healthy hair growth and slowing hair loss.