6 Healing Plants You Can Easily Grow At Home
You step outside and drink in the fresh air. You soak up the stunning emerald hues of the plants around you. You hear the chirps of native birds nearby If you let yourself get swept away in the moment, the stresses of daily life begin to simply melt away. Why is this? It’s because Mother Nature offers a certain type of healing to anyone who takes the time to stop and smell the roses — figuratively or literally.
But you don’t always have time to get to the park or head out for a long bike ride. The times you can’t are when it’s handy to have a few plants right inside your home or a few steps away in your garden. Don’t feel like you need a green thumb in order to cultivate a thriving collection of plants. Even the novice gardener is capable of raising these six plants, which boast specific healing properties beyond simply soothing your senses.
Even when you can’t step outside at all, you can still get a taste of nature with these easy indoor plants.
You’ve probably heard of someone “sage-ing” a new home in order oust any negative energy. But did you know that this perk is just the beginning of sage’s long list of benefits? Sage helps regulate female hormones and can, therefore, ease PMS and menopause symptoms when enjoyed as a tea. It can also assuage respiratory issues like asthma when someone inhales an infusion. Some healers even enlist forms of sage to treat dementia and depression.
2. Aloe Vera
When you were young and got a bug bite, did your parents ever send you outside to break off a leave from an aloe vera plant? Aloe vera’s juices are naturally soothing, which is why the plant has long been a remedy for soothing wounds. What’s more, you can easily grow it indoors in a planter, and it pulls double-duty as an air purifier. So if you’re somewhat new to the gardening thing and/or prone to sunburn, consider starting your indoor summer garden with aloe vera.
Did you know that peppermint is actually a naturally occurring hybrid herb? It’s a cross between spearmint and watermint, and it may be the oldest healing herb on this list — or in the world, for that matter. Add fresh peppermint to your tea to ease an upset stomach or digestive discomfort from gas. Sniff on peppermint to offset nausea. Apply a peppermint-laced salve to irritated skin to experience a soothing, cooling sensation. This herb is versatile and easy to grow.
4. Peace Lily
The peace lily isn’t just beautiful — it’s also powerful, and it filters the air. It’s actually the most effective natural filter when it comes to ousting formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene, according to an analysis by NASA. What’s more, it’s super simple to care for, even if you’re not naturally gifted with plants. You can place the peace lily in indirect light and forget to water it on a regular basis, and the plant will still survive and even thrive.
You may also want to liven up your lawn with a couple of outdoor plants that are simple to maintain.
You might already know that lavender serves as a powerful anti-anxiety tool, whether you inhale it as an essential oil or exfoliate with a lavender-infused face wash. In this way, the innate life force of lavender has become a part of daily life for many. Lavender also has many other uses. You can enlist it to ease dandruff, keep insects at bay or help you fall asleep. It’s well worth dedicating a small corner of your garden to this aromatic plant.
Unlike your average healing herb, Echinacea is actually a beautiful flowering plant. You might recognize it by sight — a circle of pretty purple-pink petals fanning out from a bulbous center. You can pick up commercial products designed to keep away illness during flu season, but this flower has long been used by Native Americans to help with illness, soothe wounds and treat insect bites, among its many other uses. Grow your own and make an infusion to ward off sniffles this upcoming winter.
Start Your Planting
Now that you have a better understanding of the plants that provide healing benefits, pick one or two to grow at your home. Whether you have a single planter or an entire garden to spare, you can bring some good vibes into your space when you’ve grown one of these healing flowers or plants.
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