Guest Author - Aimee Wood
For those of us who like to live more naturally, we like to plant things that are sensible and versatile. Plants that taste good and can be placed in dishes or used for first aid are wonderful to have in your garden. They are also easy to take care of. Try incorporating some of these plants this summer.
Basil helps with indigestion and bloating, as well as with coughs and sore throats. Chew on a few leaves with some honey to take care of either ailment. If you have a headache, use a few drops of high quality basil essential oil for steam inhalation. Basil is also a stress reliever and reduces blood sugar. Make sure you toss some in your pasta or pizza dishes. Also, pesto is delicious during the summer.
Rosemary is an antiseptic, anti microbial, and anti inflammatory. This herb is also good for Italian dishes. Use it in pizza, pasta, or make a Rosemary olive bread. Interestingly, this herb is perfect for healing cuts and wounds.
Garlic is typically planted in the fall. It is a perfect anti bacterial, anti viral, and anti fungal. Again, this is great to use in all of your Italian dishes from pizza to pasta and everything in between. Garlic oil is helpful in respiratory ailments and ear infections.
Blackcurrent bushes are lovely to have in your yard as a privacy border. Many people like to make them into jams and jellies. They are rich in gamma linolenic acid. These berries are helpful in reducing blood pressure. They are also helpful in reducing inflammation and have been known to reduce PMS symptoms.
Also known as pot marigold, calendula is great for skin issues. Cuts, bruises, bug bites, pain, and swelling are healed with calendula salve. Drinking calendula tea is great for psoriasis and eczema.
Wanting to lose weight? Fennel is a great appetite suppressant and can be used as a tea. It relieves gas and colic.
High in vitamins B12, C, A, and K, parsley is a powerhouse. It is anti inflammatory and protects the liver. Parsley is great for indigestion and it regulates blood pressure. It is high in oxalic acids, so be sure not to consume too much.
Many of us want to rid our yard of dandelions, but think twice before you do. This is high in vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as calcium and potassium. Dandelion is a great liver cleanser and diuretic. It is great hypertension reducer. You can roast the roots and sprinkle in smoothies or make a delicious tea from it.
Plant some herbs in your garden this year and don't mow those dandelions! These herbs look great in any garden and can be used in cooking or in first aid care. If you use these herbs already, make it a point to pick one that you don't and plant it this summer, you won't be disappointed.