From Marigold to Aloe Vera, these are some of our favourite plants and herbs to create a healing garden at home.
Being surrounded by nature is a peaceful, restorative experience and having your own home garden gives you the opportunity to be with nature every day. Going one step further, creating a garden that is not only a source of visual pleasure but also packed with plants and herbs for healing is the ultimate garden luxury.
The best spot for a healing garden is right next to your kitchen garden as many of the plants and herbs that you will use for healing will be the same as those that are used in cooking. Many healing plants are also sun-loving varieties, so a sun-drenched spot in a sheltered location is the best spot to locate your healing garden.
Nature’s sedative and the ultimate calming herb, beautiful lavender should be a staple in any healing garden. It’s beautiful flowers have a myriad of uses including anxiety assistance, insomnia and headache relief. Adding a few drops of lavender oil to your pillow each night is a great way to promote sleep or rub a little oil on to temples and wrists to promote a sense of calmness and wellbeing.
Read our more detailed article the benefits of lavender in the garden here, including tips on how to grow this wonder herb.
2. Marigold (Calendula)
English Marigold brightens up any garden, it’s beautiful orange hued flowers are a pretty addition in the garden regardless of whether you grow them for beauty or for health. The dried petals of this pretty plant are anti-inflammatory and can be used to assist with rashes, wound healing and swelling caused by insect bites. Marigold flowers also attract honey bees to the garden, making them great not only for the garden but also for the environment.
3. Aloe Vera
Famed for its skin-loving properties, Aloe Vera is a healing staple that should have a place in every home garden. Not only is this succulent easy to grow, requiring little water and maintenance, it can also be applied topically to the skin to heal sunburn, wounds and other skin conditions.
Aloe Vera also has plenty of benefits when taken orally, with claims that it it can help with heartburn, digestion, blood sugar levels and act as a natural laxative.
From stomach upsets, digestion and morning sickness, the humble ginger root is your gut-loving best friend. Add some ginger to a morning juice to aid with stomach upsets and assist with symptoms associated with travel sickness.
Ginger is also a great cold and flu fighter, it can assist with decongestion, help to relieve a sore throat and stimulate the immune system. Seep pieces of fresh ginger in boiling water and mix in a little honey to make a warming and healing tea.
Used widely in kitchen, Rosemary is not only a delicious herb to use for cooking but it is also packed with a range of healing benefits including aiding concentration, preventing brain-aging, and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains iron, calcium and B-6 and can relieve muscle pain and improve our memories.
We love to keep a bunch of fresh rosemary on our office desk to keep us alert and focused during the day.
As with all medicinal herbs and flowers, you should exercise caution when using rosemary, being careful not to exceed the daily recommended dosages.
Don’t have room for a healing garden at home? These beautiful Jurlique oils in lavender and lemon are a lovely way to add healing plant benefits in to your daily beauty routine.