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A Chicago medicinal herb garden

A Chicago medicinal herb garden produces remedies for common health problems. It requires knowledge of plants, their bodily effects and basic health problems. Much has been written about healing herbs, and gardeners growing this kind of garden are advised to do their homework. Always take into account any herb allergies you may have.

Rosemary for memory, concentration and mood
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Wisely, Hippocrates stated: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Many common culinary herbs are excellent for a variety of ailments. If you are new to medicinal gardening but want to learn about this kind of gardening, grow the herbs you know are safe.

Oregano, dill, parsley, chervil, basil, marigold and peppermint are mild, ordinary herbs that aid the digestive system and are easy to grow. Thyme supports the respiratory system. Garlic, onion and chives help the circulatory system. Chamomile and calendula act as a blood thinners and also soothe the skin. Lavender relieves depression and relaxes pain. Rosemary improves memory, concentration and mood. Fennel reduces body odor and bad breath. Dandelion, wrongly considered a weed, soothes aching muscles. Lemon balm helps with insect bites and sores.

After you have grown your medicinal herb garden, you need to learn how to use the herbs for maximum health benefits. You need to know what part of the plant to use and how to prepare it. In most cases, just add these dried herbs to your cooking. In other cases, you can make them into tea. Many books are available to help you prepare your common, medicinal herbs. There are also numerous online resources.

Grow the medicinal herbs you are familiar with. Spend time doing research. Don’t eat or drink anything from your garden that is unfamiliar to you. Natural medicine may often be safer than synthetic medicine, but it is not necessarily harmless.

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