Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Home & Living
  3. Gardening

Medicinal plants to grow at home

See also

Let's face it, it's easy to shell out lots of money for over the counter remedies these days, and you aren't always getting much bang for your buck. This year, take a lesson from our ancestors by growing these centuries-old medicinal plants in your home.

Chamomile: Delicious in tea and soothing to the senses, chamomile is also quite useful in treating rashes and other uncomfortable skin irritations. These tall, daisy-like flowers grow easily in drier soil types and topical application can remedy a variety of dermatological ills.

Lavender: As functional as it is beautiful, lavender has a long history of use on cuts and scrapes because of its natural antiseptic properties. Grow it outdoors in your sunniest location, or even indoors in a a sun-lit window.

Lemon Balm: If you find yourself tossing and turning every night, perhaps you will benefit from the sleep-inducing properties of this herb. Lemon balm grows easily in large clumps in a variety of soil types. Use whole leaves in your dinner salad for a slightly minty flavor, and add crushed leaves in your tea before bed.

Peppermint: If you need to ease stomach upset - anything from motion sickness to morning sickness - peppermint will do the job. Growing best in partial shade, this herbal powerhouse needs at least an inch of water per week, and can be grown in containers or in the ground.

Sage: Well known as a remedy for sinus congestion, sage also has properties that reduce the effect and frequency of hot flashes. A stubborn plant, it will grow in nearly all conditions, but it does best in full sun and well-drained soil. You can even grow additional sage plants by taking cuttings from your cultivars.



  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!