Cathy Isom has five first-aid herbs you will want to grow indoors. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
For thousands of years, people have used herbs for so many different uses, including first aid for the human body. We also know these beautiful little plants can boost the immune system, increase the body’s resistance to infections, relieve aches and pains, and calm nerves.
Here are five easy-to-grow, easy-to-use herbs that you’ll want around your home all year long:
Sage, Aloe Vera, Houseleek, Catnip, and Valerian.
Sage is most often used as a culinary herb, but as a healing property, it can heal mouth sores, ulcers, and sore throats. Aloe Vera makes an excellent indoor plant.
Aloe Vera is great for healing cuts and soothing burns. Keep in a sunny window. Re-pot each spring, as Aloe grows rapidly in warm weather.
Houseleek is one the oldest first-aid herbs, sharing some similar uses with Aloe Vera. It can be used to treat minor burns and skin irritations in the same way. It is also used for wasp stings, cuts, insect bites, and corns.
Catnip was also a favorite medicinal and culinary herb in ancient times. Now a favorite for our four-legged friends. A sweet smelling, bright green herb, catnip is a great source of Vitamin C. It is also widely used as a mild sedative.
The potent herb Valerian has long been valued around the world for both its medicinal and culinary properties. A rather stinky plant to which both cats and rats are attracted, Valerian has been shown to calm rattled nerves and bring sleep to weary insomniacs.
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