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Healing From A Physic Garden

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Medicinal Herb Garden

There are hundreds of remarkably common herbs, flowers, berries and plants that serve all kinds of important medicinal and health purposes such as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, insect repellent, antiseptic, expectorant, antibacterial, detoxification, fever reduction, antihistamine and pain relief.

Physics Garden Herbs

Physics Herb Garden

In ancient times, monks and physicians grew gardens specifically full of healing herbs called Physics. A physic garden is a place where plants with medicinal properties grow. For thousands of years people have been using plants to cure all kinds of ills.  A physic garden brings an array of healing herbs into one potent place and becomes a space for learning, research and experimentation. I have listed four great herbs to help you start your own physics garden. You do not need a large back yard and you don’t need to have a green thumb. These herbs can be grown in pots and require little maintenance.

Mint Health Uses

Mint is one of the most common and easiest to grow herbs.  There are various types of mint including peppermint, spearmint, Korean mint, apple mint and regular old mint (avoid pennyroyal, it is poisonous).  Most mints are enriched with vitamin A and C and contain manganese and iron.

Mint Herbs

Mint

Mint is perfect for soothing headaches, fighting nausea and reducing nervousness and fatigue.  It can also treat fevers and flatulence as well as making a great mouthwash.

Peppermint Herbal Mouthwash

1/2 c. Aloe Vera juice
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. witch hazel
1 tsp. baking soda
10 drops peppermint essential oil

You can make your own peppermint essential oil by crushing the peppermint leaves and adding to almond oil.  Leave the oil on the window sill in the sun for 2-3 days. Shaking occasionally then filtering through a fine muslin cloth. Combine the Aloe Vera juice, water, and witch hazel in a bottle. Gently add in the baking soda, being careful that a reaction doesn’t overflow. Add in your drops of peppermint essential oil, cover, and shake vigorously. Store in a cool, dark area for up to 2 weeks.

Sage Health Benefits

Sage is an incredibly useful herb, widely considered to be perhaps the most valuable herb. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and antifungal. Sage or Salvia officinalis, is derived from the Latin word, salvere, which means ‘to be saved’.  Sage aids digestion, relieves cramps, reduces diarrhea, dries up phlegm, fights colds, reduces inflammation and swelling, acts as a salve for cuts and burns, and kills bacteria.  It has also been used to ‘unblock’ menopause.

Sage Herbs

Sage

Due to its astringent quality, too much sage tea can cause a dry mouth, and skin irritation can occur with topical use. So when making a calming tea, it is advised to blend sage with catnip (nepeta cataria), lavender or mint.

Sore-throat sage gargle

Put a large pinch of dried sage leaves into about a half cup (100 mL) of water. Bring to a boil and infuse for 15 minutes. Strain, sweeten with honey and use as a gargle twice a day.

Marjoram/Oregano Health Benefits

Marjoram and oregano are often used interchangeably, but the aromatic sweet marjoram is slightly different. The Greeks called it the “Joy of the Mountain” and it was revered throughout the Mediterranean for its fragrance, flavor and medicinal value. Marjoram has many uses (it’s a famous digestive aid) but it is effective as an antifungal, antibacterial and disinfectant treatment in a pinch.

Oregano Herbs

Oregano Medicinal Uses

Another benefit of Marjoram is the enhancement of the cardiovascular and circulatory system. It helps by eliminating common risks associated with cardiovascular disease.  With sedative and antidepressant qualities, Marjoram has a variety of psychological and neurological benefits.

Marjoram Herbs

Marjoram Medicinal Uses

Strong Marjoram Tea

Add two teaspoons of Marjoram to a cup of 7 ounces of cold water. Let it soak for 24 hours and add honey to it. An even stronger tea may be made by adding 6 teaspoons Marjoram to 7 ounces of water. It has a calming, anti-depressive effect.

Feverfew Health Benefits

Feverfew is a plant that has well-known and documented health properties and medicinal benefits. This anti-inflammatory can treat rheumatism, arthritis and, most famously, migraine headaches and tension headaches. It’s also good for alleviating tension and general anxiety (it is a natural serotonin inhibitor).

Feverfew Herbs

Feverfew Medicinal Uses

It also helps to reduce swelling and bruising.  Feverfew is most effective when taken daily.  Feverfew medicinal herb can help with flatulence, lack of appetite, cuts, and scrapes. Harvest the young leaves of this annual plant as needed.

Feverfew tea

Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 Tbsp. fresh or dried feverfew leaves and steep for 30 – 60 minutes. The longer you let it steep, the stronger the medicinal tea. Allow yourself to be guided by your body’s wisdom in how long to steep it.  It is a very bitter tea, but I would prefer it over a migraine.  While bitter flavors are not that popular in our modern culture, bitters are actually a tonic that boosts and stimulates the body as a whole.  © Angela Soya

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2 Comments on Healing From A Physic Garden

  1. EMMA (@Ddraigcoch1) // June 6, 2014 at 8:09 am // Reply

    I have heard of Feverfew and it looks very familiar to me. I was unaware of it’s properties and seeing as it looks so beautiful too, I will have to place this on my garden list. With the beautiful colours and properties, I can imagine lavender growing next to it would be lovely.

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  2. I used to grow both orange mint and spearmint which I used a lot of. I also had some feverfew in that garden as well. I love to grow my own fresh herbs and use them not only in cooking but in all kinds of healing concoctions. I can’t wait to get a new home so I can start up on my gardening again.

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