If you love to garden and are also interested in alternative medicines then you might be surprised that you can not only decorate your garden but also use some of these plants as alternatives to some medicines. These plants can easily be added to your garden to add some color as well as to be picked for beauty uses and your internal health.
One of the plants you can grow which is a great alternative for headaches as well as any kind of inflammation is the pot marigold. The pot marigold can also be used as an antibiotic as well because it has elements in it that will help your body get rid of bacteria. The pot marigold can be taken and made into a tea and then sipped on as a tea. It also can be put on burns or cuts because it also contains antiseptic properties that work well as a topical remedy.
Lavender is another great plant that can be used and it is an attractive perennial that has pretty light purple flowers with a nice mild and appealing odor. This plant has some antiseptic properties and is gentle enough to be used as a facial treatment. The oils of the lavender flowers are used in a lot of different bath as well as beauty products and the scent is conducive for relaxation. The oil of the lavender is also used for insomnia and can relieve stuffy noses as well. You can just put a few drops of it on a pillowcase to be inhaled during the evening.
We all know parsley is often used to add to foods as a seasoning as well as a garnish. But, parsley is also a good supplement to take since it has high concentrations of vitamin C and also can be put right on the gums and the teeth to sooth any toothache someone might have. You can also use it for cramps from a woman's menstrual cycle. You can steep it in hot water or use powdered parsley leaves and make a tea. It's also been used to help asthma sufferers breath better.
You can grow your own spinach and make sure to always have it included in your diet. This has a large amount of chlorophyll as well as vitamin K. The leaves of spinach and the juice of them are known to be very affective in improving the health of those who have diabetes or high blood pressure. It's also thought that if a person drinks spinach juice a lot that it might even help to ward off depression as well as fatigue. The reason for this is that spinach contains all of the vitamin B's like B1, B2 and B6.
An herb that you can grow to help with nasal congestion and other common ailments of the everyday common cold is Cuban oregano. This is a great and easy thing to grow and can even be grown in containers so that you don't have to take up any garden area.
Don't forget to grow your own garlic. Garlic has many, many uses from cooking to using it for it's anti-bacterial fighting properties. It is also known to have some abilities to fight off cancer.