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Sometimes Health and protection are in your backyard. Check out 8 Plants that Heal & Protect and are a must in your home!

Sometimes Health and protection are in your backyard. Check out 8 Plants that Heal & Protect and are a must in your home!

 

Who says you can only find medical wonders at the store. With summer in full gear why not come up with some great plants to help reliever,heal or just plain relax the senses. There are so many different plants that can be used to help if you just know where to find them. Some might even be in  your home garden. Here’s a list of 8 Plants that heal & protect.

 

Basil

One of my personal favorite herbs can be used for so many different things, not only for delicious cooking but you can actually ward away ticks,, mosquito, flies, ants and other insects with it. Just place basil outside in potted plants and it will work wonders. It’s one of the easiest herbs to grow and will sprout like wildfire giving you a delicious treat and a natural pest replant.

Jewelweed

Jewelwhat? That’s what I said until the dreaded day I got into some poison oak in the forest outside of my home. Although I had some calamine lotion Jewelweed worked miracles. It is the perfect remedy to relieve even the worst cases. The leaves and the juice from the stem of Jewelweed are used by herbalists as a treatment for poison ivy, oak and other plant induced rashes, as well as many other types of dermatitis. Jewelweed works by counter-reacting with the chemicals in other plants that cause irritation. So this summer if you know there’s Poison Ivy or Oak around make sure you have some Jewelweed as well.

Lavender

 Lavender is well known for it’s calming properties. From seeping it in your tea to baking with it not only does it provide a deliciuos fragrant taste but it can also ward of mild headaches. You can also use it as a natural insect repellent by crushing lavender onto your arms and legs when seated outside for meals however, beware, bees love lavender so it might be a catch 22.

 

Mint

Not only do I love mint in my mojiots but mint is the perfect way to feel cooler. By adding a few sprigs in any drink it will help trick your body into feeling cooler. That’s why this is also perfect for those ladies going through the change.

 

Sunflowers

Believe it or not these beauties not only have amazing tasting seeds but Sunflower leaf tea has been used to treat high fevers, and for lung ailments. Just a few tablespoons of sunflower leaf tea will stop diarrhea so use with caution. The leaves have both diuretic and expectorant properties.

 

Rosemary

I always remember as a child no matter what stomach ailment I had my grandfather would pull out the Rosemary and seep it in some hot water for me to drink it. I hated the taste and would hide when I saw him snipping the dreaded plant, but now as an adult I’ve come to learn and appreciate the importance of Rosemary. Not only does it aid with stomach issues such as dyspepsia, appetite stimulant, stomach cramps, bloating and constipation, the oil in it’s flower is he oil in its flowers is antibacterial and anti-fungal.

 

Dandelions 

Can be a diuretic. It  also contain potassium, which experts say is lost through excessive urination. Some apply it topically to treat eczema, while others take it internally for arthritis and even intestinal disorders. Its leaves are thought to regulate blood sugar levels so maybe adding some dandelion to your diet may help improve your blood sugar. My husband’s grandmother use to love making dandelion salad a healthy meal that is also tasty. (Half a pound of torn dandelion, a handful of chopped basil, Tomatoes, Red onion and Salt and pepper to taste)

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is the usual go to for sunburns and other  skin ailments but did you know  the  “dried latex from the inner lining of the leaf has traditionally been used as an oral laxative.” Some people even use it to treat heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome.

 

So whatever ailment you have before running to the store, head into your back yard and see if you have the remedy at your fingertips.

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17 Comments

  • Reply meghan

    I didn’t know a lot of these! thank you very much

    June 15, 2014 at 3:21 am
  • Reply Rachel

    I have all of these in my gardens except jewel weed. With my high sensitivity to poison oak (and an allergy to calamine lotion), I think I NEED to plant some. Thank you for the great tips!

    June 14, 2014 at 8:00 am
  • Reply roberta

    oooh..good to know!

    June 12, 2014 at 7:16 pm
  • Reply alena svetelska

    i have learned so much from your post about plants i almost forgot they grew in my garden.Thanks for the great info.

    June 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Elisabeth

    This was a really fascinating read! I’ll have to tell my sister about the dandelion helping with eczema!

    June 12, 2014 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply lisa

    I knew about aloe. I didn’t know about some of the others. Thanks for the article.

    June 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    I am really amazed at what these herbs can do! I love dandelion greens, they are great!

    June 12, 2014 at 11:42 am
  • Reply gianna borden

    i knew about aloe, and i have aloe in my yard but i didn’t know about the others, so cool to know! thanks for sharing!!!

    June 12, 2014 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Sarah Elyce

    My mother always had aloe vera plants around when I was growing up. We used it for burns.

    June 12, 2014 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Lara Clinton

    I didn’t know basil had such good qualities! I love it and am growing some, good to know what else it can be used for!

    June 12, 2014 at 10:04 am
  • Reply MJ Dee

    What great information! The only one I was familiar with was Aloe for sunburn & bug bites! Printing this out also…we love to go the natural route when we can. Thanks!!

    June 12, 2014 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Tracy Dennison

    I am going to keep this list, so I have it to come back to. I knew a few of these, but not al.

    June 11, 2014 at 11:00 pm
  • Reply Rita Spratlen

    I learned a few things here. Dandelions grow and usually we don’t want them!! I will have to look further into this for I have them. I haven’t heard of jewelweed. Thanks for the great ideas!! Love how plants can help with so many things!

    June 11, 2014 at 10:38 pm
  • Reply Dorothy Boucher

    wow ‘ i learned something from reading this on the basil, did know it would ward of mosquito, flies, ants and ticks, thanks for share

    June 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    Wow I did not know this about most of these plants. I will have to remember the jewelweed one!

    June 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Terri S

    This is a great list to have. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    June 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply Sally T.

    I am going to print this off,as I did not know of
    all of the different uses for these plants/weeds.All of this post
    is really interesting info.

    June 11, 2014 at 3:54 pm
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