In case you thought I was about to limit myself to culinary herbs in my garden, I’m not. You can bet I’ll be also planting several medicinal herbs for the shade garden!
Dear me, I think my oldest would have my head! It doesn’t surprise me I suppose. After all this is the boy I remember posting about long, long ago and his eating of corn silk, pine needles, and all manner of odd backyard edibles. He has a well-worn copy of this book. And he is adamant that I incorporate plenty of medicinal herbs into our gardens. (Forget the fact that in two years he’ll be emancipated. Perhaps he’s looking forward to taking splits?)
8 Medicinal Herbs for the Shade Garden
Common Uses of Feverfew:
In herbal medicine, feverfew is typically used to treat the following:
*This is a great remedy for children and is safe for them
*it reduces fevers, alleviates colic, it is a mild sedative, helps with teething, improves irritability, helps with colds/flus, great for digestive bloating, good for nausea and cramps, helps with stress
*it contains vitamin C
*you can mash the leaves and flowers for a poultice for external bruises
*soothes headaches and scalp irritations –Source
Excellent sedative action. Widely used to allay pain, nervous unrest, migraine, and insomnia. –Source
Hyssop is probably most famously known as an herb for helping with symptoms of a cold or flu. It is often used for children, but is very appropriate for adults as well.As a stimulating diaphoretic it warms the body, pushing out coldness and opening the pores. This is especially ideal for when a person feels cold and is shivering with a slight fever. –Source
Meadowsweet is used for colds, bronchitis, upset stomach, heartburn, peptic ulcerdisease, and joint disorders including gout. It is also used to increase urine output and kill germs in the urine of people with bladder infections. –Source
Betony is used for digestion problems including heartburn, diarrhea, and intestinal gas; for breathing problems including bronchitis and asthma; for painful conditions includinggout, headache, and facial pain; and for urinary tract conditions including bladder andkidney stones (nephrolithiasis) and bladder pain and swelling (inflammation). It is also used to treat stress and tension, nervousness, and epilepsy. –Source
Lemon balm, which is also known by the pharmacopoeial name Melissae folium, has a long history of medicinal use for a variety of ailments. The plant was believed to remedy so many different conditions that it was once considered “an herbal cure-all”. Although it has been used primarily for depression/anxiety, insomnia and dyspepsia, the long list of maladies for which lemon balm has traditionally been used also include bronchitis, asthma, coughs, fever, menstrual problems, hypertension, migraines, shock, vertigo, eczema/skin problems, gout, insect bites/stings , snake bites and skin infections. Some even believed the plant would remedy baldness.-Source
What is your favorite medicinal herb you grow?