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?)
If you’re thinking about starting your first herb garden one of the things that can help you decide what to plant in an herb garden is the sunlight on your location. Just because a site is shady, doesn’t mean you can’t plant any beautiful herbal plants with medicinal benefits there!
There are several, beautiful, easy-to-grow medicinal herbs that can be grown in the shade garden. These top 8 are among my favorite herbs to plant in shade.
8 Medicinal Herbs for the Shade Garden
Common Uses of Feverfew:
In herbal medicine, feverfew is typically used to treat the following:
- Menstrual cramps
- Skin conditions
- 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/ flu, 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
I use valerian as one of the ingredients in my Sleepytime Tea herbal tea blend.
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
I love using peppermint in my herbal Pregnancy Tea because it makes the flavor of the red raspberry leave a whole lot more bearable! I’ll add a pinch to any tea my children complain about drinking and suddenly there are no more complaints. In fact, they love to go out and harvest a handful of their own peppermint and make tea for themselves. I love that because it is a great way to get them comfortable with the process of creating herbal infusions.
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 are your favorite medicinal herbs you grow in your garden?