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Planting of medicinal plants in the yard

If you have an interest in growing medicinal herbs you may want to consider preparing your own. This will take a little work from you but the benefits far out way the labour. You could grow lots of different herbs that are proven to have medicinal properties. This article will endeavour to show you some of these herbs and their uses.
Some of the advantages of growing medicinal herbs in your own garden are:
* You can use your own home grown herbs to help anything from digestive problems to warts.
* You can just go outside and pick the appropriate herb for the job in hand. No more dashing off to the store to buy your herbs.
* Growing herbs at home will cost you much less than if you were to buy them every time you wanted to make an infusion or a preparation.
* As you have planted and nurtured your own herbs you can be sure or their origin and the fact that they have been grown under the best conditions.
* You can be sure that there have been no chemicals added during the growing process.
* Any herbs that you grow could also be used to add flavour to any dishes that you cook.
* You could use your home grown herbs for aromatherapy, you could add a handful of the dried herbs to a hot bath to soothe away any aches and pains.
In fact, the options for using home grown herbs are only limited by your imagination.
For medicinal purposes you can choose from lots of different herbs to grow. A good place to start when choosing herbs is to consider your own family. Are there any health problems that could be helped with an herbal infusion or preparation? If the answer is 'Yes' then plant the relevant herbs first.
Some examples of growing medicinal herbs and their uses:
* Saw Palmetto, Marshmallow, Horsetail or Echinacea are among those that are very useful for male prostate health.
* For concentration or emotional help, consider St Johns Wort.
* Hawthorn, Skullcap, Cayenne are amongst the herbs that can help with heart problems.
* Black Cohosh, Partridge Berry, Ginger, Liquorice and Chasteberry are amongst those that can help with some women's health problems.
* To help support the immune system, Echanachea or Reishi is a good choice, while Milk Thistle is a proven remedy for liver problems and can be used to help minimize a hangover.
* Some herbs with a sedative effect are Skullcap, Valerian, Chamomile or Passion Flower.
* For Digestive problems you could try Meadowsweet, Liquorice, Ginger, Mint, Sweet Annie or Baikal Skullcap.
Buy a good book to give you a comprehensive guide to herbs and their medicinal properties.
Planting a medicinal herb garden is much the same as planting a kitchen herb garden. Both need good soil, a sunny spot and plenty of water for maximum growth.
There are some of the medicinal herbs however, that may need some additional care. The best way to find out which these are is to refer to the internet to find advice on these special herbs.
Once your herbs are planted you simply need to check to make sure that they have enough water and are not being over-run with weeds. Harvest your medicinal herbs at the right time for each - again, do some research to determine the correct time for each one. You can then begin to make your poultices, ointments, infusions etc. Any that you do not use immediately could be dried or frozen for later use.