Knowing medicinal herbs and their uses is a true survival skill. But, planting a medicinal herb garden is a next level survival skill. Growing an indoor medicinal herb garden is an even more brilliant survival strategy. As you very well know when SHTF happens, it’s bound to get ugly with hoarding and looting. Having medicinal plants in the safety of your shelter will help you treat minor illness. Check out this list of medicinal herbs and their uses for your home!
Best Medicinal Herbs to Grow Indoors for Survival!
Thyme has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Its aroma also helps relieve stress and promotes rest which are both good for your immune system. Next time you get coughing fits, consider drinking some thyme tea. A pot or two of this medicinal herb will give you your daily dose of immune-boosting medicine for free.
2. Lemon Balm
This well-known herb isn’t only for freshening up your breath or flavoring your food. In Austria, traditional medicine uses lemon balm. It aids in the treatment of liver, bile, nervous system, and gastrointestinal tract disorder. It is also used as a digestive and sleep aid.
Rosemary is an aromatic medicinal herb from the mint family. Dried rosemary is often used in cooking to add flavor, especially to meat. Medicinally, rosemary can help improve your mood. It also helps sweeten your breath. When you’re having trouble concentrating, drink a cup of rosemary tea to boost memory and concentration.
You can also try making your own rosemary oil. This essential oil can be used to speed up the healing of external wounds or skin irritations. Rosemary oil can also relieve sore parts of your body. Rub the oil on the affected area for a speedy recovery.
Oral health is all the more important in a survival situation. The spearmint also called common mint or lamb’s mint can help you with that. Spearmint, after all, is used to flavor toothpaste and oral care products.
All the parts of cilantro or coriander, especially the seeds and leaves, are used in cooking and medicine.
Sage is a classic ingredient in roasting and stuffing for your hearty meal. Like rosemary, sage is from the mint family and used for some home remedies. Minor illnesses such as dyspepsia, indigestion, and hot flashes can be treated with sage. Additionally, sage could also give a soothing relief for throat and mouth inflammation.
If you found yourself with a toothache, insomnia, and digestion problems, tarragon is a trusty herb to have growing indoors. This aromatic herb with hints of anise is easy to grow from cuttings and for good measure. You will want to have more of these herbs growing in your medicinal herb stash!
Lavender’s scent is famous for calming and relaxing. Additionally, this medicinal herb can also help to ease the pain. If applied topically to cuts, lavender has healing properties. Lavender can also be made into an essential oil which can be used for a lot of natural home remedies.
A urinary tract infection can come without warning. Avoid this painful illness by supporting your kidneys and other internal organs like your spleen and intestines. You can do this with parsley which is quite effective in cleansing our body. It also promotes proper digestion and blood circulation.
Basil is one of my favorite herbs used in cooking delicious meals like pasta sauces or soups. But, this wonderful herb also has medicinal properties that can help relieve flatulence. It can also be used topically for scrapes and cuts for a faster recovery. Basil is also said to have antiparasitic properties which may aid in deworming of both man and animals.
Although marjoram grows in partial shade, you can grow this herb indoors where they can get sun. A south-facing window would be ideal. You will want to grow this herb for many medicinal uses including pain relief of the muscles and the joints.
For years, chamomile is a popular natural remedy for anxiety due to its calming effects. Even now, you will find drugstore herbal teas infused with chamomile. If you have a stomach ache, you try drinking a cup of chamomile tea to help settle your stomach.
The medicinal value of chives is like that of garlic although not as strong. But chives are easier to grow both indoors and outdoors. You can also boost your immune system with the high level of vitamins A and C in this herb.
Another perfect addition to your indoor medicinal herb garden also comes from the mint family, the peppermint. This amazing herb is used to relieve indigestion or gas and to soothe headaches. Simply drink a cup of peppermint tea and wait for its magic to take effect.
Another one of the known culinary and medicinal herb is the oregano. With its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory uses, it’s seriously a must-have in your indoor garden. Studies show oregano to kill certain bacteria and its effectiveness is not lost even when heated.
Learn how to dry culinary herbs from your indoor herb garden in this video from Homesteading Family:
It need not be an SHTF situation for you to plant an indoor herb garden. Herbs have wonderful medicinal and health-boosting values, you just have to have these plants ready and available in the home. Now you know which herbs to grow and what they are good for. Grow your own ‘nature’s pharmacy’ with these amazing culinary and medicinal herbs.
What medicinal herbs do you have in your indoor garden? Share your indoor herb gardening experience with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 13, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.