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Medicinal Garden Magic!





Whether you are already a gardener, or want to become one, herbs and flowers are a great place to start. They can be easier to grow and can provide beauty, flavor, and medicine! The majority of medicinal effects here are based within Ayurveda. Here are some herbs and flowers you can choose to have in your garden:



HERB/FLOWER

GROWING

COOKING

MEDICINE

THYME

  • hot sunny location in well-drained soil

  • many varieties

  • whole sprigs or just the parts are fine

  • can add early in cooking so the flavor comes out

  • raw or cooked

  • can use with any type of meal

  • can withstand high heat

  • thyme tea with honey for sore throat

  • helpful to sweat out fever

  • digestive to help with bloating, gas, and indigestion

  • antibacterial

  • cough, asthma

  • pungent so too much can aggravate Pitta

ROSEMARY

  • did you know it is part of the mint family?

  • warm, sunny, well-drained soil

  • does not do well with cold

  • does not do well with water-logged soil

  • fresh or cooked

  • whole sprigs or parts are just fine

  • can withstand high heat

  • raw or cooked

  • strong candidate as a natural food preserver

  • improves memory and great for mind

  • calms nervous system

  • helps with muscle fatigue

  • decongestant

  • stimulates energy

  • helpful in low blood pressure

  • promotes hair growth

  • tea helps reduce gas and bloating

  • pacifies Vata and Kapha, aggravates Pitta

OREGANO: Origanum vulgare

  • can tolerate both cold and hot temperatures

  • full sun

  • well-drained soil

  • does not like heavy water-logged soil

  • cut regularly to encourage more growth (but don't over-cut)

  • add it early in long-cooking dishes like soups

  • raw or cooked

  • handles high heat

  • can turn bitter using fresh leaves if you start the cooking too soon - dried does just fine

  • general health and wellbeing

  • promotes menstruation

  • treats blood-related disorders and poisoning

  • antibacterial and anti-fungal

  • anti-inflammatory

  • boosts immunity

  • improves heart health

  • bronchitis, allergies

  • flowers steeped for tea to help with cough and sore throat

  • pacifies Kapha

MARJORAM: Origanum majorana

  • full sun

  • well-drained soil

  • grows well in containers and in the ground

  • flavor is more dramatic when not cooked for a long time, so add it toward the end or use fresh

  • gastrointestinal issues

  • skin diseases

  • pain

  • sore throat

  • cough

  • stimulates menstruation

  • liver tonic

  • protects heart

  • can be used internally and externally

  • helps with stress

  • decreases vata and kapha, increases pitta

MINT

  • sun to partial shade

  • moist soil, but well-drained

  • pots are better unless you want it growing everywhere as it spreads rapidly

  • so many varieties - have fun!

  • can be used fresh or dried

  • raw or cooked

  • try a mint chutney if you haven't!

  • clears stagnation

  • clears mucous

  • aids digestion

  • reduces stress response

  • immune booster

  • helps with weight loss

  • reduces blood pressure

  • reduces pain

  • helps with acne

  • balances all three doshas

BLACK CUMIN

  • full sun

  • well-drained soil

  • when the seeds begin to dry, cut the stems, tie them together, and hang them upside down in a brown paper bag

  • need to be planted annually as they do not come back

  • seeds are edible as well as the small blue flowers (in small quantities)

  • cook with the dried seed as is, or grind into a powder

  • dry before using

  • if you heat, or dry roast the seeds, they will have more flavor

  • analgesic

  • lowers blood sugar

  • lowers cholesterol

  • antibacterial

  • antifungal

  • anti-inflammatory

  • protects the skin

  • allergies and asthma

  • helps digestion

  • decreases vata and kapha, increases pitta

LEMON BALM

  • really easy to grow

  • it can spread easily

  • prefers full sun, but can tolerate shade

  • can use fresh or dried

  • can use in cooking and in teas +

  • enhances memory and circulation (medhya)

  • headaches

  • indigestion

  • nausea

  • nervousness

  • vertigo

  • anemia

  • antiviral

  • antifungal

  • antiparasitic

  • epilepsy

  • depression, anxiety, etc.

  • calming - great for stress

  • menopausal symptoms

  • great for digestive issues related to nervous system

  • calms pitta, can help with some vata, aggravates kapha

LAVENDER

  • 3 types: English, French, and Mexican

  • Mexican lavender is only used in landscapes

  • English lavender is best for cooking

  • French lavender is best for making essential oils

  • French lavender does well in the warmer clients

  • Do not water too much

  • full sun

  • well-drained soil

  • can use fresh or dried

  • dried has more potent smell and flavor

  • also works well with infusions

  • lavender oil on scalp controls hair fall

  • helpful benefits for skin and hair

  • lavender tea reduces pain during menstruation

  • reduces symptoms of colic

  • reduces fatigue

  • reduces pain from osteoporosis

  • helps with some skin issues such as acne and eczema

  • reduces pain from headaches

  • calms all doshas, but can stimulate vata

CHAMOMILE

  • full sun preferred

  • if it is a really hot climate, afternoon shade is ideal

  • German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile are most commonly grown/used

  • flowers should be picked at the beginning of flowering when they are not full open and not fully white

  • whole plant is needed if you want to distill it

  • dry flowers in dark ventilated space as soon as possible after picking

  • German chamomile has a sweeter taste than Roman

  • great for teas

  • can use fresh or dried

  • great to flavor jams, candies, ice cream, dressings, liqueurs, etc.

  • calming

  • digestive

  • anxiety

  • restlessness

  • insomnia

  • supports immune system

  • anti-inflammatory

  • anti-oxidant

  • balances vata

MOTHERWORT

  • consistent watering while establishing, afterwards it is drought resistant

  • moist fertile soil

  • part shade

  • can be invasive

  • part of the mint family

  • condiment in vegetable soup recipes

  • great in teas

  • can use fresh or dried

  • flowers used as a flavoring in beer

  • calming

  • stress-relieving

  • hormone regulation

  • balances nervous system

  • kidney tonic

  • cardiac tonic

  • stimulates uterine contraction

  • reduces anxiety

  • helps overcome exhaustion due to overwork

  • helps with hot flashes due to menopause

  • balances all three doshas

JASMINE

  • moist well-drained soil

  • full sun

  • climber, so planting near a trellis or fence is ideal

  • feed weekly with potassium in summer

  • mulch in winter

  • flowers are edible so they can be added to any summer salad

  • candied flowers are a delight

  • can be used dried or fresh

  • great in teas

  • goes well with citrus, berries, and shellfish

  • helps manage mental alertness

  • reduces anxiety

  • relaxing for nervous system

  • can help with asthma

  • aids digestion

  • reduces itching, dryness, and dandruff of scalp/hair

  • helps with acne and skin irritation

  • nourishes reproductive system

  • pacifies vata and pitta, can aggravate kapha if used in excess

EVENING PRIMROSE

  • full sun

  • well-drained soil

  • spreads easy when goes to seed

  • draught tolerant

  • can grow in deficient soil

  • if using the root - only the 1st year root can be used: can eat raw or cooked like root vegetables

  • young leaves can be added to salads or cooked like other greens

  • seed pods, before they mature, are delicious steamed or stir-fried

  • flowers can be used as a garnish or eaten in salads


  • oil is great for dermatitis and eczema

  • regeneration of skin

  • balances hormones

  • impotence

  • fatigue

  • wound healing

  • root for hemorrhoids

  • leaves, stem, bark, and flowers help with asthma and digestive issues

  • reduces inflammation in autoimmune responses

  • balances all doshas

ROSE

  • at least 6 hours of sun, ideally in the morning

  • well-drained soil

  • nutrient dense soil

  • only apply water to roots, not leaves

  • prune in early spring

  • disease and fungal resistant are the best for PNW

  • can be used fresh or dried

  • great in desserts and pudding

  • great candied

  • useful in teas

  • infusions

  • add to cooking of rice for rose flavor

  • balances the heart

  • reduces anxiety

  • reduces fatigue

  • reduces stress

  • clears the mind

  • helps clear respiratory congestion

  • cleanses pores, especially if kapha skin prone to cystic acne

  • balances all three doshas, but especially pitta

BEE BALM

  • another part of the mint family

  • well-drained soil

  • partial shade

  • 18-24 inches between each for proper growing

  • delicious in cookies and muffins

  • great to top on salads

  • makes a great flavor infusing into vinegars

  • can make a decoction out of flowers

  • both leaves and flowers work in teas

  • digestive

  • decongestant

  • antimicrobial

  • analgesic

  • anti-inflammatory

  • nervine tonic

  • anti-fungal

  • great for gingivitis and tooth ache

  • relieves topical swelling and irritation

  • helps with menstrual cramps

  • helps to relieve cough and cold

HIBISCUS - specifically hibiscus subdariffa

  • well-drained soil

  • prefers acidic soil

  • full sun is ideal: if there is shade growth will be stunted

  • apply fertilizer at least once a year

  • be careful with the amount of phosophorous as too much will kill it

  • no pruning needed

  • can use fresh or dried

  • great in teas

  • powder can also make tea

  • add to salads

  • flowers, leaves, and seeds are all edible

  • hair growth

  • skin and complexion

  • supports kidney function

  • supports reproductive system

  • supports liver health

  • supports heart function

  • maintains healthy cholesterol levels

  • balances pitta and kapha, can aggravate vata if used in excess


These are only a small handful, but hopefully enough to get you started or perhaps learn something new! :)




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