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Ma pharmacie sur le balcon : 7 plantes à faire pousser

Did you know that it is possible to grow a whole series of useful plants for your health at home? Thyme, rosemary, basil, sage, are not only aromatic herbs. They are full of unsuspected benefits. Let's take a look at seven of them here.

1. Thyme

A natural antibacterial, thyme is one of the aromatic herbs most commonly used in natural medicine. It is immunostimulant, disinfects the air, lungs, intestines, ... and allows to restore energy, vital strength to people who need it. Its leaves contain active substances that fight bacteria and viruses. Thyme helps you get rid of bacterial infections such as cystitis, vital ones such as strep throat or fungi. It is also very effective against coughs and diseases of the ENT sphere as well as flu.

You can consume it in the form infusion by putting a tablespoon of fresh or dried thyme to infuse in a cup of boiling water, ideally repeating the operation several times a day.

In your garden, thyme can be grown in pots. However, be careful not to water it too frequently.

2. The basil

In addition to its good taste in tomato-mozzarella, basil has a thousand and one virtues due to, among other things, the presence of rosmarinic acid (also present in rosemary). Analgesic, it relieves painful or painful areas ear infections ; sedative, it helps to fight against insomnia, anxiety, les vertiges and the migraines of nervous origin ; disinfectant, it is effective against lesions of the mouth and infections of the ENT sphere; antispasmodic, it calms gastric spasms, flatulence and colic, prevents nausea and vomiting. Basil also has anti-inflammatory properties and aids digestion.

Basil can be eaten in many different forms. You can chew the leaves raw, as is, or make a mouthwash out of them (to treat oral infections such as gingivitisor mouth ulcers. To do this, simply boil a handful of fresh leaves in a cup of water and let it cool before gargling. You can repeat this several times a day until the symptoms disappear.

Alternatively, as withthyme, you can make an infusion of fresh or dried leaves in a cup of boiling water and drink it several times a day.

Basil can be grown both in pots and in the ground, in sunlight, in well-watered soil and watered regularly.

My pharmacy grows on the balcony

3. Lavender

Natural calming agent, lavender helps fight sleep disorders and nervous disorders. It also helps to fight against digestive discomforts as well as against joint pain. 

You can use it in infusion by boiling 2 teaspoons of flowers in a cup of water, three times a day between meals in case of digestive disorders, migraine or dizziness. 

It is also possible to make a macerate by soaking a handful of flowers in a liter of olive oil in the sun for three days. Then filter in a clean cloth and keep the macerate in an airtight bottle. The preparation remains good for several months. To use it, simply massage your plexus, abdomen or foot plant with this mixture.

Lavender is grown in the ground in a sunny area. Remember to give it plenty of room because this plant grows quickly.

4. Sage

Sage acts primarily on the central nervous system and hormonal system. It helps fightexcessive sweatingand hot flashesdue to menopause, is an effective remedy forsore throatsand oral infections and disinfects wounds.

It is used as an infusion by pouringboiling water over a tablespoon of dried leaves. Consume this tea three times a day. 

In case of excessive foot sweating, prepare a basin with a liter of warm water and 250ml sage infusion and soak your feet in it. 

You can also gargle withsage infusion in case of a sore throat.

Beware, sage is not recommended for pregnant women, people withhormone-dependent tumors, and its high vitamin K content makes it incompatible with oral anticoagulant treatments.

In the garden, plant it in the sun in the ground or in a pot.

5. Rosemary

In addition to its detox and toning virtues, rosemary promotes digestion, improves blood circulation and souls rheumatism. It is also diuretic, anti-stress, anti-fatigue and antioxidant.

You can make rosemary wine to stimulate bile secretions,drain the liver and eliminate toxins. To do this, you need to dilute 50 grams of rosemary in one liter of white wine. Let macerate, filter and make a cure of three mini glasses per day for a week in winter. 

Rosemary is also consumed as an infusion.

In the garden, be sure to plant rosemary officinal. It requires little water and enjoys the sun.

6. Echinacea

This herb boosts immunity through its immune-stimulating action. It decreases cold symptoms and prevents respiratory infections.

It is consumed as an herbal tea by infusing a tablespoon of crushed plant (leaves and root) in a cup of boiling water. As a preventive measure, consume two cups a day and as a curative measure, three cups a day for seven consecutive days. 

Echinacea is not recommended for people with autoimmune diseases.

In the garden, plant it in the ground in the sun.

7. Marigold (calendula)

Sugar helps fight inflammation of the skin, mucous membranes of the mouth and throat and to fight wounds and ulcers. It helps to heal burns and soothe eczema. You can also use it in case of digestive, liver and menstrual disorders.

You can use it in various ways: 

  • Crushed and applied to the skin, the marigold plant stimulates the production of collagen, helping to heal better. 
  • As a poultice applied directly to the wound for one hour several times a day. To do this, pour half a liter of boiling water over two teaspoons of chopped flowers and stems. Leave to infuse for about 15 minutes and soak a warm compress. 
  • In ointment: Crush some flowers and add them to olive oil. Spread it on your wounds. 
  • In infusion by letting soak two grams of dried flowers a few minutes in a cup of boiling water. Use three times a day for two weeks. 

As you can see, these plants should be in every garden and used to stay healthy. We have introduced you to 7 of them, but you should know that there are many others, rich in both nutritional and health benefits. 

Sarah Garny
2 July, 2019
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