Herbs for Your Windowsill
Like the idea of growing your own medicinal plants? Look no further than your windowsill or patio garden for these four standbys of ours: lemon balm, sage thyme, and peppermint. These herbs are familiar to us from grandma’s recipes and as lyrics in songs, but they may be less familiar as medicine. Lemon balm, also known as “hearts delight” and the “gladdening” herb, has long been treasured for its ability to soothe the nerves and uplift the spirit. An old Arabian proverb says that “balm makes the heart merry and joyful.” From ancient times, though, sage was used for digestive troubles, heartburn, depression, and even dementia. Thyme is excellent for treating sore throats and bronchitis. Make thyme tea with honey to soothe those colds and coughs. And women listen up, for bloating and digestive issues associated with our monthly cycle thyme is an excellent soother and diuretic. Another great herb for digestion is peppermint. This plant is actually a hybrid, and offers a world of benefit for digestive issues, relieving congestion and easing coughs, and even alleviating migraines. Peppermint tea is delicious in the afternoon either as a hot tea in the winter or an iced tea in the summer, and a few drops of the essential oil mixed into a carrier oil can ease headaches when rubbed into the temples or applied via compress.
Once called the gladdening herb, this delicious member of the mint family lifts the mood, eases digestion, reduces the severity of colds, alleviates headaches, and relieves muscle tension.
It’s never surprised me that wise people were called sages. This wondrous plant has long been known for improving cognition and keeping the mind clear. This herb also assists digestion, heals cuts and scrapes, and soothes a cough and sore throats. Sage can even help relieve hot flashes!
This beautiful aromatic herb contains a powerful compound called thymol, which is also a primary ingredient in mouthwash. Thyme’s antiseptic properties make it a powerhouse for fighting colds, coughs, and congestion. And like sage, thyme makes an effective salve for cuts and scrapes.
This lovely plant offers a world of benefit when it comes to digestion, relieving nausea, intestinal gas, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea. The active compound in peppermint, menthol, can also help loosen up congestion and ease coughs. Peppermint has even been shown to alleviate migraines.
Ready to Start Growing Your Own Herbal Medicines?
Be sure to buy the correct genus to ensure all of the botanical benefits, and opt for organic whenever possible. We like Strictly Medicinals. The soil is every bit as important as the seeds, so pay a visit to your local nursery to find organic soil. It’s a win for your plants and your community.