It was 10 p.m. on a Saturday, and my husband had a terrible headache. The only painkiller I had in the house was ibuprofen. It had almost no effect, and all the pharmacies were closed. Then, I suddenly remembered I had the herb my mom used to give me for migraines. I looked through the kitchen cabinet and found some dried feverfew in a jar. I rapidly looked it up to check the properties, and there was the answer. It took me just minutes to make a painkilling tea with it. I gave it to my husband, who, after drinking it, soon started to feel better.
It was that night when my perception of natural remedies completely changed. My mom was always right. Why buy OTC medicine when God’s pharmacy is right in front of us?
A More Natural Way of Healing
Since then, I’ve decided to switch from pharmaceuticals to a more natural way of healing. I started experimenting with all sorts of plants and natural remedies, and I came to a conclusion that may take you by surprise. The medicinal plants you can buy in stores or on the Internet are all commercially grown and are almost depleted of medicinal properties. One must be very careful when checking the source of the supplement to ensure it isn’t contaminated with additives or toxins. That goes for almost all remedies and supplements that are made from commercially grown plants.
On the other hand, the plants you grow yourself or pick from the wild are much more powerful. They are loaded with medicinal compounds that will make your remedies far more effective. That’s why I decided to plant my own backyard pharmacy. If you are like me and plan on having your own medicinal garden, then there are a few important things you should know:
There are a lot of medicinal plants, and each one has its own varieties. It is important to look for the variety with the most healing substances.
In order for plants to grow to their full potential, the seeds need to be sourced from the country you live in, USA in my case, or adapted to the climate in your area.
The seeds need to be non-GMO and organic. Select the plants you grow in such a way that they cover all your health needs.
A Complete Natural Pharmacy in Your Backyard
I found the Medicinal Garden Kit by Nicole Apelian to be the most suitable package for my needs, and it also follows the considerations mentioned above. It contains ten pouches with seeds of ten different medicinal plants, and it also comes with a guide called Herbal Medicinal Guide: From Seeds to Remedies. This was so useful. It explains the medicinal properties of each plant and how to plant them, as well as providing 65 different remedies that you can make out of them.
The medicinal garden kit contains Chamomile, Calendula, Chicory, Marshmallow, California poppy, Evening Primrose, Yarrow, Lavender, Echinacea, and Feverfew.
I planted them all at once, although their growing times are different. Check out the pictures of my backyard pharmacy, as my husband calls it now. As you can see, some of the plants are smaller than others, but that will give you more time to process them once each plant is fully grown.
Growing My Own Herbal Remedies
After my plants were grown and ready to harvest, I started making my own remedies. There was no hassle as everything needed was at hand in my own backyard. The remedies I’ve made with them could not compare to the ones I previously bought from different sources. They turned out to be way more potent. A mass-produced feverfew tincture will never have the same medicinal power as a homemade tincture from your own plant.
I started with feverfew, and now it’s become my husband’s go-to remedy every time he has a headache. A cup of tea is so alleviating.
I also love making marshmallow tea whenever we have an upset stomach or catch a cold.
Yarrow tincture is our go-to for any accident we have at home, such as small burns or cuts or even insect bites.
Whenever I cannot sleep, I take a few drops of my California poppy tincture.
I make a calendula salve for skin rashes and wounds. It’s great!
My most relied-upon remedy for UTIs is echinacea tincture.
There are so many more remedies that can be made with only ten plants, for so many ailments, that I have yet to explore them all, and I invite you to explore them with me. If you want to find out more about the Medicinal Garden Kit and check it out for yourself, simply click the link below: Medicinal Garden Kit – Click to see what’s inside.