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Medicine Cabinet Gardening

Time to get out there and start planting, getting the hands dirty and think about your medicine cabinet. What can you grow for your medicine cabinet? Well the following are just a start.

Basil

Medicinal properties: Basil has antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It also has nutrients like vitamins A, C and K, manganese, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids.
Uses: Basil can be used to treat flatulence, lack of appetite, gas, nausea, cuts, scrapes, headaches, coughs, acne, kidney stones and more.

Parsley

Medicinal properties: Parsley is a good source of volatile oils, flavonoids and antioxidants. It also has many vital vitamins like C, B-12, K and A, along with folic acid.
Uses: Parsley is used to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney stones, constipation, jaundice, gas, indigestion, colic, diabetes, coughs, asthma, osteoarthritis and high blood pressure. It is also used as an aphrodisiac and a breath freshener.

Mint

Medicinal properties: Mint has antioxidant, expectorant (promotes the clearance of mucus from the airways), diaphoretic (induces perspiration), digestive, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also rich in vitamins like A and C and contains manganese and iron.
Uses: Mint can be very useful in treating indigestion, vomiting, sore muscles, abdominal pain, heartburn, chest pain, irritable bowel, fever, headaches and bad breath.

Rosemary

Medicinal properties: It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, along with health-benefiting phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, anti-allergenic, astringent, diaphoretic and stimulant properties. It is also a good source of iron, calcium and vitamin B6.
Uses: This aromatic herb is often recommended in the treatment of headaches, colds, depression, gout, rheumatism, premature baldness, dandruff, indigestion, muscle pain and neuralgic conditions.

Sage

Medicinal properties: Sage is a natural stimulant, antibiotic, astringent, tonic and carminative. It also contains anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Plus, it contains a variety of volatile oils, flavonoids and vitamins A and K
Uses: Sage is used for treating loss of appetite, gas, stomach pain, heartburn, depression, cold sores, gum disease (gingivitis), painful periods, asthma and excessive sweating.

Lavender

Medicinal properties: Due to its nice aromatic fragrance, lavender is used in soaps, shampoos, creams and other cosmetic products. Also, it has anti- inflammatory, antiseptic and mild antidepressant properties. Uses: Lavender is useful for dealing with health issues like upset stomach, flatulence, cuts, wounds, sores, bad breath, migraines, vomiting, toothaches, nausea, hair loss and more. Adding dried lavender to bath water helps alleviate stress, insomnia, body odor.

Lemon Balm

Medicinal properties: Lemon balm is a natural antioxidant, antiviral, astringent, anti-tumor, antimicrobial, antihistaminic and antispasmodic agent. The leaves contain health-promoting compounds like rosmarinic, caffeic, protocatechuic acids, phenolic compounds and flavonoids. Uses: Lemon balm has been found highly beneficial in the treatment of herpes, stomach gas, stomach pain, migraines, toothaches, insect bites, headaches, fever, colds, coughs, menstrual cramps, ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder) and loss of appetite.

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