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The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens

The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens medicinal herb gardens The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensThere are so many things to consider when planting a survival garden, and the best medicinal herbs grow well when planned alongside the food gardens. If long term survival is the goal, ensuring that sustenance and methods to treat potential ailments will require consideration of both the edible plants, and the medicinal ones. I have put together a list of 20 of the best medicinal herbs to grow in your survival garden.

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*While most (if not all) of these medicinal herbs are backed by generations (and potentially many hundreds of years) of traditional use, we recommend that any treatment options and potential conflict with current medications be discussed in depth with your doctor.*

 

PeppermintThe Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens peppermint The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens

  • Perennial that spreads very rapidly. Best grown in containers.
  • Good for digestive issues: motion sickness, upset stomach, nausea.
  • Very good for cooling.
  • Helps with sinus issues and headaches.

Calendula

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens calendula The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensAnnual that drops seeds. Great as a pollinator, insects love it!
  • Good for treating skin issues like rashes and wound care.
  • Anti-fungal which means it’s good for helping to treat diaper rash
  • Lymph stimulant (helps with swollen glands)

Bee Balm (Bergamot)

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens bee balm The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial that spreads voraciously. Grow in containers to contain undesired spread.
  • Calms tissue, and skin.
  • Relieves stomach cramps.
  • Anti-microbial (which means anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal).

Lemon Balm

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens lemon balm The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensVery invasive, grow in containers.
  • Very strong herb.
  • Reduces fevers
  • Helps with cough.
  • Promotes sleep
  • Very light and gentle taste which is good for kids.
  • Helps to calm nerves and stress.

Tulsi (Holy Basil)

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens holy basil The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensGrows as an annual in the more northern hardiness zones, and as a perennial in warmer climates several varieties.
  • Has culinary uses and medicinal.
  • Good for promoting energy, helping to focus and is grounding.
  • Good for oral use as an anti-bacterial.
  • Helps to regulate stress response.

Echinacea (Purple Coneflower)

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens purple coneflower The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensHardy perennial that takes a while to fill the garden bed. (Harvesting for medicinal use requires removal of the entire plant.)
  • Great for building up the immune system. (Roots are the most powerful).
  • Helps with the treatment of sore throat and stimulates the immune system.

Elecampane

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens elcampane The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial herb. The root is the most effective potion of the plant so allowing the bed to expand sufficiently before harvest is important.
  • Good for treatment of bronchial issues.
  • Good for treatment of cold/flu and chest congestion.

Sage

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens sage The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial in zones 4-8 and annual in warmer climates.
  • Leaves have many culinary uses and medicinal (and uses in many traditional spiritual practices).
  • Enhances brain function.
  • Helps alleviate menopausal issues.
  • Assists in mouth and throat issue, (cold sores, sore throat and toothache) and teeth whitening.

Oregano

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens oregano The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial herb that sprawls.
  • One of the most common culinary herbs.
  • Very high in antioxidants
  • Helps alleviate cold and flu symptoms.
  • Anti-microbial (which means it’s anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial)

Garlic

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens garlic The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial that is often grown as an annual (due to being harvested).
  • Good for use in alleviating cold symptoms and infections in the skin.
  • Helpful when treating tooth abscesses.
  • Anti-microbial (which means it’s anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial)
  • Very popular to ferment garlic in honey and eat a clove or two to help knock out the illness.

Horseradish

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens horseradish The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial that grows in a sprawling clump and is often grown as an annual (due to being harvested).
  • This is a very spicy root that is very helpful with sinus and bronchial infections.
  • Assists in treatment of urinary tract infections.

Marshmallow or Holly Hock

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens marshmallow The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial that is often grown as an annual (due to being harvested).
  • All parts of this plant (leaves, flowers, seeds, roots) are all edible.
  • Wonderful for rashes or other skin issues including acne.
  • Helps alleviate fever and inflammation.
  • Useful in helping with upset stomach and constipation.
  • Mucilaginous- the herb has a thick, gelatinous consistency that is great for protecting tissue and soothing sore throat. Most herbs are drying in nature and so marshmallow/hollyhock’s moistening nature and fairly neutral taste makes it an essential for any herb garden!

Yarrow

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens yarrow The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial that grows via rhizomes under the ground and pushes out neighbors if left unharvested.
  • Yarrow often grows wildly in many areas.
  • All parts of the yarrow plant are able to be used medicinally.
  • Helps flu symptoms and in reducing fevers by inducing a sweat.
  • Very good at stopping bleeding.
  • Traditionally used to treat sunburns and relieve stress and anxiety.

Chamomile

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens chamomile The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial in some varieties in hardiness zones 4-7, and often grown as an annual due to its ability to self-sow very well.
  • Flowers and leaves are edible and able to be used medicinally in a myriad of ways.
  • Very commonly used as a calming tea that also can help promote sleep.
  • Helpful in relieving upset stomach, gas pain and other gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Useful treatment for eye issues (conjunctivitis).
  • Can be a fever reducer when used as an enema.
  • Rheumatic pain, muscle spasms, and other inflammation issues.
  • Helpful with dealing with menstrual issues.

Dill

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens dill The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial that is very good at self sowing if left to go to seed, but is most useful when fronds or seeds are harvested and used fresh.
  • Wonderful for culinary flavoring!
  • Chewing seeds are useful to help relieve gas and bloating, and aids in digestion.
  • Helps to alleviate menstrual pain.
  • Useful in treatment of depression and preventing insomnia.
  • Can alleviate colic in infants.
  • Can help maintain insulin levels and assist in managing diabetes.

Rosemary

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens rosemary The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial evergreen herb in most hardiness zones that can spread if left unchecked.
  • Very aromatic and can help to promote energy and optimism.
  • Increases oxygen delivery to the brain increasing focus, memory and concentration. (A good alternative to caffeine.)
  • Anti-microbial (which means it’s anti -bacteria, -fungal and -viral)
  • Help alleviate pain and inflammation.
  • Useful for hair and beauty treatments.

Mullein

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens mullein The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensMost varieties are perennials, some are biennials, and some are annuals. Needs quite a bit of space to grow (up to 6ft!)
  • Helps to treat bronchial and respiratory infections. Leaves are often added to cough formulas.
  • Can be helpful with gastrointestinal issues.
  • Useful in treating pain and rheumatoid issues.
  • Helps to treat migraines.

Thyme

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens thyme The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial that grows very well in most gardens and has both trailing and upright varieties.
  • Many different varieties that have a hint of citrus which makes them wonderful culinary herbs and useful medicinally for children.
  • The oil is antibacterial and antiseptic and an acne treatment.
  • Helps to prevent winter colds and the flu.
  • Helpful in lowering blood pressure.
  • Both a mood and an immunity booster.

Lavender

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens lavender The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial that is famous for needing very good drainage.
  • Very aromatic flowers are edible in small amounts.
  • Mild anti-depressant that is very beneficial to the nervous system.
  • Alleviates stress, tension and insomnia.
  • Very beneficial for the treatment of skin conditions.

Valerian

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens valerian The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensPerennial herb that is very cold tolerant and dies back to the ground each winter.
  • Has a very strong odor that many find unpleasant, but is also a very strong herb in effectiveness.
  • Termed “nature’s Valium” for the ability to help treat sleep disorders, anxiety and helps with mood regulation.
  • Helps a lot with focus. (Can help treat hyperactivity, impulsiveness and ADD symptoms.)
  • Helpful in treatment of menstrual and menopausal symptoms.
  • Can relieve symptoms of RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome)

Bonus: Cannabis

  • The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens cannabis The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens**Depending on local laws, can be illegal to grow: make sure to check!!**
  • Helpful in treating a wide range of conditions and is also useful in making a wide variety of things from nutrient packed food to textiles, construction materials, bio fuels and more!
  • Very inexpensive and easy to grow.
  • Medicinally can help treat:
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrom
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms
    • Attention Deficite Disorder (and ADHD- Hyperactive)
    • stress and depression
    • chronic pain
    • symptoms of cancer
    • many more!

In Survival Gardening, Medicinal Herbs are a Must Have!

The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens many more The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensThere are many, many more medicinal herbs to grow in your survival garden, but this is a great list to start off with! Many of the plants in this list double as culinary herbs and so might already be on the list of plants to grow in the kitchen garden. It is important to do the research and study up on how to safely find, cultivate and use medicinal herbs, so that they are used safely and effectively.

The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens must have The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival GardensOne of the best ways to do this aside from online or library research, is to find a local herbalist that is well versed in the local herbs and other medicinal herbs that grow well in the area. This will provide you with a source of invaluable information about the plants and how they tend to behave in your local environment.

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4 thoughts on “The Best Medicinal Herbs Grow Readily in Survival Gardens

  1. I never knew so many herbs had medicinal properties in them. I use a lot of these herbs when cooking food. Does this mean I get all the health benefits when cooking with herbs? Also is it the same when the herbs come from a container from the supermarket or do they have to be fresh.

    1. Increasing your intake of fresh herbs when cooking will absolutely benefit your health! There are some specific remedies that work for certain ailments only when prepared or applied in a specific way, but the increase in consumption will for sure have a beneficial effect! In general, home grown herbs will have the most nutrients and beneficial properties. This is because a lot (not all, but as a rule of thumb) of the store purchased produce are grown in greenhouses or otherwise mass produced. There is nothing wrong with that, but you are more likely to get the benefits of local flora and fauna in the compost from your own backyard feeding the plants, the local pollinator population assisting in the propagation of second and subsequent generations of plants, which is of the most benefit to you. Don’t let that deter you from purchasing herbs from the supermarket if growing them at home isn’t an option! Grocery store herbs are a better option than no herbs at all!

  2. I remembered my late grandpa when I read this blog post. I remember he would have a garden of his own and grow medicinal plants, like peppermint, oregano, garlic, and chamomile. Although he said that it was difficult for him to grow chamomile since we live in a tropical country. 

    The information you provided on the plants is on-point, and I’d love to grow one someday. Which herbs do you think are suitable to grow in tropical countries? 🙂

    I’d love to hear your response.

    1. I am so glad you have those wonderful memories of your grandpa and his garden! He was right, there are several herbs that can’t handle the heat of tropical climates. Some good ones you can try that should handle the climate well are basil, dill, rosemary, sage, and turmeric. Let me know how those work for you!

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