Healthcare is expensive, and often times there are natural remedies you can grow at home that can save you big bucks in the long-run.
Growing your own herbs and making your own natural cures is rewarding mentally and emotionally, but it is also good for your physical health because you take more of an active interest in eliminating health problems.
The following is a list of medicinal plants that can be grown at home. They can be started as seeds and transplanted into pots or planted directly into an herb gardening bed. Plant care is relatively easy and is a fun project to work on with kids.
1. Aloe Vera
This is one of nature’s most versatile plants. Aloe gel that builds up in every leaf or tine can be used for killing mold, fungus, bacteria, and viruses on the skin but can also be ingested with food. Today, many of us use it to ease the pain of burns and sunburns, reduce inflammation, and ease pain, calm upset stomachs, clear acne, boost healing, moisturize the skin, and treat jock itch and athlete’s foot symptoms. 
2. Lemon Balm
Akin to mint, this plant smells as good as it tastes. The leaves of lemon balm are used as a sedative and are quite effective at treating many medical problems, including: stomach upset and digestive problems, pain, cramping, toothaches, headaches, insomnia, and mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. Physicians have used lemon balm as an aromatherapy aide for Alzheimer’s patients as well. Additionally, it’s a great mosquito repellant and lives happily in pots on decks and patios. 
This plant is astonishingly easy to grow, and can live in pots or in beds in the ground. Mint is primarily used to aid digestion, ease flatulence, calm nausea, and reduce inflammation. While it is best known for its stomach soothing properties, mint can also be used to ease the symptoms of the common cold, sinus infection, or other respiratory infection. Use mint for aromatherapy or make a tea from the leaves. 
The oil made from lavender plants is very potent for promoting healing, calming anxiety, inducing sleep, reducing hair loss, soothing skin, and boosting moods. Lavender is a powerful aromatherapy aid used in most massage clinics and spas. It is a strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agent as well. To use, simply harvest the flowered cones and hang them upside down to dry. Crush the plant and use the oil produced or boil the flowers in water to make a tea. 
This herb is typically thought of as an essential for making Italian dishes, and its flavor is incredibly versatile. Beyond culinary applications, basil is useful for killing bacteria and reducing inflammation. Basil contains flavonoids, magnesium, and Vitamin A that help protect our bodies’ cells and lowers cholesterol in the blood. This herb has also shown to be an effective treatment for asthma, headaches, and different forms of arthritis. 
This herb is a powerful antioxidant that works double time as an antiseptic. Plants can be crushed for oil or gardeners can use the flowers and leaves to create home remedies. Thyme is effective for fighting laryngitis, tonsillitis, colds, sores in the mouth, and halitosis. This is an easy plant to keep happy on a sunny balcony or windowsill. 
This herb is an excellent source of A and B Complex Vitamins. Sage tea is a good treatment for sore throats, but is also a great preventative agent for staving off viruses and bacterial infections. Sage is easy to grow, and can be found in abundance growing wild in rural areas across the nation. 
Related to the mint family, rosemary has been used for hundreds of years as a natural painkiller. Not only does it sooth sore muscles, it boosts circulation, improves memory, improves moods, and helps with hair loss. Rosemary contains iron, Vitamin B6, calcium, and antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It even helps with hangovers! Plants can be crushed to produce oil, chopped fresh and used as an herb in dishes, or can be used to make tea. Place rosemary in a windowsill pot or in well-drained planting beds.
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