For thousands of years people have used plants for healing and soothing. As a bonus these therapeutic plants are really pretty. Learn more about the five essential medicinal plants you can grow in your desert garden.
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What’s in a Medicinal Garden?
From soothing chamomile for a bedtime tea to lavender for stress relief plants you can create a garden for the senses. A therapeutic garden is not just about beauty; it’s about creating a living apothecary.
Medicinal Plants Anyone Can Grow
Some therapeutic plant ideas for your desert garden includes:
Pot Marigolds or calendula officinalis is one of the easiest plants to grow and is probably one of the most popular and easily recognizable plant traditionally used to soothe skin irritations and as tea. The flowers can range from yellow to a deep orange. Unless you live in gardening zone 9 or above, Calendula is an annual flower.
One of my favorite flowers. Echinacea or Purple Coneflower is often used to make tea. You can use the whole plant: roots, stems, leaves, and flowers for tea. Traditionally, Echinacea treats sore throats, UTIs, and to strengthen the immune system.
Chamomile is an herb used for centuries to soothe sore muscles. Use the flowers to make a relaxing tea.
Use the gel of the Aloe to treat burns and soothe abrasions. The stalk will produce pretty flowers that attract hummingbirds.
A calming and relaxing herb, lavender is a favorite in a therapeutic garden. Traditionally the flower is used in aromatherapy to reduce anxiety.
Medicinal Garden Layout
Accessibility is key to a medicinal garden layout. For some great inspiration check out a few of the
- UCONN School of Pharmacy Medicinal Gardens
- University of Washington Medicinal Herb Garden
- Royal College of Physicians Garden of Medicinal Plants
- University of California Botanical Gardens at Berkely
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