Herbal Medicinal Garden

Wild plants were used herbal  medicines long before records were kept. The medicinal uses were discovered by trial and error, with disastrous results from time to time by those doing the experimenting. In the beginning the experimenting would have been done with native plants that could be cultivated easily in a home medicinal garden and eventually with plants introduced by those traveling as the trade routes became established.

Today we are very fortunate to have records of plants that have been and are still being used as medicinal herbs. Some herbs have been documented since ancient times, and others since the Middle Ages, where they were cultivated in the medicinal gardens of the monasteries.

Herbal medicine still has an important roll to play and many herbs can be cultivated in the home medicinal garden. However, self-diagnosis is not encouraged. For any serious illness or injury, it is important to go to a doctor for medical advice.

I am including a list of many herbs that are commonly used as medicinal herbs. These herbs can be grown in your medicinal garden and cultivated for medicinal uses. Those that cannot be planted directly in the ground can be cultivate in containers, and many can be grown indoors with sufficient light.


Angelica (angelica archangelica)

Aloe Vera (allium spp.)

Anise (pimpinella anisum)

Anise Hyssop (agastache foeniculum)

Basil,sweet (ocimim basilisum)

Bay (laurus nobilis)

Bee Balm (monarda didyma)

Blackberry (Rubus spp.)

Borrage (borago officinalis)

Burnet, Salad (Poterium sanguisorba)

Caraway (carum carvi)

Catnip (nepeta cataria)

Chamomile (chamaemelum nobile)

Chervil (anthriscus cerefolium)

Cilantro, Coriander (coriandrum sativum)

Comfrey (symphytum oficinale)

Cucumber (curcumis sativa)

Dandelion (taraxacum officinale)

Dill (Anethum graveolens)

Fenugreek (trigonella foenum-graecum)

Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium)

Garlic (allium sativum)

Ginger (zingiber officinalis)

Gotu Kola (centella agiatica)

Horseradish (armoracia rusticana)

Hyssop (hyssop officinalis)

Lavender (lavandula spp.)

Lemon Balm (melisa officinalis)

Lemongrass (cymbopogon citratus)

Lemon Verbena (aloysia triphylia)

Lovage (levisticum officinale)

Marjoram (origanum spp.)

Marsh Mallow (althea officinale )

Mint (mentha spp.)

Nasturtium (tropaeolum spp.)

Oregano (origanum spp.)

Parsley (petroselinum crispum)

Peppermint (mentha piperata)

Pot Marigold (calendula officinalis)

Rosemary (rosmarinus spp.)

Sage (salvia officinalis )

Scented Geranium (pelargonium spp.)

Sorrel (rumex acetosa, scutatus)

Spearmint (mentha spicata spp.)

Stevia (stevia rebaudiana)

Tansy (tanacetum vulgar)

Tarragon (artemisia dracunculus)

Thyme French (thymus vulgaris)

Thyme Golden (thymus vulgaris aureus)

Turk’s Cap (malvanviscus arboreus)

Violet (viola odorata)

Witch Hazel (hamamelus viginiana)

Yarrow (achillea milleolium)

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