Which herbs are the best

The 10 best medicinal plants from your own garden

Medicine from your own garden? These ten plants feel just as comfortable in the front yard as in the pharmacy.

Herbs and medicinal plants are probably the oldest medicine in the world. With their active ingredients, they naturally help against many ailments and support the body. But anyone who thinks that medicinal plants are not only completely outdated, but also difficult to plant, is wrong. Often the little helpers thrive in the gardens at home without anyone suspecting their healing power. These ten plants not only fit in every bed, but also enrich every medicine cabinet.


Note: Even if the plants have positive effects on health, they are not a substitute for medicines. If you are seriously ill or are unsure about the dosage and use, please contact a doctor or pharmacist.


Basil is not only a hit as a delicious addition to tomatoes and mozzarella. The little herb also cuts a fine figure as a medicinal plant. The plant has an anti-inflammatory effect and can relieve swelling. In addition, basil with its essential oils helps against many stomach and intestinal ailments. Regardless of whether you have a stomach ache or nausea: basil helps if you eat the wrong food.


This purple-colored plant can already be found in many gardens, and rightly so. After all, the lavender not only looks beautiful, but also has a bewitching smell. The lavender oil obtained from the fragrant flowers has a positive effect on the psyche. If you sleep poorly or wake up at night, a few drops of the oil on the pillow or a lavender bath will safely accompany you through the night. In addition to its calming effect, lavender is also a real insect repellent. Aphids avoid plants near lavender, and moths also stay away from wardrobes with a lavender bag.


Who didn't have to drink chamomile tea when they were sick in bed as a child? Chamomile is a real classic among medicinal plants and not without reason. It relaxes the muscles in the gastrointestinal tract and thus helps against abdominal pain, has an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect. It also drives away bloating and flatulence and is the ideal plant for all kinds of abdominal pain. Simply brewed as a tea, it helps the digestion to get going again and looks good in every garden with its yellow-white flowers. However, allergy sufferers to daisy flowers should be careful when using chamomile, in rare cases allergic reactions can occur.

Lemon balm

Melissa is a real all-rounder in the garden. Not only does the plant smell particularly good (which is why it is often referred to as lemon balm), it is also a pleasure as a spice. Melissa is also known as a medicinal plant. It has an anxiolytic and calming effect (similar to lavender). It also relieves gas and bloating, and helps the stomach relax. However, the essential oil of lemon balm should never be used undiluted as it can irritate the skin and mucous membranes. Instead, a dish with lemon balm is not only delicious, but also protects against stomach ache.


Is that chamomile? Almost, because feverfew not only looks similar to the famous chamomile, but is also related to it. It is therefore not surprising that feverfew can also have a beneficial effect on the body. Already in ancient times the herb was used against birth pains, which is very likely to give it its name. In English, on the other hand, the plant is called "Feverfew" (freely translated: less fever), which indicates its antipyretic effect. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect. Feverfew is easy to take as a tea, even if it tastes extremely bitter. However, caution is advised during pregnancy. Pregnant women should not take the herb as it can induce labor. People with sunflower allergy should also refrain from using the plant.

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Hearty dishes and a Mediterranean ambience characterize the image of rosemary. But this popular spice can do a lot more. It is not just its aroma that makes it the perfect addition to fatty dishes. Rosemary also prevents the gas and bloating that may arise after such a feast. The spice not only stimulates digestion. The blood circulation in the skin is stimulated by a bath with rosemary oil and the circulation gets going. During the massage, rosemary loosens cramped muscles and can help against sore muscles and back pain.


A yellow to orange-red flower dream - marigolds (Calendula officinalis) are grown as a decorative element in many gardens. The beautiful flower can do a lot more. If the flowers are processed in ointments or creams, they help the skin to heal. The wounds close sooner and there is less inflammation, which is why the marigold is found in a variety of wound healing ointments. Inflammations in the mouth or throat also benefit from the medicinal properties of the plant. On the other hand, marigold can cause slight irritation on sensitive skin. On the other hand, people with sunflower allergy should avoid using marigolds entirely, as allergic reactions can occur here.


In addition to rosemary and oregano, thyme is also part of the Mediterranean cuisine and is an indispensable part of any good herb garden. The aromatic shrub not only tastes good, however: the kitchen spice also does a good job in the event of a summer flu. The essential oils of thyme loosen stubborn mucus from the lungs and alleviate persistent coughs. It also relaxes the bronchial muscles and has an analgesic effect. This can help alleviate the symptoms of acute bronchitis. However, you should never take thyme oil undiluted as it irritates the mucous membrane too much. Small children and asthmatics in particular should not take any essential oils from thyme, as this can lead to shortness of breath in them.


Meadowsweet used to be a common medicinal herb, today it is hardly known. But the plant with the sweet smell wrongly disappeared into oblivion. Meadowsweet is a real beauty with its filigree flowers on the large inflorescences. It also contains the precursors of salicylic acid. This active ingredient is best known for its sister, acetylsalicylic acid, which is probably part of the most common drug in Germany: aspirin. Meadowsweet also has an anti-inflammatory and fever-lowering effect and relieves headache and body aches, although not as strongly as the well-known headache remedy. Meadowsweet also improves cold and flu symptoms and is used in the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Attention: People who are allergic to salicylates (for example aspirin) should also not take meadowsweet.


Almost exterminated - arnica was so popular as a medicinal herb that its collection over the centuries led to the destruction of numerous stocks. But meanwhile the stocks have recovered and with the right care, the bright yellow flower can also thrive in home gardens. As an ointment and tincture, the plant helps against swelling, sprains or bruises and relieves pain, but should never get on open wounds. In homeopathy, too, the plant is often used against a variety of injuries. Except in the strong homeopathic dilution, arnica should not be taken. In larger quantities, the plant is poisonous and leads to vomiting, dizziness, headache, stomach ache and palpitations. Aster family allergy sufferers and pregnant women should also refrain from external use, as it can lead to allergic reactions.

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I am a student of agricultural sciences and a real village child. At home I have a small vegetable garden that I tend and look after, and I prefer to spend the time outside. When I'm not outdoors, I love to write. My love is not only for plants and writing, but also especially for the animal world.
Favorite fruit: currants and raspberries.
Favorite vegetables: salsify, savoy cabbage and potatoes.