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neckday40
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Vickie
St. Amant LA
USA
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Posted - Apr 15 2017 :  09:48:13 AM  Show Profile
I have no idea where to start in planning and planting a medicinal herb garden. Any personal experiences and/or how to books are appreciated.

Vickie
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6055 Posts

Posted - Apr 15 2017 :  10:18:45 AM  Show Profile
Vickie I grow a few herbs for medicinal uses. Greek oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, and spearmint for teas for the on-set of colds. Russian comfrey for salves & oils for scrapes, chapped and cracked skin. The herbs used for teas also can be added to salves & oils.

The books I use the most are:

The Herbal Tea Garden 1993 - planning, planting, harvesting, & brewing
by Marietta Marshall Marcin

The Rodale Herb Book -10th printing Aug 1976 - I've had it since 1976 and it's my go to book.


Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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churunga
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Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
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Posted - Apr 15 2017 :  10:29:51 AM  Show Profile
I would also recommend planting nettle and lemon balm.

Marie, Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Apr 15 2017 :  10:38:02 AM  Show Profile
Marie I have not grown nettle. Is it hard to grow? Will it grow in containers? Is it used mostly in teas?

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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hudsonsinaf
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Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
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Posted - Apr 16 2017 :  09:19:03 AM  Show Profile
Hi Vickie! My suggestion would be to first look at what you use and need. Then make a list of what you want to start using. After that, I would look up those plants and see what can grow in your area... Do you already grow culinary herbs? Many of those are considered medicinal herbs as well....

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churunga
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Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
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Posted - Apr 17 2017 :  09:01:53 AM  Show Profile
Nettle grows wild. That's where I usually get it. some medicinal plants grow right in your yard and are considered weeds.

Shannon makes a good point about what to plant. I would start with the herbs that can help with a variety of symptoms.

I have some links for you.

http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/medicinal-herbs/

http://www.naturallivingideas.com/medicinal-herb-garden/

This one is particularly informative.

http://homesteadlady.com/2013/03/02/how-to-plan-and-plant-a-medicinal-herb-garden/

Be aware that flowers, stems, leaves and roots all can have different effects and properties. Growing is the easy part. Processing the herbs into a useable form can be very time consuming. DO NOT PLAY WITH HERBS WHICH CAN BE POISONOUS. If you do not know what a plant is, do not pick and use it. 'Nuf said.

Enjoy your herb garden whether it is outside, in containers or in pots on your kitchen window sill. (My favorite growing spot.)

Marie, Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

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NikisMom
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Julie
Framingham MA
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Posted - Jun 17 2017 :  04:52:18 AM  Show Profile
Calendula is a great one, easy to grow and a self seeder. Great for healing salves
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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

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Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
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Posted - Jun 17 2017 :  04:59:57 AM  Show Profile
Vickie - what did you decide on???? Another option is also to look around you and see what you can forage!!! For example, we have yarrow, plantain, yucca, bull thistle, salsify, mullein, and reships growing near enough in areas I can forage.

~ Shannon, Sister # 5349
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