How to Grow Medical Plants at Home

Who doesn’t love the healing and medicinal properties of herbs? We all do! For ages, these plants have been used for different purposes including diet, wound healing, and aromatherapy. Some even have properties including antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and carminative.

But we have to agree, buying commercially available herbs can be expensive. It is also a hassle not to have enough or run out of supply when we need it.

Here’s the solution: Plant and harvest medical plants indoors!

The process isn’t hard at all because a few tips from this article can get you started.

Why Grow Medical Herbs

Like we’ve discussed, buying medical herbs can be a bit pricey. On the other hand, planting them only requires a few pennies and a small amount of effort.

Aside from this, by planting your own medical herbs, you can be sure that what you’re getting is pesticide-free, additive-free, and all natural, especially if you’re into healthy eating and living.

Another reason for planting your own herbs is that it makes a good hobby.  It’s like taking care of a pet, which requires a sense of responsibility that  puts you in control.

Many people have already been doing this, and it helps them pass long winter months without traveling to an organic or herb store from time to time.

Tips On How to Grow Medical Plants at Home

  1. First, read about gardening and growing medical herbs.  The more you know about it the more you’d be successful!
  2. Prepare the soil.  Medical herbs don’t need very rich soil, although good soil is a bonus because it is what nourishes the plants.  But while you can amend your soil and add aged manure and compost to it, make sure it is organic.
  3. Buy seedling pots, trays and containers.  You don’t need to spend huge on this one though. You can also use recycled ones if you have them.
  4. Start from seeds or seedlings.  You can easily plant seeds that ranges from $2-$3 each packet that can make a few great plants. The downside is that growing from seeds has slow germination rate, usually between 2 and 3 weeks before coming out the ground.  So the faster route, if you want to harvest almost instantly, is to buy seedlings. The con for this method: It is more expensive upfront and sometimes it is hard to find organic seedlings.
  5. Pick what to plant. Choosing which plants to tolerate a pot culture could be hard at first, but there are those that grow well in any container. Here are a few to get started:
  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Lemon balm
  • Ginger
  • Sage
  • Horehound
  • Mint
  • Thyme

 

  •  – Consider light and warmth.  Read the packet to know what the correct germination temperature is if you’re starting from seeds. A standard in many cases is between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.For seedlings, they generally need light, but you do not have to buy grow lights, unless you’re starting a big indoor medical garden. Instead, a windowsill is enough. And to keep the seeds moist and warm, you can use a humidity dome if you’re living in a dry climate area.
  •  – Label the containers. This tip is important! Labeling them will make it easier for you to recognize what herb you plant here and there. You’d save a lot of time and yourself from stress for knowing what medical plant is planted in those containers.

Get Started with an Herb Garden at Home

By learning the basics of planting medical plants at home, you’ll reap their healing and healthful benefits without the downside of the cost. The best things is, you can harvest them straight from your home anytime you need it.