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    10 Medicinal Herbs In Your Backyard

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    Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor and nothing in this article should be taken as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor before using any of the herbs and/or remedies mentioned in this article.

    10 Medicinal Herbs In Your Backyard

    After spending a lifetime getting your medicine from the pharmacy, it's easy to forget that nature has already provided many medicinal herbs. If you look closely, you might even find medicine in your own backyard.

    And if not, you can at least plant them in your backyard. Practice identifying these herbs now because there may come a time when you desperately need them. Here are 10 of the best medicinal plants.

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    1. Alfalfa

    This grows in many places but is commonly found on farms because it makes good feed for livestock. Eating the leaves can treat nausea, urinary discomfort, and kidney pain. It is also a great diuretic.

    Alfalfa
    Alfalfa

    2. Basil

    This herb can be used to help a variety of ailments including cramps, nausea, fever, colds, headaches, and acid reflux. You can also use the oils from the plant to treat acne. Basil is a great spice to add to almost any meal.

    Basil
    Basil

    3. Blackberries

    These are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, but they aren't just for eating. The leaves and roots can be used as a great treatment for diarrhea, dysentery, and cuts. It is also a great anti-inflammatory for the mouth.

    Blackberries
    Blackberries

    4. Catnip

    Not just for making your cat act goofy. Catnip can: relieve cold symptoms, break a fever, treat gas, stomach pain, and headaches. (Note: It can also stimulate contractions, so pregnant women should not eat it.)

    Catnip
    Catnip

    5. Feverfew

    This anti-inflammatory not only treats arthritis and headaches, it can also relieve general anxiety because of its ability to inhibit serotonin. It can also reduce bruising and swelling and makes a great pain reliever when nothing else is available.

    Feverfew
    Feverfew

    6. Lady Fern

    Many people use these to decorate their homes. They grow all over but particularly in areas with lots of rain. Simply crush the leaves and rub the juices all over minor cuts and burns for pain relief.

    Lady Fern
    Lady Fern

    7. Oregano

    The main benefit of oregano is its ability to cause perspiration which is a great help to people with colds, fever, or the flu. Oregano tea can help relieve menstrual discomfort and clear the lungs and airways.

    Oregano
    Oregano

    8. Peppermint

    Tea made with this helps cure indigestion and reduces flatulence and bloating. Peppermint is also known for helping ulcers and reducing headaches. The oil is used in balms that increase blood flow.

    Peppermint
    Peppermint

    9. Rosemary

    This wonderful herb can be used to lessen headaches, bad breath, upset stomachs, and relieve menstrual cramps. Crush the leaves and mix it into foods with meat or dairy to help prevent food poisoning.

    Rosemary
    Rosemary

    10. Sage

    One of the most useful herbs in the world . Sage can aid digestion, reduce diarrhea, relieve cramps, fight colds, reduce swelling, soothe burns and cuts, kill bacteria, and many other things. Keep an eye out for this treasure.

    Sage
    Sage

    Warning: Do not use or consume a plant until you are positive you know what it is. Hopefully, this will get you started in the vast world of naturally occurring medicines. If you would like to learn more, check out the book, Backyard Medicine.

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