5 Benefits of Growing Your Own Medicine at Home (& 8 Which to Start With)

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When it comes to home remedies, there’s nothing quite like growing your own actual medication.

While not every single cure can be planted and grown in your home, there are more than a few things you can grow at home that have some serious medicinal properties.

After all, before modern medicine, it was the way people healed themselves and prevented the spread of diseases. For hundred and hundreds of years, the only medication people had were whatever they were able to grow and use. And hey, it must have worked well enough. The human race survived, didn’t it?

That being said, the more people learn about the medical industry, the more issues they’re having with how things are done. Therefore, many are actually turning toward growing their own medication at home instead of spending and arm and a leg just for a quick visit to the doctor’s.

But does the medication you grow at home actually work? Is it worth the effort?  Here are the benefits of growing your own medicine at home so you can decide for yourself.

  • It’s cheaper
  • By a lot, too. You’re probably already aware of how much it costs to go pick up some medication over the counter and that price skyrockets if you need a prescription. Luckily, once you have all the materials you need, you can grow and grow and grow with nothing more than a little watering here and there. The medicines are also right there whenever you need them so you don’t have to travel to get them while you’re ill.

     

  • It’s way better for the environment
  • Do you know how much waste product goes into out atmosphere from manufacturers of drugs? A lot. In fact, many believe that pharmaceuticals being flushed into the environment via the sewage could be a big reason for the wildlife crisis.

    Not only are you avoiding being an accessory to harming the environment by growing your own, but you’re also adding to it by having more plants that emit oxygen around. You’ll also avoid being responsible for so many plastic bottles and containers since you can simply pluck the herbs from the plant and use them. Plus, you’re giving the bees what they need to survive by planting outdoors, too.

     

  • You know what you’re getting
  • When you go to the store and use the medications you buy there, do you really know what you’re getting? Sure, you may realize you’re getting a painkiller but do you really know what’s in it?

    Why would you fill your body with something when you don’t know what it is? That’s why growing your own medications at home is actually extremely beneficial. You know just what you’re getting. There aren’t any random chemicals reeking havoc on your liver.

     

  • The experience is valuable
  • Something modern society is severely lacking at the moment is knowledge of gardening. Our ancestors and even as recent as our grandparents needed to grow their own food and crops just to survive. There are far fewer people who have the knowledge and skills to do this today.

    What would happen if you, for some reason (say, a zombie apocalypse), had to start planting and growing your own foods and medication as a means of survival? Having the knowledge and experience is beneficial in more ways than you may realize upfront. It’s a valuable skill to have and it’s one that more people are lacking.

     

  • Gardening in general is great for you
  • Did you know gardening and digging around in dirt is actually really healthy for you? Not only does it help strengthen your immune system by exposing you to more elements you don’t normally interact with, but it also makes you a lot happier.

    When you garden and are digging in soil, there are certain bacteria that trigger your brain to produce serotonin, a powerful chemical in your body. Since a lack of serotonin can be responsible for everything from depression to your ability to get a good night’s sleep, being able to produce more will only do good things for your mental health and your body.

     

    8 Beneficial Medications You Can Grow at Home

    Now that you know just how great grown your own medication can be for you, here are a few you can plant right away.

  • Marijuana
  • Obviously, you’ll need to live in a place where this is actually legal. Luckily, those regions are expanding and pretty soon, everyone will be able to benefit from the powerful medicinal properties of cannabis. Here are just a few of the medicine properties of this plant:

    • Seizure control
    • Glaucoma treatment
    • Cancer treatment
    • Reduces anxiety
    • Slows progression of Alzheimer’s
    • Pain reduction
    • Relieves arthritis discomfort
    • Regulates blood sugar levels
    • PTSD relief
    • Protects brain after a stroke
    • Treatment for anorexia

  • Chamomile
  • You’ve probably heard of this plant but most likely, you know of chamomile tea. That’s the most popular method of using it for medical properties. You can pluck the flowers from the plant and pour boiling water of them or you can dry them to use in teas later. Here’s what it can help with:

    • Anxiety
    • Insomnia
    • Stress
    • Skin rashes
    • Upset stomach
    • Colicky babies

  • Echinacea
  • These are a lot more than just pretty purple flowers. They’ve been known for many, many years for their medicinal properties among North Americans. Typically, the flower buds are used to make a tea but the roots also contain medicinal properties.

    • Buds – cold and flu relief, viral and bacterial infection relief
    • Roots – treats burns, insect bites, snake bites, and wounds

  • Feverfew
  • While some cultures may see this as an invasive weed, it’s actually highly sought after for its medicinal properties. You can just eat the flowers as they are or soak them to make a tea. These are the benefits you can expect from feverfew:

    • Reduced anxiety
    • Migraine relief
    • Stress relief
    • Pain reduction
    • Fever reduction
    • Asthma relief

  • Lemon Balm
  • This plant is more closely related to mint than to lemons. However, the benefits are much different than what lemons and mint can offer. You can dry the leaves and make a tea from it or even infuse honeys and vinegars for salad toppers. Here’s what you can get from lemon balm:

    • Reduction in digestive problems
    • Gas relief
    • Bloating relief
    • Pain relief
    • Anxiety reduction
    • Stress reduction
    • Helps you sleep

  • Pot Marigold (calendula)
  • Not only are these flowers beautiful and easy to grow, they’re also extremely beneficial to the point that a number of different skin medications actually contain it. You can eat the flowers and make teas from them or you can make a poultice to treat skin ailments. This is how pot marigold can help:

    • Reduce acne
    • Soothe sunburn
    • Stop bleeding
    • Reduce swelling on cuts and wounds
    • Digestion relief
    • Varicose veins treatment

    The benefits of growing your own medications at home are undeniable. If you’re not a fan of traditional medicines or just want to try your hand at self-healing, these plants can help get you started.


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