10 Medicinal & Herbal Plants to Grow at Home

reviewed by Christina Lopez

Herbs are a natural way to treat many of the health issues. There are many medicinal properties in the Herbs which can be used to either prevent diseases or even cure deadly diseases like Tuberculosis and Cancer.

Repetitive use of many synthetic drugs decreases their effectiveness as body's immune system eventually grows accustomed to the similar dosage. Common side effects include severe hair fall, stomachaches and different allergies. Such drug reactions have diverted scientist's attention towards more organic and natural medication methods.

Herbs with Medicinal Properties:

10 Medicinal & Herbal Plants to Grow at Home
10 Medicinal & Herbal Plants to Grow at Home
10 Medicinal & Herbal Plants to Grow at Home

Following are the most scientifically reviewed herbs that help boosting physical and mental wellbeing.

1. Gingko Tree

Gingko Tree
Gingko Tree

Gingko leaves are used in Chinese herbal medicine and sometimes in making tea. These trees are considered living a fossil as they can survive up to 3000 years.


Gingko trees are beneficial for treating

  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes

According to the recent research Gingko leaves can help slow down neural health deterioration in Alzheimer's patients.

2. Echinacea


Purple colored cone flowers mostly found in America.Studies show that these flowers help in curing common colds and increase body's immune system against viral diseases. Echincea flowers are used in juices & teas as a medicine.


Echincea flower helps fighting

  • Viral infections
  • Cough and cold

3. Mint

10 Medicinal & Herbal Plants to Grow at Home
10 Medicinal & Herbal Plants to Grow at Home

Mint is a herb we all consume almost regularly as a major ingredient of many dishes and juices.It is even used to add fresh flavor to toothpastes and chewing gums


  • Mint helps in reducing heartburn.
  • Improves digestion
  • It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect.

4. Turmeric Powder

Turmeric Powder
Turmeric Powder

An orange colored powdered spice. Originating in India, turmeric is known for healing muscular swelling and headaches. diferuloyl methane/curcumin is an active ingredient of turmeric which is identified with anti-cancer properties. In few laboratory studies it is observed that curcumin stops the growth of cancer.


Turmeric is found effective for

  • Breast cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Bowl cancer
  • Skin cancer

Research is being carried out to use turmeric as an organic medicine

5. Lavender


Lavender is a most studied purple flower in both medical and herbal fields, due to its sedative properties it is used in synthetic drugs to help patients relax after their surgeries or simply for people having irregular sleep cycles.

Due to its soothing effects it is a highly recommended medicine for dental patients.


  • Lavender oil in diluted form helps relieve migraine pain.
  • It helps maintaining blood pressure levels through aroma therapy.

6. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is generally considered a cosmetic accessory. Apart from its anti-aging properties this herb has lot more to offer

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera


  • Prevent clogging of arteries.
  • Maintain body's blood pressure
  • Improve hair texture and health.

7. Parsley

This green herb is commonly used to add flavor to the dishes. One of the many surprising nutritional facts unknown to many is that parsley contains highest amount of vitamin K that helps improving bone health.



  • Recommended Vitamin K intake is fulfilled by taking 10parsley frigs every day.
  • High blood pressure patients are advised to take parsley as a salad 3 times with meal.
  • Raw parsley is good for diabetic patients because it helps body produce right amount of insulin.

How to Grow Insulin Herb at Home? Read about it here.

8. Oregano

Oregano is from the mint family and is known to be used as a herbal medicine since the times of ancient Greeks. In powdered form this herb is found on every kitchen shelf.



Besides adding flavor to your pizza the possible health benefits linked for consuming oregano are

  • Studies have shown that oregano helps preventing breast cancer.
  • It has same potential to manage type 2 diabetes as synthetic drugs.
  • To reduce acne and sore throat
  • For the treatment of bronchitis

9. Marjoram

Marjoram belongs to the mint and oregano family it is little less spicy than oregano.



Medicinal properties of marjoram herb offer many health benefits like

  • Development of strong immunity against malaria and typhoid
  • It is an antifungal agent.
  • Marjoram helps improving cardiovascular health and blood circulation in body..

10. Basil


With low calorie content and high nutritional properties basil is an important ingredient of many Italian cuisines. Basil belongs to mint family. Sweet basil (mostly used commercially), lime basil and lemon basil are the 3 types of basils available.


According to medical research there are many health benefits related to basil herb. (E)-beta-caryophyllene (BCP), a vital chemical compound of basil has been used to treat Arthritis.

Among popular research papers and reviews many cancer fighting acids are found to be contained in basil for example uteolin, β-sitosterol, and carnosic acid help prevent

  • Lungs Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Skin Cancer


Extensive research is being done to identify medicinal chemicals in herbs and to use their right amounts to fight deadly diseases. However It must be kept in mind that herbs or any other medical drugs should not be used without doctor's recommendation.


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About Christina Lopez

Christina Lopez grew up in the scenic city of Mountain View, California. For eighteen ascetic years, she refrained from eating meat until she discovered the exquisite delicacy of chicken thighs. Christina is a city finalist competitive pingpong player, an ocean diver, and an ex-pat in England and Japan. Currently, she is a computer science doctoral student. Christina writes late at night; most of her daytime is spent enchanting her magical herb garden.

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