The following is a guest-post by Brenda Scott of The Well-Fed Homestead. Thanks, Brenda!
So you want to grow herbs for cooking and for medicinal use, but you’ve got a small space to grow them in. Maybe you’re in an apartment and you only have a back deck or a kitchen window. No problem! Just grow 5 basic herbs, and you’ll be set! Here’s a list of what to grow & what they’re good for.
Medicinal Uses of Sage
Use sage internally to treat fevers, bronchitis, headaches, canker sores, sinus congestion, sore throats and bad breath. Use it externally for itching, scalp problems and wounds.
More information about Sage’s healing properties:
- Sage: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings
- Don’t Abandon the Sage!
- Cinnamon Sage Honey (a decongestant)
- The Best Cold and Flu Tea
Recipes That Use Sage
Brown Butter Sage from Learning and Yearning
Lemon-Sage Garlic Chicken from Food Loves Writing
Turkey with CranApple Sage Stuffing from Real Food University
Rosemary and Sage Zucchini Pickles from Small Footprint Family
Medicinal Uses of Peppermint
Use peppermint internally for bronchitis, colds, flu, colic, colitis, fever, flatulence, heartburn, menstrual cramps, migraines, nausea & sore throats. Use it externally for fatigue, bad breath, headaches, itching, muscle pain, sinus congestion and toothaches.
More information about Peppermint’s healing properties:
- Peppermint, National Library of Medicine
- Homemade Apple Mint Skin Toner
- Five Herbal Teas for Everyday Health
- 21 Home Remedies for Migraines and Headaches
Recipes that use Peppermint
Medicinal Uses of Dill
Use Dill internally for bad breath, bronchitis, colic, coughs, flatulence, poor appetite and lactation.
More information about Dill’s healing properties:
Recipes that use Dill
Garlic Dill Perch from Ditch The Wheat
Lacto-Fermented Garlic Dill Pickles from The Nourishing Cook
Lemon Dill Salmon from Low Carb One Day at a Time
Campfire Roast Chicken with Flowering Onion and Dill from Nourished Kitchen
Pickle Relish from Food Renegade
Copycat Whole Foods Salmon Dip from Mommypotamus
Medicinal Uses of Fennel
Use Fennel internally for colic, cramps, flatulence, gout, indigestion and lactation.
More information about Fennel’s healing properties:
- Fennel: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings
- Fennel Cough Syrup and Fennel Honey
- In Season Now: Fennel
Recipes that use Fennel
Braised Fennel with Basil from Nourished Kitchen
Bruschetta Sauce with Balsamic & Fresh Fennel from Food Loves Writing
Slow Cooker Fennel Chicken with Orange from Empowered Sustenance
Fennel, Beet, Blood Orange & Kalamata Olive Salad from Cheeseslave
Chicken Fennel Soup from Rubies and Radishes
Roasted Sunflower Fennel Crisps from Fooduciary
Medicinal Uses of Thyme
Use Thyme internally for asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, cough, food poisoning, fevers, migraines, nightmares & sore throats.
More information about Thyme’s healing properties:
- Thyme: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings
- Lemon Thyme Hand Soap
- Cold and Flu Season
- The Oil Cleansing Method
Recipes that use Thyme
Toasted Almonds with Rosemary, Thyme and Lemon from Nourished Kitchen
Rosemary and Thyme Pork Chops from Low Carb One Day at a Time
Simple Potato Salad with Thyme and Olive Oil from Nourishing Joy
French Pot Roast from Well Fed Homestead
Have you grown any of these herbs before? What have you used them for?
Brenda Scott is a farmer’s wife & homeschooling mom of 4 kids from Molalla, Oregon. She writes about real food, farming, gardening, grain-free eating & the GAPS Diet at The Well Fed Homestead. You can also follow her on Facebook.