The following are some
of the top herbs to grow, not just because of their popularity, but
also because the are some of the easiest herbs to grow. Whether you
want to plant them to bring interest to your gardens, use in your
kitchens, or for home remedies, these 15 plants will form the basis to
planning a good herb garden.
Herbs also have the use of being great companion plants for others in
your gardens, so please see this section afterwards to see how you may
use them for mutual beneficial planting.
1. Agrimony (Agrimonia Eupatoria)
A tough, easy herb that is best grown by seed. Planting out takes place in spring.
Yellow flowers form on tall spikes.
Make a herbal tea from the leaves and flowers of agrimony as a home remedy for diarrhea, and for heavy menstral bleeding.
If you have a sore throught, use the tea as a gargle.
2. Aloe Vera (Aloe Vera)
Vera is native to South Africa, and is a succulent. However, it can
also be grown in pots in cold climates. It is a compact plant with
small spines on the edges of the thick, fleshly leaves that when broken
off, and the gel scraped out and applied to the skin can be used for
burns, insect bites, sunburn rand ashes.
3. Borage (Borago)
is one of my favorite herbs. The pretty bonnet-like flowers and so
intensely blue, and these attact bees and butterflies to your garden.
They self seed, and once established grow like a weed, so take care
where you plant it. The flowers are edible and can be used in soups,
stews, salads, teas and desserts. Borage is a very good companion plant
to strawberries. As a tea it can be used as a mild laxative, calms the
nervous system and boosts the adrenalin system. Do not take borage in
any form if you have a liver complaint.
4. Catmint (Nepeta Cataria)
is said to have a sedative effect on cats and humans alike. Make a
herbal tea from the leaves and flowers for a first aid remedy against
colds, to reduce a fever, and for headaches and sore tummys. This is a
mild herb that is very safe to use with babies and can be given to help
with teething. In the garden it is a useful herb to attract the bees
and butterflies, but is good for repelling bad bugs.
5. Chamomile (Chamaermelum Nobile)