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13 Awesome garden herbs that double as health supplements

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Kacie McCoy is a writer and social worker. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

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Amazing garden herbs

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Amazing garden herbs

Modern medicine certainly has its place. Thanks to garden herbs, however, your backyard garden can actually be the source of some pretty amazing home remedies. Just make sure to talk to your doctor before trying these herbaceous home remedies, since the natural properties of these plants can be pretty potent.

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Echinacea

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Echinacea

Echinacea may activate a chemical reaction in the body that reduces inflammation, thereby decreasing the negative symptoms associated with the cold, flu or other respiratory ailments. You can create an Echinacea tincture or tea for your ailments.

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Basil

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Basil

You're certainly aware that basil can add flavor to your dishes, but did you know it may also ease stomach pain? It is commonly used to treat stomach pain, including gas and the loss of appetite. You can just chop the leaves directly into a salad. Basil is also thought to reduce inflammation from insect bites, in which case you can apply a basil leaf directly to the skin.

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Ginger

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Ginger

Ginger is a miracle herb for stomach malaise. You can chew chopped slivers of fresh ginger root to ease nausea, motion sickness, upset stomach and diarrhea.

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Lavender

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Lavender

You have likely heard that lavender essential oil is wildly popular for its multiple benefits, and the lavender plant itself is no different. Uses for the lavender plant abound, but it's especially nice as an anxiety-reducing tea made from the dried flowers, or simmered in a hot pot of water for a naturally peaceful and relaxing scent.

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French marigold

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French marigold

The lovely French marigold flower is a natural bug repellent for your backyard garden. Don't apply the bug-repelling mixture to your own skin, but you can spray it around the garden to fight bothersome pests the natural way.

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Lemon balm

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Lemon balm

Lemon balm is as fresh tasting as it sounds. You can ingest the leaves to quiet a queasy stomach or chew on the leaves for a breath refresher. Even if you're not struggling with an upset stomach, the lemon balm leaves can still make a wonderful and zesty addition to a homemade salad.

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Calendula

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Calendula

The calendula flower is related to the marigold, but they're not quite the same. You can use calendula flowers in a tea for stomach ailments or in a salve for skin irritation and even hemorrhoids. The flower is a natural antihemorrhagic, so it can also slow down bleeding when it is applied topically.

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Sage

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Sage

Tasty sage is surprisingly potent as a home remedy. You can apply a sage leaf directly to skin sores to reduce inflammation or to points of sinus pressure to reduce the swelling in irritated nasal passages. 

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Mint

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Mint

Mint grows like a backyard champion, so you can easily use its leaves in many different home remedies. Chew on mint leaves to freshen your breath or make the leaves into a tea to soothe nausea or a tension headache.

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Yarrow

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Yarrow

You can chew fresh yarrow leaves to reduce bloating and cramping. The properties of the yarrow plant are thought to affect blood pressure and body inflammation as well.

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Thyme

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Thyme

Make a thyme herbal tea to soothe the symptoms of a sore throat or cough. You can also apply the plant topically as a salve or compress on your neck to reduce symptoms of laryngitis. 

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Chamomile

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Chamomile

A mellow tea made from dried chamomile can help cure mild insomnia. It can also minimize the annoying symptoms of a head cold or calm a rumbling tummy. 

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13 Awesome herbs

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13 Awesome herbs

Which herbs do you think you might plant in your beautiful, multifunctional garden?

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