Most people think to store long term food and water along with first aid supplies, but what about medicine? Pills and ointments can expire relatively quickly and are expensive to rotate for preparedness, and you can run out quickly. On the other hand, tons of remedies can be found and sustained in nature, in common and easy-to-care-for plants. These herbal remedies have aided humans for thousands of years, and are a great way to care for your health in an emergency. Starting a medicinal prepper garden is a great way to supply your family with natural and cost effective remedies.
Even if you're no green-thumb, growing these little plants is easy and well worth the time. Often, plants with medicinal properties are tough and require simple maintenance that allows them to thrive in the wild. Take a look at these ten plants to add to your medicinal prepper garden: all of these plants will tolerate potting, making them easy to garden in minimal space.
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Aloe - Treats cuts, burns and rashes.
Basil- Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, also can boost your immune system.
Cayenne Pepper- Lowers blood pressure and can even stop heart attacks, also is great for relieving congestion and headaches.
Ginger- Aids aching muscles and digestion, helps with stomach upset.
Lavender- Antibacterial and can subdue anxiety or stress.
Mint- Remedies upset stomach internally, externally relieves pain or itching from bites and stings.
Parsley- Aids the kidneys and bladder, reduces fever and helps eliminate toxins.
Rosemary- Good for digestion and blood pressure, boosts heart health.
Sage- Sore throat remedy that also fights bacteria.
Thyme- Aids digestion, cold symptoms and coughs while preventing parasites.
All of these plants are relatively easy to maintain and do not require a lot of attention. They also thrive in pots, so you don't need land to grow them. In addition, you'll have a useful and great smelling herbal remedy garden that boosts your health and ease of mind in a crisis. If you haven't already, don't forget to store long term food and water storage. Start with the basics, and work your way up. A prepper garden is an easy and fun way to prepare for the future without breaking your budget.