Remedies from the Garden

There are many benefits to gardening, including the ability to grow ingredients for natural home remedies.  Your garden can act like a live-in doctor and help provide you with relief for a variety of illnesses, aches, and pains. Our greenhouse experts shared some of their favorite all natural home remedies that you can grow in your garden.


Dry Skin- To relieve dry sore skin, acquire 3-4 drops of vitamin E, ½ teaspoon of lavender oil, ¾ cup of comfrey leaves, 1 ounce of beeswax, and 1 ¼ cup of olive oil. Start by placing your olive oil and crushed comfrey leaves in a double broiler and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Be sure to watch to make sure the temperature never reaches above 115°F. Allow the mixture to cool and strain out the remaining leaves, placing the strained mixture back into the double broiler. Next, add the beeswax to the broiler and warm until the wax is melted while adding the remaining ingredients. This mixture works well on rashes and irritated skin.


Sore Throat and Cough- In a saucepan, mix ½ cup of elderberries, ¼ cup of grated ginger root, ¼ of grounded marshmallow root, 1 ½ teaspoon of freshly chopped thyme, 1 quart of water, ½ teaspoons of black pepper, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and 1/3 cup of hyssop in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then turn back the temperature and simmer for about 45 minutes to allow for the mixture to evaporate until it is about half the volume. Then, cool and add ½ cup of lemon juice and 1 ½ cup of raw honey, stir well and take 2 teaspoons as needed.


These remedies, along with many more, will help you feel better without going further than your garden.