An Apothecary Garden is an important addition to any farm whether your plot is an apartment balcony or large acreage. Herbs easily grow in pots on the porch or a south window in the house or in their own space in the garden.
Apothecary gardens have been a staple in every culture around the world for many, many centuries. The religious leaders were generally the herbalists, medicine men, and healers of the village. Herbs have amazing healing powers and are every bit as effective and much more safe than pharmaceuticals. Herbalists have been known as healers since the beginning of mankind. Sometimes these things are met with cynicism. I know how to make a broken bone heal in two weeks. Folks that aren’t aware of herbs are confused about this. My own family stems back to the Salem witch hunts where many of my herbalist ancestors were burned at the stake. Herbs are wondrous and miraculous, but met with confusion all the same. My goal is to take the woohoo out of herbs. They heal. End of story. Now let’s get your Apothecary garden going!
Peppermint is a staple everyone should have. It is a mild pain reliever but its real job is in the digestive area. It will calm an upset tummy, help stop heartburn, even heal stomach lining due to ulcers or colitis. It is carminative, meaning it is anti-gas! A cup of tea is delicious and with a little chamomile and ginger (which contain the same digestive properties) you will have a fine medicinal tea ready for the taking.
St. John’s Wort is becoming harder to find to grow, but if you can get it, grab it! The pharmaceutical companies use a derivative of St. John’s Wort that is then lab created to make chronic pain medications and anti-depressants. If you can change the structure of the constituent then you can patent it. Can’t patent something God made up. He was there first. Therefore, you cannot make very much money peddling a plant. Big pharma is after a bit more money than that. Making a tea of St. John’s Wort flowers, leaves, and rose petals is every bit as strong as an anti-depressant/anxiety medication. There are corporations out there that don’t want you to know that!
Valerian is a beautiful plant that will get your sleep cycle back into a peaceful rhythm. It is also an excellent pain reliever. Add catnip and chamomile to go to sleep. Add California Poppy and St. John’s Wort for an excellent sleep remedy.
Stinging Nettles will stop allergies in three minutes flat. Take care when harvesting them (they aren’t called Stinging for nothing!) and dry them in a paper sack. Crumble them up and make tea with them.
Dandelions can be made into tea or salad to help heal the liver and gallbladder.
Red Clovers help with women’s health, uterine health, and breast and uterine cancer.
So the weeds that pop up in the garden are there for a reason too!
There are Apothecary gardens that are designed in a circle with paths leading north and south, west and east. There are Apothecary gardens that have winding paths. I turned the front three feet of my long front yard into our garden. The left side is medicinal plants and the right side are culinary (which also have medicinal qualities) herbs. One large section of the garden holds the Poppies and Calendula (great for skin when infused into oil) to inspire beneficial insects to the garden. Pots of herbs line the porch and in the winter are brought in to line the window sills.
Head to the nursery and see what you can add to your garden. Want to learn more and completely take charge of your family’s health? Look up my correspondence classes for Certified and Master Herbalists and take control of your medicine! http://gardenfairyapothecary.com
I am also leading an herb walk and medicinal tea talk Sunday, June 30th from 10-12 at Castlewood Canyon. Meet at the visitor’s center. Their cost is $7.