Updated: May 1
Do you want to know what are the most essential herbs to grow organically on your homestead that have medicinal benefits, providing natural remedies and nutrition for your recipes? It is nice to have a yard that has a wide variety of plants that look nice, but it is much more valuable to have a homestead full of herbs and plants that you can use, or even sell. There is a big market, now, for organic foods and what you can’t use, you can either give away or sell.
We planted mint when we first moved in our house and it is took over! If that bothers you, then stay away from mint, but I think it is a beautiful herb to have on your homestead. Mint is a well know herb for remedies. It eases queasy stomachs, calming the digestive track, and helps with indigestion and gas cramps. Mint can make a wonderful tea, or you can add it to tea or a mojito! It’s also known to help with headaches and is a natural bug repellant, just no name a few things. It is very satisfying to walk through your garden and have the breeze have a minty, fresh fragrance. Mint also contains trace amounts of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron, and vitamin A.
If you have never tried mint Chutney, you really should give it a try. It’s very unique and is one of the most refreshing sauces. Check out this recipe on Foodviva.com
Thyme is amazing to have around your homestead. It has a great flavor profile that can be used in many dishes. Thyme is taken by mouth for bronchitis, whooping cough, sore throat, colic, arthritis, upset stomach, stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, parasitic worm infections, and skin disorders. It is not recommended that you eat to much in one sitting, as a little will add good flavor and to much can upset your stomach, and according to Webmd.com “In some people, it can cause digestive system upset, headache, or dizziness.” There are many different types of thyme, check out this link for more info.
Rosemary is one of my favorite Organic Homesteading plants for decorating and adding an aroma to your yard. It is very resilient, stays green all year long, and makes a nice herb to plant all around your house. It has a very strong flavor, so putting it in food in large amounts is not recommended unless you just really love it. According to Webmd.com, it can have effects on memory and the aroma also seems to increase alertness.
It also may help with
Male-pattern baldness, Fatigue, Low blood pressure, withdrawal from heroin, morphine, and other opioid drugs, Stress, Kidney damage, Fibromyalgia, Gingivitis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Sunburn, Cough, Eczema, Gas (flatulence), Gout, Headache, High blood pressure, Increasing menstrual flow, Indigestion (dyspepsia), Liver and gallbladder problems.
Garlic is wonderful in many dishes and is one of the most beneficial herbs for Natural remedies to grow on your homestead organic herb garden.
Garlic is incredibly rich in nutrients. Just one clove contains…
Decent amounts of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B1
Fiber: 0.06 grams
Vitamin B6: 2% of the DV
Vitamin C: 1% of the DV
Manganese: 2% of the Daily Value (DV)
Selenium: 1% of the DV
Garlic has loads of health benefits including, but not limited to, fighting sickness including the common colds, reduce blood pressure, improves Cholesterol levels which may lower Heart Disease risks. “According to healthline.com , Garlic has long been thought to have antimicrobial properties. A 2011 study found that garlic concentrate is effective against bacteria.”
Here is a recipe that combines them all! A rosemary, thyme, garlic and mint dressing for roast lamb found on Carrottopsallotment.com
With these holistic and culinary herbs, it will give you access to amazing flavors and health benefits from your own homestead garden.