Herbal medicine is becoming more broadly accepted as the implementation of standards for analyzing, regulating and testing outcomes have shown the positive impacts of herbal alternatives in treating and preventing disease.
At ROOT, we strive to make our small-scale garden not just for home produce cultivation, but also as a solution for growing herbal alternatives to many over-the-counter health and beauty supplements.
Here are three herbs that you can cultivate with your ROOT to help fortify your mind, body and soul:
Burdock is a mild antibacterial agent. Eating this root can help treat skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
Growing Burdock is easy with your ROOT, but watch out – weed-like qualities means it can be invasive. To prevent Burdock from spreading, do not allow the plant to flourish. Cut the flowers before they fade to prevent seeding and seed spilling.
To eat Burdock, just harvest, slice, soak and stir-fry the roots. Some suggest sesame oil and soy sauce as the ideal pairing. You can also eat Burdock roots raw in salads or cook them like carrots.
Lemon Balm is known for its stress-reduction benefits. This lush, leafy green plant has a light pleasant aroma and is ideal for use in tea. Steeped in wine, Lemon Balm is used to treat bites, stings and minor wounds.
Growing Lemon Balm:
Like Burdock, growing Lemon Balm is easy. Since the plant tends to grow quickly and be very bushy, Lemon Balm seeds should be spread apart, meaning that you only need to plant one or two seeds on one side of your ROOT to have a generous yield.
Consuming Lemon Balm:
As well as using Lemon Balm in wine and tea, you can store dried Lemon Balm leaves for up to one year or even use it to create your own anxiety-reducing essential oils.
Sage is not just the ideal addition to your tomato sauce. Experts are now saying that sage combined with echinacea can be a natural replacement for It also doesn’t hurt that the herb’s bacteria-fighting agents make it a powerful breath freshener.
Growing Sage can be a little more tedious than Lemon Balm or Burdock. Sage is best started from a plant. Starting from seeds means that you may be waiting for many months for your plant to be strong enough to produce a yield.
To make your own sage mouthwash, steep 1 tablespoon sage leaves in 1 cup of hot water for 5 minutes. Strain and gargle.
Herbal medicine provides inexpensive, sustainable treatments to common ailments and your ROOT hydroponic garden system provides a simple method for you to cultivate a variety of plants to help you grow a healthy lifestyle year-round. You should talk to your physician or healthcare provider before using herbal alternatives.