Seven Medicinal Plants You Can Grow at Home

Posted - September 14, 2017

Why make a trip to the pharmacy when you can just visit your backyard? From St. John’s Wart to chamomile, here’s your zone-by-zone guide to botanical remedies.

Herbal remedies have become nearly as ubiquitous as aspirin. What drugstore these days doesn’t carry echinacea and gingko alongside Tums and Tylenol? But rather than buy all your medicinal herbs, try growing a few in your garden, where you can get to know each plant in its verdant, vibrant natural state. Of course, you’ll have to turn the harvest into a tea or herbal tincture before you imbibe it.

All of the herbs below have a long history of medicinal use and are widely recognized as safe. Still, always consult with a professional herbalist and/or physician to ensure that there are no contraindications with medications you’re taking or pre-existing medical conditions you have.

Use this interactive map from the USDA to find your plant hardiness zone, so you’ll know what you can plant where you are.