Medicinal Plants


Medicinal plants grow in abundance around the world. They provide an alternative to chemical medication and are more widely accepted today by physicians than they have been in the past.


Plants have provided medical treatments since primitive man; burial sites included ancient plant seeds. King Hammurabi of Babylon recommended mint for digestive disorders


Herbs are most commonly thought of as medicinal plants. A variety of trees, shrubs, aquatic plants and grasses also have healing properties.


Medicinal plants grow in a wide variety of climates making them readily available to everyone. You can use medicinal plants without processing in items such as teas, salves and poultices.


Many medicinal plants can be toxic if not properly prepared or if dosages are incorrect. Consult with a knowledgeable professional, such as a naturopathic doctor or a certified herbalist, before harvesting and using your own plants.

Fun Fact

Many common plants you can grow and ingest everyday have medicinal properties. Garlic, thyme, sage and parsley are just a few of such medicinal plants.


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Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.