Our Top 4 Medicinal Plants For Personal Health
Updated: Aug 18
There are all kinds of medicinal plants that ancient cultures have used for centuries. Scientists have found over the last several decades that many of these plants are beneficial to our personal health for a variety of reasons.
This, of course, should be used in conjunction with responsible medical treatment, not as a replacement.
However, when living in New York City, we might not have access to the varieties of plants needed to create incredible wellness elixirs or DIY, miracle skincare, due to our climate and accessibility. So, we’ve compiled a list of our 4 favorite medicinal plants that are helpful for all types of personal health purposes - from boosting immune function to clearing up your skin. And all of them can be found at your local grocery store or bodega.
1. Turmeric Root
Fresh turmeric is proven to calm inflammation, as its main compound is made of an enriching antioxidant called curcumin. Scientific studies have also shown turmeric eases depression and can alleviate inflammation caused by type two diabetes.
HOW TO USE: Shave raw turmeric and fresh ginger together and boil with water for a powerful immune-boosting tea.
2. Fresh Mint
Fresh mint is an amazing herb that aids in digestion and soothes stomach pains. It is also an antioxidant, rich in Vitamin A. We love fresh mint because it is so easy to grow in your kitchen and tastes delightful when added to summer meals, fresh water, or homemade teas.
HOW TO USE: Add fresh mint leaves with lemon, water, and a desired amount of ice for a refreshing and hydrating summer beverage!
3. Aloe Vera
Fresh aloe works as an amazing topical treatment to soothe sunburns and help moisturize the skin. Not only is it extremely easy to find at your local grocery store (or even your bodega!) but as a house plant, it looks beautiful and only requires water once every few weeks.
HOW TO USE: Gently cut one stem and peel open to expose your fresh, natural aloe. Use on your face for an extra moisturizer or post-sun skin replenishment.
Fresh lavender has been proven to produce relaxing effects and improve sleep patterns. Lavender is sold in a number of forms, but we love the smell and sensation of lavender on our wrists before bed.
HOW TO USE: With a natural lavender oil, dab one to two times on your wrists. Rub your wrists together and breathe in the scent! You’ll immediately feel relaxed.
*Note: lavender oil should not be ingested orally.
Plants have been proven to boost mood, concentration (for those long days working from home), and immune systems. They are a great way to bring some extra life into your world at home and to ensure that you’re making the most out of your current lifestyle.
Let us know which ones you try! And if you need at-home plant care, visit our a la carte services for more information.
Wishing you a beautiful start to your spring!
The Bella Gardens team