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27 Medicinal Plants Worth Your Garden Space
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We’ve discovered a fantastic article listing 27 of the top medicinal plants – together with details of their potential uses. These plants can be really handy to have around if you know their value.

One thing I would suggest is to print out the full article (you might need to do a little copy-pasting and tidying up) and then keep the printout together with your first aid kit. If you need one of the remedies, the last thing that you want is to be surfing the web trying to remember the name of that web site that you discovered last year! We’ve all been there.

We’ve summarized the list here with links to our own full length articles on the herbs. But be sure to visit the tutorial also:

Aloe Vera

Marsh Mallow

Great Burdock

Pot Marigold

Gotu Kola


Globe Artichoke

Chinese Yam


Siberian Ginseng

Great Yellow Gentian

Sea Buckthorn

Tea Tree (I have to say with this one, seems easier to me to just buy a bottle of tea tree essential oil for a few bucks!!)

Lemon Balm


Evening Primrose


Turkey Rhubarb


Wu Wei Zi (Schizandra)

Milk Thistle




Slippery Elm

Stinging Nettle

Agnus Castus

To this list I would certainly add Lavender, Rosemary, Garlic and Oregano! Can you think of any more you would put in?

Here is the link to the full list with photos and uses:


Note – articles on herbs-info.com are not medical advice and are not meant to be a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional, nor a recommendation to self-medicate.

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  • By margana, July 13, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    Yarrow. Not only does it have many health benefits, but its easy to grow, very beautiful, and bees love it.

  • By Carri, July 14, 2013 @ 6:40 am

    Plantain. The plant\weed not the fruit!

  • By Naomi Powers, August 6, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    And Yarrow repels mosquitos!!!!

  • By Rianette, August 6, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    Basil and catnip…keeps the flies away

  • By Zannah Stibbons, August 6, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

    St. John’s Wort – it makes amazing infused oil

  • By Fiona, August 8, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). And why would anyone go out of their way to plant stinging nettle?? That weed is freaking damn near everywhere!

  • By Sandra Dickson, August 8, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

    don’t forget the plenteous dandelion-nature’s multivitamin!

  • By craig, August 23, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    Sheep sorrel, very good for treating Cancer

  • By Tina Turner, August 23, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    I must say, my last bottle of Tea Tree oil was $26.00 for 4 oz. How would you the plant for benefits? I use it so much, I might need to grow it!

  • By Teena Black, October 2, 2013 @ 2:12 am

    Your list is great, but I would add Rosemary. I’ve grown & used it for years, for all kinds of things —- from Italian dishes to teas.

  • By Linnet, October 11, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    Does any one know of a plant called “snake root?” It is really great for tooth aches. It has some sort of numbing agent to it and you have to separate the roots and cut them down to small enough pieces to fit in your mouth. I have not been able to find anything out about this plant; what it looks like; and where to find it. I was given some years ago and it worked very quickly. I would like to find out more about this and how to get it.

  • By Margaret, October 24, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

    Snakeroot is a member of the dock family. Also known as common bistort (persicaria bistorta/polygonum bistorta). The flower is a pink spike.

  • By Tammie, November 9, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    Hi there, I was hoping someone on here could help me find the answers I’ve been looking for. I have Diabetes with Neuropathy in my feet and legs. I also have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.Also, depression. I have changed my diet a lot and have lost about 35 lbs. Nothing is helping. I take a lot of medicine that I know is not good for me. If someone can help me know what herbs and plants to use, I would greatly appreciate it.

  • By Nancy, December 4, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    broad leaf plantain. Most consider it a weed, but it’s quite beneficial

  • By tammie, December 11, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    Tammie use cinnamon for your Diabetes and others its great use it in everything .Make a tea hot or cold or buy the pills .

  • By Shelley, December 20, 2013 @ 4:13 am

    Linnet, Baker Creek sells seeds for an herb that sounds similar to what you are looking for. It is called the Toothache plant (spilanthes acmella).

  • By lynne, December 20, 2013 @ 6:48 am


  • By Barb Pratt, December 20, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

    Calendula made into a salve is wonderful for deep cuts. Watch feverfew. The two plants I had took over the garden. I had to treat it like weeds.

  • By ADD, December 20, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

    Diabetes – tulsi tea (holy basil) & ashwagandha are 2 I’ve recently discovered. I take ash daily for peace of mind (great adaptogen) and tulsi tea is a freaking miracle good for so so much. India has identified many plants with verified effects on insulin etc.

    I recommend kratom for you, there is addiction potential but it’s an ally, beneficial for blood sugar, blood pressure, depression, cholesterol and neuropathic pain. It’s active is 7 times stronger than morphine but one literally cannot overdose (nausea is worst effect). May be a miracle for you Tammy.

  • By Lisa, December 21, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Mullein has numerous uses. It suddenly popped up in my garden one day, I didn’t know what it was at the time! Now I welcome it every year. 🙂

  • By Sara, January 25, 2014 @ 12:49 am

    When you are buying herb ALWAYS USE THE LATIN NAME

  • By Elizabeth, January 26, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

    I have pursued growing Slippery Elm but it is not expected to grow well around Lake Erie. So I gave up on that thought. Do you have any idea how big that is supposed to get? It is much larger than I ever would have expected!

  • By John, March 22, 2014 @ 1:06 am

    Cat’s Whisker
    beautiful flowers and makes a kidney cleansing tea.

  • By Dianna, March 26, 2014 @ 11:56 am

    Tammie, I would suggest a visit to a naturopath in your area to help guide you to the right treatment for neuropathy. Cinnamon is wonderful, what about massage therapy?? You need something for nerve repair, but how advanced is the neuropathy? I wish you the best of luck with this and your research.

  • By CarrelDawn, April 4, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    I would add turmeric for sure. I’ve used it for years instead of pain pills for inflammation.

  • By Catherine, May 14, 2014 @ 11:53 am

    Tammie: I’ve used St John’s Wort for years to balance depression and as a mood enhancer. Just go to vitamin store or Walmart and get the “Nature Made” brand. I take 2/day (am/pm). It helps me and I can tell when I’ve missed a day or two~

  • By Catherine, May 14, 2014 @ 11:58 am

    Tammie: However, if you are taking cholesterol medications, for example, anything similar to Simvistatin (or any ‘statin’ prescriptions), it is recommended that you do not take St John’s wort as it is a neutralizer to that particular drug.

  • By Mlbaig for Tammie:- for Tammie, May 14, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

    Cut length-wise the end of a leaf of an Aloe Vera plant so as to expose the inner-side of it . Genlallyon the surface of your feet ,the entire affected area. It’s not a cure, but will give u relief. In the meantime contact me at
    12727 Westwood, Detroit, MI 482273; for info about a sort of a cure for this dreaded ailment once I was a victim off. Good Luck.

  • By Rae, May 15, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

    Does anyone out there have a natural cure for Lichen Planus. We use prescribed medication and it goes away after a few months but always seems to return.

  • By Mike Burke, June 20, 2014 @ 12:11 am

    Anything for neuropathy pain, not diabetic yet. Taking carbomazapine, takes away the stabbing pain, still left with the constant ache.

  • By Lorinda, March 17, 2016 @ 9:45 pm

    Goldenseal. A natural antibiotic. I dry the root and grind it to a powder. A pinch makes a cup of tea. I cured some toothaches with it. I got it on eBay and planted it under a tree. A little bit goes a long way.

  • By Lindsey, June 19, 2016 @ 2:42 am

    Ginger!! Easy to grow, amazing for cold/flu season, great for cooking with and seasoning, not to mention the nutritional properties and health benefits.

  • By Mary, April 14, 2017 @ 5:15 pm

    Parley, dandylion, hyssop,

  • By Ray, September 22, 2017 @ 8:27 pm

    Ground Ivy, aka gill-over-the-ground, aka tunhoof; this is an herb in the mint family, makes a lovely ground cover or hanging plant. It was a standard part of the U.S. pharmacopeia for a long time, but fell out of favor when Big Pharma took the scene and “herbalism” became trendy. This plant is good for many common ails, from wound healing, to settling upset stomachs, to lowering fevers, and it is easy to grow. In fact, it is widely regarded as a “weed” and most just mow it down never knowing how useful it could be! Oh, and it is totally edible (and delicious) raw or cooked. I have eaten quite a lot of it in my day <3

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