Since the dawn of history, humans and animals have sought healing from plants. Although many of today's most popular curatives are compounded in laboratories, there are still vast numbers of commercial remedies whose major medicinal ingredients are derived from green herbs, trees, and shrubs.
Medicinal plants grown in our gardens can reduce your dependence on drugs, if not completely eliminate them. But growing random herbs with medicinal properties doesn’t help
It is a common myth that all herbal preparations are safe by virtue of being natural. This is far from true. A typical example is foxglove or Digitalis purpurea. It has a positive effect on heart function, with the cardiac drug digitalin extracted from the plant. However, ingesting any part of the plant can induce nausea and vomiting, and can even lead to total collapse from digitalis intoxication and death.
Accessibility is another issue, as in the case of rosy periwinkle Catharanthus roseus/Vinca rosea from which anticancer drugs vinblastine and vincristine are obtained. We will get benefit from growing this plants. We need to grow plants whose goodness we can access through simple preparations such as teas and infusions, poultices and powders.
Some medicinal plants are to be used for treating specific ailments, while others have a generalized positive effect on our health when used regularly. Many herbs belonging to the latter group have found their way into our culinary scene as flavoring agents. Our medicinal garden should ideally have such plants that have practical uses for the common man besides being easy to grow.
Many of the most common and effective healing plants can be grown in our own healing garden as lovely as it is useful. In OMG, We will have plants like Aloe vera, Peppermint, Neem, Tulasi, Chamomile, Sage, Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary etc..