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2017 has really been a year of putting my health and wellness first, and buckling down to make some necessary (but uncomfortable) changes. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, my endometriosis decided to really ramp up the pain this year, which had me scaling back a lot of things in order to prioritize my health. I started (almost) daily walks, regular yoga workouts and starting making switches and substitutions in my diet where I could in order to eat healthier.
I knew part of this change was going to be switching out my sugar and caffeine laden black tea for healthier, herbal, medicinal tea. I even took a local class at Herb Haven to learn how to grow and prepare medicinal plants for tea.
Currently, my garden is overrun with a variety of plants and weeds, including red raspberry leaf and wild strawberries that I can use for tea, but I knew I wanted to add more herbs as the weather warmed.
Once the weather warms up a little more, I’ll be planting some lavender and echinacea plants after doing a good weeding session on my overgrown mess. I’m also going to be making more permanent walkways within the garden using some fabric weed barrier and rocks. Most of my stepping stones aren’t even visible anymore due to all the growth!
In March, I started some seeds indoors, including chamomile, borage, catnip, cosmos and zinnias, and they’ll be ready to transplant in a couple of weeks once the dangers of a freeze have past. I’ve already got staples such as lavender, rosemary, thyme, chives and oregano in the garden.
I plan to purchase some other dried herbs on hand for tea that I just don’t have the room to grow, like skullcap, which needs lots of room and can be invasive if unattended.
I’ve gathered lots of books (but of course I did!) and did tons of research before settling on my current plan and I can’t wait to track the progress of all the plants as the season unfolds. Some of the books I’ve really enjoyed are Herbal Tea Gardens, Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, and Herbal Teas: 101 Nourishing Blends.
What medicinal herbs do you grow in your garden?