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Medicinal plants are not only useful to keep on hand for common ailments, but can also make beautiful and easy to care for houseplants. Some plants can be used to treat pains and irritations, while some can be used in teas and applied as garnishes. Here are 7 species of plants that you can grow at home that have unique medicinal properties:

Basil: This common herb is used in recipes as a garnish to add a fresh flavor. However, most people don’t know that basil contains vitamins and minerals that combat common ailments. The manganese in basil helps metabolize compounds in the human body. Basil has also been shown to help reduce stress, strengthen bones and boost metabolism. Additionally, holy basil, known as tulsi can also be used to help treat fevers and diabetes. 

Cayenne Pepper: This spicy pepper is known to add a kick to any drink or meal. It’s compound, Capsaicin, also provides great health benefits including lowering cholesterol, relieving pain and improving circulation.

Chamomile: The chamomile plant is full of antioxidants. It’s commonly used in tea and can easily be made at home by brewing the flower. A cup of chamomile tea can help you relax and get a restful night of sleep. It can also improve your skin health, relieve congestion and reduce inflammation and swelling.

Dandelion: Before removing these pesky flowers from your yard, think twice about utilizing them for their vast benefits. These flowers are edible and full of vitamin K, vitamin C, iron, calcium and other nutrients that help support your health and bone growth. Dandelion also supports liver health, treats skin infections and helps prevent urinary infections.

Garlic: This plant not only adds flavor to your favorite Italian dishes, but can also aid infections and help manage your cholesterol. Eating garlic regularly is good for your overall health and can prevent heart disease and dementia. Tip: Raw garlic is very potent, so try to incorporate it in your dishes uncooked when appropriate.

Lavender: This flower has a calming scent and the ability to sooth nerves. Lavender tea is another drink you can make to help unwind after a long day and bring a restful night’s sleep. Lavender oil is commonly used in massage treatments and aromatherapy for its calming effect. Other benefits of lavender include stress relief and treatment of respiratory problems.

Parsley: Parsley is not only a delicious garnish, it’s helpful for supporting your bone health, digestive health and immune system. It contains a large amount of antioxidants, vitamin K and other nutrient compounds to help power your body. Sprinkle parsley on your dishes or include it in your juice blend to relieve bloating and fight bad breath.

There are thousands of plant species that have unique and useful properties. Try growing some of these plants at home to take advantage of their medicinal value.