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You can use your medicinal herbs to create salves, tinctures, syrups, and teas. It is best to have a good book to refer back to, especially until you are more comfortable with them. Some good herbs to start with:

  • Chamomile – Chamomile tea is great for helping you relax at the end of the day. Plus, the flowers are pretty.
  • Lavender – Lavender is an all-around great herb that you can use to make sachets for freshening drawers or even make a spray to fresh up bed linens or a room. Lavender is a beautiful plant that attracts bees and butterflies, which is highly beneficial for your garden.
  • Mullein – Mullein is one of my go-to herbs for respiratory issues. The plant is unique with soft, fuzzy leaves and a single flower stalk that has many little yellow blossoms. I’ve seen mullein plants as tall as me—just over 5 feet.
  • Plaintain – You’ve probably weeded one of these things from your flower beds or yard. It is a common plant that is very useful for creating poultices to draw out infections or slivers.
  • Dandelion — Another one that you have probably long-considered a weed. However, the root is a classic herb for detoxifying the liver; the leaves are a good source of iron, calcium, and trace minerals; and the flowers can be made into dandelion wine or gently sauteed in butter for a side dish.