25 Herbs and Medicinal Plants You Can Grow in Calgary

25 Herbs and Medicinal Plants You Can Grow in Calgary

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You don't need to go the rainforest to find medicinal plants and herbs!  You can grow some in your backyard right here in Calgary.  

 
You may find some already growing... Here are 25 herbs and medicinal plants that you can grow in Calgary.
 
 
1.  Anise – helps settle the digestive tract
2.  Basil – helps with mood, blood sugar regulation, and digestion
3.  Bearberry – used traditionally for urinary tract issues
4.  Borage – excellent essential fatty acids
5.  Calendula – natural anti-inflammatory internally and externally
6.  Catnip – used to occupy cats and relax your mood
7.  Chamomile – aids digestion and reduces inflammation
8.  Dandelion – root and leaves are used to help liver function and as a diuretic, respectively.
9.  Echinacea – immune booster and help against the common cold
10.  Feverfew – helpful to reduce migraines
11.  Foxglove – originally where digoxin comes from.   Please note, this is also poisonous so don't try this at home.
12.  Garlic – cholesterol lowering, antimicrobial.  Does this come in a capsule?
13.  Hyssop – helps settle the digestive tract, similar to anise
14.  Lavender – used to help aid relaxation.  Can be grown easily as an annual in Calgary, much more difficult to grow as a perennial here.
15.  Lemon Balm – digestive aid, anti-viral, mood relaxant, great addition to your water for flavour
16.  Lily of the Valley – contains cardiac glycosides
17.  Mint – reduces gas in the digestive tract
18.  Mullein – soothes coughs
19.  Nettle – nutrient dense and used for a variety of ailments from allergies to edema
20.  Plantain – excellent topical to take the sting out of bug bites
21.  Rue – used as an antispasmodic
22.  Sage – antiviral and digestive aid
23.  Shepherd's Purse – reduces heavy menstrual bleeding
24.  Sweet Clover – has blood thinning properties
25.  Yarrow – diaphoretic, also used to promote wound healing.  Legend claims Achilles used this herb to stop his wounds from bleeding at the Battle of Troy, hence its Latin name Achillea millefolium.
 
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