At Greengage plants are used to add colour, variety, to encourage wildlife, for shade, shelter or screening. However plants have been a crucial source of food, medicine, household items and other products for centuries. They are indeed an invaluable resource for humans.
We’re big fans of multi tasking at work and home, so here’s our top ten plants that look great but are also useful for our physical and mental health.
Aloe vera is a well-known plant used for its medicinal properties. The gel inside its leaves is widely used for treating skin burns and irritations. It is also used in a variety of skincare products and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Peppermint is a popular herb that has a pleasant aroma and is used in various home remedies. Its leaves are often used to make tea, which is known for its soothing properties and for its ability to relieve nausea and stomach discomfort.
Lavender is a beautiful ornamental plant that is well known for its pleasant scent. Its flowers are often used in the production of essential oils, which are known for their calming properties. Lavender is used in aromatherapy and as a natural remedy for stress and anxiety.
Ginger is a herbaceous plant with many health benefits. Its roots are used to make tea, which is effective in treating nausea and motion sickness. Ginger is also an excellent seasoning for food and is known for its immune-boosting properties.
Chamomile is another useful plant with powerful properties. The flowers of chamomile are used to make tea, known for its calming and stress-relieving properties. Chamomile is also used in skincare products as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Sage is a herb that is widely used in cooking for its pungent flavour. The plant’s leaves have medicinal properties that make it useful in treating sore throats and coughs. They are also known to aid digestion and improve focus and memory.
Echinacea is a herbaceous plant that is commonly used to treat common colds and flu. Its leaves and flowers contain compounds that help to stimulate the immune system and reduce inflammation. Echinacea is also helpful in healing wounds and fighting infections.
Tea tree is a useful plant that is commonly used in skincare products as an antiseptic and antibacterial agent. The oil extracted from its leaves is also used to fight acne, dandruff, and fungal infections.
Basil is a popular culinary herb that is used in Italian cuisine. It has antioxidant properties and is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. Basil is also known to aid digestion and reduce stress and inflammation.
Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that is widely used in Asian cuisine. Its main active ingredient is curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is also believed to provide benefits to brain function and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Words: Jennie Eastick, Amateur gardener and Office Manager