During my time working at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat I was lucky enough to learn about the amazing healing properties of herbs.

Speaking to Gwinganna’s gorgeous organic gardener Shelley was so inspiring! She is bursting with fascinating information and facts about herbs and their medicinal benefits, not to mention how to use them and grow them in your own garden.

There are so many easy to grow and easy to use herbs that you can pick and prepare to treat minor illnesses from your home. If you are looking at growing your own medicinal garden should include these herbs: Aloe Vera, Dandelion, Comfrey, Chamomile, Lemon balm, Echinacea and Mint. These basic herbs are safe and effective for majority of people to use in simple teas, poultices or ointments. Here are just a few herbs and their benefits!

Aloe Vera 

Living First-Aid Plant, Medicine Plant, Wand of Heaven, Burn Plant, Divine Healer

Man has used aloe for over 5000 years. Egyptians first wrote of the healing powers of the plant on their ancient papyrus texts calling it the plant of immortality. Cleopatra was known to bathe in aloe juice to preserve her youth and beautiful looks.

Some of the benefits include:

– Pain and allergy inhibitor


-Fluid retention

-Perspiration odors



-Close cuts for cell regeneration and healing

-Destroy parasites, harmful bacteria and fungi in the intestinal tract

-Relieve bowel tension and help produce bowel movements

-Moisturize skin, increase blood flow, remove toxins and dead tissue

-Penetrate skin to reach tendons, muscles, joints and the lymph system

-Promote the growth of new tissue

– Normalize action on fluid levels and the acid/ alkaline balance in the body

Researchers have found that aloe vera applied externally has the ability to reach the deepest body tissues, penetrating approximately seven layers.

Apply the gel from the leaf immediately for burns and scalds, insect bites, nettle stings, chilli burns, pain in general and for quick healing. For external use, a fresh leaf can be cut open with a knife and the gel applied to the skin.


Lion’s Tooth, Puff Ball, Cankerwort, Prince in Paupers Clothing, Royal Herb

Dandelion will grow under almost all conditions, thriving in dry areas, just as well as it handles the wet conditions.

Dandelion has been a revered herb throughout history, regarded as one of the very best herbs known for gall, spleen and liver complaints, and one of the safest and most active plant diuretics. As the green leaves are a valuable

Some of the benefits include:

-Alkalize to the body to reduce excess acidity

-Oxygenate, purify and build blood

-Cleanse and regenerate cells

-Stimulate digestion


Knitbone, Woundwort, Healherb, Gum Plant,

‘Materia Medica’ of 50 AD, prescribed the plant to heal wounds and broken bones. The name comfrey is believed to come from Latin ‘confera’, meaning knitting together.  Knit-bone is another common name for Comfrey. You should apply the leaves or roots as a wash, poultice or ointment.

Some of the benefits include:






-Varicose veins




-Insect bites


-Muscular pain

-Pulled tendons



-Dermatological conditions

Lemon Balm

Bee Balm, Balm, Sweet Balm, Melissa, Cure-all

You can use Lemon Balm leaves in a bath, compress for wounds or make an infusion

Some of the benefits include:

-Treat wounds


-Viral infections

-Digestive aid


-Menstrual cramps

-Promote menstruation


Coneflower, Purple Coneflower 

Some of the benefits include:

-High immune system boost.

-Kills a wide variety of disease causing viruses and bacteria

– Fight infection

-Strengthens tissues

-Prevent infection by boosting immune system

-Fight off colds and flu

-Prevent yeast infections

– Preserve white blood cells

-Wound healer

-Prevent germs from penetrating tissues

-Anti-arthritic properties.


Minta Spacata

Mint is an invasive plant that can quickly take over a garden. You can grow mint quite easily indoors or bring it inside for the winter months.

Some of the benefits include:






-Respiratory Disorders


-Asthma: Regular use of mint is very beneficial for asthma patients, as it is a good relaxant and gives relief in congestion.

-Skin Care  (pimples)

-Female Sterility

-Oral Care inhibiting harmful bacterial growth inside mouth and by cleaning tongue and teeth.

-Cancer enzymes present in mint may help cure cancer

You can easily add herbs into your daily life by adding them to smoothies, salads and tea! It’s such a fantastic feeling to grow your own plants, and to be able to use them for your health is even better!

Good luck in your garden!


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