Growing Medicinal Herbs at Home

Growing medicinal herbs and teas, right at home. This article explores some of the easiest and most useful medicinal plants
Medicine garden infographic
 Artwork by KT Shepherd.

Disclaimer: this article is about growing medicinal herbs. Nothing on this website is presented as any sort of medical advice, and if you’re bleeding, in intense pain, or otherwise concerned about an undiagnosed set of symptoms, for cryin’ out loud, go to a doctor!

The internet is a place to learn and interact, not to replace the help of a qualified professional. The same goes for herbalism. You can learn a lot of basic skills on your own, but to truly unveil the magic of plants, you’ll do well to find qualified experts to work with, who will help you make informed choices about your own healing and/or teaching journeys.

All plants are medicinal, in some way, to someone.

All Plants are Medicine

This is a pharmacy, an apothecary:

Growing Medicinal Herbs - pharmacy shelves


Growing Medicinal Herbs - jars of herbs on a shelf


Growing Medicinal Herbs - bulk foods in a grocery store


Growing Medicinal Herbs - supermarket full of toxic food


Growing Medicinal Herbs - permaculture food forest
Photo by Heather Jo Flores

All plants are medicine, all food is medicine

Your food is either healing you, or it’s making you sick. There is no neutral. That being said, some plants are more medicinal than others, especially when it comes to establishing your own herbal apothecary for home remedies, nourishing teas, and first aid.

Here are my own “Top 10” medicinal plants I ALWAYS grow, no matter where I am living.

And here’s an excellent guide to common medicinal plants.

Growing Medicinal Herbs - valerian flowers in sun light
Valeriana Officinalis, easy to grow almost anywhere and useful for many types of medicine. Photo by Heather Jo Flores

Harvesting and processing medicinal plants

Crystal Stevens is an herbalist, a teacher, a farmer and homesteading mama, author of Grow, Create, Inspire. She writes about a wide range of topics associated with using plants and food as medicine. 

​Here are some of the articles she’s published on our blog, about how to process your medicinal herb harvest:


Growing Medicinal Herbs: Every village needs a witch

Sarah Wu runs the Village Witch Project, which offers teachings in deep ecology, herbalism, and permaculture, from an ecofeminist perspective.

VICE did a recent feature about Sarah and her projects, and in this podcast, she discusses her work with herbs, community, and the Envision festival she organizes at her permaculture center in Costa Rica.

Sarah Wu Village Witch

Want to learn more about this and other topics related to permaculture, sustainability, and whole-systems design? We offer a range of FREE (donations optional) online courses!

Relevant Links and Resources​

Check out this Fascinating TEDx talk about flavor, bitterness, medicine, and poison:

The bitter conundrum: poison or medicine? | Eugeni Roura | TEDxUQ

For folks who have a harder time getting outside, for whatever reason, about Bringing Nature Inside

pot of bean sprouts
Grow sprouts anywhere

Here’s a lovely article, focused on providing useful information all about Herbs and Flowers for Aging

evening primrose flowers
Evening Primrose

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