There’s something about having natural remedies in my own yard that satisfies my inner earth mother, and makes me feel good.

My dream garden would be a fragrant pharmacy, with everything from Aloe to Valerian, but as I’m neither the most talented, nor the most committed gardener in the world, I tend to stick to a few indispensable basics.

This week for Three Things Thursday, I’m sharing my top three:

herbs: lavender, chamomile, and sage


1. Lavender.

This is such a comforting plant to me. As soon as I encounter the fragrance, I’m calmed. Even the soft green and purple of the leaves and flowers themselves are soothing to look at.

I use my home grown lavender as a treatment for headaches (literally crushing it between my fingers and inhaling the scent, or stashing a bunch under my pillow when I nap). I also dry it for use as drawer and wardrobe freshener.

On top of this, it makes a lovely cut flower. It seems to grow back as fast as I pick it, so there’s always plenty to give away.


2. Chamomile.

I grow as much chamomile as I can in spring and summer, and dry it for use all year ’round.

We use it to treat conjunctivitis, to soothe the symptoms of colds, and as a poultice for sunburn. We also drink chamomile tea when we’re stressed, or having trouble sleeping, because it’s very calming and relaxing.

It’s a wonder herb. I’m practically evangelical about it.


3. Sage.

The main reason to grow sage is for it’s deliciousness, but it has another quality that makes it priceless to me: it’s a brilliant treatment for PMS.

Sage reduces bloating, nausea, tension, and inflammation, so I make it up as a tea when I’m all hormonally afflicted, and it does wonders.


Choosing these top three was really tricky, because I have a few other real favourites out there in the yard, but these guys are the superstars of my garden.

I love them, and they love me back.

herbs lavender



Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor qualified to give medical advice. I’m just sharing what has worked for my family. Please do not use this information as a substitute for professional medical advice.