Top 10 Choices for a Medicinal Herb Garden

Our family tends to move often, but at each place we’ve lived, I’ve tried to grow a bit of a garden- whether it is in little pots or a garden patch. Medicinal herbs are a valuable asset to your growing space, alongside all those delicious edibles!

If you are wondering where to start, here are a few of my favorite suggestions:


This perfect for making healing balms, salves, oils, or baths to soothe rashes or irritated skin. It is usually easy to grow, and is fun for a child’s garden!


I prefer to grow this from starts instead of seeds, since it takes awhile to grow until it can be harvested. It loves any hot, sunny corner I put it in, and add new ones each year! Lavender is lovely in a calming tea, healing balm, salve, oil, scrubs, or bath.


This is my immediate go-to remedy for bumps & bruises. It works well in an oil or salve. I make sure to keep an arnica massage oil on hand during labor/postpartum to soothe those muscle aches from the intensity of birthing.


This grows abundantly in the wild in our area, so I’ve never actually planted it! It is good in a cooling bath for soothing skin irritations, or a tea of detoxing or fevers. It is easily dried and saved for use throughout the year.


Again, this grows prolifically in our area, so I giggle at the thought of planting this “weed.” But it is definitely a staple! Its nourishing leaves are full of nutrients, and can been cooked and eaten, or made into a tea. I drink it constantly when pregnant, and at other times for an energy boost. (Just beware of the sharp “needles” when harvesting!)


Mints are notorious for taking over garden beds. They spread quickly, so plant it in its own area or in pots. This is delicious in a tea, and helpful for soothing headaches or tummy aches.


This is one of the first medicinal herbs I ever planted years ago, and was amazed at how big the plant grew in one hot summer. It looked like a large, floral bush! It is good for a soothing tea or bath at bedtime.

Lemon Balm

Also known by its Latin name, Melissa, this is a healing and calming herb perfect in a tea, such as when fighting off a cold virus, feeling feverish, or needing a bit of relaxing at bedtime.


This is often found growing around like a weed in many areas of the country. You may even already have it in your yard! It is good in a balm or salve for wound healing, bee/bug stings, and baby ointments.


I always add lots of this healing herb to my postpartum baths for healing after giving birth, and it is often including in healing slaves.

Mountain Rose Herbs is my favorite source for medicinal herb garden seeds. I have put my remedy “recipes” and usage instructions in my ebook, “Herbal Nurturing.”

What are your favorites?

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3 comments to Top 10 Choices for a Medicinal Herb Garden

  • I would think of one and then noticed that you already had it. I think yours are some of my most favorites too. I think though that I would also add, Echinacea, Hyssop and Mullein and of course Dandelion but who would ever need to plant that. 😉


    Michele Reply:

    Yes, those are great additions! :) I do use those often, too. I did laugh when I saw that Mountain Rose Herbs actually does sell dandelion seeds. I guess that would be helpful if you were container gardening in an apartment complex or something, for example. Thanks!


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