How to Build an Awesome SHTF 22 Herbal Plant Medicinal Garden in 72 Square Feet

How to Build an Awesome SHTF 22 Herbal Plant Medicinal Garden in 72 Square Feet

Have You Ever Seen Such An Amazing Backyard Medicinal Garden Plan?

Survivalists and SHTF Preppers try to be prepared for as many scenarios as possible because they understand the importance of being self sufficient. And one important preparedness skill to have is to be able to treat someone who is ill or injured.

Whether you’re enjoying an off the grid lifestyle or simply in a situation where usable land is very limited, all of us would agree that being able to walk out in your “backyard” and find the medicine you need growing right there, ready to pick would be awesome. You’ll find a complete plan for just that in the article below by C. Davis at Ask A Prepper.

Things to Consider First

  • Plants with different therapeutic actions, such as anti-inflammatory, fighting fever, for heart failure, a sedative, etc… basically for anything. There is no need to have 6 plants with similar medical activities. We want to keep things as simple as possible.
  • Plants that grow in my climate (temperate)
  • Plants that I use on a regular basis (such as chamomile or mint)
  • Plants that can be also use in cooking like garlic, basil and rosemary
  • Ease of growth and plants that are not that easy to find in the wild; Here are some plants that are easy to start with: Basil, Chamomile, Echinacea, Feverfew, Johnny Jump-ups (a species of pansy), lavender, lemon balm, marigold, peppermint, rosemary, parsley, sage, thyme, and St. John’s wort

So I made this small survival garden plan which holds the most practical and useful medicinal plants.

If you think about it, 72 square feet is a very small piece of land (12 feet by 6 feet).

My 72-square-foot Medicinal Garden is divided into two parts: one with annual plants (hardiness zones 6 and colder: basil parsley and spilanthes) and one with perennial plants, which really only matters if you live to the north where you have a cold climate that does not support year-round growing. The majority of the plants are listed as perennials.

The 72 Square Feet Medicinal Garden Plan

 

Backyard Medicinal Garden Plan

 

basil1. Basil

  • 1 square foot
  • Full sun
  • As anti-inflammatory

Basil has long been used as a culinary herb, flavoring many dishes for centuries, particularly Italian cuisine. Basil can also aid in digestion when made as an infusion and can clear mental fog if basil oil is put on the sleeves or collar of a shirt. Basil is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and can be used to treat inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. It also has antibacterial properties and acts as an antioxidant. Basil can also be used in a bath.

The leaves are the primary part of the basil plant that is used. Oils can also be collected for use on their own or in tinctures.

valerian2. Valerian

  • 4 square feet
  • Hardiness zones 4-8
  • Full sun
  • As a sedative for the central nervous system

Valerian can be used as a relaxant and sedative for the central nervous system, making it an ideal sleep aid. With the proper dosage, valerian can be taken to induce a restful sleep without the feeling of grogginess in the morning. In addition, valerian can be used to minimize stress and treat fear, anxiety, depression, nervous tension, and irritability. It also acts as a digestive aid and minimizes discomfort associated with asthma attacks.

The root of the valerian plant is the part used for medicinal purposes. The root can be dried to be used as tea or made into capsules and the oils can be made into ointments or used as an essential oil or in tinctures.

aloe3. Aloe

  • 3 square feet
  • Hardiness zones 9-10
  • Full sun
  • For diseases of the bowel and Osteoarthritis

If you live in an area that is too cold for aloe, then you can easily keep it as an indoor plant, putting it outside in the summer. Aloe has long been used as a medicinal plant. The gel in the leaves can be used topically to treat sunburns, other types of burns, cold sores, frostbite, and psoriasis. Aloe gel can also be taken internally to treat various diseases of the bowel, osteoarthritis, itching and inflammation, fever, and to improve overall health. It can also be used to mitigate the effects of radiation treatments and to treat ulcers of the stomach, asthma, and diabetes.

Aloe also has latex that is located just beneath the skin of the leaf. This can be taken orally to aid with constipation and a number of other conditions, such as menstrual cramps, epilepsy, depression, hemorrhoids, bursitis, and varicose veins. However, it is not safe to take aloe latex in large quantities.

The leaves are the part of the aloe used. The gel in the leaves is primarily used, either topically or orally, but the latex can also be used in small doses.

Calendula4. Calendula (pot marigold)

  • 2 square feet
  • Hardiness zones 3-9
  • Full sun; partial shade
  • For ear infections

Calendula, also known as pot marigold, should not be mistaken for common marigold or Mexican marigold. It is often grown as an annual, but is a perennial in areas that avoid cold winter conditions and subtropical summers. Calendula acts as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and can be made into topical salves, lotions, and balms that are great for treating burns, bruises, cuts, and dermatitis. Calendula drops can also be used to treat ear infections.

Calendula has both culinary and medicinal uses. The petals have long been used in a similar fashion to saffron, being added to soups and stews. These petals were also once used to color butter and cheese. It is the dried petals of the flowers that are used for medicinal purposes.

Chamomile5. Chamomile

  • 2 square feet
  • Hardiness zones 3-9
  • Full sun; partial shade
  • For stomach cramps and wounds

Chamomile is commonly used to treat an upset stomach or stomach cramps. It also has a calming effect that helps with sleep. It is widely used in Germany to treat wounds, abscesses, various skin conditions, and gum inflammation.

The flowers are the primary medicinal part of the plants, although the leaves can be used as well. Flowers are generally used as an infusion or made into a tincture. It can also been used in a bath.

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