5 Plants For A Breast Cancer Medicinal Flower Garden

Medicinal Flower Garden For Breast CancerBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

This year, while planning your breast cancer healing gardens, consider adding some plants that can also be used as medicine.  With the current health care issues, it is helpful to remember that winter and sickness always rolls around again.  Adding medicinal plants to your garden might be the best insurance.

Calendula for breast cancer healing gardenCalendula
Calendula is one of the most familiar and beloved herbs, earning our affection with its cheerful golden flowers. The “petals” are edible and the whole flower is an important medicinal herb in treating skin conditions. Calendula is found in topical ointments, salves and creams and has many benefits.

  • Calendula yellow-orange flowers are an edible garnish for salads, cakes, and soups.
  • Calendula flowers are also incorporated into oils and salves for healing wounds, rashes, burns, and dry skin.
  • Calendula flowers are used internally in teas and tinctures
  • Calendula can be used in broths as an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and lymphagogue (stimulates the lymphatic system).
  • Calendula can be used as a digestive anti-inflammatory.

Calendula prefers full sun and average garden soil.  It is easily grown from seed—direct sow or start early in pots; the seedlings are somewhat cold tolerant. Calendula does well as a container plant, hence the common name “pot marigold.” Plant 10-14’’ apart; grows to 18’’ tall. Calendula’s sticky flowers must be picked every two to three days to ensure a longer flowering season.

Chamomile for breast cancer healing gardenChamomile
Chamomile is the quintessential herb for teas.  It has a pleasant, sunshine taste, it’s gentle enough for children and elders, and it has a host of benefits.

  • Chamomile tea drunk frequently can add peace to your body and your day.
  • Chamomile calms the body, particularly the nervous and digestive systems.
  • Chamomile is high in calcium and magnesium.
  • Chamomile is helpful for dealing with muscle tension, headaches, insomnia, and achiness.
  • Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory properties also aid in the treatment of wounds.
  • Chamomile tea can be made stronger for a more therapeutic tea.

Chamomile likes a sunny place in sandy soil.  The “Roman” variety, Anthemis nobilis is a perennial while the “German” variety, Matricaria, is an annual.  Both have similar uses but the German variety is sweeter, with an apple taste.  Chamomile is hardy and can withstand some foot traffic. Harvest the flowers on a dry morning after they have fully bloomed.

Dandelion For Breast Cancer GardenDandelion
Another beautiful present from Nature.  Yes, those weeds in your yard are incredibly effective herbal medicine.

  • Dandelion is very nutritive and acts as an overall tonic for the entire body.
  • Dandelion provides a good dose of vitamins A and C.
  • Dandelion is useful in supporting the digestive system.
  • Dandelion is a digestive bitter that induces bile flow, cleans the hepatic system.
  • Consider making dandelion “coffee” in order to feed the body, purify the blood and liver, and to feel more relaxed.

Dandelion is best harvested when it firsts appears in the spring; the entire plant can be used. You probably already know that dandelion likes open, sunny places.

Lavender For Breast Cancer Healing GardenLavender
Lavender is another herb that is very effective yet gentle enough for children and elders.  It has an affinity for the nervous system  It has a wide range of healing uses.

  • Lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.
  • Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to help heal minor burns.
  • Lavender can help digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling.
  • Lavender can be used for sore throats, toothaches, diarrhea, cough, arthritis, menstrual pain, and lowering blood pressure.
  • Have lavender essential oil on hand  for use in the house and car.

Lavender likes sunny places with sandy soil.  Harvest the flowers and stems on a dry morning after the flowers have bloomed.

Echinacea for breast cancer healing gardenEchinacea
Echinacea is a prime support for the immune system.  As such, it should be widely used for any type of infection.  Purple coneflower (another name for Echinacea) roots, seeds, and fresh flowers are all medicinal, and can be made into a tingly tasting, immune-stimulating tea or tincture.

  • Echinacea tincture or decoction could be used for infections of the mouth, such as gingivitis, canker sores, toothaches, tonsilitis, and sore throats.
  • A lotion with Echinacea will help with sores, cuts, acne, hemorrhoids, and psoriasis.
  • Use an Echinacea tincture to help with internal infections as wide-ranging as urinary tract infections, herpes, influenza, respiratory infections, snake or spider bites, and swollen lymph glands.

Echinacea adores sunny places and is native to the Great Plains.  The soil should be dry and fertile and the roots should not sit in water for any great length of time.  Echinacea grows easily from seeds and also self seeds well once it is established.  Plant the seeds as soon as the soil can be worked and when one or two more frosts can still be expected.  Thin the seedlings to 18 inches apart and protect the young roots from rabbits and hedgehogs.  Water the young plants well and weed thoroughly since they are not competitive.  Once established, however, Echinacea is fairly low maintenance.  You can also plant two months before the last frost date but the plants won’t bloom for the first year.  The plants bloom between June and October; harvest the flowers when they fully bloom and harvest the roots in the fall.

Most of the plants we shared with you are easy to grow and harvest.  Not only are they beautiful in your garden but they can be added regularly to your food and drinks.  Enjoy your new garden knowing you have taken one more step to a healthy and happy lifestyle!

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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