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Medicinal Garden Herbs List

  1. Dandelions
  2. Queen Anne’s Lace
  3. Yarrow
  4. Chamomile
  5. Mullein
  6. Common Plantain
  7. Cattail
  8. Purslane


Something that I never thought about growing up and certainly wasn’t taught was what is in our backyards and gardens. It wasn’t until I met my husband that I learned the importance of local “weeds” in our state.  Now I know what you are thinking, how in the world are weeds good or important?  We’ll discuss a few medicinal herbs uses.



Dandelions grow in abundance here in New York and they are medicinal.  Have you ever eaten a spring mix salad?  Dandelion leaves are common in spring mix salads. They serve a multitude of purposes, you can make Dandelion tea, coffee from the roots and of course salad from the leaves.  A few medicinal properties are detoxification, liver flush, fiber for constipation, iron to treat anemia, regulate diabetes and treat skin diseases.

Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Annes Lace


Otherwise known as Wild Carrot, this plant is readily available almost everywhere in the United States. Wild carrot is a natural remedy for kidney problems, cancer, urinary stones, gout, uterine pain and dysentery.  Overdosing is toxic for humans so be careful.  Wild carrot oil has been used for many years commercially as a fragrance in laundry detergents, soaps, lotions, creams and perfumes.




If you have a toothache and hate taking pain relievers for it, chew on the leaf of a yarrow plant. Yarrow can be taken to relieve gastrointestinal issues, diarrhea, loss of appetite and nose allergies.  It’s most common use is to reduce fevers and treat the common cold and yes it comes in a tea at your local health food market, online at amazon.com and a few other websites.  Yarrow can be used topically as well as orally. For topical purpose, yarrow serves as a styptic meaning it stops wounds from bleeding. This is very helpful out in the woods.  Yarrow oil is commercially used in shampoos.




I’m sure some of you may have wondered what the pretty white flowers that look like mini daisies are in your yard, it’s likely to be chamomile. I found it in my yard yesterday walking around and there it was, pretty little things.  Chamomile has soothing properties.  With that being said, chamomile is used for anxiety, ADHD, restlessness, insomnia and gas. Topically this can be used for eczema; wound healing; and bacterial skin diseases, including gingivitis.  Commercially used in mouthwashes.




Common mullein uses are the treatment of cough, whooping cough, tuberculosis, bronchitis, hoarseness, pneumonia, earaches, colds, chills, and flu, swine flu, fever, allergies, tonsillitis, and tracheitis. Topically mullein is used for wounds, burns, hemorrhoids, bruises, and frostbite.  Commercially used as a flavoring in alcohol.  Mullein are among the oldest known medicinal plants.

Common Plantain

Small Common Plantain


I’ve seen these plants my entire life and never knew what they were until I saw a picture. This is also called the great plantain and it is used for the treatment of bronchitis, colds and as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. This plantain can be used for dermatological conditions, consult your physician first. Overdose can cause diarrhea.




Cattail can be found in marshes, moist fields and wetlands throughout the U.S. This is a common plant used for a variety of uses including medicinal. The pollen can be use as a thickening agent when cooking.  The leaves can be used to make baskets if you are into basket weaving.  The roots are edible in the early spring. The shoots can be stewed or sauteed up and the brown seed head is similar to corn.  Medicinal purposes typically are for cuts, wounds, stings and burns.




Purslane is a succulent that grows in between sidewalks and in cracks of pavement.  This herb serves as a great vegetable and is full of Omega 3 fats.  For medicinal purposes, it is used as a diuretic and antibacterial.  I’ve seen them but never tried to eat it.


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This post is informational only. This is not a substitution for medical advice. I am not a medical doctor, consult your physician, herbalist or naturopath before taking these herbs. Excessive use can be toxic.

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Retrieved from a natural medicine database from my college, Everglades University.


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14 thoughts on “Medicinal Garden Herbs List

  1. I have always been fascinated by herbs but I had no idea how handy they can be. Your article breaks down the common “around the house” herbs and is extremely informative as to what they can do. I had no idea they were such powerful weeds! Thank you for the insight and I’m going to try some of these.

    1. Believe it or not I didn’t know either until a few years ago when my husband told me.  I studied it in class and herbs are used in many alternative medical practices such as Ayurveda. Thanks so much for your comments. 



  2. What an awesome read! I love everything all natural.
    All those chemicals in everything nowadays really messes with my body, so I’ve learned to love natural ingredients. I had no idea all these common plants had so many benefits! I can look out my window and look at a few now. I would love to know more about how I can use them. Would tinctures be a method of using these plants?



    1. Thank you Helen.  Yes tincture have the herbs as an ingredients.  It is truly amazing what people assume are useless invasive weeds.  I will see if I can find the pictures to insert into the post.



  3. Great post Candice! I love herbs but I am not really familiar when it comes to herbs name, I just know what it looks like. Can I ask if you could add some photos? I think it will help, what do you think Candice?

    1. I will add the photos. I’m a visual person as well so I will work on it this weekend, feel free to check back next week. Thanks for the comments.


  4. This post has taught me some new medicinal herbs, among what you have discussed I have heard about Dandelion and Chamomile others are new to me. I like herbs and I write about herbs, what I would like to know is if in your next article you you will go into the details of these medicinal plants. For example how to prepare them etc, for our benefit?

  5. Candice, I see Irene has already suggested images. Good that is what I was going to do.

    You might like to add Feverfew. Many people use it to ease migraine headaches. The scientific jury determining its usefulness seems to be out at the moment.

    All I have to go on is personal observation. Several friends have tried it and found it does help. Years ago my aunt used to have fearful migraines. She started growing and eating the Feverfew leafs and not only did her migraines mostly disappear but her arthritis improved too. An unexpected side bonus.

    I believe you have chosen a very helpful niche here to help people naturally.


  6. Thank you for all wonderful herbs list. I had no idea that herbs can resolve so many health issues… today with this huge supplements industry, it’s not easy to find a good natural relief that works.

    Thanks again for sharing. Great reading

  7. Great post. I recognize most of them in my neck of the woods (Pacific Northwest). I never denigrate local plants as “weed”. I think lawn grass is weed. My own backyard is “overgrown”, but in truth it is part of a natural ecosystem comprising hundreds of species. I’ll read more of your blogs by and by. Keep up the good work! – Anthony

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