Most often the cold season says buh-bye with a nasty cold. It’s pretty ugly to stay in bed when the sun starts to shine beautifully outside, and the best therapy to beat-up the cold is drink teas. Preparing a tea from fresh medicinal plants to boost immunity right away is the best option to get rid of a cold. This means that you have to grow some medicinal plants in pots to harvest their fresh leaves every time you prepare a cup of tea.

You can grow them indoors in pots very easily!

Thyme

Causes sweating and may speed up sore throat healing. It has diuretic action, and at the same time being a great antiseptic. It also protects the liver, and calms down dry cough.

How you use it

Prepare an infusion of 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb in a cup of water. Drink 2 cups a day for a week.

Contraindications

It’s not recommended if you suffer from depression or pancreatic insufficiency.

How to grow it in pots?

Plant it in well drained compost, adding a little soil with rotten leaves. It can be reproduced in March-April, both by seeds and by dividing mature bushes with roots with everything. Throughout the year, the pot is kept in the sun and heat. Water it only to maintain moisture.

Yarrow

“The pharmaco-dynamic action of this plant varies: antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, bitter and digestive tonic (the aerial parts of the plant), hypotensive and favors menstruation. Yarrow flowers are recommended in inflammation and as antiseptic. The aerial parts of the plant (stems and leaves) are recommended in anorexia.

How you use it?

Prepare an infusion from the inflorescences (1 spoonful of herb in a cup of water). Drink three or four cups a day.

Or you can prepare a decoction from the short plant with 1 tablespoon of plant to a cup of water. Drink 2-3 cups a day.

Contraindications

It’s contraindicated in hyperacidity, gastric ulcer and in pregnancy. Some people may accuse allergies.

How to grow it in pots?

It’s better propagated by cuttings, meaning that you have to cut 10 cm branches from the mature plant. Remove the leaves from the bottom and put the cutting with the stalk in a glass with water. After a few days, transfer it in the pot. It easily resists to low temperatures, but not less than 39.2 degrees. The soil must be watered very well, but be careful not to overwater the plant.

Oregano

Oregano acts as analgesic, antispasmodic, antiviral, antifungal, diuretic, hypotensive, sedative, vasodilator, etc. It’s recommended to get rid of gout, bronchial asthma, cough, peripheral circulation problems, muscle and joint pain, in intestinal colic, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, headache, migraines, nausea, stress, insomnia. It has no contraindications, but it’s good not to use it during pregnancy. After all the above bullet points, you should definitely grow oregano in pots. Beside all its curative properties you can add it to flavor the foods.

How you use it?

Prepare an infusion of 1 or 2 teaspoons of plant in a cup of water. Drink 1 cup after each main meal.

How to grow it in pots?

Oregano is the easiest plant you can grow in pots. Just put oregano seeds in the ground and keep the pot at room temperature. Remember that is cold sensitive. During summer you can take the pot on the balcony in direct sunlight. Also, the soil must always be damp, but well drained.

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