When planning a garden most people think of the aesthetic appeal of the plants they select, or alternatively, edible plants may often be selected.  Plants are often selected for their colour, fragrance, care requirements and the time of the year they will put on a beautiful show.

However, an alternative is selecting plants which will add colour, fragrance and can be used for medicinal purposes.

If you’ve been thinking about putting in a new garden, why not choose from a selection of plants which will help improve your wellbeing and cure minor illnesses quickly.  While there are many plants to choose from when creating a medicinal garden, some of the best to use are peppermint, lemon balm, chamomile, yarrow and echinacea.


Used for medicinal purposes since around the 16th century, peppermint can be used to assist with:

  • Insomnia
  • Colds
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea; and
  • Indigestion

Peppermint has been shown to reduce the growth of bacteria and viruses and will provide a sweet scent from your garden.

Lemon Balm

A member of the peppermint family, Lemon Balm has been used for a variety of health purposes for around 2000 years.  Commonly Lemon Balm is used to treat:

  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Colds
  • Fevers; and cramps

Lemon Balm will reduce the growth of bacteria and fungi while providing a fresh lemony scent to your garden.


Chamomile, which produces a flower similar in appearance to a daisy, is a popular tea that can be purchased in most supermarkets, however, if you grow this at home you can use it to treat:

  • Colic
  • Insomnia
  • Digestion problems
  • Tension
  • Inflammation
  • Infection; and
  • To wash small sores


Used for medicinal purposes for centuries, Yarrow will assist in:

  • Relieving pain
  • Stopping a wound from bleeding
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Easing digestion; and
  • Reducing inflammation

Yarrow will also be a welcome addition to your garden, with a strikingly tall stem and providing flowers which bloom in clusters ranging from white to pink and lilac.


Used for medicinal purposes for centuries, Echinacea is used to strengthen the immune system, and is popular for treating:

  • Viruses
  • Bacterial infections; and
  • Colds

The leaves, flowers and roots of an Echinacea plant can be used for health and wellness, producing ointments, tinctures, extracts and more.

Producing a wide range of coloured flowers, from yellow to pink and purple, Echinacea will add vibrant colour to your garden.

So, if you’re thinking about planting that new garden, why not add the colour and fragrance you desire by selecting plants that you can also use to improve your health?