Natural Care: 10 plants and herbs to grow at home


With analgesic and antirheumatic properties, it is a plant often used to relieve spasms and muscular pains or to treat gastrointestinal problems. With calming power, it is considered a mild natural sedative. Its essential oil helps to combat depression, stress and tensions in the body.


The species, which has a mild scent and delicate flowers, is good for treating acne and for preventing rashes in children. When used as compresses, it helps relieve minor burns and treat varicose veins. The plant also contributes to the regularization of menstruation and eases cramps.


Rich in phosphorus, iron, and vitamins A, B, and C, it acts as an antiseptic and expectorant, and is also able to increase immunity, reduce cholesterol, and alleviate circulatory problems. Its presence in the garden also helps to combat the appearance of aphids and caterpillars.

Aloe Vera

Widely used to combat dandruff, lice, and hair loss, it has an antiseptic function and contributes to cell multiplication, helping to heal wounds. There are scientific tests on its effects in the treatment of inflammation and burns.


It has a very extensive list of benefits: it has antioxidant action, improves blood circulation, is anti-inflammatory, lowers cholesterol levels in the body, prevents ulcers, and has an analgesic effect. It can also be a great ally of the diet, thanks to its diuretic and thermogenic effects.


Besides accentuating the flavor of meat and fish, the herb has antiseptic power and expectorant effect, helping to relieve symptoms of coughs and bronchitis. It also collaborates in combating acne and infections caused by fungi. In the garden, it acts as a natural repellent against fleas and bedbugs.


Widely used in cooking, it presents several medicinal properties: it facilitates digestion, relieves stomach cramps, and is indicated to control anxiety. In the garden, it also helps to prevent the appearance of mites and aphids.


Its active ingredients help combat migraines, low immunity, memory lapses, and rheumatic and joint pains. It also helps combat depression by inhibiting the degradation of neurotransmitters responsible for the feeling of well-being. When used in compresses, its essential oils relieve bruises and hematomas.


Used since ancient times to reduce nausea, migraines, and abdominal pain, it is a great source of calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and C. Besides having anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and expectorant properties, it also has a repellent effect against rats, ants, and insects.

Boldo from Chile

Well known in folk medicine for easing digestion and treating liver, intestinal, and gallbladder problems. Besides having anti-inflammatory power, it also helps reduce insomnia, rheumatism, cystitis, constipation, and earaches. Its scented bath can help those who are stressed, sad, or depressed.