Happy winter! Or not.

As the weather outside continues to get frightful-er, you might be inspired to convert to hermitism. It sounds glorious to me! And anything I can do to avoid having to venture out into...*shudders*..."society"...is even gooder! Blossom your inner-hippie by planting and growing your own medicine!

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#1: Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera (Photo by pisauikan on Unsplash)
Aloe Vera (Photo by pisauikan on Unsplash)
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The classic. As a dumb kid growing up in BFE (Northern Minnesota division), every time I burned myself, mom would snap off some aloe vera (after wondering out loud why she couldn't have just had a back rub that day years prior). Worked like a charm! It also works on irritated skin and even helps with digestion!


#2: Jiaogulan 

Jiaogulan Photo by Margaret Jaszowska on Unsplash)
Jiaogulan (Photo by Margaret Jaszowska on Unsplash)
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First: gesundheit. Second: it's pronounced je-ow-gu-laan. Use the leaves to make tea to get a similar effect to ginseng for gooder brayn funkshun.

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#3: Lavender

Lavender Photo by Daiga Ellaby on Unsplash)
Lavender (Photo by Daiga Ellaby on Unsplash)
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Legendary for stress reduction and relaxation...and you don't even have to smoke it! Use it for tea, in baked goods (Great British Bake Off, anyone?), and for aromatherapy.


#4: Mint

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Mint (Photo by Shaun Meintjes on Unsplash)
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It's not just for Mint Juleps and fresher breath! Make a tea out of it for gooder digestion, to soothe sore throats, and to help reduce fevers.


#5: Lemon Balm

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Lemon Balm (Photo by Sebbi Strauch on Unsplash)
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Another one that helps you chill, without getting high. Lemon balm aids in digestion, too!


#6: Moringa

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Moringa (Photo by Neha Maheen Mahfin on Unsplash)
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I've never heard of this one, either. Moringa helps tame inflammation.


#7: Oregano

Oregano...really! Photo by Dayana Brooke on Unsplash)
Oregano...really! (Photo by Dayana Brooke on Unsplash)
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It's not just for spaghetti sauce (but it does rule for that!). Oregano helps with digestion. And if you're Cheech & Chong in the 70s, you claim it's pot and can sell it to teenagers!


#8: Rosemary

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Rosemary (Photo by Babette Landmesser on Unsplash)
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Do you have problems burping and farting all the time? More accurately: do your coworkers have problems with you burping and farting all the time? Get yourself some rosemary. It helps to relieve gas and bloating.


#9 Thyme

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Thyme (Photo by Anja Junghans on Unsplash)
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It's not just for herb-related jokes! Use it in tea, sprinkle onto dishes, or mix it in with salads for digestive help. It can also help relieve cold symptoms!

H/T: Reader's Digest

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