Yardens the "New-Old" Healthcare System: 5 Garden Foods That Can Be Used Medicinally

Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food. These were the great words of Hippocrates and all the grandma's of this realm who taught their children to grow food.

All across the world for centuries people have grown a majority of what we eat, food was grown in the yard and the fields, our ancestors used food to make medicine and nurture the body.


The elixir of the gods. In ancient Nubia, the Pharaoh was the only being allowed to drink the waters of Jamaica. The benefits of sorrel, agua de Jamaica, Lo-Shen, or sour tea also called hibiscus are plentiful. If I were to suggest to my readers a tisane they should partake in regularly ... this would be the one.

Hibiscus is an herbal tea or tisane, meaning it is caffeine free and not in the genus family of Camellia Sinensis. When brewed it has a red hue and a tart taste. It can be enjoyed hot or cold and makes for a tasty treat for kids and adults when sweetened with raw sugar or agave.

Benefits May Include:

-Blood Pressure Regulation

-Metabolic Support

-Obesity Blocking

-Heart Disease Treatment

-Cholesterol Support

Simply brew, sweeten, and enjoy.

Hibiscus is drought tolerant and makes for a beautiful addition to any yard or yarden.


One of the most popular medicinally used foods you can grow is ginger. Its commonly used for nausea relief and for purging the body of impurities, and generally safe for pregnant women and children. Ginger has pain relief properties as well because of its anti-inflammatory benefits and can be very useful to arthritis sufferers.

Ginger can easily be grown in pots or planters. Leave a piece on your kitchen counter top until you start to see sprouts, cut into the ginger removing some of the ginger and the sprout, allow the cut to heal and then plant shallowly and be sure to keep the soil wet. Ginger grows best in tropical climates and will need to be watered often.

Benefits May Include

-Pain Relief

-Diabetes Support

-Anti-cancer Benefits



-Digestion Improvement

-Gas Reducing


-Cold & Flu Symptom Relief

NOPAL or Prickly Cactus

Nopal cactus also known as prickly pear are a magick filled genus of cacti. It's native to Mexico and is extremely easy to grow. Some of its benefits include weight loss support and lowering blood sugar, and is often sauteed or grilled. They are edible raw... just be sure to clean them properly and remove all cactus needles. You can make prickly cactus juice for smoothies, cook with eggs, and even serve sauteed with onions salt and pepper.

Studies I've come across in my research suggests that Nopal also has anti-inflammatory properties which points to some pain relief assistance. We also know that nopal is a helper to those who need to lower blood sugar levels, yay Nopal!

Nopal likes sunlight so be sure to propagate outside in the proper soil, it will do well in bright spots. Growing is very similar to propagating ginger and its quicker to do from a mature Nopal then from seed.

Benefits May Include:

-Metabolic Support

-Prostate Support

-Lowering Blood Sugar


-Rich In Antioxidants

-High Blood Pressure

-Chronic Fatigue


Rich in vitamins C, K, and B6 red chili peppers are easily grown at home and can add spice and medicine to your favorite dishes. Red chili pepper can fight inflammation and is a great way to tone the cardiovascular system; peppers fight cold and flu, as well as fungal infections.

There a many types of red chili peppers and they all belong to the nightshade family.

Benefits May Include:

-Migraine relief

-Metabolic Support

-Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

-Bad Breath

-Psoriasis relief


Tomatoes are one of the most popular under valued plant powers in our yardens. The tomato is a Superfood that benefits multiple systems in the body. The eyes, heart, and digestive system are 3 great reasons to grow and consume tomatoes, the skin benefits would be another.

Tomatoes are rich in minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins A & C, and other nutrients such as luetin and folic acid. Cooking tomatoes increases their nutritional value as well.

Benefits May Include:

-High In Antioxidants

-Blood Pressure

-Cardiovascular Health



-Eye & Skin Health

*In order to receive the benefits of the aforementioned foods in this blog entry, the practice of consuming these foods regularly must be implemented.

**Marni Alisha, is a certified herbal practioner.

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