Not only is herb growing a fantastic hobby for the elderly and people with disabilities, it can also be a very very profitable pastime.
Herbs are in huge demand these days due to the huge increase in popularity of natural healing and treatments using age old remedies such as herbs and spices and not to mention the healthy eating trend that is taking the country by storm.
Not only can fresh herbs be used for home remedies and cooking but herbs are also very popular dried and they can be turned into products, such as herbal balms, essential oils, and various ointments. Do some research and you will soon see exactly what a huge market and potential you have for earning money from a product that costs next to nothing to produce. Not to mention the lovely fresh herbs you will have to add to your own dishes.
Earning money from selling herbs is certainly not a new idea, in fact over 40 years ago I can recall my mother having a fantastic looking container garden full of lovely smelling herbs and spices on our back patio. There was always a constant stream of people coming to our door and she would take them out to her herb garden and fill small paper bags with herbs cut straight from the bushes for them. She knew exactly which different herbs and spices to give for different ailments, and which ones would add the best flavors to stews and soups etc.
Growing herbs to sell wasn't the her only motive I realized in latter years. The pure enjoyment of being able to see her herbs and spices actually helping cure people gave her an inner glow that is indescribable. Over the years she filled over 40 exercise books in which she documented many peoples illnesses and the herbs that helped them feel better.
However this article is more about growing herbs and spices to supplement your income and for those interested my mothers diaries will be published in other articles on this site at a later date.
To start making some income growing herbs you will need to some research on which type of herbs are in the most demand.
Listed below is an example of just some of the popular herbs that can be grown in your own backyard! In fact you may have some of these growing already.
This list should start you thinking by giving you an idea of the huge potential in medicinal herbs as cures and as a money making venture working from home.
Garlic - Garlic is an excellent natural antibiotic, and immune system builder. Believed to help lower cholesterol as well as help with high blood pressure, cancer and diabetes.
Ginger - Ginger has long been known to relieve and also to prevent headaches. It is anti-inflammatory and contains substances that relieve pain.
St. John's Wort - Herbal supplement that is often used to treat many conditions. Also used to treat depression. Damiana, Ginseng, and Valerian root are also used to improve depression symptoms such as insomnia and stress.
Red clover- Famous as an alternative cancer treatment, and is a natural blood thinner.
Radish - Great for gall-bladder and liver ailments.
Spinach - Improves the hemoglobin of the blood.
Beets - Excellent for certain conditions of the liver, and for improving blood hemoglobin.
Burdock - Burdock is unsurpassed as a blood purifier and treats chronic skin problems such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, boils, and canker sores. The burrs are good for the release of water retention. Contains: Vitamins Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Iron, Silicon, and Sulfur.
Dandelion root - A miracle cure for warts and liver spot remover. The high insulin content in dandelion root makes it a good sugar substitute for persons who suffer from diabetes mellitus. Rich in Potassium which works with Sodium to help reduce high blood pressure; and Lecithin for the function of the liver and gallbladder.
Cayenne - Beneficial for circulation and stomach ailments.
Celery - Celery juice is a natural diuretic and useful for persons with rheumatism or for those who want to lose weight.
Cabbage - Effective in the fight against duodenal ulcers, and is a good source of calcium for those who must avoid dairy products.
Licorice Root - Licorice has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antiallergenic properties. Acts as a mild laxative, will not cause dependency. Will reduce colic and help relieve constipation.
Fennel - Binds the necessary elements to officiate elimination. It is high in Omega 3 Fatty Acid.
Parsley - Parsley is one of the best diuretics. Healing and soothing to the kidneys and bladder as it relieves water retention.
Mandrake - Used as a mild laxative for constipation. Will help purify the blood from toxins. Used on fresh wounds will help eliminate toxins and help prevent infection.
Milk Thistle - Helps protect your liver as well as being used as a remedy for asthma, anthrax, bladder stones, dropsy, fever, piles, spasms, hepatitis, spleen and uterine problems.
Alfalfa - Used as a blood detoxifier and nutritional supplement. Good for acid stomach, alcoholism, allergies, anemia, appetite stimulant, arthritis, cancer, cholesterol, cramps, diabetes, fatigue, fever, glandular problems, gout, high blood pressure, jaundice, kidney cleanser, improving lactation, radiation damage, ulcers, urinary tract problems, vitamin and mineral deficiency.
Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera is used to treat burns, abrasions, skin injuries, and in cosmetic products.
Black cohosh - American Indian herb used in the treatment of arthritis symptoms, has qualities similar to aspirin as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-spasm constituents.
Boswellia - Herb used to treat arthritis, is similar to an over the counter or prescription-level non-steroid anti-inflammatory.
Chamomile - Has a natural calming effect. Drink a cup of chamomile tea to help calm your nerves and naturally relieve a headache.
Lavender - The oil is one of the most popular of all aromatic essential oils. Lavender oil can be used to treat a large variety of problems and ailments. Many herbalists recommend that lavender oil become an integral part of any household first aid kit.
Flaxseed - Required for healthy cell function and replication and a great source of omega 3 oils which help in heart disease and may assist aging skin.
Turmeric - Considered to be a valuable asthma natural remedy in the treatment of the condition.
Ginseng - Helps the body adapt to mental and physical stress, supports the immune functions and considered to have anti-cancer effects.
Bishop's Weed - Bishop's weed has the power to open up clogged nasal passages. Its seeds are tied in a cloth and inhaled directly to clear congestions.
Dong Quai - Used for many centuries in Asia to balance female hormones and as a treatment for the various discomforts associated with menopause.
Wild Yam - Very popular herb for women and has been also used to relieve menstrual cramps or pain, menopausal symptoms, rheumatic conditions, and gallbladder complaints, bilious colic and nausea.
Catnip - Soothes upset stomach.
Thyme - Culinary herb that also has medicinal properties as a cough remedy.
Echinacea - Used for hundreds of years by indigenous peoples in North America for its ability to treat viruses and bacteria, reduce allergies and enhance the immune system, commonly used to treat external wounds, psoriasis and eczema.
Rosemary - Studies done in the last several years show that oil from the leaves of the Rosemary plant can help prevent the development of cancerous tumors. External use only.
Basil - Has the capacity to dissolve the accumulated cholesterol from the arteries into the person's bloodstream.
Sage - Modern evidence supports its effects as an antihydrotic, antibiotic, antifungal, astringent, antispasmodic, estrogenic, hypoglycemic, and tonic. Sage was also found to be effective in the management of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
Anise - Used for treating anemia, fatigue, kidneys, peptic ulcers, pituitary problems, and for building general health, retaining water in the body, and relieving urinary and bowel problems.
Mint - This herb relaxes the muscles and is good for travel sickness. It also promotes sweating in fevers. Harvest before flowering.
Parsley - Used mainly as kidney stone, bladder infection, and jaundice medications, as well as digestive aids.
Oregano - Recent studies have shown that the essential oils of oregano have certain antifungal, insecticidal and antimicrobial activities.
Bay leaves - Useful treating high blood sugar, migraines, bacterial infections and fungal infections, rheumatism, amenorrhea, and colic.
All these herbs are very easy to grow. The amount of herbs you can grow will depend on the climate where you live and the free space available around your home. Herbs in fact need very little room and a complete range of the most popular herbs can be grown in pots and containers.
Know where to sell your herbs:
Word of mouth is very good and its free! Tell your friends and give them samples of your home grown herbs. It won't be long before they tell their family and friends and their family and friends tell......
Sell your herbs at your local flea markets.
Contact naturopaths and those who promote natural therapy treatments by finding them in your phone book.
Making money from herb growing is a business practically anyone can get into for very little outlay.