Basil is a medicinal herb that may help with lack of appetite, cuts, and scrapes, as well as flatulence. A report published in 2016 in the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, notes that basil, as well as parsley and spearmint, are traditional Persian medicines used to treat flatulence (intestinal gas). While it is not well studied, it can’t hurt to try it. Harvest the young leaves of this annual plant as needed. Here are the best herbs for your home garden.
Use the flower heads of this medicinal herb for infusions and salves to relieve indigestion and colic, anxiety, and tension, and skin inflammations and irritations. “With its apple-like scent, chamomile is both calming and uplifting,” says Jeanette Jacknin, MD, a holistic dermatologist in Solana Beach, California, and author of Smart Medicine for Your Skin. “It is said to help heal the skin by reducing dryness, itching, redness, and sensitivity in irritated and inflamed skin. Chamomile is included in many topicals for irritated itching problems including bug bites and contact dermatitis.”