Let’s not get too carried away. There is no such thing as a band-aid seed, (although that would be pretty cool) and you certainly won’t find a bottle of alcohol sprouting cotton balls and gauze leaves any time soon.

So, how can you “grow” a first aid kit? This involves you taking advantage of nine natural food cures with incredible healing properties. So grab a pot, find a sunny spot, and check out these healing plants you can grow at home.

Homegrown First Aid Kit

1. Aloe Vera


This plant is great for damaged skin. When you’re done frolicking in the rays of an unforgiving sun, Aloe Vera’s soothing gel will be your best friend.

2. Basil

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Go bonkers for basil! Your headaches will be gone once basil leaves are rubbed on your temples, and you’ll dance all night after a basil, pain-relieving foot bath.

3. Lavender


Your days of yearning for even-toned skin are over with this plant. The oil from the flowers are great for blemishes, and did you know that lavender also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties too?

4. Lemon Balm

Unfortunately, this plant won’t provide you with a lovely lemon. Lemon balm is actually apart of the mint family, but is called “lemon balm” for its lemony aroma. This plant is great for healing and preventing cold sores, and if you rub the leaves directly on the skin, it’s a great natural insect repellant and can soothe bites. Take that mosquitos!

5. Mint


You probably already know that peppermint tea has soothing properties, but bagged tea just doesn’t compare to the real deal. Mint leaves are great for stomach discomfort i.e. cramps, nausea and gas pain.

6. Parsley

Phew! Do you smell that? Neither do I! Parsley neutralizes mouth odors, taking care of a truly embarrassing moment. A daily tablespoon of parsley is also great for your immune system.

7. Sage

Most of us have had a sore throat at least once in our lives. They’re annoying and painful and need to go away. Gargle with a cooled sage broth made from a quarter cup of leaves and that sore throat will be a thing of the past.

Most of these plants require the same care. Plant these foods in a pot, expose them to a lot of sunlight and water them often. Easy-peasy right? If you want to learn more about how to grow nature’s healers, and discover others, visit

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