The recession has hit everyone hard. Still, people want to live a healthy life. People are more concerned with being green, being resourceful, and using natural products than ever before. This is where medicinal herbs can help, as a way to live a healthier and more natural lifestyle. A medicinal herb business can be profitable even in these times of economic uncertainty.
Growing medicinal herbs shouldn’t be too difficult, nor cost you a large amount of money. It’s still possible to get started for next to nothing, as seeds, fertilizer and small plastic pots are all you need, assuming you already have a growing space, a wheelbarrow and a few hand tools.
Now you’re ready to decide which herbs you’d like to sell. There are many medicinal herbs that are popular as well as beneficial. Here are some you might want to consider:
Chamomile – chamomile makes a nice, soothing tea. In Europe it has long been used as a digestive, sleep, and calming aid. It’s very easy to grow, and matures quickly. It tends to bolt in the summer, so grow early.
Lemon Balm – this is another easy-to-grow herb. It has an enchanting scent and makes a nice tea that is good for the digestive tract as well as being an immune booster. It’s also been known to be a stress reducer.
Marsh mallow – you probably didn’t know this was actually good for you! Marshmallow is great for coughs and bronchitis and a nice herb to use during cough and flu season.
Stevia – widely used as a sweetener, due to the sweet leaves and flowers. It has many uses such as healing cuts and wounds with less scarring, helping with acne, eczema, and dermatitis, and reducing plaque and inhibiting tooth decay.
Pick the ones that work for you. Don’t feel like you have to sell every medicinal herb. Instead, pick a few and become an expert in those. See what sells well and which ones your customers keep coming back for. Keep track of what sells best and you’ll be on your way to growing for profit.
Better yet, hopefully your customers will start to see results from using your herbs. Maybe their cough will go down or they’ll feel more relaxed when things pile up at work. Instead of purchasing an unnatural product from the drug store or eating junk food, maybe their first thought will be to use medicinal herbs.
As the recession continues to hit families hard, there is still hope in the medicinal herb business. People still want to live a healthier and more natural lifestyle. You could be growing for market and providing them with those herbs, helping their health and life improve, and seeing your profits grow. To learn more about the most popular medicinal herbs, read Growing Herbs for Profit.