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Want to create a natural pharmacy in your own backyard or in a small pot on your kitchen windowsill? It’s possible. Chamomile, thyme and oregano are the easiest medicinal plants to grow on your own, according to Francisca Coelho, vice president for glasshouses and exhibitions at the New York Botanical Garden. “All you need is a well-drained soil, and you can grow all of them from seed,” Coelho says. “You can do them in pots or you can do them directly in the soil.”

Although these plants need bright sun and will go dormant in the winter, they are also hardy, Coelho says, and they come back by themselves in the spring.  Each of these plants has different watering needs and Coelho’s best advice is to allow them to dry out once in order to figure out the right watering schedule.

Find out more about how these and other healing plants can cure what ails you, as well as the best way to make your natural remedies garden grow.

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