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Lots of people are beginning to see the benefit of having a garden and growing their own food at least to an extent. But did you know you could be growing your own medicine as well?

A Natural Antibacterial Bandage

Wooly Lamb’s Ear has been used for quite some time now to dress wounds. Not only are they extremely soft but they are also great for absorbing blood and aiding in making it clot quicker. These contain antibacterial. anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. This makes this plant a fantastic alternative to store bought bandages.

This plant has other medicinal uses as well. You can heat it’s leaves in a pot filled with simmering water and use it as an eye wash treatment for pink eyes and those pesky sties.  You can bruise the leaves and put them on bee stings or bug bites of all sorts to reduce swelling and itchiness. While this one may sound gross to some people but if needed these leaves can also be used as menstrual pads due to their softness and super absorbency.

If you’re not already including this plant into your garden you might want to add it into the mix. This plant will definitely come in handy!

How to grow your own antibacterial bandages from seeds:

  • Fill a well drained container with seed starting mix. Something small like a yogurt cup with holes in it will work just fine.
  • Wet the soil.
  • Plant the seeds only two or so in each container.
  • Keep the soil moist and the containers out of the direct sunlight until the seedlings germinate. When you see the tops of the plants emerging be sure to put them somewhere they will get at least six hours of sunlight a day.
  • When the plants have three sets of leaves the are ready to be transplanted into a semi-shady area of your yard. Be sure to place them at least a foot apart from one another.