So, I'm dedicating an herb garden here in OKC. I love herbs, because:
- They are easy to grow and don't require much watering
- Many are perennial
- Many are evergreen
- They often smell good
- They are really worth the investment. (Sometimes it seems hard to justify the investment in potatoes - but parsley will pay you back 25x before it dies).
I just killed last weekend: peppermint. I swear, I planted it in a pot - but it escaped.
I want to plant in my "herb garden" right by the back door: rosemary, thyme, chives, lovage, salad burnet, and oregano.
I want to plant herbs elsewhere: dill, stevia (potted), comfrey, echinacea, feverfew, lavendar.
I don't have any experience in using herbs for medicinal purposes, but it might be handy to have them planted already in case TSHTF. Hopefully I could learn then, when I have a lot of time on my hands :). Most of my herbs I use for culinary purposes, which of course is a type of medicine. You are what you eat, right? But, many of the herbs I have chosen have two, three, or four purposes. Multi-purpose plants are one of the main dictums of permaculture, and you can't get much more multi-purpose than herbs.
For example: Rosemary (I need to get a Zone 7 version)
Medicinal - Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
Culinary - Used in many different dishes, twigs are great on the BBQ
Landscape - Evergreen, has small blue or purple flowers
Aromatherapy - Headache remedy