How To Find The Perfect House For Growing Medicinal Plants

Guest Post by Suzie Wilson

Growing medicinal plants is becoming more popular as natural medicines once deemed “alternative” become mainstream. More people are taking control of their health and exploring non-pharmaceutical alternatives. If you are interested in naturopathic options, you can easily grow your own herbal apothecary if you have the right space. Here’s how to find the perfect house for growing medicinal plants.

Choose A Suitable Geographic Location

Plants require sunlight in order to perform photosynthesis. This is the process through which they convert light, water, and oxygen into usable energy. Plants need this energy to produce seeds, grow, and bloom.

sunny field and mountain

While it’s possible to replace natural sunlight with UV grow lights, it is not ideal. If you’re serious about growing medicinal plants, you’ll want to find a home in a climate with plenty of sunny days.

A little forethought about where you make your home can go a long way towards your goal of growing a successful medicinal herb garden.

Determine How Much Space You Need

Size is a critical consideration when house hunting. You’ll need a sufficient number of bedrooms and bathrooms for your family, of course. But there are additional considerations if you want to grow medicinal plants.

Growing Medicinal Plants Indoors

If you’re planning to grow the plants indoors, you’ll need a sunny room for this. Plenty of windows will be a must! Windows facing south and east will provide the best natural light to let your plants thrive.

Sunny window for growing medicinal plants

Growing Medicinal Plants Outdoors

If you’re going to grow outdoors, scope out property sizes. For example, if you want to grow a vegetable garden, it’s recommended to allot 200 square feet of garden space for each person that you want to feed. If you’ll only be growing medicinal herbs, you may need less space.

small building with grassy yard for growing medicinal plants

Either way, think about where your garden patch will be located. Is the area large enough for your needs and clear of trees or buildings that will block the sun? If your goal is to have a successful garden of any kind, you won’t be happy with property that won’t support it!

Consider Your Other House Needs

Of course, your future medicinal garden isn’t the only consideration when looking for a house. Other factors worth examining include the neighborhood, proximity to public transportation, and school district.

You may also have other space-related needs. For example, if you work from home, do you want a separate office?

The Spruce provides a list of things to keep in mind when looking for a house, everything from lighting to curb appeal.

Start Visiting Properties

Once you have a concrete idea of what you want in a house, it’s time to start the search.

While it’s great to look online, make sure to visit places of interest in person. You may find it best to enlist the help of a licensed real estate agent.

Visiting the property will give you a feel for the house and help you determine if it can accommodate your homegrown apothecary.

Get Your Finances In Order

So you’ve found a property that you think is perfect for growing medicinal plants and that you’d love to call home. Great! It’s time to make an offer.

However, before you do, it’s advisable to get your financial paperwork in order. Forbes explains that getting preapproved for a mortgage can help you look like a more serious buyer. This will improve your odds of closing the deal on your perfect home. In a competitive housing market, this is a big boon.

Prepare For Your Move

Once you’ve closed the deal on your property, you can get ready for the fun part—making the move and settling in!

When you’ve moved in, map out the space that you plan to use for growing medicinal plants. Start thinking about what you’d like to grow.

Country Living offers a roundup of medicinal plants you can grow at home, from rosemary to turmeric. Get an overview of what these plants need to survive, so you can plot your garden accordingly.

Growing Medicinal Plants At Home

Growing medicinal plants at home can be a wonderful way to take greater control over your personal health. Using effective natural remedies can minimize reliance on pharmaceuticals and improve overall wellness.

As an added bonus, plants in the home help improve air quality, creating CO2-balanced air that will keep you happy and healthy.

We hope these tips will help you find the perfect house for growing medicinal plants. Be sure to visit the other Homesteading How To posts for more gardening tips and ideas.


Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years of experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. You can learn more about Suzie on her website Happier Home.