Pot Marigold – The pot marigold grows in almost any type of soil condition. It has no problem with nutritionally poor, very acidic or very alkaline soils, just as long as it’s moist. It is well known as a remedy for skin problems and the tea of the petals are supposed to tone up circulation and if taken regularly, eases varicose veins. It is also said that by applying the crushed stems of the pot marigold to corns and warts makes them easily removable.
Chamomile - Chamomile has a soothing and calming effect in the area of aromatherapy, used to end stress and aid in sleep. It can also be used for a number of ailments, including a cold, diarrhea, earache, toothache, digestive disorders, eczema, and common wounds.
Tea Tree - Even the Aborigines have been using the tea tree leaves for medicinal purposes, like chewing on young leaves to relieve headaches. The leaves and twigs, eventually made into tea tree oil, is anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic. Tea tree oil can be used in home-made cleansers and to treat several conditions including thrush, vaginal infections, acne, insect bites, cold sores and minor burns.
Lemon Balm - The flowers, which appear during the summer, are full of nectar. When you rub the crushed leaves on the skin they are used as a mosquito repellent, for herpes, gout and insect bites. If you infuse the leaves with water, it is known to treat colds, fevers, indigestion, depression and headaches.
Peppermint – Peppermint is naturally high in manganese, vitamin A and vitamin C. Crushed leaves rubbed on the skin help soothe and relax the muscles. Infused peppermint leaves are used to reduce irritable bowel syndrome, against upset stomachs, to treat fevers and flatulence.
Putting crushed leaves in boiling water is used as an air freshener and an inhalant to loosen phlegm. It's also a flavoring.
Feverfew - Used to treat colds, fevers, and arthritis, as well as for bruises, swollen feet, and to help with migraine headaches. Chewing up to 5 leaves per day is suggested for home remedy for headache (migraine). As an herbal tea, it is taken to reduce fevers or prevent muscle spasms.
Oregano – This super herb is very rich in anti-oxidants and a natural source for Omega-3 fatty acids. It can be used as a disinfectant, and an aid for throat/respiratory infections as well as digestion. Oregano is a great source for vitamin E & K, calcium, iron and fiber. You can use it as dried seasoning or just add the leaves to your salads.
Did you know?
- Western medicine eventually turned away from “herbalism” and concentrated instead on chemical cures. It is interesting to note, however, that many of the chemicals and medicines that have been developed over the years are in fact based on active ingredients present in herbs and plants.
- Today’s modern healthy lifestyles are learning to include ancient herbs and supplements as part of a holistic approach to life. Ginko, Ginseng etc. have never been so widely used.
- Besides medicinal use, herbs have always been part of human food preparation. Who can imagine a life without Basil, Thyme, Rosemary or any of the herbs we’ve come to love in our cuisine?