Healing herbs

Piles and piles of Peppermint 😍

I’ll tie these in bunches and hang upside down for a couple of weeks to dry before saving in jars or mixing with other herbs to make some nice healing teas.

Garden mint is known to be beneficial for treating headaches and nausea but check out the list below from “Epic Gardening” for the treatment of many more conditions….

Mint for Allergies

Mint for the Common Cold

Mint for Indigestion

Mint for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Mint for Skin Conditions

Mint for Anti-Microbial Properties

Mint for Nausea and Headaches

Respiratory Disorders and Coughs

Mint for Breast Feeding

Mint for Potential Cancer Prevention

Mint for Candida

Also in the photo are some dried herb flowers from the garden I just jarred. Here are some pics of them in bloom before I harvested and a summary of their healing virtues ….

Yarrow

Yarrow helps in the treatment of fever, common cold, hay fever, menstrual issues, dysentery, diarrhea, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal & digestive issues, anxiety and depression . Some people chew the fresh leaves to relieve toothache.

Cornflower

Traditional medicinal uses for Cornflower include ; treating constipation, dropsy, kidney ailments, mouth ulcers and bleeding gums.
The eyewash prepared from cornflower blossoms for conjunctivitis, eye ailments and tired, strained or puffy eyes.
It improves resistance to infections.
The tea is used for promoting digestion and also detoxifies liver.
Flower bud infusion is used for treating urinary tract infections.
When used internally as a tea helps to ward off common cold.
Seeds infusion is used in Europe to cure constipation.
Petals infusion internally for treating yeast infections.
It stops bleeding in open wounds as well as bleeding gums.
A poultice to aching muscles, bruises and inflamed joints.
The infusion of flower heads (dried or fresh) is used as a wash on scalp to eliminate dandruff.
It possesses astringent qualities which help to treat dark circles and puffy eyes.
The flowers paste is useful in bruising.
It is helpful for ulcers and lowers the appearance of wrinkles.
The leaves decoction is used for rheumatic complaints and if used as a hair rinse treats scalp eczema.
It is used to regulate menstrual disorder..
It is used to cure irritated and inflamed skin.
It is beneficial for those people experiencing stress, anxiety, depression and other nervous system disorders.

Calendula (Pot Marigold)

The colorful petals of calendula are rich in flavonoids which are naturally occurring compounds found in vegetables and fruits—that have been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombogenic, antidiabetic, anticancer, and neuroprotective activities through different mechanisms of action observed in-vitro and animal models . It has been used for centuries, both internally and topically, to heal wounds, burns, and rashes. The flowers are a traditional remedy for supporting the immune system and lifting the spirits. The edible ray florets of the flower heads (which look like yellow petals) are bursting with antioxidant compounds. Calendula has very gentle ways and I can personally vouch for its amazing healing effects on wounds as I used it to heal significant tearing after giving birth .

Common Mallow

Nutritionally Common Mallow contains Vitamins A,B,C,E; inulin; mucilage; phenols; flavonoids; essential fatty acids; fibre; calcium; magnesium; zinc; selenium and potassium. Mallow has also had a long history of medicinal use. It is an excellent soothing herb, especially for cases of inflammation, either for the urinary, digestive or respiratory systems.
Pregnant women or new mothers may like to know that mallow leaves can provide useful amounts of iron, as well as being quite high in zinc and most vitamins.
All of the Mallow family with exception of the cotton plant (Gossypium hirsutum), are reportedly edible. With their high mucilage content, the leaves can usefully be taken as an emergency antidote to irritation or burning.
Creative cooks can substitute mallow for spinach in many dishes, including soups, salads and quiche. It also makes a great addition to soups, whereby the mucilage helps to thicken them.

Some more photos of our summer garden wild food and medicine….

Farmacy 😍
Wild Stinging Nettle has been a staple in herbal medicine since ancient times.
Ancient Egyptians used stinging nettle to treat arthritis and lower back pain, while Roman troops rubbed it on themselves to help stay warm!
The sting comes from the tiny hair-like hollow structures on the leaves and stem which contain various chemicals including histamine, often causing redness, swelling and itching . Interestingly, people who regularly work with nettles, e.g. harvesting etc. seem to develop a higher tolerance for the nettle sting over time.
Once nettle is “processed” via high heat, drying , blending, freezing etc, the sting effect is no longer present. Nettle leaves , roots and seeds are highly nutritious and medicinal for both humans and Nature in general .
Here are some evidence-based benefits of stinging nettle ; A variety of nutrients, include ; Vitamins A, C and K, as well as several B vitamins: Minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium: Several
essential fats and pigments and
all of the essential amino acids.
Many of these nutrients act as antioxidants inside your body.
Nettles contain anti-inflammatory properties, are beneficial for allergies , balancing blood pressure and sugar levels , cardiovascular health, liver health , wound healing and more. Nettles are a super fertiliser for soil and they are the host plant for many garden butterflies including Red Admiral , Comma and Small Tortoiseshell . In summary ; Nettles are legends
😍
Making nettle soup which includes garlic potatoes and celery . Delicious !
Meadowsweet down a local lane , the flowers and seeds of which I harvested for medicine tea and to plant in our garden. Also some info below on its healing powers from my book “Hedgerow Medicine”

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