Quick guide to different popular herbs and their uses.
This lovely fragrant herd with a small lilac flower that can be found flowering in the summer months. Used widely by the ancient Greeks women healers used spicy seeds for this plant for a wide range of ailments.
Today this herb is used as a remedy for PMT and menstrual problems.
Recommended for balancing out female hormones helping with problems such as anxiety, tenderness, bloating, headache and fatigue can also help with irregular periods.
When using for Menopause symptoms it can help with night sweats, hot flushes and fatigue.
This is a green cactus like plant that is very easy to grow, it derives from the lily family. The interior of the chunky leaves are full of a gooey healing gel containing natural emollients, anti inflammatory compounds and magnesium lactate. It helps to calm wounds and promotes healing, for minor burns, sunburn minor cuts. It can also be helpful with major skin complaints such as acne, eczema, psoriasis. It call also be taken internally and has been thought to help with arthritis, diabetes and ulsters though none of the research has been confirmed on
This plant has a bright yellow daisy like flower and has lots of active ingredients including – helenalin and dihydrohelenalin which possesses a slight anti inflammatory and mild analgesic effect, most likely because
of the sesquicentennial lac tones. Arnica can be used externally as a treatment for acne, boils, bruises, rashes, sprains, pains, and other wounds.
With a bright orange flower the Calendula plant is very distinctive also know as pot marigolds. Also known for its healing properties, can be used on minor wounds gum and tooth infections and consumed externally for bladder infections.
A small daisy like flower Chamomile is used medically against sore stomach and IBS as a gentle sleep aid. With its calming properties it can be used to aid stress ,nervousness and stress
This delicious tangy tasting berry with a rich red colour is well known for its healing property. It helps to keep infections at bay in particular the urinary tract.
This is one of the few remedies advertised in the BMJ with its purple cone shaped flower The plants have large showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. This can be used to combat cold and flu symptoms and to boost your immune system.
These small dainty yellow flowers open on a warm summer evening and release a wonderful calming aroma. Its rich in the omega & fatty acid gammalinolenic acid ( GLA ). many conditions seem to respond well to does of the oil. Premenstrual pain, eczema and arthritic pain. It can also help promote healthy skin, hair and nails.
This weed like small daisy flower is perennial and white. It has been popular for use with headaches, fevers and womb complaints.
This strong smelling bulb like plant has been used in many counties for medicinal purposes throughout the ages. Can be used for fungal infections such as athletes foot, to help lower high blood pressure and cholesterol and will help fight off cold and flu symptoms.
This spicy root can be found in 50% of herbal remedies found today. Helps to combat nausea and when chewed raw numbs the mouth from toothache. Why not try it in tea to combat bloating and flatulent problems.
Also known as orange root this plant comes from the perennial daisy family, a looks like a small shooting star. Now an endangered species remedies are cultivated from cultivated plants.
Good for stomach complaints such as diarrhoea and stimulates the appetite has been used for eczema, canker sores infected wounds and inflammation. It contains an anti- inflammatory action that can reduce the congestion when suffering from flu and cold like symptoms.
This sweet smelling purple or blue flower can been seen in most English gardens. Is known for its calming qualities good for anxiety and insomnia. Why not try lavender oil on those nasty head lice.
Do not confuse the herbal remedy licorice root with the licorice confectionery, which as a rule contains very little licorice. Can be used for coughs and a mild laxative
This pretty looking thistle has be used for many years as hangover cure for many years back to the ancient Roman times. Can be used as a vegetable it contains silymarin.
It is well know to be given mints after dinner as a digestive aid and to sweeten the breath. There are more than 30 specimens of mint but peppermint has the strongest flavour and smell. Its easy to grow and has a wonderful aroma it can also be used tfor insect bites, nettle rash.
St Johns Wort
This is a shrubby plant with yellow flowers you can find it growing wild in most countries. This small star shaped plant has be used to treat a number of conditions, most famous for those connected anxiety and depression. Also used in creams for sciatica, sprains and cramps.
This amazing plant has a vibrant red flower head, with tall gangly stems. It has a distinctive smell often compared to dirty socks, were as we humans may turn up our noses animals love it and it has been know to bate traps. It is often referred to as natures tranquilliser it can also be used to stenghen the heart and reduce high blood pressure.
Hamamelis, commonly known as witch hazel, produces delicate blooms with intoxicating scent in the depths of winter. Ribbon petals are tucked in knobbly clusters of plump buds along naked branches, in a range of citrus shades. Can be used for bad breath, bruises and oily skin.