HERBS & PLANTS
Aloe vera barbadensis
Importantly ageing or damaged skin
readily absorbs Aloe Vera through the epidermal layer and
delivers its nutrients deep inside the skin tissue. It promotes
skin-cell growth and supports a fresh healthy complexion.
well know for it's excellent burn healing properties. It
is also a wonderful skin care additive to rejuvenate tissue,
reduce inflammation and improve skin tone. With more than
200 biologically active agents incluing polysaccharides,
phytosterols, glycerol, Vitamin E,B and C and zinc. It can
help a great deal in healing burns and wounds and reducing
Aloe vera is also a great skin moisturizer that helps to
keep skin supple by bringing oxygen to the cells, and therefore
increasing the synthesis and strength of skin tissue. It
also has anti aging properties and possesses incredible
moisturizing properties. Studies show that aloe vera improves
the skin's ability to hydrate itself, aids in the removal
of dead skin cells and has an effective penetrating ability
that helps transport healthy substances through the skin.
Family: Malvaceae (mallows)
Mallow leaves are demulcent, meaning that they contain
mild pain killing properties and form a protective layer
over wounds, insect bites and bruises.
The root of Althaea Officinalis ( harvested in autumn) is
most helpful for the overall health of skin & hair.
It's properties include: Demulcent, expectorant, diuretic,
& wound healing.
For hair it soothes dry scalp, nourishes the hair, promotes
hair growth & provides natural shine to dull hair follicles.
The flowers when infused in oil (jojoba preferably) minimizes
hair fall and fastens hair growth. Mucilage present in the
oil helps to regulate and destroy bacteria and other contaminates
present on the scalp and helps to reduce itchy scalp.
Althaea contains compounds which soften and add volume to
thin and/or damaged hair.
All members of the mallow family have similar properties
with hollhocks and common mallow occasionally used medicinally
Science studies on Malva Sylvestris have shown efficacy
for: Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidative and wound healing
Malva sylvestris prefers moist woodland or partially shaded
Arnica has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s
and remains popular today. Applied topically as a cream,
ointment, liniment, salve, or tincture, Europeans and Native
Americans have used arnica to soothe muscle aches, reduce
inflammation, and heal wounds ( use only on unbroken skin).
It is often the first remedy used for injuries such as sprains
British Pharmacopoeia Tincture, root, 10 to 30 drops.
United States Pharmacopoeia Tincture, flowers, 10 to 30
Do not confuse arnica with calendula!
Basil / Clove Basil
also know as Ram Tulsi"
Ocimum gratissimum has a wonderful Aromatic scent
and is a medicinal herb used in tea, salads & cooking.
Valued for its properties as an antioxidant and ability
to decrease pain and inflamation.
The above ground parts of the fresh plant have antibacterial
& analgesic qualities which aid in reducing headaches,
fever and improve digestive function, anticonvulsive, sedative,
The whole plant and the essential oil have many applications
in traditional medicine. Preparations from the whole plant
are used as stomachic and in treating sunstroke, headache
The essential oil is applied against fever, inflammations
of the throat, ears or eyes, stomach pain, diarrhoea and
skin diseases, including acne vulgaris.
Poison: The essential oil is also an important insect repellent.
Other products: A tea is made from the leaves, and also
applied as a flavouring.
Essential oils: (3 yr expiry after steam distillation
of leaves & stems)
The fresh aboveground parts of O. gratissimum contain 0.8-1.2%
essential oil. The chemical composition of the oil is characterized
by the main component: eugenol, thymol, citral, ethyl cinnamate,
geraniol and linalool.
The oil has a powerful, warm-spicy aromatic odour, reminiscent
of clove oil, but with a sweet-woody, almost floral top
The optimum harvesting time for distillation of the
essential oil is when 3 branches per plant or 75% of the
branches are flowering.
Plant in Spring+, sun or semi-shade. Quite hardy, needs
less watering once established. Grows well from cuttings.
Bay - Laurel
Oil of bay, the fixed oil expressed from the leaves &
berries, is used to treat arthritic aches and pains, lower
back pain, earaches, and sore muscles and sprains.
Bay leaves are the source of an essential oil with the same
analgesic and warming properties. Bay laurel contains parthenolides,
the same chemical in feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) that
is thought to prevent migraine headaches.
Bay laurel leaves are dried and used in cooking, mainly
to flavor meats and stews and which aids digestion by removing
intestinal gas and for combating abdominal pain.
Bay leaves can be taken in tea, used in herbal baths, and
infused in oil.
Bay laurel oil is used topically to relieve pain. The oil
has a herbaceous and spicy scent.
Bay laurel oil is said to be a good tonic for the hair,
stimulating hair growth and fighting dandruff.
Caution: do not use if pregnant. Bay oil should not be
|Birch is known for its purifying
and detoxifying effects. The plant encourages the excretion
of fluids and promotes metabolic activities. Birch is a natural
pain reliever containing salicylate, the compound found in
aspirin. Salicylate relieves the inflammation and pain associated
with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and generalized
The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actions of birch bark
support it's traditional uses in skin disorders such as eczema.
Birch calms arthritis and gout due to it's cleansing diuretic
action that eliminates toxins and excess water.
Uses: Birch is useful for dermatitis, dull or congested
skin, eczema, hair care and psoriasis. It is also helpful
in cases of poor circulation, the accumulation of toxins
in the muscles, for arthritis, rheumatism, muscular pains,
edema and cellulite, loss of hair.
Therapeutic properties: analgesic, antiseptic,
astringent, depurative, disinfectant, diuretic, febrifuge,
insecticide and tonic.
Chemical composition: salicylic acid, methyl salicylate,
betulene and betulenol.
Blends particularly well with benzoin, jasmine, sandalwood
Extraction: by steam distillation from the bark
Betula alba (also known as B. alba var. pubescens, B. odorata,
verrucosa or pendula), of the Betulaceae family and is also
known as European white birch or silver birch.
|This water loving plant is like
Ginkgo biloba with it's capacity to improve circulation. It
is well regaded as an aid for memory acquisition, retention
and concentration. It supports brain function and is anti-inflamatory.
Plant pharmacological studies have
suggested that Calendula extracts have anti-viral, anti-genotoxic(
tumor) and anti-inflammatory properties.
It is anti-inflammatory & assists
with wound healing, minor burns including sunburn, and for
easing eczema. It can reduce redness and inflammation along
with stimulating cellular repair and smoothing the complexion.
It is excellent for skin conditions such as allergic dermatitis
and eczema, minor wounds, burns, sunburn and bruising.
Great soothing and softening qualities.
No known side effects.
| Centella is a mild adaptogen,
is mildly antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiulcerogenic,
anxiolytic, nervine and vulnerary, and can act as a cerebral
tonic, a circulatory stimulant, and a diuretic.
Grows in warm swampy areas. Sensitive to pollution.
Centella asiatica may be useful in the treatment of anxiety,
reducing high blood pressure & jaundice.
High in vitamins and minerals. Used externally to treat
rheumatic pains, wounds and ulcers.
It can be applied as a medicinal poultice and will relieve
any kind of roseola and is effective wherever there are
fragile superficial veins or itching skin conditions.
The whole plant is used in alternative medicine as an astringent,
carminative, demulcent, diuretic, expectorant, laxative,
This daisy like plant is an ancient
healing herb, traditioanlly used for stress related disorders.
Chamomile tea aids digestion and promotes restful sleep.
It is soothing to the skin, anti-allergenic,
anti inflamatory, antiseptic, bactericidal, mild sedative.
This gentle oil can be used for treating children's
ailments. Chamomile calms the nervous
system and eases headaches, irratability and nervousness,
It is particularly effective for
treating allergies, itchy skin, eczema, acne, dermititis
and inflamed skin conditions. Helps to relieve PMS and regulate
periods.It stimulates white blood cell production and boosts
the immune system: good for trating viruses or infections.
The oil has a fresh grassy smell
with a fruity undertone and is extracted from the flowerheads
by steam distillaton.
German chamomile is an annual herb, with long, erect stems
that grow two to three feet tall.
Roman chamomileis ( Chamaemelum nobile
or Anthemis nobilis) a creeping perennial herb that grows
close to the ground, up to a foot in length.
The flower of the Roman Chamomile is characterized by a
flattened receptacle, which distinguishes it from the dome-shaped
receptacle of the German variety. A sure way to differentiate
between the two varieties is to slice open the receptacle
of each one. German chamomile has a hollow receptacle, while
that of Roman chamomile is solid.
While the medicinal applications
of both varieties parallel each other, German chamomile
considered more potent and medically superior to Roman chamomile.
It contains a higher proportion of chamazulene, an active
chemical constituent. This compound is a potent anti-inflammatory
that has proven highly effective as an herbal remedy for
conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism and gastritis.
Roman chamomile has little chamazulene, and thus has gentler
anti-inflammatory properties. It also has a higher alcohol
content than its German counterpart.
Strong, warm, sweet, straw-like, herbacious aroma. Blends
well with Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose, Neroli, Lemon,
Ylang Ylang, Jasmine.
CAUTION: Do not use in the first trimester o pregnancy.
Florist's chrysanthemums were introduced to the West from
China in the 18th century
Chrysanthemum is used to treat chest pain (angina), high
blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, fever, cold, headache,
head congestion, dizziness, and swelling. Stimulates your
senses, but also calming. While this tea will not make you
sleepy, it is beneficial due to it's calming qualities to
aid sound sleep.
Chrysanthemum flower is believed to be effective in treating
eye pain associated with stress or yin/fluid deficiency.
It is also used to treat blurring, spots in front of the
eyes, diminished vision, and dizziness.
The tea brewed from the dried flowers has a golden hue and
a mild, flowery flavor similar to chamomile. For Tea, boil
the water and allow it to cool for about a minute to around
100°F. Then use between 3-6 dried flowers to 230ml /8
oz. cup of water.
People use it to treat respiratory problems, high blood
pressure, and hyperthyroidism( over active thyroid). Fans
of the flower also say it can reduce inflammation and calm
your nerves. Also recommended for reducing fever and cold
symptoms in the early stages
The herbal infusion made from the chrysanthemum is also
used in reducing the elevated temperature in the body affected
by fever, as well as to counter infection, and in detoxifying
the body in general. Remedies made from the chrysanthemum
can help bring relief from mild fevers and alleviate tension
headaches. These remedies help bring soothing relief from
a dry mouth or dryness in the throat, and are an aid in
treating bad breath in people.
benefits of Chrysanthemum tea
How does it work? Chrysanthemum may increase blood flow
to the heart. It may also increase sensitivity to insulin.
Preparation Methods & Dosage:
When making the tea, steep the flowers gently in hot water
for no more than 10 minutes in a closed vessel, to preserve
the essential oil.
* Allergies * Ayurvedic * Cardiovascular * Eyes/Vision *
Flu * Hypertension * Sore Throat.
* Anti-inflammatory * Antibacterial ( its terpenoids exert
inhibitory action against microorginisms by disrupting their
membranes.) * Aromatic * Demulcent * Febrifuge * Hepatic
* Hypotensive * Refrigerant
ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, fiber, folacin, iron,
magnesium, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, essential oils.
|Cloves may help ease nausea and treat colds.
They may also help relieve the pain associated with headaches,
arthritic inflammation, and toothaches. Cloves can also be
used as part of a topical pain reliever. A study indicated
that cloves could be used to treat fungal infections but further
research is needed.
The active ingredient is eugenol, which is a natural pain
The roots and leaves contain the valuable cell-proliferant
allantoin. It is a perennial herb of the family Boraginaceae
with hairy broad leaves. Allantoin is absorbed through the
skin, which speeds up the natural replacement of body cells
by stimulating the growth of new cells.
Comfrey has been used through the ages to treat a wide variety
of ailments ranging from bronchial problems, broken bones,
sprains, arthritis, gastric and varicose ulcers, severe
burns, acne and other skin conditions.see Wikipedia
Comfrey has emollient properties which aid skin softening
when used on chapped lips and cracked hands and feet.
Comfrey is an excellent source of vitamins A and C and
is one of the few plants that can extract B-12 from the
soil. It is also high in calcium, potassium, manganese,
iron, zinc and magnesium.
Although comfrey root is highly esteemed as a vulnerary
(healer of wounds), it has come under fire in recent years
because it contains a group of alkaloids (pyrollizidine)
that are considered hepatoxic (harmful to the liver.) It
is not recommended for internal use.
of using comfrey
Note: For External use only & comfrey should not be
applied to an open wound.
Having a bout of ulceritis or urine infection?
Ulcers usually result from a pathogen called H. pylori which
attacks the lining of the stomach and small intestines,
but cranberry juice can destory it fast.
It does this by preventing the pathogen from developing
their flagella or tails which they use like a hook to attach
to the linning of the gut. Without their tail they are washed
out in natural urine flow. Cranberry juice is utterly effective
& works fast to bring relief from buring stinging pain
Instead of turning to antibiotics, destroy the bacteria
causing your ulcers and urinary tract infections with natural
Echinacea has been used for thousands of years, used widely
to treat colds, flu, bronchitis, and all types of infections,
due to its antiviral, antifngal and antibacterial properties.
The root is the most active medicinal part used, harvested
|Spotted Emu Bush, Swamp Fuchsia, tolerant of
alkaline and often saline environments.
Aboriginal medicine. Helps reduce cold symptoms.
Most forms of E.maculata strike readily from cuttings of hardened,
current season's growth.
Excellent for blood & cell oxygenation and contains
the powerful antioxidants: vitamins A and C
Geranium. r is simultaneously a strong antioxidant, astringent,
antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory.
The stems of Geranium robertianum turn from green to reddish
shades and support fern-like, bright green leaves that are
finely divided and that will also turn to red after the
blooming period, flowers are small (half an inch in diameter),
pink and five-petaled
External Medicinal Use
Used externally, Geranium robertianum tea has anti-inflammatory
properties; if diluted, it can be used as an eye wash to
treat swollen eyelids. Thanks to its antiseptic and antibiotic
action, it is also an effective wash that can cure eczema,
acne, inflammation in wounds and ease bruising. The plant
is recommended against a variety of skin conditions, brewed
into tea or applied directly in poultices made of boiled
Modern herbalism values greatly the tea made from Geranium
robertianum aerial parts because of its antidiarrhea, antirheumatic,
diuretic, and astringent action. Additionally, it acts as
a strong antiseptic, antibiotic, and antimicrobial product,
enhancing improved immune response to potentially harmful
Another therapeutical quality of this plant is its ability
to enhance the electrical activity occurring within the
cells, thus boosting energy levels, increasing cellular
oxygen amounts and strengthening the immune system.
Under this form, Geranium robertianum relieves pain in
swollen breasts, rheumatic joints, bruises, and it stops
The most common form of remedy made from Geranium robertianum
is a herbal infusion prepared from its dried (yet not crushed)
leaves and flowers. A tablespoon of dry product is enough
for a cup of hot water, and after mixing the two you have
to let it soak over night. After filtering the resulting
liquid, scald the solid plant residues with another cup
of hot water and leave it cool until it reaches the room
|If you have access to a ginkgo
tree, mid summer is the time to harvest and dry the leaves.
Hot dry weather is best for drying the leathery leaves in
pillow cases on top of the washing line. It takes about 2-3
days. Once they turn brittle and can be stomped into tiny
pieces they are ready for the coffee grinder. Once pulverised
to a fine powder store in zip lock bags or glass jars in the
freezer. Gingko will keep all year in the freezer and can
be added to your daily cereal.
Start with one teaspn up to 1 desertspn max & if you get
flushed reduce the amount.
Why eat ginkgo?
It's helps increase circulation and is a wonderful aid for
Also helped me eliminate chilblains in winter.
You can harvest other memory herbs like: Brahmi Bacopa
monnieri and Centella asiatica and combine them
with ginkgo powder.
Note: These herbs that increase circulation have a slightly
bitter taste, so I don't include them in salads. Happy harvesting!
|Ginger and the yellow curry spice
turmeric have long been known to help inflammatory diseases.
But exactly why they work has only recently been discovered.
In inflammatory diseases, an inflammation-promoting protein
known as nuclear transcription factor kappa B is produced.
Ginger and turmeric, along with garlic and pepper, turn
it off, thereby reducing inflammation.
St John's wort
Commonly known as St John's Wort, Hypericum has a very
healing nature, and is excellent for all skin conditions.
Hypericum Infused Oil is obtained from the flowers, leaves
and small stems.
Well know for its use with anxiety and depression, and topically
for wounds, abrasions, burns.
The infused oil from the petals can be used for burns and
muscles and joint inflamations including tennis elbow, neuralgia
A tea infusion can be used for anxiety, nervous tension
or emotional upsets.
A wash can be used for wouds, sores and bruises.
Harvest in high summer.
White horehound ( classified as a noxious weed in Sth Australia)
is an anti-inflammatory and commonly used to treat coughs,
and other respiratory ailments ie: bronchitis, whooping
cough and asthma.
White horehound is an expectorant that loosens phlegm to
produce a more effective cough by soothing the tissues in
the bronchial pathway allowing mucus to be expelled more
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Lavender oil has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves,
relieving tension, headaches, migraines and insomnia. Lavender
oil relieves pain when used for rheumatism, arthritis, and
muscular aches and pains.
Lavender oil tones and revitalizes and it is useful for
all types of skin problems such as acne, oily skin, boils,
burns, sunburn, wounds, psoriasis, insect bites, stings
and also acts as an insect repellent.
|lemon myrtle is the high concentration
of citral in its leaves. Citral comprises 90-98% of the essential
oils in lemon myrtle, as opposed to less than 10% in lemons
and limes. Some of the characteristics of citral include:
Citral is an anti-fungal agent, non-acidic, high in anti-oxidants.
Reported to aid /relieve: muscle cramps and spasms, rheumatism,
headaches and fevers. Scientific studies have indicated that
citral can inhibit the growth of the pathogen which is one
of the causes of many gastro-duodenal diseases, including
ulcers. It is also said to aid in the reduction of cellulite
and the anti-oxidants in citral help boost the immune system.
Research by the Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga, New
South Wales)demonstrated that the essential oil of Lemon Myrtle
is more anti-bacterial and anti-fungal than that of Tea Tree
oil. There have been a small number of doctors using the essential
oil of Lemon Myrtle for treating conditions like tinea, eczema
and other fungal skin conditions with success especially when
chemical treatments are less preferred by patients.
& Body Repair ( high in lemon Myrtle oil) has certainly
been helpful in reducing eczema.)
Lemon Myrtles botanical name is Backhousia citriodora.
Citrio is latin for citrus and dora
is latin for odour. The Backhousia name comes from a 19th
century Australian botanist, James Backhouse.
Traditional doses for sedation require 4 g of herb, usually
given as a tea. A 15% lotion of the essential oil has been
used as an insect repellant.
Infusion can be used to treat insomnia, inducing sleep
(his slightly sedative effect is similar to the common Valerian).
Tea For catnip tea, use 25 grams (about 1 ounce).
Boil for a few minutes in a liter (33 oz) of water and leave
for 15 minutes.
Aside traditional herbal medicine, catnip has many other
properties that are good for the hair and the skin.
This herb is non-toxic, acidic, antibacterial, antiviral
and contains oils with many uses.
Its also known as a specific treatment for irritated
The plant is good for washing the face and does not irritate
Natural olive leaf and olive leaf extracts (OLE), are now
marketed as an anti-aging, immunostimulator and an antibiotic.
A liquid extract made directly from fresh olive leaves recently
gained international attention when it was shown to have
an antioxidant capacity almost double green tea extract
and 400% higher than vitamin C Wikipedia
The main constituent of olive leaf is the phytochemical
oleuropein, which is broken down to elenolic acid, has a
powerful anti-bacterial effect, and the ability to interfere
with critical amino acid production essential for viruses.
Oleuropein has double the antioxidants as green tea and
is recognised for lowering blood pressure.
Read more: www.therighttea.com/olive-leaf-tea.html
Plantain is a "First Aid" plant that is usually
close-at-hand. A few fresh leaves, crushed or chewed, can
be used to quickly stop the bleeding of an open wound, stop
the pain and inflammation or bites and stings, and relieve
the itching from bites & stings. A cup of strong Plantain
tea will quell indigestion, and a chewed leaf placed next
to the gum will quiet a painful toothache until reaching
The leaves and above ground parts are used in herbal preparations.
It is an astringent herb that has diuretic, expectorant
and anti-mucus properties, as well as mild anti-inflammatory
and antibacterial properties.
Plantian properties include but are not limited to:
The tannins tighten tissues, & the mucilage acts
as a demulcent which helps to balance the astringent
actions to heal and soothe damaged skin.
As a diuretic, Plantain increases urine flow, and
its potent antiseptic properties make it effective in easing
It is suggested that plantain is a good source of powerful
antitoxin, acubin. This can help treat blood poisoning,
snake bite, spider bite.
Plantain contains salicylic acid, which is the natural
forerunner of synthetic aspirin, and as such, has been effective
in relieving pain, including neuralgic pain.
Plantain contains allantoin, an anti-inflammatory
phytochemical that kills germs, speeds wound healing, and
stimulates the growth of new skin cells (many commercial
cosmetic creams and lotions list allantoin as an active
Plantain has a very long medical history. Native Americans
used Plantain widely and referred to it as "Life Medicine."
Fortunately it grows just about everywhere.
In England Rue is one of our oldest garden plants, cultivated
for its use medicinally.
While the plant has a disagreeable odour, as an ointment
it is excellent for external use against gout, rheumatism,
Caution: Rue is not to be used by pregnant women.
Ancient cultures, Chinese and Romans have long considered
Sage to be 'a sacred plant', the king of herbs.
Sage is an astringent, antiseptic, tonic herb with a camphor
like aroma. Internally it helps boost liver function, reduces
excessive perspiration, anxiety.
Externally it can be used fo rinsect bites, throat, gumand
It contains rosmaric acis that has good antioxidant properties,
reinforced by picrosalvin alos found in sage.
HAIR: Sage helps regulate the sebum production of oil in
SKIN: it helps refine texture, aid wound healing, sores,
EYES: Vitamin A is a powerful natural antioxidant and is
essential for eye-sight .
VITAMINS: Sage contains good vitamin A and beta-carotene
levels. It is also required for maintaining healthy mucus
membranes and skin. Consumption of natural foods rich in
vitamin A known to help the body protect from lung and oral
cavity cancers. (100 g dry ground herb provides 5900 IU;
about 196% of RDA.)
Sage is related to rosemary, and both herbs contain a phenolic
acid called rosmarinic acid. This antioxidant is absorbed
from food and acts to reduce inflammatory responses in the
body. Increased intake of sage is recommended if you have
inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, as
well as bronchial asthma, and atherosclerosis.
Whether fresh or dried, Sage contains rich sources of minerals
like potassium, zinc, calcium, iron, manganese, copper,
and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell
and body fluids, which helps control heart rate and blood
pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for
the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
Harvesting: Best just before or during flowering.
Propogation: Layering is effective when brances are peggged
down and covered with earth to generate new plants.
NOTE: Not to be used by pregnant women or those with epilepsy,
or on stimulants.
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Astringent, refrigerant, vulnerary (promotes healing of wounds)
Chemicals malic acid, succinic acid, isocitric acid,
Formulas or Dosages
Use only fresh leaves.
Infusion or decoction: use 1 tsp. leaves with 1 cup water.
Take 1 cup per day.
take 5-20 drops at a time. Also, can be applied to warts,
ringworms, and skin blemishes.
The herb particularly helps in reducing inflammatory conditions
of the skin.
Leaves are crushed and applied as a poultice for treating
skin related conditions such as burns, ulcers, wounds,
insect bites, sore nipples, eczema and corns.
The juice pressed from the leaves, used as eardrops, or
the leaves themselves sliced in half, used for warts, corns,
freckles, ringworms, boils, bruises, ulcers, erysipelas,
and other skin blemishes.
An infusion of the leaves used internally, or a decoction
used externally, for shingles, hemorrhoids, worms, and uterine
neuralgia, rubbed gently on nettle stings or bee stings
to reduce pain.
also known as:
Tagetes Oil is sedative to the nervous system and promotes
sleep as it counters stress and anxiety.
The herbage of Tagetes lucida can be infused, boiled, or
ground to produce a paste. The infusion of one bundle with
water makes two to three cups of an aromatic tea, a sufficient
dosage to produce profound stimulating and aphrodisiac effects.
The leaves and whole plant are digestive, diuretic, febrifuge,
hypotensive, narcotic, sedative and stimulant.
Use of the plant depresses the central nervous system, whilst
it is also reputedly anaesthetic and hallucinogenic.
It is used internally in the treatment of diarrhoea, nausea,
indigestion, colic, hiccups, malaria and feverish illnesses.
Externally, it is used to treat scorpion bites and to remove
ticks. The leaves can be harvested and used as required,
whilst the whole plant is harvested when in flower and dried
for later use
The Aztecs used all species of Tagetes for medicinal purposes,
such as in a tea made from the infusion of the fresh herbage
to treat hiccups and diarrhea.
T. lucida promotes lactation, and it is also added
to bath water to help relieve the symptoms of rheumatism
(Siegel et al. 1977).
Up to 2 grams of the dried plant matter taken orally has
been found in some to cause alertness, lucidity, a feeling
of well-being, closed-eye visual and a warming of the body
lasting 2-3 hours. Dream enhancement was also reported (Voogelbreinder
A pleasant anise-flavored tea is brewed using the dried
leaves and flowering tops. This is primarily used medicinally
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In Argentina, a decoction of the leaves is taken for coughs,
and can be applied topically on the skin as an insect repellent.
In India, juice from the freshly pressed leaves of marigolds
is administered to treat eczema (Voogelbreinder 2009, 324).
Up to 2 grams of the dried plant matter taken orally has
been found in some to cause alertness, lucidity, a feeling
of well-being, closed-eye visual and a warming of the body
lasting 2-3 hours. Dream enhancement was also reported (Voogelbreinder
TRADITIONAL USES: Tagetes lucida, widely identified as
a powerfully psychoactive strain of the marigold flower,
was first documented by the Aztecs. They used Tagetes lucida
in a ritual incense they referred to as yyauhtl. Aztecs
used the leaves as a flavouring of 'chocolatl' a foaming
The leaves have a tarragon-like flavor, with hints of anise
& can be used as a tarragon substitute. Can be used
fresh or dried for flavoring soups, sauces etc.
The dried leaves and flowering tops are brewed into a pleasant
Snip off the last few inches from new fast-growing tips.
Dried leaves are not as good. Better to freeze or store
in vinegar. As with any aromatic herb, add to soups, sauces,
chicken dishes, etc. near the end of cooking or the flavors
will be lost to evaporation. A soothing, aromatic herbal
tea is made from the leaves & herbal vinegars.
Light: Full sun or partial shade.
Moisture: Needs well-drained soil. Is fairly drought tolerant.
Frosts: may fill it to the ground but it will come back
Propagation: Usually propagated from stem cuttings, which
root easily. You also can divide the roots.
Sow seeds at the end of winter. Only just cover the seed.
Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks.
Secretions from the roots of growing plants have an
insecticidal effect on the soil, effective against nematodes
and to some extent against keeled slugs, they also have
an effect against some persistent weeds such as couch grass.
These secretions are produced about 3 - 4 months after sowing.
The growing plant also has a repellent effect on various
insect pests such as the asparagus beetle and bean weevils.
A yellow dye is obtained from the flowers. The dried
plant is burnt as an incense and to repel insects
also known as:
T. lemmonii is used in cooking and also has beneficial
effects for the garden. Strongly passion fruit scented foliage
with stunning gold daisy flowers covering whole plant in
winter for aprox 2 months.
Oil is extrcted by steam distillation for the flowering
The oil has the ability to bring forth positive thoughts,
reduce negativity and quiet the mind.
Aztecs used the flowers to lower blood pressure and calm
In China, the plant is used for coughs, colds, sores, and
Flowers and leaves are edible and can be used in salad.
A tea infuson of leaves and flowers produces an aromatic
body warming tea. ( warmth may last lasts 2-3hrs) A delightful
Plant full sun to part shade. Can flower year round but
mostly blooms in the colder months. Doesn't die off but
bushes out and continues to bloom. Shade or cloudy days
trigger the plant into flowering. Frost tolerant. Survives
down to -7c but is still hot, dry and drought tolerant.
|French tarragon herb, is a popular
culinary herb used as flavoring agent. This aromatic perennial
growing herb is rich in phytonutrients as well antioxidants
that help promote health and prevent diseases.
The main essential oils in tarragon are estragole (methyl
chavicol), cineol, ocimene and phellandrene.
Fresh tarragon herb is one of the highest antioxidant value
food sources among the common herbs. Scientific studies suggest
that poly-phenolic compounds in this herb help lower blood-sugar
Laboratory studies on tarragon extract shows certain compounds
in them inhibit platelet activation. It, thus, helps prevent
clot formation inside tiny blood vessels of heart and brain
protecting from heart attack, and stroke.
The herb is very rich source of vitamins such as vitamin-C,
vitamin-A as well as B-complex group of vitamins such as
folates, pyridoxine, niacin, riboflavin, etc., that function
as antioxidant as well as co-factors for enzymes in the
Tarragon is a notably excellent source of minerals like
calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium,
and zinc. Manganese is utilized by the body as a co-factor
for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is
essential for cellular respiration (co-factors for cytochrome-oxidase
enzyme) and blood cell production.
Tarragon herb has been used in various traditional medicines
for stimulating the appetite and as a remedy for anorexia,
dyspepsia, flatulence, and hiccups.
The essential oil, eugenol in the herb has been in therapeutic
use in dentistry as a local-anesthetic and antiseptic for
Tarragon tea may help cure insomnia.
French tarragon a half hardy perennial herb, but frost tender.
It is propagated by division, or from cuttings. Requires
a sunny or partial shade sheltered position with well drained
soil. Keep well watered in dry weather. In autumn, mulch
plants with a thick layer of straw or similar, to protect
it over the winter. Tarragon prefers well-drained soil which
is not too high in nutrients.
Tarragon goes well with fish, pork, beef, poultry, game,
potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and most vegetables. Tarragon
can be used in cream sauces, herbed butters and vinegars,
soups, sour creams, and yogurt. It can be overpowering in
common name: Red Clover
The plant's medicinal value is found in its red and purple
blossoms, which are dried to make tea.
Trifolium pratense is a tonic herb, especially for the skin,
and especially for children. Its other actions are nervine,
diuretic, antitumor/chemopreventive, blood purifying and
blood building, expectorant, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory.
As a sedative and tonic.
To loosen phlegm and calm bronchial spasms.
Rosemary Gladstar says red clover is, One of the best
detoxification herbs and respiratory tonics,
What is the recommended dosage?
As a sedative dose 4 g of blossoms.
As a source of estrogenic and antioxidant isoflavones. Extracts
standardized on isoflavone content (Menoflavon, Rimostil)
have been given to perimenopausal women in several clinical
studies at daily doses of isoflavones 25 to 90 mg
Chinese medicine has used red clover in teas as an expectorant.
Russians recommend the herb for bronchial asthma. Traditionally,
the herb has been used in treating breast cancer. Topically,
it is used to accelerate wound healing and to treat psoriasis.
Red clover is considered to be one of the richest sources
of isoflavones, which are water-soluble chemicals that act
like estrogens (known collectively as phytoestrogens). Red
Clover is therefore used for hot flashes/flushes, PMS, breast
enhancement and breast health as well as lowering cholesterol,
improving urine production and improving circulation of
the blood, to help prevent osteoporosis, to reduce the possibility
of blood clots and arterial plaques and limiting the development
of benign prostate hyperplasia.
||Turmeric is a spice that contains the compound
curcumin, an antioxidant that helps protect the body from
free radical molecules that can damage cells and tissue.
Turmeric is used for the treatment of many conditions,
including indigestion, ulcers, stomach upset, psoriasis,
and even cancer. Some people with osteoarthritis turn to
turmeric as a natural pain reliever because it helps relieve
of violet have practically the same medicinal and edible
Tea made from the entire plant is used to treat digestive
disorders and new research has detected the presence of
a glycoside of salicylic acid (natural aspirin) which substantiates
its use for centuries as a medicinal remedy for headache,
body pains and as a sedative.
The plants constituents are being studied and show these
uses to be valid. Eugenol, Ferulic-acid, Kaempferol, Quercetin,
Scopoletin, also show promise in the treatment of many kinds
of cancer, arthritis, AIDS, gum disease and more. Used externally
the fresh crushed leaves reduce swelling and soothe irritations.
As a bath additive the fresh crushed flowers are soothing
to the skin and the aroma is very relaxing.
Is a traditional herb of the North American Indians and
is widely used in both cosmetic and medicinal products.
Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties on the
skin can reduce bacteria, helping to prevent inflammation
and the formation of acne.
Tannins in witch hazel help tighten pores and swollen veins,
and reduce inflammation.
Type: Herbaceous perennial. Family: Asteraceae Description:
Yarrow is a small herb that grows up to a metre high, with
pink-white flowers and feathery leaves. The aroma of the
essential oil is warm, sweet and spicy. Used mainly as a
Tea, with leaves & flowers
Oil Extraction: The essential oil is produced by steam distillation
from dried yarrow flowers.
Colds: Yarrow is helpful for feverish colds, promoting
perspiration, and for head congestion associated with colds
Treating wounds and open sores, including ulcers. It is
a slow healer, but its astringent, anti-inflammatory and
antiseptic properties make it effective.
Hair: stimulates hair growth.
Body: Yarrow is an excellent essential oil for the female
It also acts as a tonic for the circulatory system, making
it useful for improving varicose veins, haemorrhoids and
chilblains. It can be useful for high blood pressure, rheumatism,
arteriosclerosis, and thrombosis.
Yarrow is useful is muscle strains and sprains.
As an aid to the digestive system it can help settle an
upset stomach, and is helpful for colic and flatulence.
It stimulates secretion of gastric and intestinal glands
and improves sluggish digestion - these may indicate a usefulness
in aiding irritable bowel syndrome. It can also improve
appetite. Yarrow is helpful in cases of diarrhoea.
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