At last I have got round to putting the herbs that we dried this Summer/Autumn up on the shop page of our website! Here is a little guide to some of their traditional uses in case you need some extra info. or suggestions…
Calendula/Marigold Calendula officinalis
The herb of the sun! Calendula is said to be an excellent wound herb perfect for making into infused oils, ointments & balms for first aid situations. It may have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties and helps to stop bleeding. Healing inside and out; calendula can also be used internally to boost the immune system and helps to reduce lymphatic congestion and is said to have an affinity for the female reproductive system as well as bringing light and healing to deep, dark places in the body.
Borage Borago offincinalis
The herb of courage. The word ‘borago’ come from ‘courago’ from ‘cour’; French for the heart helping us to find strength and courage in our daily lives, an excellent herb tonic. This lovely herb is also said to work to revive and renew the adrenal glands, which especially useful during or after times of stress. It is also said to be a good herb for nursing mothers as well as having anti-inflammatory properties and helpful to the skin and lungs.
Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium
The herb of the head. Feverfew has a reputation as a remedy for headaches and migraines. It is a very bitter herb suggesting it’s use as a good herb for the digestive system and that only a small amount needs to be used at a time. It has also been said to help ease dizziness and tinnitus also and it’s traditional use can be guessed from it’s name; being used for fevers and to encourage sweating. Good when used in combination with lavender and lemonbalm (tastes better too!). This herb should not be used during pregnancy.
TANSY Tanacetum vulgare
The bitter herb. Another bitter tasting herb (even more than feverfew). Used traditionally as a digestive bitter and for getting rid of worms from the intestinal tract. It has also been used to stimulate menstruation and should not be used in pregnancy or for a long period of time.
Comfrey Symphytum officinale
The herb of bones. Comfrey is said to be a powerful healing agent to the skin, bones and in digestive situations including ulcers, hernia and colitis. Traditionally it is known as ‘knitbone’ used to help heal broken bones after they have been set. It’s other external uses include treatment of varicose ulcers and scar healing/prevention as well as to speed wound healing. Comfrey is also said to have an affinity to the lungs and has been used for irritable coughs. This is another great herb to make into healing oils, salves and ointments for first aid situations, however comfrey should not be applied to very deep wounds.
Catmint nepeta racemosa
The herb of cats. Please not that this is catmint and not catnip. Catnip is said to be more medicinal than this one, however cats are still extremely attracted to it and it does still posses the same medicinal properties as catnip including calming the human nervous system and easing stomach upsets.
Grapefruit Mint Mentha suaveolens x piperata
Closely related to peppermint and spearmint with an unusual flavor. This herb is said to be good for calming digestion and the nerves. It is also traditionally used for treatment of flus, fevers and colds.
All of these herbs are now available in dried and chopped form on the shop page of my website http://www.meadowsweet-organics.co.uk and are 100% organic, 100% Scottish and 100% Meadowsweet Organics having been harvested, chopped, dried and packed on the farm. Enjoy!