Healing Herbs

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Who needs a 24-hour chemist when the answer to your coughs and cramps might be growing on your very own balcony? And if it’s not, then it easily could with just a little effort.

Peppermint

Eases indigestion

Grow it : this herb grows best in a pot of moist soil. Make sure you harvest the young leaves to encourage more growth. Mint spreads quickly

Use it… to settle a sore stomach. Infuse the leaves in hot water for ten minutes. Strain and drink after meals.

Thyme

 Eases dry coughs and sore throats

Grow it : thyme is happiest when it’s in free draining soil, otherwise the flavour is impaired. Trim back after flowering to promote shape and growth

Use it… as a cough mixture, antiseptic throat gargle, tea to ease digestion and to cure hangovers. Infuse two teaspoons of fresh sprigs in one cup of just boiled water for 10 minutes. Strain and sip.

Feverfew

 Helps to treat migraines

Grow it: feverfew is easy to grow in the sun or a semi-shades area, and adapts to a wide range of climates and soils.

Use it… to reduce inflammation. Eat two or three leaves between bread or with fruit to disguise the taste. Some people get mouth or throat irritations from feverfew. Rub a leaf in your wrist and if a red mark appears, you’re allergic, and in that case, give this remedy a miss.

Sage

Encourages healthy hair, soothes sore throats and brightens teeth

Grow it : Sage doesn’t need much attention. Just prune it now and again to encourage young shoots.

Use it… to restore dark hair colour. Rinse your hair with cooled safe ge, made with two tablespoons of fresh leaves infused in half a litre of boiling water. For a sore throat, mix a cup of boiling water with two teaspoons of leaves. Allow to cool, then gargle and swallow. To whiten teeth, lick them and rub a leaf or two over the stained area.

Lemon balm

Soothes anxiety and nervous tension

Grow it: lemon balm spreads easily so keep it potted

Use it… to settle nerves and ailments associated with stress. Add it to tea, a smoothie of salad. If you feel a cold sore coming on, dab it with the lemon balm juice.

Aloe Vera

 Soothes burns, insect bites and sunburn

Grow it: this is an easy one for beginners because it doesn’t mind being ignored. Keep potted and indoors, out of direct sunlight.

Use it… On burnt and irritates skin. For burns, scolds, insect bites, nettle stings, wounds, rashes and sunburn, apply the gel from the leaf immediately

Rosemary

Improves memory and concentration, cleats skin impurities and stuffy noses.

Grow it: Rosemary likes full sun and does well in pots

Use it… To improve blood circulation throughout the body, including the brain. For tension headaches, rub Rosemary over the temples and inhale slowly to soothe and relax the body. Aromatic inhaling is great for relieving headaches, stuffy noses and clearing up pimples. Add leaves to a bowl of hot water, place your face well over it, then inhale deeply with a towel over your head.

Basil

Restores concentration, calms nerves, helps relieve tension

Basil is s herb that likes s sunny position. Nip out the flower buds to keep it producing longer and to make the plant bushier.

Use it… As s focus-booster. Snap off a leaf, pinch between your fingers and inhale the reviving aroma

Healing Herb Info Poster

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(I don’t own the above image, it is a poster, and I couldn’t find its original owner)