Herbs

Herbal medicine

Poterium officinalis. Parts used leaves, roots. Greater burnet has a very long tradition of use in Western and Chinese medicine. The plant is astringent due to the presence of some unusual tanins, together with gums and glycosides. It is used externally in treating minor burns and scalds, sores and skin infections, and to staunch bleeding. j Salad burnet (S. minor , a dainty, hardy, evergreen perennial to 1.5 ft. (45 cm), forms a low basal rosette of pinnate leaves...

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The small leaves and compact growth habit of boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) The wood of box was traditionally used in engraving blocks, marquetry and instruments. Although there are some 70 species of boxwood, it is the slow-growing and long-lived common box. with its neal foliage and dense wood, thai is used in formal gardening. It is also used in homeopathy but not in modern herbal medicine, due to its toxicity. Parts used Leaves, bark (note that the plant can cause allergic reactions in...

An ancient tradition with spiritual roots

Chinese herbalism has a history that can be traced back thousands of years. The most famous of Chinese herb books, The Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic (or Huong Di NeiJing), may have been written in about 100 bce, but its origins are even older the emperor for whom it was named ruled from 2,698 to 2,596 bce. Since then, Chinese scholars have continued to document this complex and sophisticated method of healing, and traditional Chinese medicine continues to thrive today in mainland China, in...

Validating herbal medicines

The double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial is regarded as the gold standard for medicinal research, enabling unbiased statistical analysis of the safety and efficacy of medicines. As more and more herbs are subjected to clinical trials and proven to have therapeutic benefit, their credibility in the medical world increases, and doctors become more open to the idea of prescribing them for their Each year, more fharu 500 million people become seruju amp ly ill with malaria every 30...

Introducing the remedies

Here's a list of the Bach Flower Remedies and their main indications. Agrimony helps cheerful people who are secretly troubled to deal with their underlying problems. Aspen supports those who are anxious or worried, but are unable to identify what frightens them. Beech fosters a spirit of compassion in those who are intolerant of people who are different to them. Centaury helps people who over-extend themselves helping others to learn to say no so they don't wear themselves out. Cerato boosts...

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Hypericum perforatum Relieves anxiety and depression While black cohosh is very effective for the treatment of hot flushes, night sweats and insomnia, its effects against the anxiety and depression that sometimes come with menopause are less marked. Consequently, herbalists often prescribe it with St. John's wort for women whose menopausal symptoms include emotional upset. When the two herbs were taken together during a 2006 study, significant improvements were noted in both the psychological...

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Spice And Herb Compatibility Chart

If your skin produces excess oil. especially in the face's T-zone forehead. nose and chin , these delicious seaweeds can make a difference by working from wilhin. 1 tablespoon powdered brewer's yeast 1 teaspoon powdered spirulina 1 tablespoon plain yogurt 1 egg white cornflour Kelp l.nminari.i sp.i This source of vitamins C and A is a blood purifier, while its natural iodine content normalises the lymph system. kombu I ., setchelli Also known as horsetail kelp, kombu is a staple ingredient in...

Wilch hazel

Homamelis virginiana Hemorrhoid healer In clinical trials, topical applications of witch hazel have been demonstrated to be as effective as other medications (including corticosteroids) for the relief of the pain, itching and bleeding of hemorrhoids. The herb is also traditionally taken internally for the treatment of hemorrhoids, but its astringent nature makes it unsuitable for people with a tendency to be constipated. 0 DOSAOI Rub witch hazel gel, ointment or tincture into the affected area...

Curry plant

Dwarf Curry Plant Herb

H. angustifolium Asteraceae The intensely silvered needlelike foliage of this planl releases a mouthwatering fragrance of curry. The flowers can he dried and included in floral arrangements or used in craft work, while the essential oil is used in perfumery. Other common names Strawflower Italian everlasting Parts used Leaves, flowers Curry plant is sometimes confused with ihe curry tree (Murraya koenigii). which is used in Ayurvedic medicine. This small tree with...

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Part used flowering tops. Traditionally used for treating nerve pain, including neuralgia and sciatica as well as psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression, St. John's wort continues to be used for these conditions but these days is best known for its antidepressant activity. St. John's wort has been proven to be effective against mild to moderate depression in a large number of clinical trials. It was found to have similar effectiveness to other...

Pretty Polly Scented Geranium Culinary

Pretty Polly Geranium

The species used to create the scented geraniums originated mainly from the Cape of Good Hope area in South Africa. They were introduced into England as a curiosity in the 1630s, but by the 1840s the French realized their potential as an essential oil source. Steam distillation of rose geranium P graveolens yields an essential oil with an enlivening true rose fragrance that is added to perfumes and toiletries. It is produced on the island of Reunion and also in Algeria, China, Egypt, India and...

A personalised handmade card is something to treasure and pressed and dried flowers and herbs are perfect for

If you want the cards to last a long time, use acid-free paper, cardboard and cardstock. There is a vast range of beautiful papers and cardstocks available, and many of them are handmade. For example, unryushi paper, handmade in Thailand, is semi-transparent and contains short and long fibers. Mulberry paper comes in a range of textures and thicknesses. It is meant to be torn, not cut, producing a pretty frayed edge. We have given finished measurements but you can adapt them to any size you...

Herb directory

The history of herbs, their uses, and methods of cultivation are fascinating, rewarding topics. This practical guide to more than 100 herbs, most of which can be grown in a home garden, tells you how to cultivate, use and store herbs. Top row, left to right Common thyme (Thymus vulgaris), feverfew (Tanacetum cinerariifolium), Ocimum basilicum 'Thai Basil' and Ocimum basilicum 'Dark Opal' Middle row, left to right Common sage (Salvia officinalis), pink-flowering rosemary (a variety of Rosmarinus...

Marjoram and organo

The Greeks called these fragrant-leafed herbs Brightness of the Mountain. and it is impossihl to imagine the cuisines of the Mediterranean and Aegean without their strong, warm aromatic taste. Origanum is a genus that is fraught with taxonomic difficulties, and there are more than 30 species from the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Confusingly, marjoram and oregano are common names that are often used interchangeably. Sweet or knot marjoram (0. marjorana syn. Marjorana hortensis) has...

Fragrant clothes dring

Put several drops of your favorite essential oil a combination of lavender, rosemary, lemon and pine is lovely on a damp wash cloth and throw it into the tumble dryer with a load of damp clothes. When you need to repel moths, choose from any or all or the following herbs. If you've taken the trouble to wash, iron and fold your clothes and household linen, you want them to remain in pristine condition after you put them away. There's nothing more disappointing than pulling out a favorite shirt...

Form and function go hand in hand in this mini hanging garden Change the contents with the seasons and pop in a few

When you choose your herbs, think about their leaf shapes, colors and growing habit. We selected wild creeping thyme as a groundcover and oregano to cascade over the sides, then contrasted the broad-leafed herb comfrey with the feathery foliage of the curry plant. Then we selected lime-scented geranium for its delicious fragrance, yellow-flowered marigolds for a color burst, and basil, parsley, chives and Vietnamese mint for their versatile culinary value. Select a secure position to hang the...

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Aniseed Lllicium Verum

Anise is responsible for much of the licorice flavoring in baked goods, liqueurs, teas, and chewing gum. Chinese star anise and aniseed myrtle, although unrelated to anise, have a similar flavor. Other common names Aniseed, common anise Parts used Roots anise only , leaves, seeds, dried fruits star anise only Anise is an aromatic annual with stalked, toothed leaves that may be simple or lobed. The slender flowering stems bear compound umbels of white flowers followed by ridged gray seeds....

Preparing garden beds

Before transplanting or buying plants, prepare the areas in which they are going to be grown these may be existing beds or newly created areas. To achieve the best results, remove any weeds and dig over the soil until it's loose, so the new roots can stretch out and grow unimpeded. It's also a good idea to improve the soil and its water retention and drainage with some organic matter. Once you've prepared the site, start planting your herbs. Some herbs benefit from added nutrients in the soil,...

Sweet myrtle

Sweet Myrtle Powder

Myrtle was sacred to Venus in ancient limes, and groves of fragrant myrtles were grown around her temples. Myrtle also symbolised honorable victory and was woven into bay w reaths at the early Olympic Games. Brides still tuck sprigs of myrtle into their bouquets. Other common name Greek myrtle Parts used Leaves, buds, flowers, fruits Sweet myrtle is native to the southeastern Mediterranean. The sweetly spicy essential oil, also known as eau d'anges (angel's water), is used in perfumes and for...

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Herbs is that you'll find you can cut back on the amount of salt you add to your food. The herbs will be flavor enough One golden rule is to avoid allowing one flavor to dominate the others. Herb and spice mixes such as garam masala and ras el hanout are a delicate exercise in balancing a wide range of flavors. Even if you like a bit of heat, too much fresh chili can overwhelm the more subtle herbs and spices accompanying it. Similarly, very pungent herbs, such as fresh coriander, are not to...

Doityourself scalp massage

A regular scalp massage encourages fresh blood supplies to flow to the scalp and feed the hair follicles. Tip your head forward and. using small, circular movements, massage your scalp gently with your fingertips for 3 to S minutes. Pay particular attention to the crow n and hair line. If hair is very dry. rub a few drops of Rosemary hot oil intensive (see page 265) onto your fingers first. Blow-drying, straightening, curling and using harsh shampoos all take a toll on your hair. So do a poor...

Reach for birch

Used since Roman times to treat hair and scalp disorders, birch leaves are a rich source of salicylate, which is used in many conventional dandruff treatments to lift and break down dead skin cells, encourage new ones and keep hair follicles healthy. Herbal vinegar rinse Apple cider vinegar normalises the scalp's delicate pH balance and aids in toning the scalp. It also successfully removes oil and shampoo residue from the hair. Nettle is a traditional hair tonic, used for its stimulating...

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Andrographis paniculota Pam used Leaves, aerial parts Andrographis features in the traditional medicine of China, Thailand, India and Korea. An extremely bitter herb, it is used as a digestive tonic in Ayurvedic medicine, while in traditional Chinese medicine, its cooling properties mean that it is indicated for dispelling heat and treating infections and toxins. Andrographis also has immune-stimulating properties, and is used to help prevent colds and flu and to treat their symptoms.

Rosehip soap balls

Olive oil soap's rich lather helps calm irritated skin, while the natural rosehip oil imparts a sweet but subtle scent. Aloe vera and honey are added to maximize moisture, while sandalwood and vitamin E both have anti-aging properties. Buy olive oil soap and aloe vera gel at health food stores or online. 5' i oz. (150 g) soft olive oil soap 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon rosehip oil 10 drops sandalwood essential oil 10 drops patchouli essential oil 1 x 500-IU vitamin E...

Ras el hanout is a Moroccan mixture of 20 or more spices and herbs that typically includes cinnamon cloves lavender

A tradiiional ingredient in North African cooking, couscous is coarse-ground wheal made into liny balls and pre-cooked. Preparing traditional couscous is time-consuming, but good-quality, quick-cook (or instant) varieties produce an excellent result. ' 3 cup (40 g) almond slivers 3 tablespoons (40 g) butter 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 cups (500 ml) chicken stock pinch of saffron threads 2 cups (370 g) quick-cook couscous 2 tablespoons ras el hanout 2 lb. (1 kg) lamb backstraps or fillets...

Garden maintenance

Routine garden tasks, such as pruning and weeding, will not only keep your garden tidy but will also help prevent pest and disease attack, which often starts within decaying plant debris. So, employ good garden hygiene methods and you'll have less maintenance to do in the long run. Many herbs benefit from being cut back annually by up to one-third, because this not only makes them look more attractive but also promotes new growth in the following season. Normally, gardeners are encouraged to...

Sowing seed

Source seeds through plants grown In the garden, or buy seed packets sold through nurseries or mail-order companies or websites. Collecting seed from the garden is the cheapest way, of course however, there's very little guarantee that plants will come true from seed, because certain herbs may cross-pollinate or simply not represent the parent plant. For ease of growing, particularly for new gardeners, packet seeds provide good value and instructions that indicate when, how and where to plant....

Lavender Continued I Herbal medicine

Part used flowers. An age-old remedy for calming and soothing the nerves, improving mood and relaxing muscles, beautifully scented lavender and its essential oil are commonly used for inducing a restful sleep, relieving depression and anxiety and for other disorders relating to a nervous or tense state, including stomach upsets. Lavender flowers can be taken as an infusion or added to a bath to soothe and aid in relaxation. Apply undiluted essential oil to relieve the...

Gift of the Magi

Frankincense is an aromatic gum resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia. primarily B. sacra. The hark of the tree is incised and a milky resinous liquid oozes out. hardening to droplets, or 'tears.' Used since ancient times by various cultures, including the Greeks. Romans, Egyptians. Assyrians and Babylonians, frankincense is familiar to many Westerners through the Christian story of the Magi, who brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus. The name comes from the...

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Herbal vinegar bath If Your skin's natural pH balance has been disrupted, perhaps through the use of harsh deodorant soaps, you may have dry, itchy m. The apple cider vinegar helps restore the correct acid alkaline ratio it also relieves the sting of sunburn. 2 cups (500 ml) apple cider vinegar i 2 cup (50 g) dried chamomile flowers 'It cup (30 g) dried comfrey root powder 'It cup (60 ml) aloe vera juice 1 Place apple cider vinegar and chamomile in a non-aluminium saucepan over medium heat....

Aromatherapy soaps and gels

All soap will get you clean, but adding pure, natural ingredients such as herbal extracts and essential oils will leave your skin feeling silkier. However, even the mildest soap is strongly alkaline, which means that it temporarily disrupts the skin's delicate pH balance and natural oils. To prevent dryness and irritation, use all soaps sparingly and wash with warm, not hot. water. Peppermint shower soap An aromatic, pick-me-up cleanser for the entire body, this contains calendula essential oil...

The soap herb

The ancient Egyptians were the first to make soap, using soapwort. This herb is distinguished by Its unusual ability to foam in water. Soapwort is still used as the basis of some of the more expensive vegetable soaps. 5' oz. (150 g) vegetable glycerine soap 1 tablespoon fine-ground oats 1 teaspoon white cosmetic clay 1 tablespoon almond oil 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest 10 drops pink grapefruit essential oil 10 drops orange essential oil 1 Lightly grease soap molds, as for Rosehip soap...

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Lavender liquid laundry soap This simple liquid soap is gentle on both septic systems and the environment. Costing much less than commercial laundry detergent, it leaves clothes smelling wonderful and feeling soft. i j cup (125 ml) liquid Castile soap ' j cup (125 g) washing soda ' cup (120 g) borax 2 to 3 teaspoons lavender or lemon verbena essential oil 7.5 qt. (7 Is) hot water 1 Mix all the ingredients in a 9.5-qt. (9-1) bucket and stir well until soda crystals and borax are dissolved. 2...

Jaring tor clothing

If you believe the marketing hype, your laundry is the forum for a vicious battle between dirt and the arsenal of toxic weapons that are clearly required to stop it in its tracks. But do you ever get the feeling that you might be aiming a machine gun al an ant You bought a power gel with optical brighleners. oxy action and improved grease cutting but, hey. you only wore the T-shirt once. Go back to some basic principles. Soap and water are the time-honored enemies of dirt, and nothing beats the...

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Small can of blackboard paint straight-edged paintbrush 1 Clean the surface of the pot as directed on the paint can (the paint will not adhere properly to a greasy or dusty surface). Allow the pot to dry thoroughly. 2 Carefully paint the rim of the pot with the blackboard paint. Allow it to dry. then plant with herbs. Use chalk to write the name of the herb on the pot. For fun. use both the common and Latin or botanical names if you bought the herbs at a nursery, both names should be given on...

Astragalus

Astragalus is one of the most important energy tonics in traditional Chinese medicine. It is used to help increase the vitality of patients who are debilitated, and is specifically indicated for cases of fatigue accompanied by poor appetite. Astragalus is particularly useful if you are constantly feeling run-down as well as tired, since it also supports the immune system, helping the body to fight off infections, such as colds and flu. 0 DOSAGE Boil 3 to 10 g dried astragalus root in 'U cup (60...

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Herbal antiseptic lotion Thyme is antibacterial and antimicrobial while witch hazel is a natural astringent. Yarrow and comfrey are both superb skin healers. 2 teaspoons dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried yarrow 'A cup (100 ml) boiling water ' i cup (GO ml) witch hazel 1 Put herbs in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover bowl and steep for 15 minutes. Strain. 2 Pour liquid into a bottle. Add the witch hazel. 3 To use, shake bottle well and upend onto a cotton ball. Wipe gently over skin. Store...

Silica which strengthens nails

Fragrant foot soak The herbs and essential oils in this aromatic blend are astringent and antibacterial, helping to reduce sweatiness, fight odor and leave feet fresh and clean. Both rosemary and ginger are warming herbs and stimulate circulation of blood their uplifting scents raise the spirits. 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary 2 tablespoons fresh sage 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, finely grated 4 cups (1 liter) water 1 tablespoon baking soda 1 tablespoon Epsom salts 10 drops eucalyptus oil 10...

Climatic conditions

Climate types can be broadly broken down into tropical, subtropical, Mediterranean, temperate, semi-arid or cold. Generally, planting is carried out in spring or autumn, with the determining factor being the timing of the first and last frosts. Temperate locations with warm summers and cool winters can be divided further into cool-temperate climates, which are subject to frosts, and 'warm-temperate, which is frost-free. In tropical areas, the amount of rainfall and humidity can affect the...

Peppermint oil

Applying peppermint essential oil to the forehead and temples has been scientifically proven to be as effective as paracetamol (acetaminophen) for the relief of tension headaches. This effect occurs very quickly - a significant reduction in the headache's intensity may be noted as quickly as 15 minutes after the oil has been applied. 0 D< )S AGE Apply a solution containing 1 part peppermint oil diluted in 9 parts alcohol (or water if alcohol is not available) to the forehead and temples every...

Around the home

Orris root, a grayish powder with the aroma of violets, is derived from the root of the Florentine iris. It is used less for its scent than for its fixative ability - that is, it slows the evaporation of essential oils and prolongs the life of pot-pourris. Orris root can be sprinkled around the edges of areas of carpet or under rugs to deter, although not kill, moths and destructive carpet beetles. Dried orris root is used in homemade toothpastes and in pot-pourri (see pages 284-5). Dried orris...

Rich in antioxidants peppery watercress is one of the most nutritious of salad greens Cook only briefly to preserve its

25 02. (700 g) washed potatoes, peeled and diced 2 bunches fresh watercress (about 7 oz. 200 g in total), tough stalks removed 2 teaspoons bottled horseradish sauce V2 cup (125 g) cr me fra che or sour cream 2 tablespoons fresh chives, cut into 1 -in. (2-em) lengths 1 Heat oil in large saucepan saut spring onions until softened. Add potatoes and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. 2 Add watercress and horseradish sauce. Add cr me fra che,...

How to use herb vinegar spray

Keep your dishwasher clean and fresh Add ' 2 cup (125 ml) Herb vinegar to the rinse cycle. Cul grease and make glasses sparkle Add 3 tablespoons Herb vinegar to the sink with the dishwashing detergent. Dissolve mineral build-up on clogged shower heads Soak overnight in diluted Herb vinegar. Clean soap scum from a glass shower screen Mix 2 parts sail with 1 pari Herb vinegar. Rub onto the screen with a cloth or fine steel wool. Rinse and dry. Stop mold Mix 2 teaspoons borax and 1 cup (250 ml)...

Air fresheners

A home that smells clean and fresh is a pleasant place to be. but there's no need to reach for a commercial air freshener when you want to sweeten your surroundings. Homemade herbal solutions are not only much cheaper than their artificial counterparts, they also smell beautiful, do not rely on an arsenal of possibly harmful chemicals and do their job rather better, working to neutralize unpleasant odors rather than simply masking them. As far back as the 12th century, sweetly perfumed herbs...

Instant energizer

Whether they're tapping at a keyboard, cleaning, lifting or driving, your arms, shoulders and hands work hard. Look after them by taking regular breaks from repetitive work and trying this self-massage sequence, using the Stimulating massage oil (see right). Support your left elbow with your right hand. Make a loose fist of your left hand and gently pound across your right shoulder. Using your thumb and fingertips, make small circular movements to work muscles, moving from the back of your neck...

St Johns wort

John's wort have historically been used to treat nerve pain of various kinds, but especially the pain of sciatica. This traditional use is supported by laboratory tests that demonstrate both anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties. 0 DOSUiKRub the infused oil of St. John's wort flowers into the affected part, 2 to 3 times per day. For instructions on how to make infused oils, see page 195. Alternatively, buy a commercial product. Arnica and comfrey should not be...

Causes of pests and diseases

Pests and diseases are usually the symptoms of an underlying problem. Generally, healthy plants are insect- and disease-free, so look at the basics first. Leafhoppers arc minute sapsuckers that damage plants and also spread plant pathogens. Leafhoppers arc minute sapsuckers that damage plants and also spread plant pathogens. Female mealybugs are sapsuckers and protect themselves with an unsightly powdery wax. Female mealybugs are sapsuckers and protect themselves with an unsightly powdery wax....

Container gardening

With residential areas expanding and more people setting up home in cities, living spaces appear to be gelling smaller. Bui no malter where vou live, vim can always plant a selection of herbs, whether it's on a balcony, deck or veranda, or in a courtyard any small garden space where they can thrive in hanging baskets, pots and other containers. Heros love growing in pots, and some herbs, such as mint and parsley, spread easily and will take over garden beds, so even if you have a huge garden,...

Formal herb gardens

Traditionally, plants were grown for their uses, not their beauty herbs were highly valued for their culinary and medicinal qualities, and in great European medieval monasteries, monks grew a vast range of herbs in apothecary gardens. During the reign of Henry VIII, in the 16th century, decorative knot gardens became popular. These gardens were often complicated, designed to be viewed from above low, evergreen hedges were planted in geometric or symmetric interlinking patterns, such as...

Rocket or arugula

Eruca vesicaria subsp. sotiva Brassicaceae Native to the Mediterranean basin and eastward to Turkey and Jordan, rocket has been popular as a salad green since ancient Roman times for its peppery, smoky, meaty flavor. Even now. it is still sometimes known as Roman rocket. Other comrr n nmes Italian cress, Roman rocket, rucola, rugula Parts used Leaves, flowers, seeds Rocket Eruca sotiva is an annual plant resembling an open lettuce, with deeply pinnately lobed occasionally...