15 healing herbs

15 healing herbs

A medicinal herb garden offers many more advantages than just looking, tasting and smelling good.

1 - Sweet Annie (Artemisia annua)
An aromatic, antibacterial herb, it lowers fevers and checks bleeding.

Sweet Annie

2 - Southernwood (Artemisia abrotanum)
This aromatic, bitter herb improves digestion and liver function, lowers fever, relaxes spasms and destroys intestinal worms. It’s also a powerful mosquito repellent and if you grow a hedge around your rose garden it will repel the black and yellow beetles that eat holes in the petals.


3 - Wormwood (Artemisia afra)
This indigenous artemisia offers relief from various ailments including coughs, colds, fever, loss of appetite, colic, headaches and earache, and it’s useful for destroying intestinal worms and malarial parasites. Insert fresh leaves into the nostrils to clear blocked nasal passages or place in socks to prevent sweaty feet.


4 - Absinthe wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Is used internally for gall bladder complaints, improving digestion, stimulating poor appetite and expelling worms. It can be applied topically for bruises and bites. Do not give to pregnant or lactating women.

Absinthe Wormwood

5 - French tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)
The leaves are coveted in cooking, especially to flavour chicken and egg dishes, sauces, salad dressings and mustard. It stimulates digestion, helps with indigestion and expels worms in children. Externally, it is used for rheumatism and toothache. Do not give to pregnant or lactating women.

French Tarragon

6 - Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita)
Internally, it is used for nervous digestive upsets, insomnia, travel sickness, teething, colic and infantile convulsions. Externally, it’s used for wounds, sunburn, burns, haemorrhoids, mastitis and leg ulcers. It is used as an emollient and anti-allergenic agent in cosmetics and it’s a wonderful hair conditioner and lightener.


7 - Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
The leaves are a natural anti-inflammatory and preventive for migraine and arthritic sufferers.


8 - Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
Extremely high in calcium and Vitamin B 12, comfrey also contains allantoin in its leaves and root system which, when infused into a cream and applied to the skin, promotes cell proliferation. Applied to wounds and bruising, of the bone or muscle, it seems to knit bones or ligaments together again and eliminates bruising and swelling remarkably quickly.


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9 - Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)
Horehound contains a potent expectorant. It relieves bronchitis, asthma, catarrh, chesty coughs and colds, whooping cough, liver and gall bladder disorders, typhoid fever and palpitations.


10 - English Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
The flowers are infused in creams for skin ailments such as nappy rash, eczema, conjunctivitis, thrush infections, herpes and gingivitis, as well as athlete’s foot and general skin problems. Internally, it is used for gastric and duodenal ulcers, colitis, diverticulitis, hepatitis, swollen glands and menstrual problems. As the whole plant is edible, flowers mixed with rice will add colour. Not to be taken during pregnancy.

English Marigold

11 - Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Known as the anti-stress plant, it used to be fed to dairy cows being milked to keep them on an even keel and facilitate letting their milk down. It also has a calming effect on humans and is completely safe to take every day for anything that is causing anxiety and restlessness. Leaves added to salads provide a lemony taste.

Lemon balm

12 - Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea tree is an antiseptic plant and expectorant that stimulates the immune system and is effective against infections. Infuse the leaves in boiling water; allow to cool before applying locally to treat anything from vaginal infections, athlete’s foot and verrucas to warts and ringworm. A cooled infusion sprayed on plants with a fungal infection is very beneficial.

Tea Tree

13 - Bulbinella (Bulbine frutescans)
The juice from the leaves is applied for stings, bites, scalds, burns and grazes and it offers excellent natural protection against sunburn.


14 - St Johns Wort (Hypericum perfoliatum)
Perfect for internal use to relieve anxiety, nervous tension, menopausal disturbances, premenstrual syndrome, shingles, sciatica and fibrositis. Externally, it’s used for burns, blisters, bruises and other injuries (especially deep and painful wounds). It should never be taken with allopathic anti-depressants.

St. John's Wort

15 - Rose scented geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Taken internally as a tea, it is excellent for premenstrual and menopausal problems, nausea, tonsillitis and poor circulation, and the tea tastes like roses! Externally, it is used for acne, haemorrhoids, eczema, bruises and ringworm. Infuse the leaves in boiling water and use the scented juice to flavour custards, lemonades and sorbets, or add fresh leaves to the bottom of a cake pan to have the delicious taste seep through the sponge or pop a few leaves into an apple pie for a rose-scented taste sensation.

Rose Scented Geranium

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