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February 6, 2017

Medicinal Herbs

Marshmallow (Althea Officinalis)

 

Marshmallow

Parts used: Leaves, Flowers & Root

Price per kg: Leaves £7, Root £6

Uses: Traditionally used for: Sore throat, cough or cold. Marshmallow root can be taken orally to reduce pain, swelling and congestion.The roots and stem of the marshmallow plant secrete mucilage, which softens skin, lowers swelling and kills bacteria. Used for antitussive properties and mucilage abilities which allow it to decrease irritation of the throat and reduce swelling in the lymph nodes. Said to increase the secretion of urine, and to help digestive complaints, IBS & Crohn’s disease. .Can be used topically to treat a number of problems: insect bites, wounds, burns, scrapes, dry/chapped skin and peeling. Well-tolerated by those with allergies and hypersensitive skin.

 

Vervain : (Verbena Officinialis) 

 

VervainParts used: leaves & flowers

Price per kg: £8

Uses: The aerial parts have been used traditionally for many conditions, including stimulation of lactation and treatment of dysmenorrhea, jaundice, gout, kidney stones, headache, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Vervain is also considered an astringent, a bitter digestive.

 

Skullcap (Scutellaria Laterifolia)

 

Skullcap
Parts used: Leaves & Flowers

Price per kg: Fresh £12, Dried £49

Uses: Skullcap is used in the treatment of a wide range of nervous conditions including: Epilepsy, insomnia, hysteria, anxiety, delerium tremens, withdrawal from barbiturates and tranquilisers.

 

 

 

 

Yarrow: (Achillea Millefolium)

 

Copy of Yarrow

Parts used: Leaves & flowers

Price per kg: £8

Uses: The fresh leaves have traditionally been used to stop bleeding wounds, treat gastrointestinal problems, fight fevers, lessen menstrual bleeding and improve circulation. Fresh leaves can also be chewed on to relieve tooth aches. Scientists have credited yarrow for its benefits relating to almost every organ in the body.

 

 

 

 

St Johns's Wort: (Hypericum Perforatum):

 

St John's Wort
Parts used: Leaves & Flowers

Price per kg: £6

Uses: Most commonly used for depression and conditions that sometimes go along with depression such as anxiety, tiredness, loss of appetite and trouble sleeping. There is some strong scientific evidence that it is effective for mild to moderate depression

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Betony (Stachys Officinalis)

 

Wood Betony

Parts used: Leaves

Price per kg: £7

Uses: Wood Betony was once truly revered as a tonic in European herbal medicine. Betony was highly rated and frequently used for such diverse complaints as low spirits, poor liver function, urinary tract problems, headaches, circulation weakness, joint pains, and more.

 

 

Hyssop (Hyssopus Officinalis)

 

Hyssop

Parts used: Leaves & Flowers

Price per kg: £7

Uses: Used in herbal medicine for the treatment of sore throats, colds, hoarseness, and as an expectorant. Also believed to have beneficial effects for asthma, urinary tract inflammation, and appetite stimulation. Its effectiveness in relieving gas and colic also are listed under its medicinal uses.

 

 

 

Wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium)

 

Wormwood

Parts used: Leaves

Price per kg: £4.50

Uses: Sources from the Ancient World and the Middle Ages indicate that many varieties of Wormwood were useful for insecticides, to be strewn among floor rushes or dried and packed among furs and textiles to prevent moth and flea infestations.

While it may be useful for repelling insects, more fascinating is the place it rightfully holds in modern pharmacopeias. The bitter components and acids render wormwood an excellent remedy for digestive issues. This is primarily because a bitter flavour on the tongue actually causes the gallbladder to produce and release bile. It is also noted as being useful in alleviating fever, expelling parasitic worms like roundworm from the digestive tract, and for its tonic effects. It may also be applied topically to reduce inflammation of insect bites and promote healing. Wormwood is also noted to be useful in treating jaundice, a sign of liver dysfunction and to increase sexual desire. **WARNING- Not suitable for pregnant women**

 

Lemon Balm ( Melissa Officinalis)

 

Lemon Balm

Parts used: Leaves

Price per kg: £5

Uses: Traditionally used as an anti-viral with relaxing properties that are helpful for soothing frayed nerves and calming hyperactive children. Traditionally, it’s been used to gently treat colic and upset stomach in everyone from infants to elders. A leaf can be chewed to freshen the breath or crushed and placed on a bug bite to help ease the itch.

 

 

 

 

 

Calendula: (Calendula Officinalis)

 

Calendula

Parts used: Flowers

Price per kg: £8

Uses: Calendula has been shown to help wounds heal faster by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the affected area, which helps the body grow new tissue. It is also used to improve skin hydration and firmness. The dried petals of the Calendula plant are used in tinctures, ointments, and washes to treat burns, bruises, and cuts, as well as the minor infections they cause. Calendula also has been shown to help prevent dermatitis or skin inflammation in people with breast cancer during radiation therapy.

 

OATS: (Avena Sativa)

 

Oats

Parts used: Groats & Flowering tops

Price per kg: Groats £7.50, Flowering Tops £5.00

Uses: Tea and tincture. Comes from green oats. It has been used to support brain health since the Middle Ages, and its proponents say it can reduce the risk of heart disease, increase energy, reduce anxiety, improve physical performance and sexual appetite.

 

 

 

 

 

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