|Some of the
plants below are included because you’ll be able to find them nearby, if
not in your garden.
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Chickweed - Stellaria media
Nutritional:More nutritious than most vegetables
and high in copper and iron it can be cooked but is best enjoyed raw.
Medicinal:Applied fresh to skin sores and wounds it draws away
infections and impurities. Hold in place with a bandage and reapply every
few hours. Use as a soothing tea for internal inflammations such as digestive
upsets, sore chest, lungs and throat.
Comfrey - (Knitbone Boneset)
Description:Found in…. It can be propagated by dividing its roots
in spring. Small root pieces will soon grow into tough, deep rooted plants,
so choose your location carefully!
Description:Found everywhere, this plant doesn’t
get the admiration it deserves. The
root contains more of its active ingredients.
Echinacea - Echinacea purpeaDescription: this hardy perenial should be in every garden. Prefering a sunny well drained site with a pH > 6, it is drought, pest and disease resistant. Grow from seed or plant 4 inch sections of root. Use the leaves, seeds and roots (which will be harvestable three years from planting)
Medicinal:An immune system booster, anti inflamatory and beautiful attraction to bees, butterflies and humans alike, Found in many commercial herbal remedies it is an amazing blood and lymphatic cleanser and is used to treat all types of blood poisoning, bacterial and viral infections. Best taken as a tincture, it needs to be prepared with equal quantities of distilled water and high proof alcohol as the active ingredients need both to dissolve. It is most effectively taken over periods of up to 10 days, after which wait a week before taking it again.
Nutrition:Rich in vitamins A , C and D, chlorophyll, iron and
Shepherd’s - Purse
Description:Prefering open ground and tough to remove once established.
St. Johnswort - Hypericum perforatum
Description:Easily grown from seed, spring cuttings or spring
or autumn root divisions this plant likes good drainage, a slightly acid
situation and full sun
Description:This small feather leaved plant has many uses.
Are a way of storing a plants’ properties in a long lasting and highly concentrated form. Herbs can be prepared alone or in combination. To make a tincture, pack 100g of the powdered or cut herb into a jar with about 400ml of strong alcohol, brandy works well. Shake daily for at least two weeks, then strain out the herb with a fine cloth and pour the tincture into a dark bottle, ones with droppers are good. Take five or six drops in juice or water every day.