We have just finished building our greenhouse and preparing the garden beds surrounding it. We had a fair few herbs that were ready to transplant from pots but we also planted some direct from seed. I've compiled a short list of our favourite herbs that I think are a must to grow in any kitchen garden. Oh the beauty of nature and her medicinal cabinet... what an absolute gift.
- Aloe - Soothes sunburn, eczema, psoriasis and dry, itchy skin.
- Anise - Eases indigestion, bloating and belching. Also protects the stomach lining from the development of ulcers.
- Basil - Help digestion and improve appetite.
- Borage - Eases PMS symptoms, skin condtions such as atopic eczema and dermatitis.
- Coriander - Regulates gastric secretions and releases trapped wind. Has also shown to have antimicrobial and anti parasitic properties of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Dill - Helps relieve indigestion and flatulence. Also inhibits the growth of harmful intestinal bacteria.
- Echinacea - Helps prevent colds, influenza and repiratory infections by activating the immune system and enhancing a number of disease fighting responses.
- Feverfew - Predominately used for the prevention of migraines. Also effective in treating fever, period pain, asthma and other inflammatory disorders.
- Lavender - Well known for sedative and calming effects. External use can soothe insect bites, minor skin infections and minor burns.
- Lemon Balm - Often used to treat nausea, gastric upset, bloating and flatulence.
- Oregano - Beneficial in the treatment of minor urinary, intestinal and lung infections.
- Peppermint - Has digestive and antispasmodic properties. Relieves sluggish digestion, bloating, flatulence and inadequate bile secretion.
- Rosemary - Improves concentration and memory.
- Sage - Helps decrease perspiration and menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flushes and night sweats.
- Marjoram - Helps digestive issues such as nausea, bloating, intestinal cramping, flatulence and diarrhoea.
- Thyme - Demonstrated to have antiseptic properties, used in gargles and mouthwashes to help soothe sore throats, gum disease and tonsillitis.
Use herbs wisely. Most herbs are harmless when used in moderation however some less known herbs may have side effects and interact with conventional medicines. If you are new to herbs or not familiar with the medicinal qualities of herbs then you should seek advice from a Registered Herbalist or Health Care Practitioner for further advice.
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