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Mountain Pepper : Tasmannia Lanceolata

Mountain pepper, also known as Tasmannia Lanceolata is a shrub native to south-eastern Australia. The shrub grows from 2 to 10m high and prefers the cool to temperate climates from Tasmania to Northern Victoria into the rainforests of Southern NSW.

Mountain pepper have a unique pepper flavour with a hot, zingy, warm sensation. Paired well with red meat, game, and other savoury dishes, they are also ideal with most fruits, particularly berries. A native superfood known for its anti-inflammatory properties may help symptoms of arthritis, asthma and other inflammatory illnesses due to the unique compound "polygodial", which is also thought to have several other beneficial properties including high levels of antioxidants, antifungal and antimicrobial activities.

Use the mountain pepper berries or the leaves in recipes instead of black/white/sichuan pepper or chilli and you will be creating a unique, zingy meal that has elemental medicinal healing properties.

Leucospermum cordifolium [PIncushion protea]

Pure Beauty of the Protea.

In the early 1800's Leucospermum cordifolium [ PIncushion protea ] was used widely as a cough suppressant, respiratory healer and a gastric ulcer remedy.

Native to South Africa, Leucospermum is a genus of about 50 species of flowering plants in the family Proteaceae. Vivid, attractive and a little bit whimsy make this a perfect shrub for the garden. Bees have been known to use the resin to seal their hives and sugarbirds and bats feast on the stems of these ancient flowers.

With origins dating back over 30 million years these flowers have adapted, evolved and transformed into a variation of over 1600 plants.

Tenacious, courageous and outrageously beautiful. The protea.

 

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Lemon Balm : Melissa Officinalis

An ancient herb used in apothecaries all over the world, Lemon Balm or Melissa Officinalis derives from Melisso-phyllon which is a Greek term meaning "bee leaf". When in bloom you will find nature's little pollinators surrounding this plant with wild abandonment. Oh, For the love of bees!

Lemon Balm belongs to the mint family and is a fast growing perennial. It self sows easily and doesn't take much fuss. It may be harvested anytime however the flavour increases right before it begins to flower and if your snip the flowers back you will get another delicious crop.

Lemon Balm has a host of medicinal uses, some of the more common treatments include anxiety, depression, nervous disorders, heartache, upset stomach, as well as having key constituents that help combat viral and bacterial infections. It also has properties that may effect the thyroid gland therefore if you have an issue with your thyroid, you should seek Dr approval before indulging in this herb.

Lemon Balm is a tasty, lemon flavoured herb that may be used as a tisane or added to your cooking, salads, soups and more. You may find that if you add it to your bath it might help to dispell negativity and calm your spirit. 

xJo

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2016 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.
 

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