In a previous post I shared a brief overview of what I had researched about medicinal herbs. In this post I am going to share my list.
I decided I had to go about creating a list of desirable herbs by starting from the common ailments that I might like to cure or lessen the effects of. So I started from a book I have had in my library for about 30 years, called: Common Plants as Natural Remedies, By Cynthia Wickham. In it are given some recipes for teas and concoctions suggested by Swiss homeopath, Dr Robert Quinche. Dr Quinche has a book still available on ABE Books website called: Herbs from the Garden to the Cooking Pot.
Cynthia’s book looks at really common plants like camomile (chamomile), Marigold (the taller one with long full leaves), yarrow (a remedy for severe colds) and great mullien (a woolly tall plant you often see along dry river beds). Some of the herbs mentioned in the teas she credits Dr Quinche with devising are a little out of the ordinary – my view – like ‘blessed thistle’. I know it exists because our local Health Food online supplier HealthPost advertises it. Apparently Blessed Thistle is a supplement you can take to support breastfeeding.
Shirley’s Wellness Cafe has a detailed description of the herb, but it looks far too close to Scotch Thistle for me to risk growing in the garden. The neighbours might complain! Come to think of it, I wonder if Scotch Thistle might do as a substitute? The answer is “NO” but it might be useful in treating ulcers and skin cancers. What wondrous routes one takes when researching a tea recipe.
Here is the recipe that contains the Herbs I want to top my list:
Above (left to right): Cowslip, Arnica and Bergamot
- 25g cowslip flowers
- 10g chamomile flowers
- 5g arnica flowers
- 5g marigold petals
- 5g lavender
- 1.5g bergamot
- 5g peppermint leaves
- 25g blessed thistle
According to Quinche: Make an infusion. For chronic headaches take half a cupful of tea every 2 hours. Put a cold compress of spirit of lavender on the forehead.
So here is the start of my list:
- Chamomile (got the seeds)
- Marigold (got them growing
- Lavender (got the seeds)
- Peppermint (got it growing)
- Blessed thistle (hmmm?)
In my hot little mitt I have seeds for:
- White sage
- Evening primrose
- Anise (one of those plants that will just have to go to seed)
- St John’s Wort
Next I’ll share with you what all these plants are purported to do. Meanwhile I’m off to plant some tenderly loved seed.
By Heather Sylvawood, author of Real Estate Rollercoaster – what professionals forget to tell you about buying, building and selling real estate.