The Permacultivator - Journal of Cool Climate Permaculture
Chamomile: Used as Teas or Compresses to aid ailments such as insomnia, fevers, tension and stress.
Garlic: Used fresh from garden in cooking. Great anti-oxidant. Good for immune system. Good companion plant.
Comfrey: Used as tinctures or compress direct on the wound. Potent: not recommended for internal use without guidance. Great green manure.
Lemon Verbena: Beautiful tea which is great when throat is sore or stomach upset.
Basil: Another multi-purpose herb; medicinally aids digestion; can be rubbed on bites and stings.
Horsetail: Perennial. Self sows and spreads with runners. Blood tonic. Astringent. Also used in treating bladder complaints. Brew as tea.
Wallflower: Seeds and flowers used for liver and blood disorders as well as sore muscles. Tea. Compress.
Meadowsweet: Flower is used. Tea brewed for ailments such as colds. Used to treat indigestion/heartburn, nausea, arthritis (compress) and diarrhoea (use the root).
Ginkgo: Ancient deciduous conifer. Leaves used to treat memory loss, circulation, varicose veins, hardening of arteries, varicose ulcers.
Liquorice: Roots harvested for tea. Aids as digestive stimulant. Anti-inflammatory. Great for breaking up mucus especially in the morning.
St Johns Wart: Flowers for tea. Used to treat colic, worms, asthma, irregular menstruation, insomnia, depression, fainting fits, toothache. Oil can be extracted and used as compress on painful joints, arthritis, bruises, sprains/strains, wounds, skin irritations. Grows wild in weed like proportions.
Lavender: Leaf and flower. Oil used to treat headaches and insomnia. Tea brewed for coughs/colds, colic/flatulence. Good antiseptic wash.
Lemon Balm: Delicious as a tea; used to treat fevers
Water Cress: Stimulates appetite, high in Vitamin C. good for the skin.
Mint: Leaves used for tea to treat nausea. Used as a wash for antiseptic properties. Used as a poultice to treat skin irritations and bites. Some species particularly good as repellents.
Evening Primrose: Grows wild. Entire plant can be used for various ailments. Roots can be eaten in salads. Applied to the skin. Used internally for coughs. In tablet form used to treat PMT. May be useful for the prevention of thrombosis as it is believed to contain an anti-coagulant.
Oregano: Leaves used. Tea used to treat gastro-intestinal or respiratory problems, colds and headaches. Sedative. Tonic. Antiseptic. Used as a poultice to treat bruises and inflammations.
Parsley: Eaten raw. High in vitamins and minerals (highest natural source of iron).
Rosemary: Leaves used. Good multi-purpose herb. Used in cooking. Hair tonic. Used to treat headaches, colds, bruises and nausea. Useful breath sweetener. Antiseptic.
Sage: Leaves used. Tea. Used to treat sore throats, nausea, skin irritations and bruises.
J23 Spring 98