The flower and the oil of lavender are used to make medicine. Lavender is commonly used for anxiety, stress, and insomnia. It is also used for depression, dementia, pain after surgery, and many other conditions
Lemon verbena has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries to stop muscle spasms, as a fever reducer and sedative, for indigestion, and to increase appetite, among other indications. Research regarding its medicinal use is limited. The leaves and flowering tops are used in teas and as beverage flavors.
lemon balm is used in traditional medicine as both a sleep aid and digestive tonic. It can be consumed as a tea, taken as a supplement or extract, or applied to the skin in balms and lotion. Lemon balm essential oil is also popular in aromatherapy, where it is believed to promote calmness and ease stress
As a traditional medicine, it is used to treat wounds, ulcers, eczema, gout, skin irritations, bruises, burns, canker sores, neuralgia, sciatica, rheumatic pain, hemorrhoids, mastitis and other ailments
Anne Stobart wrote:One of the things that I have found when asked about designing herb gardens is that lack of use can lead to plants becoming very straggly and overwhelmed by other more vigorous neighbours.
Andrea Locke wrote:How about making teas from tea leaves?
Pine, cedar (arborvitae), beech, fig...
I have read that sweet chestnut and walnut leaves have medicinal properties but am not certain if these are taken as teas or ?
Heidi Schmidt wrote:Don't forget the mints! I love peppermint, spearmint... I also grow lemon balm and lemony catnip. I also love nettle tea, but haven't grown it myself. And I'm currently drinking tea with dandelion root, although this is from the store.
Chris Sturgeon wrote:I see Chaga fungus growing wild on the aspens around here. I'm not sure if I could inoculate for it, or just be happy if it shows up on its own. Tastes like woody dirt, but I've heard many claims of health benefits.
CBC animation: The origin of Chaga