Thekla McDaniels wrote:I think lemon balm is an antiviral, as is holy basil. Most injuries are healed by the growth of new cells, so consider comfrey which stimulates cell proliferation, the basis of healing from most injuries.
Nettle is another great multi purpose plant, it's a natural antihistamine, contains vitamins and minerals and complete protein (I need to check that claim, I have heard it a couple of times recently, but have not read it anywhere).
As I wrack my brain for multifunction plants, I wonder, Aetna, if you are trying to assemble a first response first aid kit (kind of redundant there ) or if you are trying to collect for long term health maintenance.
John Elliott wrote:What, no oregano? The more reading I do about oregano and the antibiotic terpene carvacrol, which is a major component of oil of oregano, the more respect I have for this prostrate plant. If you are making a list of useful herbs and don't have oregano on there, you owe it to yourself to find out more.