Healing herb garden

Calendula, courtesy of A. Vogel

There’s something rather lovely about an English herb garden smelling sweet in the middle of summer and attracting a multitude of butterflies.  For thousands of years herbs have been grown for their medicinal purposes and herbal teas were the norm for a variety of ailments obviating the need to go to the doctor.

As far back as the 11th century medicinal herb gardens became the preserve of monasteries and by the 16th and 17th explorers had brought back more exotic species.  Their uses were immortalised by the 1660 publication of Culpepper’s Herbal, a book still used today.

Gradually apothecaries began appear in the UK’s major towns selling a variety of herbal medicines and natural remedies such as witch hazel and fig syrup.  However, modern medicine put paid to the acceptance and popularity of herbal remedies in the 1940s until the end of the century when the upsurge in  complementary medicine began.

The current trend towards herbal remedies has prompted many people to grow their own again, for medicinal and culinary purposes. It means they have a regular supply of the herbs and that they know they haven’t been sprayed with unwanted pesticides.  However, medicinal herbs should never be consumed by anyone taking medication without consultation with their doctor or a registered medical herbalist.

Plotting the patch

When picking the spot to grow your herbs try to make sure it gets plenty of sun where it’s protected from the wind.  The soil should drain well and if you compost your fruit and vegetable waste it will help to encourage healthy growth of the herbs.

Herbalist Anne McIntyre says, ‘If you’ve got the room I’d be inclined to divide the plot into culinary herbs and medicinal herbs.  Culinary herbs are easy to grow – the twiggy ones such as rosemary, sage, parsley, thyme and oregano  can be taken from cuttings, while coriander, basil and dill can be grown from seed.

‘If you want to grow mint I’d put it in a pot on its own or it takes over the patch completely. All of these herbs are great for use in cooking or for making teas.’

The medicinal properties of culinary herbs:

• Rosemary – put the leaves in a tea to improve circulation, and relieve headaches
• Sage – a tea of sage helps to relieve hot flushes in menopause and can be used as a gargle for sore throats
• Parsley – chewed raw it takes away the smell of garlic on the breath and is a diuretic to relieve water retention
• Thyme – antibacterial and antifungal, soothes sore throats in a gargle
• Coriander – the leaves can be used in cooking or teas to aid digestion
• Basil – the leaves made into a tea are good for digestion and for edgy nerves
• Dill – used in baby’s gripe water the seeds can be chewed to ease digestion or menstrual cramps and for bad breath
• Mint –  used in salads or four or five leaves cut up and made into a tea is good for upset stomachs, indigestion, and sinusitis.

 

How to make an infusion or tea

Put the leaves, flower or seeds in a teapot and fill up with boiling water. Allow to steep and pour through a strainer and drink as tea, or cool to use in a compress.

Medicinal herbs

There are a number of medicinal herbs that make a very attractive feature in any garden.  ‘You could have a selection of herbs including Echinacea, Lemon Balm, Yarrow, Pot Marigold, Borage, Evening Primrose, and Lavender,’ says Anne McIntyre.
Echinacea: Echinacea angustifolia or purpurea. Native to north America it has been used as a medicine by Indian tribes  for thousands of years.  They chew the plant, put it in soups to ward off infection and heal snake wounds, boils and abscesses with it.

‘Echinacea grows easily from seed and even though it’s a perennial you can collect the seeds and plant them for the following year,’ according to Anne McIntyre.  ‘You can use a handful of leaves and flowers to boost the immune system, keep away colds and flu, ward off infections and relieve arthritis.

Roses: Anne McIntyre suggests that you grow old- fashioned roses which look and smell beautiful in the centre of the medicinal herb garden if there’s room!  ‘Rose oil contains quercetin, tannin and the petals have antiseptic, astringent and antibiotic properties. You can make a delicious tasting tea from the petals which is great for calming you down, improving mood, cooling anger and frustration and relieving a range of inflammatory problems. As a compress the tea makes a good lotion for calming inflammatory skin conditions.’

Lemon Balm: Melissa officinalis. It was considered a symbolic plant which was used to send messages between lovers and to signify sympathy. It was claimed by Nicholas Culpepper that it ‘driveth away all troublesome cares and thoughts of the mind’.

A member of the mint family Lemon Balm is easy to grow in pots or the herb patch.  The cut up leaves make a flavourful tea which is are good for relieving anxiety and tension, good for digestive problems, and warding off the cold sore (herpes) virus.

Yarrow:  Achillea millifolium.  Often found on the side of roads and in hedgerows,  yarrow was believed to be used in the Trojan War over 3,000 years ago.  ‘It can be easily grown from seed and the flowers and leaves can be made into a tea to relieve fevers, colds and catarrh, diarrhoea and heavy periods,’ Anne explains.  ‘Externally it can be used as lotion for varicose veins, but it should not be used by pregnant women.’

Evening Primrose: Oenetheris biennis.  Well known to women as a solution to PMT, evening primrose is originally a native American herb but grows wild in Europe and is easy to cultivate. The  yellow flowers open late in the day and only last for one evening – hence the name.

Anne says, ‘The oil from the seeds is particularly known for its high content of GLA (gamma-lineolic acid) which supplies many of the essential fatty acids the body needs for optimum health. Evening primrose oil is a traditional remedy for menstrual and problems such as PMS, for hot flushes in menopause and for arthritis.’

 

Pot Marigold – Calendula officinalis, was named by the Romans because it bloomed on the first day ‘calends’ of every month.  It’s an annual plant which flourishes in the British climate and its familiar orange flowers have antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.  According to Anne McIntyre, ‘The petals can be made into a tea which serves as an excellent healing lotion for athlete’s foot, cuts and abrasions, as well as inflammatory and infected skin conditions. They look stunning when added to salads and rice and improve digestion and absorption of nutrients as well as boosting immunity!’

Borage: Borago officinalis.  Traditionally had a reputation for giving courage and was often given to men intent on proposing marriage.  ‘An annual self-seeding plant it grows well in Britain and the leaves and flowers have a reputation for relieving fever, easing coughs and colds, reducing fluid retention and lifting the spirits. The oil from the seeds contain GLA (gamma-lineolic acid), an essential fatty acid, and is also known as Starflower Oil which is renowned for easing arthritis, menopausal symptoms and high blood pressure.’

German chamomile: Matricaria chamomilla. About five of the daisy-like flowers are needed to make a  chamomile tea which is well known for calming and also eases bloated and upset stomachs.  The wet flowers from the tea can be made into a compress to use on itchy skin or eyes.  Chamomile grows easily from seed in the UK but needs to be replaced every year – it is said that if we get many more hot summers, a chamomile lawn will be the answer!

Lavender: Lavendula angustifolia.  No herb garden would be complete without lavender for its aroma, its pretty flowers and its medicinal properties. A perennial hardy it doesn’t take much work once it’s in and cuttings can be rooted by placing  in a well watered pot of compost. A lavender tea made from a teaspoon of fresh flowers or leaves with a half pint of water can help to relieve a bloated stomach, headache and it can make you sleep well – a sprig of lavender under the pillow has the same effect.

 

The wild patch

If you want to grow nettles for their blood purifying properties  they could take over so best to put them in a wild patch of the garden.  Made into a tea they can help to ease arthritis, helps kidney and bladder, prostate enlargement and chronic toxic states such as arthritis or severe skin complaints.  Nettle soup is made by combining  with potatoes and onions!
Anne McIntyre, registered medical herbalist, practises in Gloucestershire, Wales and London, 01451 810096, www.annemcintyre.com
Her books, The Top 100 Herbal Remedies and Drugs in Pots are available at Amazon – click on our Amazon carousel on the home page 

Anne gives guided walks and holds open days in summer at her own herb garden in Gloucestershire which represents A  Journey Through A Woman’s Life. The garden has been featured on BBC Gardener’s World

To find a registered medical herbalist contact: The National Institute for Medical Herbalists, www.nimh.org.uk  01392 426022

Soothing aromatherapy

Lavender HSThe ancient Egyptians embalmed bodies with cedarwood and frankincense oils, but the Chinese can be credited with first discovering the medicinal power of plants. The therapeutic properties of essential oils were known to the Greeks and the Romans too, and as massage and bathing flourished in their times they used them therapeutically.  See also Understanding Aromatherapy.

 

There has been a huge revival in the use of aromatherapy oils since the 1980s with the popularity of massage that uses different blends. But oils can be used in all kinds of different ways. Eucalyptus, basil and tea oils can be inhaled in steam or from an oil burner when we have a cold, a few drops of rosemary in the bath wakes us up and a couple of drops of lavender oil on a tissue induces sleep.

Medical evidence shows that aromatherapy may even be good for one’s heart and blood pressure. According to a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a group of Taiwanese researchers conducted an experiment where subjects were exposed to the essential oil of bergamot. During the trial, volunteers experienced a mild drop in both heart rate and systolic blood pressure.

Dr. Hal Blatman, medical director of the Blatman Pain Clinic in Cincinnati and a past president of the American Holistic Medical Association, explained that essential oils trigger the smell receptors of the nose, prompting chemical messages to travel on nerve pathways to the limbic system in the brain, which is associated with emotion and moods. “It’s easy to see smells have an effect on the body,” Blatman said. “Smells have deep emotional triggers in people.”

When the Adult Emergency Department at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center decided to help promote a healthier environment for its workers and patients, they chose to do so in a holistic way with the therapeutic use of aromatherapy. Essential oils were used to help naturally purify the air, promote the circulation of oxygen, reduce the spread of bacterial growth and to help promote stress-reduction. When the effectiveness of the program was evaluated, 84 per cent of emergency staff strongly agreed that the program contributed to a better work environment.

Although the use of holistic medicine is not widely accepted within the world of modern science, many practitioners fully appreciate the healthful and positive benefits of essential oils and Aromatherapy. It will be interesting to see how and if the use of these natural and effective products will be incorporated on a wider basis into the medical mainstream.

Until that time, the use of aromatherapy on a personal basis is one that many take advantage of on a regular basis. If one wants to set the mood for a relaxing night at home, a healing session of the body and spirit or a romantic evening for a loved one, one of the best ways to do this is with products containing essential oils.

UK based firm, AromaWorks, manufactures luxurious scented products made with natural oils, which can help provide the perfect setting. With the perfect blend of essential oils, each item is a delight for the senses.

‘Each of our products is made of the finest, all-natural ingredients,” explained Jane Hibbert, founder of AromaWorks. “Our candles are made with soy and beeswax then packed with essential oils. The quality of the essential oils is exquisite and there is a complex alchemical blend of up to nine essential oils in each candle that will help to promote the health and healing of the mind, body and spirit.’

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Manuka honey – double the health benefits

Courtesy of Living Nature.
Courtesy of Living Nature.

‘Superbugs’ affect as many as 100,000 patients in the UK every year, but some hospitals are now dressing wounds with Manuka honey from New Zealand to kill off antibiotic-resistant infections. Studies at the Cawthron Institute in New Zealand have proven that Manuka Oil is effective against 39 separate micro-organisms including the bacteria that causes acne and MRSA.

People have used honey to fight infection for thousands of years and there is plenty of research to prove its healing properties. Manuka Oil has been revered by the Maori people of New Zealand for centuries for its natural healing properties. The flowers of the Manuka bush are also antibacterial, so honey made by bees which collect pollen from its flowers is doubly effective in healing wounds and fighting superbugs.

Extracted from the Manuka Plant, Manuka Oil also possesses naturally potent antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, amongst others, which modern research confirms combats the micro-organisms that cause many common skin irritations and infections.
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Aloe vera

A plant that heals wounds, is anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant, detoxifies the body, soothes indigestion, IBS, arthritis, and act as a natural tonic sounds too good to be true. And you can grow it at home!

Aloe vera is rich in nutrients such as:

Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and selenium, 20 of the 22 amino acids the body needs, proteins and polysaccharides – long chain sugars.

There are many varieties of the aloe plant but it is the Aloe barbadensis Miller which is the one which is widely used in the West for its medicinal properties. The popularity of this cactus-like plant goes back to:

• Alexander the Great who allegedly used it to heal his soldier’s wounds;
• Cleopatra who bathed in it;
• Mahatma Gandhi who ate the leaves while on hunger strike.

One of the best known health supplements on the market aloe vera can be purchased as juice, tablets and capsules and in a plethora of other brands such as gels, shampoos, cream, toothpaste, deodorant, and moisturiser. But consumers need to be aware that the very words Aloe vera tend to boost sales, so even the tiniest content in a product will make it more marketable.

Aloe vera products – what to look for:

Among the claims about the benefits of aloe vera it is sometimes overlooked by consumers that products do not contain very much of it:

• Ingredients should be listed in descending order of quantity, with the most prevalent one coming first;
• If aloe vera is not the first ingredient of juice it is unlikely that there is enough in the product to be effective.

One of the most misleading things is that most bottles of aloe vera juice state that they contain 100 per cent pure aloe vera juice but this is not measurement by volume. The juice within the drink may be 100 per cent pure, but there could be as little as 2 per cent by volume within the liquid, with the rest of it made up with water.

The likelihood is that if tastes like water it probably is water. Aloe vera has a strong (not particularly pleasant) taste so if it tastes weak and sweet it is unlikely that the product contains much of the real thing.

While it might be true to say that if aloe vera juice is noticeably cheaper it is unlikely to be very potent, the opposite may not be the case. Just because a product is expensive it is not necessarily genuinely pure.

The seal of approval

The most reliable way to know that the aloe vera you are buying is bona fide is to look for the International Aloe Science Council mark on the packaging. This applies to all aloe vera products – toothpastes, soaps, gels, creams, etc. – as well as juice. The organisation only endorses aloe vera which has been grown organically, processed properly and contains a maximum amount of pure aloe vera.

Some aloe vera drinks have other juices added to them such as orange or cranberry, but apart from these there should be no added sugar in the list of ingredients. Unlike some products, it is however the mark of a good aloe vera juice if it contains preservatives, as these can be from a natural source.

Aloe vera juice could contain, for example, sodium benzoate from blackberries and mountain berries, sorbitol from corn, and citric acid from limes, lemons and oranges. Aloe vera juices which claim that they do not contain any preservatives are unlikely to have any shelf life at all and should not be purchased.

Caution in pregnancy

Some press reports have indicated that high levels of aloin have been found in some aloe juice drinks and that this substance can cause miscarriages and stomach upsets. In the UK there is no set limit on the level allowed, while in Japan, by contrast, aloe vera juice can only contain up to 50 parts per million.

This lack of regulation makes it difficult for consumers to choose between brands unless they avoid aloe altogether when pregnant.

Non-juice products

There are differing views about the effectiveness of taking aloe vera capsules and tablets with some people believing that there is too little aloe in them to have any effect. Those who find it more convenient to take tablets and capsules should carefully check ingredients and look for the International Aloe Science Council sign.

The same applies to other products such as gel, toothpaste and moisturisers but this depends on how important the content of aloe vera is to the consumer. If you require the aloe vera for health purposes you need to be very discerning.

Choosing Aloe Vera juice:

• check ingredients : aloe vera should be first and there should not be water added
• ingredients should not contain sugar
• look for the International Aloe Science Council Certified mark
• be wary of products which claim they are free from preservatives
• don’t be deceived by 100 per cent pure claims
• it should taste strong and be dull yellow in colour

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Five ways to use aloe vera

1. Neat gel from the plant (or from a reputable manufacturer) can be used on the skin for eczema, burns, cuts, leg ulcers, psoriasis, scars and sunburnt skin
2. Drinking aloe vera juice daily is claimed to be a good health tonic and detoxifier as well as helping with: digestive problems, arthritis, M.E., colic, IBS, candida and bad breath.
3. Gel on the hair can cure dandruff and seborrhea, cleanse the scalp, soothe itching and make the hair shiny
4. Aloe gel moisturises the skin, increases collagen, reduces pigment formation and stimulates cell production
5. Herbalists sell aloe vera tincture for constipation

Growing your own

Aloe vera plants grow naturally in dry, hot climates, but they will flourish indoors in the UK. They need to be kept on a sunny window sill in moist soil where they become prolific, transforming from a few thin leaves to a cactus-like plant with strong, spiky leaves. It is easy to propagate as little babies start to appear in the surrounding soil and these can be easily transplanted.

For topical use you simply break off the end of a leave and open it up to scoop out the gel which is sticky and colourless and can be applied directly on to the skin.

Supergreens from lake to ocean

The diets of teenagers have a lot to answer for, but apparently almost 70 per cent of schoolgirls are so low in iodine that they are putting the health of future children they have at risk. Key to brain development in the womb iodine is found in sea fish and kelp, a form of seaweed. It is also available in meat, eggs and milk but only where they are eating off the land and the soil is mineral rich – which isn’t the case when the ground has been intensively farmed.
Much aquatic plant life such as Spirulina, Chlorella, Blue/Green Algae and Seaweed have considerable health benefits that have become more recognised in recent years.

But what’s to choose between them? They all sound great so how does anyone understand the difference. Most of them (except seaweed) are actually types of algae grown in freshwater lakes or in some cases cultivated specially for the marketplace.

Kelp – helpful for underactive thyroid

Kelp is a large seaweed or algae found in the sea which is rich in iodine. Iodine is a mineral required by the body to produce thyroid hormones and therefore people who have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) often take kelp with good success.  It’s essential for the developmernt of hormones which are fundamental ot the formation of nerves and bone, and for healthy skin, nails and hair.

However, it is important that they are sure that they do not have an overactive thyroid because kelp would make the situation considerably worse. Some medical professionals are very anti the idea of kelp but it may be because if taken for the wrong thyroid problem it can be dangerous.

Kelp can be eaten as powder that you put in food and is prevalent in Japanese food. It is a good source of calcium and can be helpful in treating osteoporosis (brittle bones).

Spirulina – full of all nutrients

It’s widely recommended and is heralded by You Are What You Eat expert, Dr Gillian McKeith, while Sophie Anderton claims it keeps her slim, Zoe Ball puts it in her smoothies and Carol Vorderman raves about it – but what is it exactly?

Spirulina is a blue-green micro algae, a vegetable plankton, shaped like a coiled spring or spiral. It grows in mineral-rich alkaline lakes in warm climates and is believed to have the richest source of nutrients in any one food.

Spirulina aids detox by cleansing the digesting tract, keeping energy levels high and feeding the body with essential nutrients.

It’s so nutrient rich it also contains:

• Three times more chlorophyll than any other plants, giving it a dark green colour
• Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 and E
• 14 minerals with magnesium and calcium correctly balanced and high levels of manganese, zinc
• All eight essential amino acids and ten non-essential amino acids
• Protein which is easily absorbed by the body of 40 per cent, 18 per cent carbohydrate, 5 per cent fat and only 36 calories per 10g
• Plenty of beta carotene, Gamma Lineolic Acid (GLA) (higher levels than Evening Primrose Oil)
• Antioxidants that fight free radicals which cause cell damage

What’s special about Spirulina?

Many of us eat healthily and take supplements but they are not taken up by the body. Spirulina is the only plant food to contain the antioxidant Phycocyanin that is a plant pigment that increases the ability of the body to absorb nutrients. The vitamins and minerals in Spirulina bond to the amino acids which enables the body to assimilate them much easier.

Other benefits include:

• Boosting energy levels
• Strengthens immune system
• Regulates blood sugar levels
• Promotes healthy skin, hair and nails

It is also particularly good for these conditions:

• Arthritis
• Acne
• Anaemia
• Depression
• Diabetes

As far back as the 16th Century in Mexico it is believed that the Aztecs ate Spirulina, while in Chad it is thought to have been used as a food source by the Kanem Empire. It is still popular there in cakes and broths and is harvested in lakes and ponds around Lake Chad. Now it has been proposed by NASA and the European Space Agency as an excellent food for space missions!

One of the easiest ways to take Spirulina is to dissolve the powder in a smoothie. Spirulina powder is dark green because of the abundance of chlorophyll so be careful not to splash your smoothie around the kitchen!

Klamath Lake Algae – the lake that time forgot!

Klamath Algae is a blue green algae found growing in the volcanic bed of Lake Klamath, in Oregon, USA. One of the main benefits of this superfood will probably make anyone over 40 rush for the product is that it contains peptide molecules which encourage the proliferation of brain foods (glycogen and neuropeptides) enhancing mental clarity!

What makes algae from Lake Klamath stand out is the fact that the area is so isolated that pollution isn’t an issue. Even the local town’s wastewater goes in the opposite direction! The climate encourages the growth of primordial microalgae which is rich in all the amino acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements required for healthy function. It is also an extremely rich vegetable source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids, which are the building blocks of the brain!

Like all the supergreens it is high in antioxidants which combat free radicals and has a variety of other health benefits including:

• Boosts mental clarity
• Assists with cell regeneration
• Purifies blood and detoxifies body
• Strengthens the immune system particularly after illness
• Is easily absorbed by the body
• Encourages an alkaline system – acid systems are more prone to serious illness

Chlorella

Another algae which is a rich source of chlorophyll, Chlorella cleanses the body of heavy metals and pesticides. It is a natural single celled algae that grows in water and is one of the highest plant sources of chlorophyll, a powerful cleanser and detoxifier.
Heavy metals occur naturally but are widely used in agriculture and manufacturing – even in cosmetics, medicines, and children’s toys. They get into drinking water, food, air and soil and end up in our bodies. Mercury is put into teeth in amalgam fillings and lead is prevalent in contaminated soil, lead-glazed pottery, household dust and buildings which still have original lead paint.
Heavy metals displace essential minerals like zinc, calcium and magnesium, interfere with the function of organs including the nervous system, and can cause infertility. Chlorella is one of the richest wholefood sources of chlorophyll, which bio-chelates with heavy metals excreting them from the body.

Chlorella reproduces at the fastest rates of all living plants, but is difficult to harvest and has therefore been cultivated to cater for the growing market.

Chlorella contains:

• 19 amino acids including the eight essential ones
• 58 per cent per 100g of protein (higher than chicken or beef)
• Vitamins, beta carotene, minerals and carotenoids

Health Benefits:

• Increases the production of interferon, the chemical which is thought to protect cells from harmful viruses
• Strengthens immune system
• Detoxifies heavy metals and other pesticides from the body
• Cleanses the bowels
• Helps body to absorb iron
• Protects the liver
• Improves mental clarity and energy levels
• Normalises blood sugar levels
• Stabilises blood pressure
• Balances the body’s pH – ensuring that it is not too acid

Seaweed – more than a beachside decoration

Everyone’s familiar with seaweed simply from visits to the beach, but what are its health properties? The Chinese are keen on eating seaweed for its health benefits, although quite often if you buy seaweed at a supermarket it’s dark cabbage!

Like algae seaweed is ac complete food with an outstanding number of nutrients. Arctic Wrack Seaweed is the brown type found in remote islands off the coast of Norway. It is high in:

• Phytonutrients and polysaccharides
• Vitamin B complex, minerals, selenium and iodine
• Chlorophyll – like all the algae

Health benefits are outstanding:

• Helps to regulate metabolism and weight
• Helps to cleanse, detoxify and alkalise
• Eliminates heavy metals and restores mineral imbalances
• Aids regulation of thyroid
• Improves digestion
• Boosts immune system
• Improves skin, hair and circulation
• Restores the acid/alkaline balance

MicrOrganics’ Spirulina Smoothie Recipes!

Banana and apple

Blend one banana, one apple, and 150ml of mango or apricot juice, one tablespoon of honey, two tablespoons of plain or vanilla yogurt, 150ml of water. Vigorously shake in one teaspoon of spirulina. Drink immediately!

Veggie Smoothie

Shake one teaspoon of spirulina powder with 300ml of tomato or mixed vegetable juice. Add a generous handful of pureed/juiced vegetables to thicken the Smoothie: carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower are good choices. Add ½ teaspoon of mixed herbs or a few basil or rocket leaves and a pinch of salt to taste. Shake or stir thoroughly. If you like it, add a dash of Worcestershire sauce…

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