THE CVHS DOES NOT ENDORSE USING HERBS FROM THE GARDEN FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES. THE GARDEN IS AN EDUCATIONAL TOOL TO EXPLAIN HOW HERBS ARE OR HAVE BEEN USED IN MEDICINE.
Herbs were the basis for the beginnings of early western medicine. Good health was achieved by keeping qualities in balance and getting lots of exercise and fresh air. Principles of Indian Ayurveda and Chinese principles all established similar healthful balancing elements such as yin and yang. Herbs were important to each. Penelope Ody's book, THE COMPLETE MEDICINAL HERBAL is an excellent source.
LADY'S MANTLE (alchemilla vulgaris)
Doctrine of Signatures (16th century thesis which held that the outward appearance of a plant gave an indication of the ailments it would cure. It wa surprisingly accurate.) Lady's mantle leaves look like a lady's cloak or the cervix. It was used to treat woman's problems. Lungwort looks like a lung. Yellow plants like dandelion were used to treat jaundice. Nutmeg and walnuts resemble the brain. they were used to treat mental activity.
Used for kidney stones and urinary infections
One of the healthiest plants grown
Very high in vitamins A, C, B, calcium, copper and manganese
Good for arthritis
Calms the stomach, helps skin
Diuretic, good for kidney problems
Blood purifier, breath freshener. Eat the garnish on your dinner plate, it will take away the garlic breath.
Also considered a lady's herb it was used for headaches.
A repellant it is used to keep moths out of linen closets.
Sedative and diuretic
Steam swirls 'round twinkling candles
Lavender petals stream down sore muscles.
A loon's call drifts from its pond.
She sprinkles water across her brow.
Contains vitamins A and C
Soothes colds, sore throat and the flu
SWEET WOODRUFF (asperula odorata)
Contains coumarin, tannin, citric acid and rubichloric acid
Used to induce sleep
COMFREY (symphytum officionalis) (knitbone)
Has a tap root which may go down 10 feet
Used to heal internal and external ulcers
Contains allantoin which promotes growth of connective tissue, cartilage and bone
Poultice helps bruises, burns and varicose veins
Controversial herb produces pyrrolizidone alkaloids (found in the leaf), which has been found to cause liver cancer in rats. Study was flawed, rats received a diet of 33% comfrey leaves. Other studies show opposite results. Many people take comfrey tea for their health.
Root has found to be helpful in preventing cancer.
Contains vitamins B1, pantothenic acid, B2, C, B12 allantoin, E, iron, manganese, calcium, phosporus and natural cortisone.
Contains the volatile oil azulene.
It is calmative, sedative, an anti-spasmotic and heals ulcers.
Used for arthritis and headaches.
Digitalis a pioneer heart medication was the first mass produced medicine made from the roots of foxglove. Many plant chemicals found to be benficial healers are now copied in the lab with no plant products used.
ECHINACEA (purple cone flower)
An immune enhancer used by the American Indian to treat snake bites and heal wounds.
Has been used to promote the growth of white blood cells which fight infection.
Medicinally important since 100AD.
Strong tranquilizer, diuretic, lowers blood pressure.
Used in cough drops to ease the pain of sore throats.
Often called milfoil because of a historic association with the military.
It was used to stop bleeding and encourage healing. It is also used to treat colds, flu and sinus congestion.
It is considered antiseptic because of its tannin and essential oils.
PLANTS IN THE MEDICINAL GARDEN INCLUDE:
Valerian, lady's mantle, lavender, echinacea, yarrow, comfrey