LAVENDER– pot-pourri, linen, on fires, tea, 1 cup leaves to 500g honey –heat over a double boiler, simmer for ½ hour. Pour into hot jars and seal, storing for a month. Strain and store honey in screw top jars. Excellent for coughs and sore throats.
THYME– tea is good for coughs and chills - ¼ cup leaves to one cup boiling water…before bed.
GARLIC– garlic butter, garlic oil, fresh garlic for fevers, asthma, rheumatism, arthritis, antiseptic, general tonic and worm deterrent.
CHIVES– blood cleansing, tonic effect, helps ward off colds and flu
HYPERICUM ( ST. JOHN’S WORT)– infused flowers for a sedative tea to treat anaemia, rheumatism, bad nerves, and headaches.
NASTURTIUM– leaves for sore throats…chew one every 2 to 3 hours. Aids digestion, nerves and depression…and fatigue
FEVERFEW– general tonic, reduces fever, migraine
CATMINT– rich in vit C, tea to relieve colds and fevers
MARIGOLD– crushed marigold leaves are used to clear up pimples and is an excellent insect repellent for the whole garden, deters nematodes.
MYRTLE–tea relieves psoriasis and sinusitis, Splash on skin to relieve itchiness.
ROSEMARY– treat blood pressure irregularities, headaches and heart ailments, relieves physical and mental strain…tea
RUE- 1 tsp of leaves to 2 cups of boiling water – strain and drink a small wineglassful 2x day for menstrual pain, heart palpitations, fevers, colic, worms, upset tums, ringworm and convulsions in children
SOUTHERNWOOD– one tablespoon of tea twice daily for resistance to infections and after a long illness...tonic
TANSY– good for fevers, kidney ailments, digestive complaints, jaundice…
WINTER SAVORY– coughs and colds, constipation and flatulence, crushed leaves for wasp stings and insect bites
YARROW– fresh pulped leaves on eczema, skin rashes and scratches, brings down fevers and promotes sweating. Also used in the treatment of hypertension and coronary thrombosis.