Virtual Herb Garden

27/07/2010 12:00

Sage

Sage (Salvia Officinalis) has two main uses. It has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties (due to the presence of diterpenes) which, along with it's astringent and mucous busting properties (due to the presence of thujone), make it an ideal gargle for mouth and throat infections such as...

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20/10/2008 16:45

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is best known as the rich yellow spice used in curries but it's culinary use doesn't come close to showcasing the properties of this multi-talented herb. In medical terms it is referred to as a Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID) which basically means it is a...

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11/08/2008 15:28

Thyme (Thymus vulgarus)

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is an excellent herb for conditions of the lung. Because of its mucolytic properties (ie ability to break down mucous) it is ideal for conditions such as bronchitis and asthma. It is considered a relaxing expectorant so whilst it creates a productive cough it also has the...

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06/08/2008 16:00

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Although Valerian is most known for it's use as a sedative, it has a strong history of use or other nervous conditions such as heart palpitations.    Valerian contains a volatile oil component  (valerianic acid) which gives it the distinctive odour, volatile alkaloids (eg...

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07/06/2008 16:54

St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Hypericum perforatum, commonly known as St John’s Wort is traditionally, empirically and scientifically used to address depression in the individual, a condition caused by a disturbance of brain neurotransmitters (eg serotonin) responsible for mood. St John’s Wort has the ability to normalise...

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