Does anyone has experiences with planting herbs and flowers which can be used as natural remedies? I'd love to create a little "health heaven" in my garden....already bought Aloa Vera, thinking of jasmine, echinacea, chamomille...ideas, hints and tips are welcome. thanks!

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Comment by Dunja Balmer on September 12, 2011 at 1:28pm
thanks heaps for all your tips and hints - now I'll have to work through them and see what I can create :-) thank you!
Comment by josephal on September 1, 2011 at 11:18am

Hi Dunja,

Can recommend going to your local herb group. I find herbs fascinating, wonderful to have a health store at your backyard. Even "weeds" are useful, eg. dandelion. Eat it raw in salads at this time of year as a spring cleaner for your body. Having lemon herbs for making tea is nice like megan said, lemon verbena, lemon balm, lemon myrtle, lemon tea tree etc. Calendula is a useful plant to have and easy to grow. Feverfew if you get migranes. Lots to learn...

Tauranga Herb Society

Barbara Cuttance
Telephone: +64 7 544 2152
Send an email message to Barbara Cuttance

The first Thursday of the month at St. Enoch's Church Hall, 16th Avenue, at 7.00pm.


Herb Federation NZ http://www.herbs.org.nz/

Comment by Megan on September 1, 2011 at 6:50am
if you want any couch, I have a plentiful supply and happy to send you as much as you'd like.  Neither would I  advocate introducing it to your garden under any circumstances :)) Lemon verbena makes a really lovely herbal tea that not just pleasant to drink but has various healing properties. Perilla has anti inflammatory properties which I can vouch for. I have various food allergies that make me break out in a really itchy rash that can last for weeks and a tea made with perilla leaves and slab sugar helps relieve the itching. Evening primrose flowers are really lovely too.
Comment by carla Lazenby on August 31, 2011 at 5:50pm
Hi There, I bought the book Health through God's Pharmacy" by Maria Treben & it has a lot of hints and recipies how to create creams, cough mixtures, tonics and much more that has been lost in modern times & medicines and has gone out of practise.  I bought the book but you are welcome to search on the web for info about the herbs & plants that is mentioned on her website. There are quite a few websites that can give you recipes how to create your own creams. A good all general one for calendula with olive oil & beeswax or comfrey with olive oil & beeswax. I could pass along the recipes should you be interested. 


Comment by Hester on August 31, 2011 at 5:44pm
PS. I'm not advocating introducing Couch to your garden, but it if you have it or know where some is, it is good to know it has medicinal properties. Another invaluable wild herb is Plantain. It has amazing drawing powers when used as a poultice. I do encourage Plantain in my garden for this reason.
Comment by Hester on August 31, 2011 at 5:35pm

Peppermint is invaluable- anti-viral, good for tummies. Purple Sage for sore throats. Catnip if you have children- good to reduce fevers and calm exam nerves. Calendula, thyme and lavender- anti bacterial and anti fungal. Lavender is sleep inducing and soothes headaches. Rosemary for promoting memory. Motherwort for womens ailments. Couchgrass root makes a tea for bladder infections. Hebe is good for diahorhea. Comfrey for helping to heal broken bones

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