I thought would be a great time to share about my little discovery of our very own backyard apothecary. My wonderful in-laws showed me a few different herbs that grow wild around the garden which I wasn’t aware of what an amazing benefit they all possessed.
This fantastic weed-like plant is called Geranium Robertianum or commonly known as Herb Robert. I thought very little of them when I first discovered these in our garden, I tend to pull them out and throw them into the compost. Little did I know, this wee fella has more healing properties than over-the-counter anti-inflammatory tablets at the pharmacy. They grow wild and very tough on whatever the weather throws at it.
The other benefits if this beautiful herb is for treatments like diarrhea, kidney stones, and even a mouth wash. The active ingredient of Herb Robert is used to prevent the formation of kidney stones while improving the function of your liver, gallbladder, and kidney.
I had a terrible mouth ulcer during Christmas time last year. I know, what a timing, right?! Well, needless to say, I wasn’t able to enjoy most of the food served to me on that day, I was gutted. Then I remember my introductory lesson to the herbs at our garden with my lovely in-laws and I was eager to try it. So I picked on the leaves and the flower and chew on it the next morning. By the afternoon I was already stuffing my face with the most delightful Christmas feasts without a pain. Even my throat was so swollen and painful before that, which makes eating very unpleasant. After eating a small amount of these fresh herbs, I noticed the difference straight away.
So, next time you do the gardening, see if you can spot these guys. You might save yourself from going to the doctor for getting a decent anti-inflammatory medicine.
How to serve: I researched how to best consume them and get the maximum benefit out of it. The first one is to dry them out and brew them as tea. They aren’t very aromatic, unfortunately, so I tend to mix them with other loose leaf tea or honey. You can also consume them fresh by adding the leaves and flower buds onto the salad.
Feverfew White Bonnet
Another brilliant natural medicine I was introduced to was Tanacetum Parthenium or Feverfew White Bonnet. I hear you say, it looks like Chrysanthemums or Chamomile? It is simply because they are from the same family. They also have a very similar scent to the chamomile. The word “Parthénium” in Latin translates as “virgin” or “virgin goddess” because of its known health benefit on women.
These lovely herbs are famous in the 18th century as the world’s natural Panadol on patients who suffer from arthritic pains. On even earlier time, the Greek doctors prescribed Feverfew for treating menstrual cramps, irregularities and labor pains. The name Feverfew derived from the Latin word “febrifugus” to address its healing property relating fever symptoms. Today, Feverfew is used to treat migraines, nausea, cramps, dizziness, relaxing the nerves, and vomiting.
How to serve: The active ingredients of Feverfew can be utilized as a tea or tincture. I like to dry them and brew them on hot water along with other tea or by itself.
Last but not least, Aloysia Citriodora or Lemon Verbena which came from the Verbenaceae family which can be identified easily from the beautiful citrusy aroma. They grow easily in full sun on cooler areas and semi-shade in hotter climates. Unfortunately, a subzero climate can easily kill them. In that case, you might want to grow them in a glass house to prevent them from frosting.
Lemon Verbena has an anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, digestive, and sedative property. It has also been used to treat anxiety, reduce fevers, Insomnia, boost immunity.
How to serve: The Lemon Verbena aromatic property makes the best tea infusions. Its versatility makes it perfect for baking, cooking, alcohol drinking, and even in a salad. One way to get the best out of its flavor is by adding mint leaves and infused them in vinegar for a lovely light salad dressing.
Until next time.