Medicinal Plant Uses
Saturday, 1 July 2017
With more and more of us turning towards natural produce, it’s fantastic to see a revival in plants being used for medicinal purposes. Here at Botanica we believe that plants can be used to cure a range of ailments, from headaches to broken hearts!
Chamomile heads can be used to brew a delicious pot of tea, proven to cure indigestion and make sleeping easier. In addition to tea, Chamomile oil can also be made from either of the two types of Chamomile. The Roman Chamomile, Anthemis Nobilis, is more calming than its brother the German Chamomile, Matricaria Chamomilla, who has stronger anti-inflammatory purposes.
Hawthorn leaves, flowers and berries can all be used to cure ailments, with their strongest use being to improve disease of the heart. Research suggests that Hawthorn works by relaxing the blood vessels closer to the heart, allowing larger quantities of blood to flow through the arteries.
Lavender has been used for centuries, as its smell has been shown to calm and relax a few drops in a hot bath will soon have you soaking away your worries. Alongside its unique smell when applied to cuts and scrapes, Lavender doubles as an antiseptic – handy to know when you’re half way down the garden!
Alfalfa, Medicago sativa, is a member of the pea family, and whilst it might be small its powers are mighty. Also known as King of the Plants, Alfalfa roots go down up to 30 feet, which mean that they are able to reach minerals that other plants are not able to. It’s vitamins and other nutrients make it the perfect supplement for those that are lacking.
Remember, before using any natural remedy, it is best to double check with your doctor or herbalist as results vary from person to person, and plant to plant!