Meet the Herbs

We take pride in using all natural ingredients and would love to share some of what we’ve learned with you!

 

Asafoetida

This herb has been traditionally used in Western Asia to treat digestive ailments as well as asthma and whooping cough (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 80).  Modern researchers are finding that it contains incredible anti-viral properties (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 80).

Basil

In the past this herb was a maid-of-all-work: it was used for inflammation, gynecology, skin disorders, fever, asthma, and diabetes (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 132).  Some still use the essential oil as an anti-inflammatory.

Birch

The bark of the birch tree was once used to alleviate eczema (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 38).  Birch sap has also been used for centuries to make alcoholic birch beer (Stewart; 234).

Black Pepper

The alkaline nature of the plant lends itself well to treatment of urinary and gastrointestinal disorders (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 147).

Chrysanthemum

This herb is native to China and was used there to treat hypertension, migraines, eczema, and respiratory diseases (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 55).  The essential oil is being used in experimental studies to gauge its effect on brains affected by Parkinson’s (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 55).

Cumin

Cumin was used in Egypt for heart disease, swelling, vomiting, and fever (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 67).

Dill

The herb was a common treatment for jaundice, headaches, boils, nausea, and digestive ailments (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 27).  While growing, it provides food for swallowtail butterfly larvae (Beck & Jackson; 87).

Flax

Many people may know of flax because of its stylish and useful daughter, linen.  However, flax has many other uses.  Linseed oil is extracted from the seeds and used in cough drops (Beck & Jackson; 102).  The seeds also contain a high percentage of omega-3 fatty acids (Beck & Jackson; 102).

Garlic

Of course, garlic is renowned for its flavour and scent, but did you know it can also be used to control blood pressure (Beck & Jackson; 70)?  There is also garlic’s supposed ability to ward off vampires, but we hope you won’t have the opportunity to test that for yourself!

Ginger

Ginger has been used in ancient and modern times as a remedy for nausea, vomiting, and other digestive ailments (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 217).

Hibiscus

Hibiscus is mostly used for flavoring, although the flowers do contain many antioxidants (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 103).

Hops

This herb, most notable for lending its taste to beer, is also approved in Europe as an herbal remedy for anxiety and restlessness (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 104).  Some people have suggested that hops can increase milk production while nursing (Beck & Jackson; 118).

Lavender

Lavender has been beloved for generations because of its delightful and calming scent.  However, it isn’t just a pretty face!  The plant is also believed to treat insomnia, anxiety, depression, headache, indigestion, and dermatological issues (Beck & Jackson; 130).

Rose

Rose water has been used in Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries (Stewart; 222).  Also, the rose hips of Rosa rugose have a higher concentration of vitamin C than any other plant (Beck & Jackson; 169).

Saffron

This spice is the most expensive in the world by weight because each flower only produces three stamens of saffron (Liversidge; 205).  Modern research has shown that saffron stamens contain the chemical compound crocin, known to have antidepressant benefits (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 66).

Sarsaparilla

In the past, sarsaparilla was used for a whole range of issues, including but not limited to psoriasis (Simmonds, Howes, & Irving; 181).

 

Sources:

Beck, Alison & Jackson, A.H..  Medicinal Garden Plants for Canada.  Lone Pine Publishing, 2015.

Liversedge, Cassie.  Homegrown Tea.  St. Martin’s Griffin, 2014.

Simmonds, Monique; Howes, Melanie-Jayne; & Irving, Jason.  The Gardener’s Companion to Medicinal Plants.  Frances Lincoln Ltd., 2016.

Stewart, Amy.  The Drunken Botanist.  Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2013.