Updated: Nov 14, 2019
HERB ‘any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavouring, food, medicine, or perfume.’
I love plants.
I love them even more when they are simultaneously aesthetically pleasing and useful. To find uses in things that come from the earth is very appealing to me in a sort of satisfyingly full circle way.
I have been drawing plants flowers for a long time, but only in the past year have I started taking note of their names. (This coincided with the undertaking of a RHS Horticulture course, which required the knowledge of many a latin plant name). It is incredibly satisfying to learn the latin names for plants, especially when they have bonkers names like ‘Verbena bonariensies’ AND THEN, low and behold, you spot them in the wild.
And now, I have gone a step further than names and looked into what makes some of these plants extra special!
As follows are six wonderfully useful herbs, all from mother earth herself..
Calendula is a glorious and versatile medicinal plant. It has anti fungal and anti-inflamatory properties and has been used for centuries to heal wounds and burns! It is also used to induce periods and ease some PMS symptoms, such as cramping
Super useful, because it is one you can grow rather easily yourself! Further details on how to do so on the link below..
2.Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Yarrow is a lovely plant indeed. With its Latin name, 'millefolium' referring to the many tiny leaves which composes the yarrow leaves themselves. It has been used for its wound healing ability, improving circulation and as an aid to digestive health.
It's a particularly beneficial herb for women health and for a range of menstrual problems. It can lessen heavy menstrual flow, or can be used by those experiencing amenorrhea to bring on menstruation.
More information on the uses of yarrow can be found at the link below;
3.Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
More than being a delicious herb for roasted veg and grapefruit based gin drinks, thyme has many other medicinal uses.
It is thought to have mood boosting properties, and smells divine! What more reason do you need to add some more thyme into your life?
More on the benefits of thyme below..
4.Maidenhair (Gingko biloba)
As well as being a rather aesthetically pleasing plant, gingko has a range of health benefits, such as improving circulation and heart health in its ability to improve blood flow!
It is also linked to improved cognitive functioning, which is another reason to love an already incredible plant
Below is a particularly good article on the benefits of using gingko medicinally..
5.Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Well known for its sleep inducing properties, this is attributed to an antioxidant called apigenin which is copius in the chamomile plant.
Chamomile is also linked to improvements in heart health due to its abundance of flavones (a type of antioxidant) which are being studied for their potential link to reducing blood pressure
You can make your own chamomile tea but adding hot water to dried chamomile flowers. Yum!
6.Passion Flower (Passiflora)
Last but not least, the passionflower. The passionflower is one of my favourite flowers to draw of all time because it is just so wonderfully bonkers
Only recently have I learnt they are used medicinally, and have some wonderful benefits! They are powerfully antioxidant and are also linked to the regulation of blood pressure
More info on the uses of passionflower can be found in this link..
And there you have it! 6 useful herbs from Mother Earth herself! Now available as a print in my shop..
(Link below, happy herbing!)