This is a great alternative to the old standard of flowers and cards.
We have put together a collection of tasty herbs with beneficial properties that can be used to enhance your meals. For instance Calendula is usually used externally for its antiseptic and healing properties in treating skin infections while basil tea is good for stomach cramps and vomiting.
Included in this collection are:
- Calendula: usually used externally for its antiseptic and healing properties in treating skin infections, cuts, punctures, scrapes, burns and chapped or chafed skin or lips.
- Basil tea: good for stomach cramps and vomiting. Rub leaves on insect bites to reduce itching.
- Parsley: known to be effective as an alternative treatment for goiter, obesity, bed-wetting, fluid retention, indigestion, gas, menstrual disorders, worms, and bad breath. It is also beneficial to the function of the thyroid, lungs, stomach, bladder, liver, and kidneys.
- Oregano: used to aid indigestion, coughs and toothaches.
- Thyme: cultivated for its strong flavor which is due to its content of the essential oil, thymol. Thymol is an antiseptic and is the main ingredient in Listerine. Unlike bees, insects are repelled by Thyme. Make a cup of Thyme tea, put it in a plant mister, and spray around doorways and windows in summer to repel insects.
- Marjoram: known for its healing properties. It can be stimulating when added to a bath or used as an antiseptic, an aid for rheumatoid pain, tension headaches and minor digestive problems.
- Chives: reportedly have a beneficial effect on the circulatory system. They also possess natural insect repellant properties that you can use in the vicinity of gardens to manage and control pest infestation.
- Rosemary: has been shown to have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants can neutralize harmful particles in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death.
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