Chamomile is probably one of the most well known healing herbs used in traditional medicine. The word Matricaria derives from the Latin word womb and chamomile was originally used to treat gynaecological issues. The two types of chamomile used are Roman camomile and German or wild chamomile.
Chamomile is an annual plant and can grow up to around 80cm tall. It has bright green hairy leaves with a mix of small white and yellow flowers. Chamomile originally grew in South Eastern Europe and today is found all over the world where it is often referred to as 'the plant doctor.'
The main active constituents found in chamomile have pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties are;
Chamomile can be taken as a tea, tincture, oil or wine and is especially soothing for teething babies. Taken internally chamomile can help treat; stomach aches, wind, stomach cramps and ulcers. When applied topically it is also good for wound healing and inflammation.
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Lemon balm is one of the oldest known healing plants. It’s botanical name, Melissa, comes from the Greek word for ‘honey bee’ because the plant is so attractive to bees. Lemon balm is used for its soothing and antispasmodic properties.
lemon balm is a perennial that belongs to the Labiateae family. The entire plant has a strong lemon aroma especially when crushed and can grow to around 60cm tall.
The root of the strawberry was once a popular remedy for diarrhoea and the stalks were used for wound care. The fruit was used in typhoid epidemics and the leaves were used for gout.
The wild strawberry belongs to the rosacea family and grows to about 20cm tall.