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. Strawberries grow naturally in Europe and northern Asia in and around forests, fringes, banks and clearings.
The active constituents in strawberries include;
4) vitamin C, B & E
5) Potassium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron & magnese
A tea made from strawberry leaves is helpful in relieving inflammation of the mouth and gums, also for diarrhoea and digestive upsets. It is also a diuretic that helps with rheumatism, gout and arthritis. They can also be crushed and applied to sunburn and skin inflammation.
wild strawberries are commonly used as a face mask, fruit infusion, root extract, bath lotion, mouth wash.
Note** European wild strawberries grow in both Australia and New Zealand
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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.