Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Herb, he's good people

I just love Chamomile. From its beautiful flowers to its tasty tea. Love it!  What nice about this plant is that it loves sun or partial shade. Makes it easy to plant for sure. When you walk by the chamomile you smell a wonderful apple like scent.  The first year of growth clip to prevent flowering so it encourages the vegetative growth while it becomes established.  During the summer you will see small white, daisy like flowers with yellow centers.

Collect flowers at full bloom and dry on screens, paper or you can use a dehydrator.  Then store in airtight containers. They may be used in tea's.

Medicinal Uses
For digestive problems, insomnia, hyperactivity, and stress-related illnesses.  Also in inhalations for bronchitis. 

I love the color of this flower. Its so beautiful.  The name echinacea comes from the Greek word Echinos, meaning Hedgehog, and refers to the prickly scales on the flower cone. These pinkish purple daisy like flowers are produced in summer and early autumn.  Flowers are honey scented and have a conical, orange brown center.

Plants are lifted in autumn and the roots and rhizomes are dried for use in powders, tablets and infusions.

Medicinal Uses
Research has recently shown that echinacea stimulates the immune system, promotes rapid healing of wounds, and has antiviral and antibacterial properties.  Used for coughs, colds, venereal diseases, and other skin complaints.  

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