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Calendula

Calendula, fondly known as the Garden Marigold is an annual and very easy to grow. It is used for the treatment of many ailments especially conditions of the skin where there is inflamation in the form of rashes, athlete's foot, bruises, pimples, boils, acne, bites, stings, varicose veins, breast soreness. digestive problems. The Marigold was well known for its use in the treatment of period pains and related problems. It was also considered useful for the treatment of vaginal thrush.

An infusion may be made from two teaspoonfuls of fresh petals - add one cupful of boiling water and leave to stand for five to ten minutes before straining off the liquid. For internal disorders drink one cupful two to three times each day for up to one week. In times past, when the infusions were used for fungal complaints including thrush or ringworm the mixture was taken three times a day. The mixture can be used as a topical application with a sterile cloth or fresh piece of cotton wool.

 

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Cat Mint or Catnip

In times past Cat Mint was used for various medical complaints. Today it is mostly used for its insect repelling properties. Adult cats are especially attracted to Cat Mint that has become bruised in the wind or through pruning. Some people advise to plant Cat Mint to prevent cats straying too far from home.

 

Dandelion

Dandelion is well worth making space in your herb patch for. Best placed in an end sunny position or small tub and kept well watered to encourage small tender young leaves. Collect the fluffy pom pom seed clocks and place onto the surface where you want them to grow.

Traditionally used very effectively to detoxify the body. One of the easiest of plants to use. Pick the leaves when they are fresh and young and add them to salads. An infusion can be made from the leaves - lightly chop the leaves until there is a quantity of two teaspoonfuls then add one cupful of boiling water and allow to stand for five to ten minutes. Strain off the liquid and allow to cool (drink up to 3/4 of a pint - approximately 450 ml per day) this is especially useful for water retention as in swollen ankles. Dandelion is also useful for the treatment of boils, acne, eczema, psoriasis, constipation and gout. It is claimed that the leaves prevent gallstones and dissolve gallstones already created. The leaves can also be juiced but in such concentration it is wise to limit the intake to a tablespoonful between one and three times a day. The roots may be collected after they have matured for two years and slowly roasted, roughly ground and then made into Dandelion coffee.