Medicinal Herbs A-M

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Achillea millefolium
 
Yarrow and its now many cultivars, is a popular garden plant and very useful in the herbaceous border. It grows to just under a metre tall and flowers in summer and early autumn. It takes full sun very well and so is good in the dry border. It also attracts beneficial insects to its umbelliferous inflorescences.
Medicinally it has been used as an astingent and anti-inflammatory and has been used in herbal medicine.
 
 
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Ammi majus
 
Ammi majus, Bishops Weed or Bullwort, is a stunning plant with umbels of creamy white  lace like flowers in summer, which grows to just under a metre tall. It will grow in sun or partial shade and makes a good plant for cuttin flowers for arrangement.
In herbal medicine this herb is used ainly for the treatment of  skin disorders such as psoriasis but it must be used carefully as it can caused sensitivity to sunlight.
 
 
 
 
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Arnica montana
 
Arnica, Mountain tobacco or Wolf's Bane has daisy type, yellow flowers and grows to a height of around 70cm. Traditionally it is used in complementary medicine to help counteract bruising to the skin. This is usually in the form of ointment or cream. Herbalists use tincture of Arnica internally in extremely small doses but this is not recommended  as a use without taking advise from a professional as if too much is taken it can lead to internal bleeding.
 
 
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Calendula officinalis Orange King
 
Calendula or Pot Marigold, is an attractive garden plant, usually grown as an annual and often used in bedding schemes that have often seen it disregarded as an important plant. There are now many cultivars,most of which are no taller than 40-50cm in height. However, it is having something of a renaissance due to its ease of growing, its use as a medicinal plant, and the edible qualities of its flowers.
Medicinally it is used mainly for the treatment of skin conditions as it helps broken skin to heal,making it very useful as a basic in the alternative first aid kit.
 
 
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Calendula officinalis Lemon King
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
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Calendua Sherbert Fizz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
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Echinacea purpurea Amando
 
Coneflowers are natives of the north American prairies and have become popular in the last few years due to the popularity of Piet Oudolf's style of  "prairie planting" where they are used as swathes of colour, owing to the long lasting nature of their flower heads.  There are coneflowers in a range of colours, from Echinacea pallida which is yellow,through to the many strains of  Echinacea pupurea which range from deepest purple through to red and pink and then to white.
 
  
 
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 Echinacea paradoxa
 
Coneflowers have been proven to have stimulating effects on the immune system and are prescribed by herbal practitioners to ward off colds and flu if it is taken at the onset and continued for several days. It was used by Native Americans for cold type symtoms,including sore thoats and headaches.
 
 
 
 
  
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 Echinacea purpurea Pink Parasol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
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Echinacea purpurea Pow Wow Wild Berry 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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