Medicinal Herbs N-Z

~ ~ ~
 
 
Oenothera (Evening Primrose)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 ~ ~ ~
 
Ricinus communis (Castor Oil)
 
The Castor Oil plant is most often seen in tropical or "hot" beds and borders, grown as an annual for purely ornamental purposes. There are many varieties that grow from between two and six metres in one season and range from a bright, intense green to dark reds with brilliant red flowers.
It must be remembered that although this plant is the source of castor oil, and therefore brings us an ingredient vital for the production of many soaps, oils, pharmaceuticals and perfumes, it is very toxic and no part of it must be consumed.
 
~ ~ ~
 
 
Salvia transylvatica
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
~ ~ ~
 
Tanacetum parthenium
 
 Feverfew is a short perennial that performs well at the front of the herbaceous border, with fresh green leaves and daisy type flowers. It is a Eurasian native but is now cultivated worldwide.
Medicinally Feverfew is used to treat migraines as it is believed that the chemicals it contains inhibit the seratonin and prostaglandins that are the cause of these headaches.
Fever few is available as a herbal pill, but it is believed that a couple of leaves added to a sandwich each day will keep migraine at bay.
 
 
 
~ ~ ~