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Salad BurnetA.

Germinates: 7-10 days Sow depth: 1/8" Plant spacing: 12" Height:18-24" Type: Perennial

In the garden: These easy-to-grow, graceful perennial plants bear small oval green leaflets and red-tipped flower heads in summer. The hardy plants retain their leaves through a mild winter. Makes an attractive edging for ornamental perennial or herb gardens. Hardy from zones 3 to 8.

Culinary use: The cool, cucumber-flavored leaves are used in salads, soups, herb butters and vinegars, iced beverages and sprinkled on vegetable dishes. The flowers are added to salads and make attractive garnishes.

Other Uses: The leaves are pressed into slightly melted candles for a decorative effect.

*Medicinal Uses: A tea made with Salad Burnet leaves is used externally as a compress to heal wounds and as a wash for sunburn and other skin troubles. A tea made with leaves, stems and flowers is taken internally for hemorrhoids and diarrhea and as an invigorating, vitamin-rich tonic. The tonic was traditionally drunk in winter to provide minerals, vitamins, trace elements that were missing from the diet. The leaves are also sprinkled on salads and cooked dishes to aid digestion.

Parts used: leaves, stems, flowers Typical preparations: Compress/Wash: steep 1 teaspoon dried leaves or 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain out herbs. Soak a clean cloth in the tea and apple to the skin as a compress. The tea may also be used as a wash. Tea: Steep 1 teaspoon dried leaves, stems, flowers or 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh leaves, stems flowers in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain out herbs and drink 1 cup liquid up to 3 times daily.



Cayenne pepperB.

Germinates: 10-20 days Sow depth: 1/4" Plant spacing: 18" Height:12-15" Type: Annual

In the garden: Productive, spreading plants bear very hot red peppers up to six inches long that are ornamental as well as edible. The fruits turn from dark-green to fiery red and are ready to harvest beginning 75 days after transplanting.

Culinary Uses: Fruits are pickled and canned as well as dried. Dried pepper flakes are sprinkled on chile and salsa.

*Medicinal uses: Cayenne pepper contains a powerful, pain-relieving compound called capsaicin. Oils and creams containing red pepper are applied topically to relieve arthritis and muscle pain, backache, as well as psoriasis and shingles. Cayenne is taken internally to stimulate digestion and circulation, relieve sinus congestion and colds, increase metabolism and weight loss, and to help heal ulcers.

Parts used: Ripe fruit Typical preparations: Oil/cream: Add 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper to 1 cup warm vegetable oil. Rub into sore joints, muscles. For cream, mix small amounts of dried pepper into white skin cream until it turns light pink. For sinus congestion/pain relief: Add up to 1/2 teaspoon dried cayenne to cooked dishes, tomato juice, or to 1 cup boiling water for a hot, spicy tea. Compress: Soak a clean cloth in cayenne tea and apply briefly to painful muscles and joints. NOTE: Test skin preparations on a small area of skin before applying to a larger area; do not use on broken skin. Wash hands thoroughly after use.




NasturtiumC.

Germinates 7-10 days Sow depth 1/4" Plant spacing 6-9" Height12" Type Annual

In the garden: These dwarf annuals have compact, bushy foliage with circular blue-green leaves. Single flowers in cheerful shades of yellow, cream, orange, and red bloom from summer to fall. Ideal for the front of flower beds and borders as well as for window boxes and container plantings.

Culinary Uses: The peppery leaves add a watercress-like flavor to salads, sandwiches, vinegars, and cold soups. The edible flower buds may be stuffed with cream cheese, used as a garnish, or used to create a golden herbal vinegar with a spicy accent.

*Medicinal uses: Nasturtium is used externally as an antimicrobial poultice or compress for treating local bacterial infections. It is also used internally as a medicinal tea to fight bacterial infections, particularly respiratory infections, as well as for treating influenza and the common cold. The leaves have a high vitamin -C content which is also thought to help in relieving cold symptoms. The tea is also used to fight infections of the reproductive and urinary tracts

Parts used: Leaves, Flowers Typical preparations: Tea: Cover and steep 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls of fresh leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain out leaves. Typical adult dosage is one cup tea taken up to three times daily. Nasturtium leaves and flowers are medicinal when added to the diet. Compress: Soak a clean cloth in the medicinal tea as prepared above and apply externally. Poultice: Bruised leaves are placed between 2 thin layers of gauze and applied to the skin.



CatnipD.

Germinates 14-21 days Sow depth 1/4" Plant spacing 18" Height2-3' Type Perennial

In the garden: this aromatic perennial has fuzzy, silvery-green leaves and spikes of whit to light-pink flowers in summer. Attractive in borders and large containers. Hardy from Zones3-9.

Culinary Uses: Young shoots are used in salads. Leaves are rubbed on meat for flavor.

Other Uses: Dried and used as a filler for cat toys.

*Medicinal uses: Catnips antibacterial properties and vitamin C content have led to its traditional use in treating fevers associated with colds and flu. While the herb has a stimulating effect on cats, it is a mild sedative effect on humans. Today, catnip tea is also used to calm nerves and induce sleep, to soothe the digestive tract as a digestive aid, and to ease menstrual cramps and itchy skin. Catnip is also considered a promising remedy for preventing cataracts.

Parts used: Leaves Typical preparations: Tea: May also be enjoyed as an iced tea. For chicken pox, measles, hives: Apply cool tea externally to affect skin






FeverFewE.

Germinates 7-14 days Sow depth 1/8" Plant spacing 8-12" Height2' Type Perennial

In the garden: Perennial feverfew has daisy-like flowers with white petals and yellow centers that bloom midsummer through fall. The bright-green leaves are strongly aromatic. Hardy from Zones 5 to 9.

Other uses: Add fresh or dried stems to floral arrangements; dried flowers add color to potpourri. Leaves and stems produce a green-yellow dye. The tea may also be used as a mild disinfectant for household cleaning.

*Medicinal uses: Feverfew is best known today for its use in preventing migraine headaches. To reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches the fresh leaves are eaten daily or used to make a tea. The tea made from this anti-inflammatory herb is also used for arthritis pain, menstrual discomfort and to encourage menstruation.

Parts used: Leaves Typical preparations: Fresh Leaves: 1 to 3 fresh leaves eaten daily is typical for migraine headache prevention. The better leaves are some times eaten between tow slices of bread or mixed in with food. NOTE: The leaves may cause mouth irritation in some people Tea: Tip: Add sweet herbs such as pepper mint or spearmint for additional flavor.



Parsley PlainF.

Germinates 14-21 days Sow depth 1/4-1/2" Plant spacing 8" Height12-24"Type Biennial

In the garden: Biennial plants product flat, glossy bright-green leaves. Small yellow-green flower clusters bloom in summer. May be used as an edging for beds and borders. Hardy from Zones 5 to9

Culinary Uses: The fuller flavor of Plain-Leaf Parsley is flavored for cooking-especially for Italian dishes. Stems and leaves are used to season salads, meats, poultry, soups, stews, vegetable dishes and sauces. Add parsley toward the end of cooking time for best flavor.

Other uses: Leaves and stems can be used to produce a greenish-yellow dye. Parsley tea is used as a hair conditioner.

*Medicinal uses: Parsley is rich in vitamins and minerals, including iron. In cases of anemia caused by iron deficiency, including more iron-rich herbs such as parsley in the diet can be helpful. Parsley leaves are used to make a tea or are used fresh or dried in cooking. Fresh parsley sprigs are also a natural breath freshener.

Parts used: Leaves Typical preparations: Tea: To sweeten breath: Chew a few fresh sprigs after meals.




HorehoundG.

Germinates 7-21 days Sow depth 1/4" Plant spacing 12-18" Height1-2"Type Perennial

In the garden: This attractive, vigorous perennial has aromatic, light-green foliage with a felt-like appearance. White flower clusters bloom in summer in the plant's second year. Hardy from Zones 4 to 8

Culinary Uses: Used to flavor honey and to make candy.

*Medicinal uses: Horehound leaves are used to make a tea or syrup for treating bronchitis and for relieving coughs and congestion associated with colds and flu. Horehound contains vitamin C which contributes to its more general use in fighting colds. The tea is also used to treat occasional laryngitis and to soothe a sore throat.

Parts used: Leaves Typical preparations: Tea: Sweeten with sugar, honey or lemon if desired. Cough Syrup: Make a tea by steeping 1 ounce of fresh or dried leaves in 1 pint boiling water. Steep only 10 minutes. Strain out herbs. Measure remaining liquid and combine with twice as much honey as tea. Mix well and bottle. Refrigerate for up to one month. Typical dosage is 1 teaspoon at a time up to 3 times daily.





LovageH.

Germinates 10-21 days Sow depth 1/2" Plant spacing 24" Height3-4'TypePerennial

In the garden: This stately perennial herb produces tall, celery-like stalks with clusters of yellow flowers in summer. The toothed leaves are glossy and attractive. A striking accent for the back of the border. Hardy from Zones 4 to 8.

Culinary Uses: Lovage has a sharp, celery-like flavor. The leaves are added to salads, soups stews, potatoes, and sauces. The stems are eaten fresh, cooked or candied. The seeds are used in pickling, salad dressings, and poultry stuffing.

Other Uses: Add flowering stems to floral arrangements.

*Medicinal uses: Lovage tea is used as a potent diuretic to help treat urinary-tract infections, water retention and kidney stones. The tea is also to aid digestion and to ease stomach aches, sore throats, and fevers. For women, Lovage is also used to promote and regulate menstruation.

Parts used: Leaves Typical preparations: Tea:






DillI.

Germinates 7-21 days Sow depth 1/4" Plant spacing 6- 8" Height3-4'Type Annual

In the garden: this favorite annual herb is easy to grow and attractive. Plants have ferry, blue-green foliage and large, aromatic yellow flower clusters in summer.

Culinary Uses: Both leaves and seeds have a tangy flavor and are widely used in cooking especially in egg meat, fish and potato dishes. Dill seeds and sprigs are added to pickles and vinegars.

Other uses: The airy foliage and flower heads may be dried and used in arrangements.

*Medicinal uses: Dill seeds are used to make a tea to relieve indigestion, heartburn, gas and accompanying colic. The tea is also used to stimulate menstrual flow in women. The seeds are chewed to stimulate appetite and to freshen breath. When preparing Dill seeds, use seeds that have been harvested from garden-grown plants.

Parts used; Seeds NOTE: Preparations are intended for seed that is harvested from garden-grown plants. Typical preparations: Tea: Breath Freshener: chew 1/2 teaspoon of seeds. Tip Incorporate Dill seeds and leaves into salads and cooked dishes to aid digestion.




ValerianJ.

Germinates 7-21 days Sow depth 1/4" Plant spacing 12-18" Height4-6'Type:Perennial

In the garden: This tall perennial has fern-like leaves and white to lavender flowers from late-spring to summer. Plant at the back of the border as an accent plant. Hardy from Zones 3 to 9.

*Medicinal uses: Valerian is used internally to promote relaxation and sleep without morning grogginess. It is used in cases of insomnia and anxiety as well as for indigestion due to nervousness. It is also used for tension headaches, migraines and for rheumatic pain especially when due to tension. Valerian also relaxes spasms and is used to relieve muscle and menstrual cramps.

Parts used: Roots Typical preparations: Tea: Flavor tea with sugar or lemon if desired. For insomnia, drink 1 cup before bedtime. NOTE: Do not take in combination with alcohol or other sedatives. Avoid operating machinery or motor vehicles for several hours after ingesting.







Outdoors in a sunny location with well-drained soil after all danger of frost is past. For an earlier harvest, start seeds indoors 8 weeks before the last frost date and transplant to the garden after all danger of frost is past. Press seed lightly into the soil surface, leave uncovered as light aids germination. Keep moist.


 

Tea: steep 1 teaspoon dried herb or 2 teaspoons fresh herb in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain out herbs and drink 1 cup of the remaining liquid up to 3 times daily.



* Warning!

This statement(s) has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat cure or prevent any diseases. Keep out of the reach of children. Talk to your doctor before ingesting any herbal product if you have an existing medical condition, if you are taking prescription medication or if you are pregnant or nursing a baby.


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