You may not be aware that these common plants, some people may call them weeds, you are surrounded by right now have amazing medicinal properties. So the next time instead of cutting a dandelion plant with your lawnmower please put a young dandelion leaf or violet flower into your garden salad. Lavender flowers may be added to muffins, cakes or savory dishes like tarts. Dried Calendula petals can be added to your herbal tea. Watch the space for more ideas and recipes.
Calendula flowers may be used topically and internally due to its vulnerary, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, haemostatic and antiviral properties. It is rich in potassium. The plant has been used for centuries for acne, enlarged lymph, mouth ulcers, wounds, nappy rash, eczema or varicose ulcers.
Dandelion plant, depending on which parts are used have different medicinal properties. Leaf has diuretic and mild laxative properties. Dandelion root is more bitter thus increases bile flow and bile production. One of my favourite herbs when there is liver insufficiency, poor digestion or constipation. You may add few fresh young dandelion leafs to your garden salad or green juice.
Lavender herbal tea or tincture if prescribed by a naturopath internally stimulates digestion and relaxes. Traditionally used for anxiety and depression. Dried or fresh lavender can be used as pot puri or infused as a relaxing tea.
Violet herbal tea or tincture of violet is great expectorant, soothing, increase sweating and traditionally used for its anti-tumor properties. Flowers and young leaves can be added to garnish garden salad.
by Danuta Hulajko
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Danuta Hulajko is a holistic practitioner, international speaker, founder of the DH Natural Medicine Clinic and www.healingremedies.com.au , Sydney. She specialises in anti-aging, autoimmunity, digestive disordesrs and heavy metals chelation. For more information please go to our website. You can follow Danuta Hulajko work, events, seminars, expos, latest health research, her health tips and advice on Facebook and LinkedIn