The brains behind medicinal plant nursery Barefoot Botanicals are the growers behind August's My Plot. Marina and Ross explain how they turned a rough patch of land into a field of flowers - the ingredients for their nursery and herbal clinic - on page 114 of August's The Simple Things.
Here, they share six medicinal herbs worth growing:
Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris)
Traditionally used: for menstrual disorders and diarrhoea.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Traditionally used: to relieve stress and anxiety, insomnia, digestive complaints and flu.
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Traditionally used: to relieve stress and anxiety, colic, IBS and insomnia.
Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)
Traditionally used: as a sedative; to ease whooping cough and to relieve eczema.
Cowslip (Primula veris)
Traditionally used: to relieve coughs, rheumatism, asthma; or as a sedative.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Traditionally used: to relieve sore throats and respiratorytract infections.
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