Botanical Herbs

ROSEMARY – Rosmarinus officinalis

   (Mediterranean, also a evergreen with slim narrow leaves and blooms a light blue flower.  This plant is both medicinal and culinary and to obtain the essential oil both the leaves and flowers are used.   Also antifungal, antibaterial, digestive, stimulant and anti-inflammatory.    Many uses for this herb – digestion, improves memory, muscle pain, depression and constipation).

MELISSA –  Melissa officinalis

   (Fragrance – Lemon scent– Another name is – “lemon balm”, the flowers are white and tiny, grown in Europe.   Lemon Balm tea is known for long life.   When it is distilled the oil is very pale.    Some of the uses are: hysteria, anxiety, headaches, menustration and indigestion).

FENNEL – Foeniculum vulgare

   (Fragrance – like aniseed (licorice) – grown in the Mediterranean, produces tiny yellow flowers and the leaves are like thin ferns.   Some of the uses are:  self-espression, courage, uplifter, ovary problems, menopause).

BASIL – Ocimum basilcum

   (Fragrance – Refreshing and sweet. – When distilled the whole plant is used.   This plant is culinary and can also be drank as a tea.  Some of the properties are: purifier, expectorant, antiseptic,  analgesic and digestive tonic.  Can be used for fear, indecision, sinus congestion, arthritis and can be spirtual).

MARJORAM – Origanum marjorana

   (Smells sweet – Long life and also a culinary herb, grown in the Mediterranean.   A range of pink and white tiny flowers and once distilled both the flowers and leaves are used.   The properties of this plant are: calming, intestinal spasms, antibacterial, anti-infectious.  Many of the uses are for sprains, colic, coughs, heartburn, moodiness, anger and inner strength).

PEPPERMINT – Mentha piperita

   (This plant is part of the mint family, tiny purple flowers and serrated dark leaves.  All is used for distillation and the essential oil is also used for first aid purposes.  Many properties – insect repellant, antibacterial, analgesic, antimigraine and reproductive stimulant.  Some of the wonderful uses are for travel sickness, bronchitis, diarrhoea, sinusitis, apathy, depression and mental fatigue).

Reference:  “Nature’s Scents” by Raje Airey

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