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Edible Herbs






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DRINK IT
> Herbal Teas

EAT IT
> The Back Catalogue


FREEZE IT
To find out more about freezing herbs, go to 
> Freezing Herbs


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Botanica Medica



Check out the herb garden at Botanica Medica, near St Margarets in London
botanicamedica.co.uk

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Edible Garden at Syon Park



London Edible Gardens is developing an 80 sqm herb garden as part of a 2,200 sqm edible garden for London Syon Park >


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Herbs are both edible and drinkable (many herbs have medicinal benefits). They can even be decorative and fragrant. We could help you to plan and plant the ones you are most likely to use, and the ones best suited to your garden. To find out more, please email: roberts@londonediblegardens.com
 
For recipes and advice on how to use the edible herbs in your garden please go to 
> How To Eat It or look through the list below for some inspiration on what to grow and why:

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HERB DIRECTORY

01_BASIL: See > Basil

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01_ELDERFLOWER: The white blossom from the Elder tree is a traditional cure for colds. It is an effective decongestant because it helps clean the nasal passages of catarrh. It is also a good diaphoretic – meaning it encourages the body to sweat. Naturopaths believe that viruses are unable to breed in a raised body temperature.

02_LEMON VERBENA: Like citrus liqueurs such as Poire William and Calvados – are traditionally used in France as a digestive aid. This is because the citrus content helps to break down fats in the digestive tract.

03_GINGER: Is an excellent remedy in the early stages of an infection because, as a warming spice, it can promote a fever and hasten healing. Ginger's warming effects are also said to relieve rheumatic aches and pains by widening the blood vessels and stimulating circulation.

04_NETTLE: A British herb that is good to take when feeling run down. This is because of its rich mineral content. Nettle is a good source of iron, calcium and silica. Iron produces red blood cells, essential for energy. Calcium and silica are important for building bones, hair and teeth.

05_CHAMOMILE:
The small golden buds of chamomile give many people relief from mild insomnia. Chamomile is the principal ingredient in many 'sleepytime' tea blends. This is because chamomile contains tryptophan, an amino acid known for its tranquilizing effects. When taken as an infusion, these properties act as a relaxant in our bodies and help to promote sleep.

06_FENNEL: A Mediterranean herb that has anti-spasmodic properties. This means it works on relaxing the intestinal muscles and is particularly good for constipation, colic and flatulence. Fennel is also a good detox because it is a diuretic – meaning it creates the urge to urinate. This helps to clean the kidneys and so rid the body of impurities, which then promotes a clearer skin.

07_PEPPERMINT:
A traditional remedy used for nausea and vomiting. By stimulating bile production in the gall bladder, peppermint breaks down fat in the digestion system, thus relieving nausea.

08_ST JOHN'S WORT: Is an extract of a small yellow flower commonly found in Britain and Europe. It is a mild anti-depressant and shown to be an effective treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Recent medical research shows that St John's Wort helps with depression by raising chemical levels in the brain.


































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