In the garden with Eden

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Herbs that heal:

For hundreds of years an important part of every cottage garden was the “herbal pharmacy”, filled with plants that provided the only medicines most people had. Today, these herbs are once again popular in natural remedies.

You can make therapeutic teas from many herbs, with dill, fennel, marigold or mint to aid digestion; sage for a sore throat; rosemary for a headache; chamomile to aid sleep or calm an upset stomach; and feverfew to reduce a fever.

Yesterday Secret’s:

Vinegar Salt Water

Brown vinegar diluted with equal amounts of water is an effective weedkiller, also try salt as it will burn weeds. Boiling water poured over weeds is a good way to remove them along the edges of paths or between cracks in paving.

Roses:

Today the noble rose is one of the most popular garden flowers but traditionally it was more valued for its healing properties than for its beauty. Pliny listed over 30 medicines that could be derived from roses, with Rosa Gallica Officinalis thought to be the medicinal rose that was cultivated by the Romans, and later adopted as the Red Rose of Lancaster.

The flowers were used by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians in perfumes and oils, and were thought to help ward off the plague. The Victorians used rose petals in jellies, sandwiches and in teas.

Garden lore says to plant a rose in any month with an ‘r’ in it, but in the southern hemisphere roses are best planted in the cold months from May to July.

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