Herbs for medicinal

Herbs for medicinal

National Gardening Week takes place from 11th – 17th April with the theme being ‘Get Fit in the Garden’.  At Houghton Lodge Gardens, we are celebrating NGW with a series of blogs about the healthy benefits of gardening and the use of use of herbs, many of which can be found in our planted herb garden found in the walled garden.

Aside from adding flavour to our food, herbs have many health benefits when used as a medicine.

We’ve put together some of the most common herbs and detailed what their health benefits are…

Basil – can help with flatulence, lack of appetite, cuts, and scrapes.

Chamomile – the flower heads used as infusions and salves relieve indigestion, colic, anxiety and tension.

Echinacea – great for your immune system, it can relieve the symptoms of cold and flu.

Lavender – as well as its calming and relaxing effects through smell, it eases pain and can function as an antiseptic.

Parsley – not just decorative, this nutritional herb is great for flatulence and bad breath.

Peppermint – sipping as a tea can help relieve gas and aid digestion. It’s also said to sooth headaches.

Thyme – thymol found is Thyme is a strong antiseptic. Consider using if you suffer from coughs, congestion, indigestion or gas.

…and that’s just to name a few! There are loads more herbs and each one has it’s own medicinal use.

Visit Houghton Lodge Gardens and enjoy Jasmine and Green Tea Loaf, Cheese and Herb Scones, Brownies with Mint Chocolate Buttercream, and mini Pear and Cardamon Victoria Sandwiches during National Gardening Week and discover how herbs can taste and their benefits.

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