Though reishi mushrooms could be grown just as ornamental objects, what pleases the eye does little for the rest of the body. Likewise in the plant kingdom, not all ornamental or herbal garden plants are of known medicinal value, but many are. It's nice to feed bees and butterflies, but if I can derive some direct benefit from a plant, it would be wasteful to pass up those opportunities. Heretofore I have given no thought to many plants in my garden for their medicinal value and, consequently, have left them afield without accepting their gifts.
Forthwith, I pledge to preserve and administer herbs in my garden for their reputed medicinal purposes. In time, I hope to wean myself off prescription drugs or know of suitable substitutes if push comes to shove. Here's what I currently have to work with:
- Garlic Antibacterial, clears lung congestion, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol, improves circulation, antihistamine.
- Parsley Relieves gas pain
- Sage Reduces fever, heals sores in mouth and throat, laryngitis treatment; slows Alzheimer's; long life
- Thyme Prevents colds and cold symptoms (sore throat, congestion); Cures athletes foot, ringworm; Antiseptic
- Calendula Relieves sore skin, heals skin and mucous membrane wounds
- Chickweed Relieves skin irritation (use fresh)
- Red Clover Alleviates skin irritations, coughs, sore throat
- Dandelion Leaves help cleanse skin; root aids the liver & are also chemotherapy substitute
- Peppermint For upset tummy
- Rosemary Improve varicose veins, strengthen heart, prevent arteriosclerosis; stimulates circulation; sooth pulled muscles; relieves arthritis; digestive
- Cayenne Improves circulation in cold hands & feet; relieves arthritis; relieves sore throat
- Borage Antidepressant