Lexicon: Chamomile

Common Name: Chamomile Latin Name: Matricaria chamomilla Well known for its calming properties, chamomile is gentle but effective medicine. A healing wonder, dating back to Egyptian times, its uses range from digestive, muscle spasms, tension, inflammation and infection. This aromatic flower is reminiscent of the scent of apple. Rewarding to grow in the garden, once … Continued

Lexicon: Echinacea

Common Name: Purple Cone Flower Latin Name: Echinacea angustifolia A perennial native to North America, Echinacea has been used by Native Americans for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes and is now regaining its importance because extracts from its roots have been found to be effective in strengthening the immune system. More than 200 pharmaceutical … Continued

Lexicon: Borage

Common Name: Borage Latin Name: Borago officinalis A native plant to Southern Europe, Borage has traditionally been used for relieving anxiety and stress and said “to drive sorrow away, and make men merry”. In ancient times, borage was known for its cooling quality and refreshing cucumber-like flavour. Also referred to as the “herb of courage”, … Continued

Lexicon: Yarrow

Common Name: Yarrow Latin Name: Achillea millefolium A perennial found throughout the Northern Hemisphere Yarrow is characterized by a cluster of white flowers above a stem of lacy leaves (millefolium means “thousand leaves”). Yarrow received its Latin name Achillea from the legendary Greek hero Achilles. According to the common legend, Achilles’s mother dipped him into … Continued

Lexicon: Calendula

Common Name: Marigold Latin Name: Calendula officinalis Calendula’s bright orange flowers have a sunny disposition in any herbal garden. The flowers have been thought to aid in promoting good health and cheerfulness during the colder months. It is well known to the old herbalist for use in cooking and medicine making. In medieval Europe calendula … Continued