Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Front Yard Harvest

The weather has cheered up once again and I sure am grateful as I am ready to harvest some herbs from my parent's front yard. I was delighted, when I showed up to visit, to see growing in their yard; Yarrow, Peppermint, and Raspberries.

Today, I harvested these plants to dry to later make infusions, teas, or tinctures. It's wonderful that common plants that may be growing in your yard have so much more potential than just beauty or in the case of raspberries, fruit. According to The New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann (the only herbal book that I have with me right now) these plants have the following actions.

Yarrow (Achillae millefolium)
  • diaphoretic
  • hypotensive
  • astringent
  • diuretic
  • antiseptic
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • carminative
  • anti-spasmodic
  • aromatic
  • diaphoretic
  • anti-emetic
  • nervine
  • antiseptic
  • analgesic
Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)
  • astringent
  • tonic
  • refrigerant
  • parturient

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