Angelica

Angelica archangelica

Medicinal Usage | Angelica has antibacterial properties and can be effective against diseases of the urinary organs.

Culinary Tip | Use young leaves in salads, young stalks of second year growth can be candied

Bay

Laurus nobilis

Medicinal Usage | Bay leaves have been used since the ancient times to treat problems associated with the liver, stomach and kidney.

Culinary Tip | I love cooking with fresh bay leaves, and find bay a versatile herb that goes well in savoury dishes as well as milk and rice puddings.

Beetroot

Beetroot

Beta vulgaris

Medicinal Usage | A power vegetable which has long been used to help detoxify the liver

Culinary Tip | Don’t discard the leaves, they’re delicious to eat. Simply discard any wilted or yellow/brown leaves, add the washed leaves and trimmed stalks to your stir fry.

Borage

Borage

Borago officinalis

Medicinal Usage | In small doses, borage can restore endocrine system deficiencies and relax the nerves

Culinary Tip | Borage and cucumber are a perfect match. Add some borage flowers to a cucumber salad.

Bronze Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'

Medicinal Usage | Fennel contains significant amounts of fiber, which helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood, thereby decreasing the risk of heart disease.

Culinary Tip | Finely chop the fronds over seafood and summer salads. Infuse oil with the foliage for a gourmet drizzle. Chop fronds over roasting potatoes or vegetables.

Caraway

Carum carvi

Medicinal Usage | Caraway helps to prevent gas and bloating. Caraway is also a good remedy for colds and congestion, it contains mild antihistamines, antimicrobial compounds that help to relax the muscles that cause coughing spasms.

Culinary Tip | Caraway's aniseed and citrus tones work brilliantly in savoury and sweet dishes. Delicious when added to an orange cake, but I also add it to savoury pastry when making a quiche lorraine or onion & cheese tart.

Chamomile

Chamaemelum nobile

Medicinal Usage | Chamomile has been used for centuries in teas as a mild, relaxing sleep aid, treatment for fevers, colds, stomach ailments, and as an anti-inflammatory.

Culinary Tip | Very good as a tea, but can also be added as a flavour in baking. Chamomile and zesty lemon pair beautifully in short bread biscuits.

Chilean myrtle

Amomyrtus luma

Medicinal Usage | The berries contain many compounds that are thought could be beneficial to human health. One group of flavonols known as myricetin, found in glycosides, are thought to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Culinary Tip | The Amomyrtus luma flowers smell of china tea. The fruit that follows is used to make jams, jellies and mixed with other fruit in crumbles.

Chocolate peppermint

Mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘Chocolate’

Medicinal Usage | Mint is a wonderful palate cleanser, and it promotes digestion. Mint soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation.

Culinary Tip | I use mint to make salad dressings, mint sauce, raita, with peas, new potatoes, strawberries, in hot and cold drinks and it makes the best Margarita!

Jekka’s Thyme

Thymus 'Jekka'

Medicinal Usage | Thyme has strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Can also be used to soothe respiratory tract and throat.

Culinary Tip | Good culinary flavour, use with fish, chicken and vegetable dishes.

Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Medicinal Usage | Lemon balm is known for calming the nerves, or spirit and can help reduce stress.

Culinary Tip | Young leaves are delicious in a summer salad and especially good with broad beans. Also very good in desserts added to lemon ice cream, lemon posset or even a custard tart.

Milk Thistle

Silybum marianum

Medicinal Usage | Milk thistle has been used medicinally for over 2,000 years, most commonly for the treatment of liver and gallbladder disorders.

Culinary Tip | Add a teaspoon of milk thistle seeds to your morning smoothie for a lovely breakfast drink. Otherwise sprinkle the seeds over salads or soups.

Nasturtium

Tropaeolum majus

Medicinal Usage | Nasturtiums are known to have been used to treat urinary tract infections, kidney problems and for their general antibiotic properties.

Culinary Tip | Nasturtium flowers are deliciously peppery in a salad, but I also use the seeds for pickling as a substitute for capers.

Red Orach

Atriplex hortensis var. Rubra

Medicinal Usage | Orach can help to regulate digestion, improve kidney health, boost cardiovascular strength, aid the immune system and detoxify the blood.

Culinary Tip | Use young leaves in salads or cook mature leaves like spinach.

Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

Medicinal Usage | Rosemary is known for its positive benefits on the heart and cardiovascular system. It is also considered effective in the treatment of age related memory deficiencies and improvement of mental functionality.

Culinary Tip | Well known as the perfect pairing for lamb, but also good with game, fowl or with vegetables. Parsnip and rosemary soup for example is simply delicious.

White horehound

Marrubium vulgare

Medicinal Usage | Traditionally used in cough medicines, horehound soothes sore throats and coughs. Also good for singers to soothe strained vocal cords.

Culinary Tip | Horehound has a sweet flavour which makes a good infusion to drink, or leaves can be dried to make a horehound tea.