Useful Plants Guide M-Z

Oregano Oil Benefits: Nature\'s AntibioticOregano, Origanum vulgare
Culinary:
Marjoram can be used to subtly flavor salads, soups, fish, poultry, vegetable- and egg dishes.
Medicinal:
Marjoram is used to treat colds, rheumatism, colic, cramps and digestive problems. Drinking the tea will induce sleep and ease nervous headaches.
Cosmetic: Use as a hair rinse.

Applemint, Mentha rotundifolia; Eau-de-Cologne Mint, M. piperita citrata; Pennyroyal Mint, M. pulegium; Peppermint, M. piperita officinalis; Spearmint, M. spicata/ M. crispa/ M. viridis
Culinary:
Make mint sauce from a mix of Applemint and spearmint. Chop the leaves of these two mints and sprinkle over fruit salads, buttered new potatoes, egg dishes and cream cheese sandwiches.
Note: Pregnant women should stay clear of Pennyroyal mint, as it’s said to bring on miscarriages.
Medicinal:
Drinking mint tea will help treat- and prevent colds. Ice tea of peppermint, in summer, will make a beautifully refreshing beverage and can be blended with other teas. Treat indigestion with such a tea or drink a spearmint tea for revivifying effects.
Cosmetic:
As we know, mints are widely used in oral hygiene products like toothpastes. Spearmint will help for bad breath, to keep gums healthy and teeth white. It is also used as a cure to chapped hands and as a rinse for oily hair.

Curled Parsley, Petroselinum crispum; Italian Parsley, P. crispum neapolitanum
Culinary:
Parsley is famous as a garnish, both because of its beautiful foliage and for cleaning the palate with its fresh, earthy taste. Parsley is otherwise widely used in sauces, mashed potatoes, salads, omelettes, soups, poultry and fish.
Medicinal:
Teas made from parsley leaves is drunk for circulation, digestion and kidneys. The foliage is rich in many vitamins and iron. It’s known to help relieve piles and rheumatism.
Cosmetic:
As a toner and in lotions, parsley is said to help close large pores and refreshing tired skin.

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Upright Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis; Prostrate Rosemary, R. prostrates
Culinary:
Rosemary is used widely in pasta- and vegetable dishes, and to flavor lamb, beef, pork, duck, rabbit and liver.
Medicinal:
Rosemary is known to stimulate good memory and is therefore a popular herb for students for instance. It also improves circulation, relieves headaches and treats colds.
Cosmetic: Rosemary has an energizing effect on the body and will make an excellent addition to morning baths. It’s used in shampoos as it prevents dandruff and revitalizes the scalp.

Sage, Salvia officinalis
Culinary:
Sage can be used with other herbs or on its own in many dishes, from vegetable- to meat- and fish dishes. It’s also complimentary to cheese- and egg dishes.
Medicinal:
Sage has a revitalizing effect on the liver and digestive system. It also energizes the body, but at the same time treat nervousness. Drink a tea for coughs and colds, to treat constipation and rheumatism.
Cosmetic: Sage is included in cleansing lotions, hair rinses, moisturizers and perfumes.

Salad burnet, Sanguisorba minor
Culinary:
Salad burnet is a must on the summer table. It goes brilliantly with cream cheese as a dip or sandwich spread. Sprinkle the whole leaves over green salads or use as a garnish with any cold meal.
Medicinal:
Drink the tea to help relieve rheumatism and treat wounds by rinsing outwardly with an infusion.
Cosmetic:
Help clear the skin by using an infusion as a tonic.

Savory (winter), Satureia Montana; Savory (summer), S. hortensis
Culinary:
Coat fish or pork with a dried savory herb mixed with breadcrumbs for extra flavor. Chop the leaves finely and add to white sauce, seafood sauces and soups. Use savory when no pepper is available.
Medicinal:
Respiratory- and digestive difficulties, flatulence and colic are treated by savory. Summer savory tea helps cleanse the body and rid it of toxins.
Cosmetic:
Savory tea taken regularly helps purify the body from within and results in a clear, beautiful skin. Add savory infusions to a bath for stimulating, refreshing and vitalizing the skin. Both savories also freshens your breath and mouth.

French Sorrel, Rumex scutatus
Culinary:
French sorrel can be eaten on its own, like spinach, or to add to soups, sauces and salads.
Note: Sorrel should never be cooked in aluminium
Medicinal:
Sorrel serves as a tonic to the kidneys and blood and aids with digestion difficulties and ongoing fevers. Note: French sorrel should not be eaten too frequently, due to the oxalic acid present in the plant.
Cosmetic:
Sorrel combats signs of ageing due to its high concentrates of calcium. Use sorrel in facial steams if you suffer from dry sensitive skin and acne.

French Tarragon, Artemisia dracunculus
Culinary:
Shellfish and fish, turkey, chicken, liver, kidneys, chicken- and fish soups, tartar-, Béarnaise- and sour cream sauces are greatly complimented by tarragon’s warming and aromatic fragrance.
Medicinal:
Tarragon is used to treat complications of the liver, head and heart.
Cosmetic:
Some beauty soaps incorporate tarragon oil for it’s warming scent.

Thyme (garden), Thymus vulgaris; Thyme (lemon), T. citriodorus
Culinary:
Thyme can just about be used in every- and any dish you can think of. Lemon thyme goes especially well with fish-, chicken- and turkey Mornays.
Medicinal:
Thyme has excellent antiseptic properties and is additionally used when treating colds, coughs, poor digestion, cramps and colic.
Cosmetic:
Many mouth washes and toothpastes, soaps and facial tonics include thyme. Those with a normal skin type may incorporate thyme into their facial steams. The oil of thyme is used as a pimple ointment.

Water Cress, Nastertium officinale; Land Cress, Lepidium sativatum
Culinary:
Use cress generously in soups, salads and over sandwich fillings.
Medicinal:
Helps to ease headaches and purify the blood.
Cosmetic:
A clearer complexion, healthier hair and brighter eyes will be gained by regular intake of cress.

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