From one of The Plant Medicine Shop’s exclusive gardens
We are learning to live on a mountain. Each day the mountain tries to take over. Each day, the spots we have dug up and kept for growing plants and herbs are tended. We weed, lay down straw and wave the deer away. Many of the herbs, established after 3yrs, are holding their own and are ready to be harvested for medicine. The mint family (Lamiaceae) is one which works very well in our mountain garden and the following 3 herbal plants are excellent plants used for medicine both for the physical body as well as the energetic body. These 3 herbs have all been used for thousands of years, are all nervines (calming herbs), and are all perennials. In using these 3 herbal plants for medicine, do not boil but pour the boiling water over the herb and cover. In this way, the volatile oils (part of the plants medicine) will be protected.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Anecdote: The name ‘Melissa’, meaning ‘bee’ in Greek was so named for the herbs bee-attracting qualities.
Properties: Lemon Balm is well used as a nervine – a calming herb. Use when anxiety or slight depression is causing problems with digestion, sleep or general nervous agitation.
Herbal Medicine: A quick herbal remedy is always on hand when you have Lemon Balm in your garden – grab a few leaves, wash, and put in a covered pot of boiling water. Lemon Balm is used for its calming and relaxing properties in: Serenity
Vibrational Medicine: Lemon Balm has been used energetically to bring power and attraction to oneself in the matters of love. It is used for acceptance and relaxation in life
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Anecdote: Peppermint is actually a blend of two herbs – watermint and spearmint.
Properties: Peppermint is well used as a nervine. Its main uses are for the digestive system, soothing and calming the intestinal tract as well as stimulating the flow of bile and other digestive juices. It is an excellent tonic for the stomach and any anxiety associated with feelings of nausea.
Herbal Medicine: If you have peppermint in your garden, pick a few leaves and add to boiling water, cover and let steep. You now have an a tasty and very powerful remedy for indigestion or nervous tension.
Vibrational Medicine: Peppermint was used for its energizing, intuition, dreaming, & calming energies in:-
Female Energy Balance
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Anecdote: Sage can deteriorate after 4yrs and so renewing your sage plant with cuttings is needed.
Properties: Sage is another excellent nervine especially used in fevers or delirium to calm the nerves & brain anxiety. It is also well used as a gargle for sore throats.
Herbal Medicine: Sage leaves can be taken hot for easing fevers or cold as a gargle.
Vibrational Medicine: Sage has made itself known for its cleansing and clearing negative energies and is used in:-
For longevity, wisdom, immortality, focus and clarity it is found in:-