Many herbs can be used to a make a tea, either for medicinal purposes or purely for refreshment. They can be used as a remedy for many things from an upset stomach to insomnia and even for nervous disorders. They can … Continue reading
Here at The Herb Patch we are now stocking a range of ornamental grasses. Ornamental Grasses can play a part in most gardens, providing all year round interest, whilst having low maintenance requirements. There are grasses suitable for damp and … Continue reading
Teasels are probably most commonly known for their brown, prickly stems and conical seed heads which persist long after the plants themselves have died back for the winter. Between July and August, when Teasels are in flower, the spikey flower … Continue reading
Did you know ? Catnip (Nepeta Cataria) Also known as Catnep, catswort, catmint and ‘nep in a hedge’ Catnip leaves contain a compound called “iridodial” which is known to attract beneficial insects such as lacewings which eat aphids and mites … Continue reading
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
German Chamomile is available at The Herb Patch now.
It is an annual form of chamomile with daisy like flowers in the summer. German Chamomile has delicate, fern like foliage, which flops around giving the plant a delicate appearance, yet the plant is surprisingly tough and resilient.
Both the leaves and the flowers can be used to make tea, although the leaves have a slightly more bitter flavour.
German Chamomile is the preferred variety for medicinal use, due to its higher oil content. It has powerful antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties. An infusion of Chamomile flowers can be used as a hair shampoo, especially for fair hair. The flowers are sometimes added to cosmetics as an anti-allergenic agent or made into a salve for use on hemorrhoids and wounds
Other uses include as a liquid feed and plant tonic, effective against a number of plant diseases.
An essential oil from the whole plant is used as a flavouring and in making perfume. The dried flowers are used as an insect repellent.
It is said that the Egyptians dedicated Chamomile to their sun god and valued it over all other herbs for its healing qualities. Due to its sedative and relaxing properties Chamomile was an ingredient in some love potions in the middle ages.
Lovage (Levisticum officinale) Lovage is a tall perennial herbaceous plant, and is the sole species in the Levisticum genus. It originates in Italy and was brought to Britain by the Romans. Also known as Sea Parsley or Love Parsley. It … Continue reading
New herb varieties added to our shop this week include:- Thyme, Russetings. (Thymus serpyllum ‘Russetings’) This is a creeping form of thyme with dark green leaves and pink / purple flowers in summer Good for ground cover or as … Continue reading
Here at The Herb Patch spring seems to be getting nearer. Overwintered herb plants are beginning to grow again after what seems to be a long dreary winter. In the poly tunnels, we are busy propagating this years plants and … Continue reading
This is the ideal time of year for planning a new herb garden. Good herb gardens begin with careful planning and preparation. Books and the internet can provide useful sources of information. Choose a sunny and reasonably sheltered area … Continue reading
Alecost (Costmary), Tanacetum balsamita is an attractive tall growing, perennial herb, belonging to the daisy family, the Compositae.This aromatic herb has two common names, ‘Costmary’ and Alecost. ‘Cost’ refers to Costus, a spicy Asian plant related to ginger, which has a … Continue reading