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We’re very much looking forward to ‘Where the Wild Things Rave’ at Dewsall Court, an immersive dinner based on medicinal and foraged herbs. Which got us thinking how the trends of kitchen gardening and the use of herbal remedies has grown significantly over the last few years.

Plants have some great uses both in the gastro sense as well as an aide for health and well-being. So it’s no surprise that many of us are now growing our own medicinal herbs in gardens across the country.

We take a look at some of the benefits of common herbs, which can be grown in the comfort of your own home…

Basil

A familiar sight in both gardens and kitchens across the world. This annual plant is easiest to grow in the house, though it can be grown in a sunny area of the garden (6-8 hours of sunlight per day) once the last of the spring frost has cleared. Basil can help with flatulence, lack of appetite, cuts, and scrapes.

Chamomile

Another familiar plant, famous for its appearance in boutique tea vendors all over. This is a plant that is best established from plants rather than seeds. It is a plant that can deal with cold and should be planted in partly shaded areas. Home-grown chamomile tea has a relaxing effect on the body. Infusions and salves containing chamomile relieve indigestion and colic, anxiety and tension, as well as skin inflammations and irritations.

Echinacea

Not a plant often seen as part of an everyday garden, Echinacea has a lovely pink purple flower that looks great in any garden. A hardy perennial with American origins these plants are easy to grow from both seed and plant, even with a light frost. Echinacea can be used to relieve symptoms of cold and flu and also provides a boost to your immune system.

Feverfew

These white flowers have the look of Daisies and chewing on the leaves helps relieve headaches, including migraines. It is also used to aid ailments such as arthritis, and various skin conditions. This is a plant best grown inside next to a sunny window due to its Southern European origin. Seeds are fine and several can be placed in a single pot to begin with.

Lavender

Even the aroma of Lavender has been shown to have a stress relieving effect. It can also be used as an antiseptic for cuts and bruises. Lavender is best planted in late spring in an area which receives lots of sunshine. The best soil is one that is chalky or alkaline though it will grow in other soils as well.

There you have it, some lovely plants and flowers that not only look great, smell divine, but have a bumper crop of health benefits too!

If you’re keen to develop your herbal knowledge a little further, don’t miss Where The Wild Things Rave at Dewsall Court on 17th June. Country chic and a truly sensory soiree!

Wordsmithery by Sam | Perception Sales & Marketing

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