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WINTER FLOWERING MEDICINAL PLANTS

 Calendula (Calendula officinalis)


These  flowers may be used  topically and internally due to its vulnerary, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial , haemostatic  and antiviral  properties . The plant  has been used for Centuries for acne, enlarged lymph, mouth ulcers, wounds, nappy rash, eczema or varicose ulcers.

 

 

 

  Dandelion  leaf and root (Taraxacum officinalis)

This plant, depending on which parts are used have different medicinal properties. Leaf has diuretic properties due to a high  content of potassium and has  mild laxative properties. Dandelion root is more bitter thus increasing bile flow and bile production. One of my favorite herbs when there is liver insufficiency, poor digestion or constipation or chronic  degenerative conditions.

 

 

 

   Lavender (Lavedula officinalis)

Lavender has many uses from  essential oils to  pot-pouri.  Herbal tea  or tincture is prescribed by a herbalist  internally to stimulate digestion , circulation, anti parasitic, relaxing  and to  reduce fever  Traditionally used for anxiety and depression. Also beneficial in lowering elevated  blood pressure, colic and stops vomiting.

 

 

 

  Violet (Viola odorata)

Herbal tea or tincture of violet is a great expectorant, soothing, anti inflammatory,  increase sweating , for respiratory infections  and migraines . Traditionally  used internally and externally for its anti-tumor properties, particularly in throat  cancer and tongue  cancer.