My opinion, however, is that they (herbs) are superior 95% of the time to any pharmaceutical drug! 

 Robert Willner

Herbs have been used as remedies for centuries. Unlike many modern drugs that just treat symptoms, herbs prevent illness.

There are literally hundreds of herbs that help with health. Here are just a handful:


..of Peter Rabbit fame, is often called the herb of humility because the more it is trodden on, the more it thrives. It is an excellent sleep promoter, taken as a tea at bedtime. Some European hotels serve it as a nightcap for their guests. As well as insomnia, it helps combat nausea, poor appetite, depression, and migraines.

Chamomile tea is also helpful as a soothing lotion for sunburn. Any leftover teas are very useful in compost for keeping the bin sweet.

Lemon Balm

Known as “the scholar’s herb” because the tea made from fresh leaves clears the head, sharpens the memory, and aids comprehension – excellent for students at exam time.


This amazing little plant, often regarded as a useless weed, is a great source of potassium, calcium, vitamins, sulfur, and choline. Spring and summer are the best times for using its leaves in salads or making teas, which aid kidney and liver health. Its nickname – Pis en lit (wet the bed) demonstrates well its capacity to get the kidneys moving! Even its roots can be used, roasted, and ground for coffee.


This is the all-time wonder herb! It can….

     help lower cholesterol

     reduce mild hypertension

     help inhibit blood clots

     help protect against cancers

     help improve glucose control or insulin activity

And it tastes fabulous in all recipes!


I can vouch for the fact that chewing on a stem from the root of this plant burns your mouth, and you can feel it hot all the way down inside! It clears sinus, nasal congestion, and any symptoms of colds, The grated roots are a natural therapy for any mucous forming problem. It is said that planting horseradish at the ends of rows of potatoes will prevent disease in the crop (what a pity my Irish ancestors didn’t know this).


This herb, with its pleasant fragrance, has been used forever by women to sweeten clothing, wardrobes, drawers, in perfumes, and as an insect repellent.

A couple of drops of oil on a pillow will aid sleep (be careful not to use too much).

Its oil is a powerful analgesic, antiseptic, and a mild relaxant. It was used extensively during World War 2 for wounds, burns, and battle injuries.

From personal experience, I can recommend Lavender essential oil for immediate pain relief from a finger crushed in a car door.


This is a very handy herb to have if you develop a sudden toothache when the dentist is not available. Chewing on its leaves will deaden the ache temporarily. As well as a useful flavoring in many tomato dishes, it is also quite a strong antiseptic and increases resistance to disease.


Peppermint leaves or tea is a most useful digestive aid and easer of flatulence and indigestion.

Peppermint oil dropped onto a tissue and sniffed relieves a head cold, headache, and nasal stuffiness. Keep a tissue with a few drops near the pillow for clear breathing all night (but take care not to get near eyes).

Just smelling peppermint essential oil directly from the bottle can help with nausea.


A very useful and valuable herb, parsley is rich in vitamins A, B, and C. It is said to have more vitamin C than oranges and more vitamin A than cod liver oil. It also contains much calcium, sodium, and magnesium.

Chewing on parsley is recommended as a breath cleanser, especially after eating garlic, and is also known to help with digestion, as an anticoagulant, and as a fertility aid. Way back in the first century AD women gave other women gifts of parsley roots to aid their fertility. Even today, the saying “you should be pregnant within the year” goes with the gift of parsley plants.


A delicious herb to cook with any roast meat dishes, pasta or baked fish, rosemary is known as the herb of remembrance, because of its early history being grown on the graves of ancestors to invoke their help. It is useful as a herb for failing memory and to improve brain function. It is also used in hair products to keep hair silky and soft. Rosemary oil rubbed on temples will relax tension, relieve anxiety and headaches.

More Herbs to research for Happiness:

     St. John’s Wort, sometimes called “natural Prozac,” excellent for depression

     Kava-Kava can reduce anxiety and promote sleep

     Ginseng – helps combat stress and fatigue

     Gingko Biloba

What are you growing this year?