HORTON VALE NURSERY, HORTON ROAD, HORTON HEATH, WIMBORNE, BH21 7JN

HERBS-CULINARY-AROMATIC-MEDICINAL

At our nursery all our herbs are grown from seed and we are dedicated in growing and supplying herbs with healing properties and to spreading knowledge about these plants. . Herbs have been used for healing remedies and also culinary use for many thousands of years. Many of our beloved garden perennials also have herbal uses. Please view our site for the growing information & uses of the various herbs.

If you wish to purchase any of our herbs then please either call into the nursery or e-mail me

 

Anise Hyssop - Agastache 

           9cm pots = £1.49, 1 ltr = £2.50, 3 ltr = £4.99               

Often referred to as the Licquorice plant because of its smell. An erect, branched perennial herb with toothed leaves and square stems. It is a member of the mint family, and has an anise-like aroma.  It has blue violet flower spikes on wonderfully spicy fragrant licorice scented foliage. It is very long flowering and looks great  in any border, as well as suitable for container growing. The better the drainage the happier the plant. Feed once a year after it has finished flowering, or else the flowers will be of poor quality.  Attractive to bees and butterflies, with minty aromatic foliage. A customer advises us that her Goldfinches are wild for Agastache.   Most Agastache will self seed readily.  It grows up to 1m tall. Bees love it, and are purported to make good honey from its pollen.     

The leaves of Anise are often used in salads, pork dishes or savoury rice & also as a breath-freshener, in herbal teas, and as a sweetener. The Leaves can also be made into poultices for sores. The flowers are often used in dried flower arrangements, essential oils, pot pourris & even fruit salads. They have a good source of nectar for the butterflies & bees thus attracting them to your garden. 

 

 

Angelica 

 

is used for healing, protection, to prolong life, for divine & creative inspiration.

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Angelica Archangelica umbelliferae Bi

Aromatic large leaved plant with umbels of yellow green flowers in early summer. Can grow to 6 foot. Hollow stems can be candied. A biennial that will return year after year if you cut all but one flower.

Give some shade.
Uses. Use the stems for flavouring stewed fruit. Seeds flavour liqueurs. Medicinally all the parts act as a digestive tonic and a circulatory stimulant. It is a warming plant, suitable for people who feel the cold in winter. Creates a distaste for alcohol.

 

Basil

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Ocimum Basilicum
Tender annuals. There are now many varieties available of basil. Basil can grow indoors in a pot or outside after all threat of frost is over. Water in the morning, evening watering may result in the basil becoming cold over night. Pinch out leaves to encourage bushy leaf growth. Preserve in oil or by freezing.


Uses . Keep basil in a pot in the kitchen to act as a fly repellent or rub on your skin as the juice repels mosquitoes. The oils from the leaves are antiseptic, stimulant and good for the digestion. A refreshing bath vinegar can also be made from its leaves which is also antiseptic. Thai basil and Green Ruffles lower cholestrol. Great when used in any tomato based/italian dishes & great in soups.

Borage

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Borago officinalis
Hardy annual that grows to 1m. Borage is a beautiful and useful herb to grow in the garden, with its lovely blue flowers which are very attractive especially to bees so it is a good plant to plant near to your runner beans & strawberries. Sometimes known as the star flower. It is a sturdy annual plant, covered with stiff, prickly white hairs. It grows to around 30cm tall and produces large, dark green leaves with pointed tips.

The hairy leaves have a refreshing, mild cucumber flavour and can be eaten in salads and soups and they make a good substitute for spinach. They can be brewed to make a refreshing tea, and can even be cut up and eaten with salads, cream cheese & added to yoghurt or even an egg mayonnaise sandwich. The deep blue star-shaped flowers can be added to ice cubes to make attractive additions to drinks. They also make pretty (and edible) additions to salads.

Borage is a fantastic source of nectar for bees and other insects. It makes a good companion plant to have in the vegetable garden as the insects it attracts make good pollinators for crops such as tomatoes, aubergines and courgettes. It is also good as a green manure. Its long taproot brings up nutrients from the subsoil that remain in the leaves. Before the plant flowers the plants can be dug back into the ground to release the nutrients back into the topsoil. Historically it was considered a plant that would raise the spirits and drive away melancholy. An infusion of the leaves will aid kidney function and will help with feverish catarrh. It is diuretic, demulcent and emollient. Externally it can be used as a poultice to reduce inflammation. Add 2 large handfuls of borage leaves to a bowl of boiling water, stir & use as a facila steam for dry, sensitive skin.

Box

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Bu Borago officinalis alba xus semperviren fiesta
Buxus elegance variegate balls
Box is really easy to grow, being a vigorous, evergreen bushy upright shrub or small tree. It has small rounded to oblong, glossy dark green leaves and its dense habit makes it ideal for an ornamental addition to the herb garden as a hedging plant. Plant 8 inchs apart and trim in late spring to promote new growth. Trim for shape and topiary in summer. It likes full/partial shade and is a hardy plant. It enjoys well drained soil. It can grow up to 500cms and similar spread if left to grow.
A strong smelling narcotic herb that lowers fever and may have anti-rheumatic effects. Should only be used for this purpose by a professional.
Was in the past equated with quinine for the treatment of
malaria, but is now rarely used medicinally due to its toxicity.
It has been used externally as a decoction to promote hair growth but it could cause irritation. There has been an interest in using an extract of box in the treatment of AIDS.

All parts of box especially the leaves & seeds are highly toxic if eaten and could cause death so it should never be used for self medication.

Chamomile

brings energy, wisdom, drives away nightmares, helps with past life knowledge, is relaxing and promotes peacefulness. It is good for meditation & is a symbol of the sun. It is thought to be a garden tonic to the plants growing around it - helps bring bounce back from adversity.

           9cm pots = £1.49, 1 ltr = £2.50, 3 ltr = £4.99

Grow Chamomile near a failing plant to revive it.

Matricaria recutita
A hardy annual with profuse white flower with yellow centres. Easy to grow and the more you pick the more the flowers will come. The most common and useful of the chamomiles. It is an annual but self-seeds prolifically. It enjoys full sun & a light & well drained soil.
Makes an excellent calming tea it will help with stress and insomnia. Has a soothing effect on the digestion. Is a good herb to give to hyperactive children or children with colic. It will help relieve the pain of arthritis and gout, and with period pain PMT and thrush. It also helps with colds, catarrh, hay fever and asthma.
Used as an oil chamomile is anti inflammatory, cooling and calming. It is good for allergies, inflamed itchy skin conditions. Often used as a final rinse for fair hair to make it brighter.

Chives

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Allium
Chives love a sunny site but will tolerate partial shade. They like rich moist & well drained poorer soil. Will multiply rapidly and form clumps. Keep well watered. Chives planted next to apple trees prevent scab & when planted next to roses can prevent black spot.

Chives have lovely pink flower heads and fine long hollow leaves that are good in salads, soups, jacket potatoes, omelettes or scrambled eggs & sauces.They can be mashed into soft cheeses or sprinkled onto grilled meats. Can be infused in white wine vinegar for fine tasting pink vinegar. They are not formally used as a medicine but are none the less efficacious in fighting infection and anaemia. They have a warming and stimulating effect on the digestion. Chives provide antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal actions. Make great chive oil/vinegars/butter. Plant near roses to enhance their scent & next to other plants to deter aphids. Infuse the leaves & use to spray potato blight. Use chives as a mild antibiotic, sprinkle on food to stimulate appetite & promote digestion. Take as a mild laxative. It can help to cleanse blood, reduce blood pressure & clear catarrh. Take as protection against common colds, worms, dysentery & typhoid.

Coriander

          9cm pots = £1.49, 1 ltr = £2.50, 3 ltr = £4.99

Coriandrum sativum
Usually grown from seed as a delicious addition to a salad. Likes a well drained sunny position.
Uses Coriander is a digestive stimulant, aids flatulence, stimulates the appetite and will help with the absorption of the nutrients. Bruised seed can be applied externally as a poultice and it has a cooling effect on the body and is good for fevers and hot inflammatory problems like painful joints & rheumatism. Use in tomato chutney, ratatouille, frankfurters, curries, apple pies, cakes, biscuits & marmalades. Also great in soups, sauces & vegetable dishes.

Chew or infuse as a tea for an aperitif, digestive tonic & mild sedative.

Cotton Lavender - Santolina

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This is a hardy evergreen perennial which grows to a height of 75cms and a spread of 1m. It has bright yellow button like flowers from mid-summer to early autumn and silver coral like aromatic foliage. This elegant aromatic evergreen is ideal for the herb garden as a hedging It enjoys full sun and sandy soil.

Cotton Lavender can be applied to surface wounds to speed the healing process and finely ground leaves help stings & bites. It can also help to deter moths when placed around the home.

It makes an interesting addition to shortbread biscuits instead of Rosemary.

Cowslip

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Primula veris

Being a hardy herbaceous perennial they enjoy semishade or sun & moist soil.
A wild flower that has been over picked in the past. Old herbalists used cowlip as a remedy for paralysis and for many other nervous afflictions. Currently the root and flower are used internally as a relaxant and a general tonic. Taken hot cowlip is a helpful decongestant for colds etc. and are anti-inflammatory and so a useful treatment for arthritis and gout. The flower can be used for jam & wine or pickles & eaten raw in salads. They can be crystallized for decoration. The leaf is great in salads & meat stuffing. Soak the flowers in distilled water to make a lotion for spots & wrinkles. When infused into a tea makes a great cough remedy & a mild sedative, also good for nervous headaches.

Creeping Jenny

Lysimachia nummularia
Ground cover with numerous yellow flowers.
The whole bruised herb helps to heal cuts and relieve muscular and rheumatic conditions.

Echinacea

Echinacea Purpurea
Otherwise known as purple cone flower echinacea is an attractive addition to a flower border with its daisy like purple pink flowers. Echinacea prefers a rich well drained soil in full sun or dappled shade.
Uses: A recent addition to our medicine cabinets in Britain, echinacea tincture made from the roots of the plant has been found to be an excellent preventative tonic for colds and flu. Historically echinacea was one of the most valued medicinal plants used by the North American Indians primarily for snake bites. Taken internally as a tincture echinacea will fight off infections including measles and mumps and boils and abscesses. Echinacea has anti inflammatory properties and will bring relief to arthritis and gout sufferers. Taken as a tonic it is especially helpful for those of us who suffer from sluggish lymphatics and pimples and boils and who fall ill easily when over exhausted. The roots should be harvest four years after planting but meanwhile you can enjoy the attractive flower.

Fennel - Bronze

helps you to spiritualy understand, to open your heart, promotes stability. Take a fresh sprig of fennel & dip it into water & sprinkle that water around your home for protection. In Ancient Greece, fennel was the symbol of success.

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Hardy perennial growing to a height of 1.5m -2m, with a spread of 45cms. It has lots of small yellow flowers in large umbels in late summer with very striking soft bronze feather foliage. It enjoys a sunny position in fertile well drained soil. Do not grow fennel near dill or coriander as cross pollination will reduce the fennel's seed production.

Fennel attracts hoverflies so helps keep whitefly at bay. The Fennel seed & leaf can be used in facial steams & baths for deep cleansing. A facial pack made of fennel tea & honey is good for wrinkles. Fennel tea also aids digestion or prevents both heartburn or constipation. A teaspoon of this cooled is also good for babies with colic. Sleep a compress in the tea & place on the eyelid to ease inflammation or watery eye.

Fennel is often added as a seasoning for pork & stuffings for poultry & lamb. It is delicious as a salad or vegetable dressing. Use seeds in sauces, fish dishes & bread. The leaves can be finely chopped over salads & cooked vegetables & in soups & stuffing for oily fish.

Heartsease - Viola tricolor

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Heartsease is a hardy perennial but often grown as an annual, which grows to 15-30cms. It flowers from Spring to Autumn. It will grow in any soil, in partial shade or sun.

Heartsease look great planted in any type of container. The flowers can be added to salads and to decorate sweet dishes. An infusion of the flowers has long been prescribed for a broken heart. An infusion of leaves added to bath water has proved beneficial to sufferers of rheumatic disease. It is also a cure for bed-wetting. It is good for eczema, acne & cradle cap. It is often used as a skin cleanser and shampooing thinning hair.

Lemon Verbena - Lippia cidriodora

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Lemon Verbena is the Rolls Royce of lemon-scented plants.

It is a half hardy deciduous perennial and can reach a height of 1-3m with a spread of up to 2.5m. In early summer it has tiny white flowers tinged with lilac and pale green lance shaped leaves which are very strongly lemon scented. It enjoys a warm humid spot in light free draining soil. A sunny wall is ideal. It will need protection against frost & wind and temperatures below 4C.

When made into a herbal tea & drank at bedtime it has sedative properties, which can also soothe bronchial & nasal congestion & ease indigestion. Use the leaves to flavour oil & vinegar, drinks, fruit puddings, apple jelly, lemon cakes & stuffings. It is great when added to home made ice cream & fresh homemade lemonade in the Summer.

Myrtle

 

9cm pots = £1.49, 1 ltr = £2.50, 3 ltr = £4.99

Myrtle is a direct descendant of the Greek myrtos, 'the herb of love'. This herb is dedicated to the goddess Venus, and was planted all around her temples. Traditionally, brides carry a sprig of myrtle in their bouquets as a symbol of love and constancy.

Myrtus communis

A half-hardy evergreen shrub which can grow up to 3m high and spread 2-3m. It has a fragrant white flower which flowers from spring to midsummer each with a dense cluster of golden stamens followed by dark, purple-black fruits. Myrtle leaves are oval, dark green and aromatic.

Garden cultivation: This lovely, tender, aromatic shrub will grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Where your winters are borderline, plant against a warm, sheltered wall to restrict the amount of water it receives from rain, and protect it from the winds. If a frost is forecast, cover the plant lightly with horticultural fleece, available from all good garden centres.Trim back growth (where possible) to maintain shape in mid-spring after the frosts have finished.

Myrtle is often used in wreaths, especially bridal wreaths.

Lay young twigs under roast port for the last 10 mins or on barbecues when grilling lamb. Remove green part of flower & add to fruit salads. Stuff the leaves inside roast pork after cooking. The leaves can be infused for a powerful antiseptic & astringent. Make into a tea for psoriasis & sinusitis. Apply in a compress to bruises & hemorrhoids.

Rue

 Rue

         

 

 

 

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Rue is an evergreen perennial bush with yellow flowers and blue-green attractive foliage. Best planted in a sunny site and cut back by half in spring to keep it compact. Plants enjoy poor, dry soil for hardier plants. Grows to about 2 ft (92 cm) high. Very aromatic.
Pick young leaves just before flowers open. Collect seeds. You can dry leaves & seeds for future use. Rue makes a lovely low hedge to any herb garden. The leaves can be used in small posies. Infuse the seeds with lovage & mint as a marinade for partridge. Also known as Herb of Grace (repentance) due to its bitter taste. It was believed hundreds of years ago that Rue would guard against witches, also useful as a disinfectant and insect repellent when leaves are strewn across the floor.
Plant Rue around buildings to keep out snakes. Leaves boiled in treacle will cure croup in chickens and can also be used for some cattle diseases. Rats hate Rue. Rue and Sage planted together will keep toads away. Rue has been used in love rituals - a wreath would be made of Rue, Willow and Cranesbill and a maiden would walk backwards towards a tree and toss the wreath. The number of tosses it took for the wreath to land on a branch was the number of years she would remain single. Leaves can also be chopped finely for salads and sandwiches. Rue tea can be used for fits and also as a menstrual stimulant.
Cold compresses made with diluted Rue tincture and placed on strains, torn ligaments or kicks on shins, will stop the pain.

Homeopathic dose can cure strained eyes and frontal headaches. The plant contains rutin which is prescribed from some blood pressure problems and for strengthening capillaries.
Rue should only be taken internally under medical supervision.

LARGE DOSES CAN LEAD TO MILD POISONING. DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT

Sage

is for health, longevity, wisdom, esteem, wishes, happy home & safety for children. Sage's latin name comes from the word salvere meaning healthy.

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It is said that one will never grow old with sage in their garden???

Salvia officinalis
A beautiful aromatic shrub, popular with bees. It has large strong smelling leaves. Grows to 60cm or 1 m. Flowers in spring and summer. Enjoys full sun & light dry well drained soil.
Uses. Clary oil is used as a fixer in perfumery.
Clary Sage is a relaxant and tonic when taken internally and helps with stress-related problems such as headaches, insomnia and indigestion. It will relieve pain caused by spasm in the gut and uterus and can help with period pain and with contractions in childbirth. Clary sage is strengthening and is good to take after childbirth. Clary will also help with heavy perspiration during the menopause. It should not be used in pregnancy.
Externally a decoction of the seeds can be used to remove foreign bodies from the eye or skin. There is no need to boil the seeds, just soak them in the water for a few minutes and they will form a thick mucilage which can be applied to the eye. Culpepper suggests putting a seed directly into the eye until it falls out, as it will "cleanse the eye of all filth and putrid matter."

Cook the leaves with onion for poultry stuffing. Cook with rich fatty meats: port, duck sausage. Wrap around tender liver & saute in butter. Make sage vinegar & butter. Burnt sage deodorizes animal & cooking smells.

Honey - made from their own bees

Honey bees

At the healing garden centre we sell locally made honey from local bees. It is truly local honey at its best and has proven brilliant when taken daily to combat hay fever and similar related allergies. We are often allergic to pollen etc in our local atmosphere and by taking honey made from local bees it helps combat the symptoms of our local climate.

Here are some more ways in which to use the healing power of honey

BURNS - Apply freely over burns. It cools, removes pain & aids fast healing without scarring. Honey acts as an antibiotic, bacteria simply cannot survive in honey.

BED WETTING - A tsp of honey at bedtime aids water retention & calms fears.

INSOMNIA - A dessertspoon of honey in a mug of warm milk aids sleep

HYPERACTIVITY - Replace all use of white sugar with honey. White sugar is highly stimulating with no food qualities. Honey provides the energy without the "spike."

NASAL CONGESTION - Place a dessertspoon of honey in a basin of water & inhale fumes after covering your head with a towel over the basin. Very effective!

FATIGUE - Dissolve a dessertspoon of honey in warm water in a jug & keep in the fridge. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose, so it's quickly absorbed by the digestive system. Honey is a unique natural stabilizer: Ancient Greek athletes took honey for stamina before competing and as a reviver after competition.

FACIAL DEEP CLEANSER - Mix honey with an equal quantity of oatmeal, & apply as a face pack. Leave on for half an hour, then wash off. Great as a deep cleanser for acne and other unwanted blemishes.

POOR DIGESTION - Mix honey with an equal quantity of apple cider vinegar and dilute to taste with water. This is also wonderful for the joints- promotes weight loss.

HAIR CONDITIONER - Mix honey with an equal quantity of olive oil, cover head with a warm tower for half an hour then shampoo. Feeds hair & scalp.!

SORE THROATS - Let a teaspoon of honey melt in the back of the mouth and trickle down the throat. Eases inflamed raw tissues.

FOR STRESS - Honey in water is a stabilizer, calming highs and raising lows. Use approximately 25 percent honey to water.

ANEMIA - Honey is the best blood enricher by raising corpuscle content. The darker the honey, the more minerals it contains.

FOOD PRESERVATIVE - If you replace the sugar in cake and cookie recipes with honey, they'll stay fresher longer due to honey's natural antibacterial properties.

OSTEOPOROSIS - Research has shown that a teaspoon of honey per day aids calcium utilization & prevents osteoporosis - great idea for anyone over 50.

LONGEVITY - The most long-lived people in the world are all regular users of honey. An interesting fact, yet to be explained, is that beekeepers suffer less from cancer and arthritis than any other occupational group worldwide.

MIGRAINE - Use a dessertspoon of honey dissolved in half a glass of warm water. Sip at the start of a migraine attack, if necessary, repeat after another 20 minutes.

CONJUNCTIVITIS - Dissolve honey in an equal quantity of warm water. When cooled, apply as a lotion or eye bath.

COUGH MIXTURE - Combine 6 ounces (170 grams) liquid honey, 2 ounces (55 grams) glycerine and the juice of two lemons. Mix well. Bottle and cork firmly, and use as required.

Honey may become granulated, as some does after a week and another maybe only after several years. If the granulations bother you, simply place the honey into a pan of hot water (not boiling) and let it stand until becoming liquid again.

The ancient holistic language of herbs

often used to make a "Tussie-Mussie"?????

please read further to find out more

In Tudor times a posy of fresh herbs & flowers was arranged in a special way to convey a message in the language of herbs & flowers. This posy, so arranged, would be sent from one person to another - often from a potential suitor to his love - and it was called a "Tussie Mussie" and would comprise a variety of scented herbs, flowers, or leaves. It would be decorated with pretty ribbons often to match the flowers and be surrounded with a garland of leaves. The Tussie Mussie always contained an important central flower or herb which conveyed the senders most ardent sentiment. This practice continued down the centuries through the reign of Elizabeth 1, and was still prevalent during the Victorian era. Below are a few examples of the meanings of the herbs & flowers used:

To make a nosegay, a tussie-mussie or personal posy

  • Consider its theme and select the ingredients for its appearance & symbolism
  • Start with a central bloom and encircle it with contrasting flowers & leaves.
  • Bind the stems with florists tape as you go to keep the posy tight
  • Build up the layers and emphasize the outer rim with a large leafed herb
  • They will stay fresh in water for well over a week or can be dried by hanging in a warm dark place.

angelica inspirational thoughts

sweet basil good wishes,

basil ever growing love

Bay: Glory, nobility & honour

Borage have courage

burnett gallantry & honor

chamomile patience & meekness in adversity

coriander of great merit

cumin faithfullness

fennel sympathy

forget me knots true love

hyssop cleanliness

ivy fidelty

ladys mantle protection

Lavendar silence & virtue

lemon balm zest & joy

marjoram your blushes please me

mint wisdom is yours

mugwort happiness

myrtle love

pansy love will win

parsley festivity let us rejoice & celebrate

poppy consolation

rosemary remembrance

Rue disdain, repentance & sorrow

saffron happiness & laughter

sage health is wished for you

sorrel my affection is yours

southernwood jesting

spearmint warmth portrayed

sweet violets faithfulness promised

thyme courage

violet devotion & faithfulness always

wormwood absence

 

Touching a flower to one's lips meant yes & twisting off a petal and casting it away meant no.

Why not send your loved one a Tussie Mussie today

These can be ordered from the Healing Garden Centre

we do require 3 days notice


 

 

 


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