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Monarda punctata

Horsemint or spotted bee balm is a native of the eastern seaboard of the US.  Like other monarda it goes out on a limb with its flower design.  We call them bad hair day flowers.  Grows to 2 feet in zones 5-9.  I’ve seen this plant described as a perennial and an annual.  For us it performs as a perennial.  The plant is fragrant, having some of the same aromatic compounds found in other monarda species.  The leaves are edible cooked or raw.  Medicinally, the plant was used by native American peoples to assist with nausea.  It went on to be used as a carminative, antispetic, diaphoretic and diuretic.

This information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any disease or medical condition.  Information on herbs and supplements has not been evaluated by the FDA.

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Myrrhis odorata

Sweet cicely grows in rich, moist, fertile soil in sun or shade.  Delicate leafy plant of the Apiaceae family and produces the typical umbel type flower.

History of use as both a culinary herb and medicinal herb.  The taste is similar to anise.  Used as an aromatic, carminative, expectorant to assist digestive upset and cough.

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Nepeta cataria

Zones 3-7. Catnip grows from 15-24 inches high and produces small white spikes of flowers summer to fall.  Plant in full sun, partial shade or shade.

As popular with people as with cats.  While cats appear to be stimulated by the herb, in humans it is very calming.  It is traditionally used as an anodyne, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic and sedative, particularly in the case of colds, fever, stress and indigestion.

This information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any disease or medical condition.  Information on herbs and supplements has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Photo by C. Gondolfi (2012).

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Origanum majorana

Sweet marjoram is a tender perennial that is grown as an annual in zones lower than 9-10 as it won’t overwinter.  Or alternatively, bring it inside for the winter.  Semi woody shrub that grows up to 2 feet high and prefers full sun.  It will tolerate drought conditions and is not attractive to deer, probably because of the volatile oils in the plant.  As a culinary herb it can be used fresh or dried.  Also makes a nice tea.  Medicinally, its stimulant and antispasmodic properties have been used for digestive and respiratory ailments.  Do not use during pregnancy.  It has also been used as a disinfectant for bee hives.

This information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any disease or medical condition.  Information on herbs and supplements has not been evaluated by the FDA.

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Origanum vulgare

Zones 5-9.  Grows to 24 inches high producing small pink/lavender flowers.  Bees love this plant.  Grow in full sun or partial shade in well drained soil.  Enjoys a hot, drier environment that resembles its native Mediterranean origins.

Oregano contains essential oils, bitters, tannic acid and resins that account for its expectorant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative and anti-inflammatory actions.  It is traditionally used for easing gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders…and flavoring pasta, of course.

This information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or prescribe for any disease or medical condition.  Information on herbs and supplements has not been evaluated by the FDA.

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