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Medicinal & Herb Gardening
#11
How to Grow, Harvest and Preserve Cilantro/Coriander

Cilantro and coriander come of one and the same plant, a pretty annual herb with feathery leaves and large white umbrella flower heads. The name cilantro refers to the fresh leaf, also known as Chinese parsley. Coriander is the name for the seeds.
In some countries coriander is the only name used. "Coriander leaf" or "fresh coriander" is the same thing as cilantro. So is "Chinese parsley", another popular name for cilantro.

Always grow cilantro from seed, directly where you want it. Cilantro HATES being transplanted. The stress will likely cause it to go straight to seed and then it dies. And you never get any leaves at all!
Also, cilantro grows a big taproot, and those little seedling pots are not deep enough to accommodate it. Growing cilantro in a pot isn't doing it any good.
Don't bother buying cilantro from a nursery in a pot. Just get the seed.

The standard directions are to sow cilantro about 1 cm deep, but there is no need to get scientific about it. Just cover the seeds and keep them moist.
You can plant cilantro in rows for easy harvesting or you can spread the seed over a wider area and rake it in. It depends how much seed you have available. (If you have lots of seed there is another way to grow cilantro and I'll tell you about it below.)
Don't go overboard with the amount of seed. Healthy cilantro plants grow fairly big, about 50 cm or 2 feet tall.
You want about 5 cm between plants if you grow cilantro for the leaf. They need more space if you grow them for seed, but you can always eat the extre plants and just leave a few to go to seed.
Cilantro seeds take about two to three weeks to germinate. If they come up too thickly, just pull up and eat the extras...
Yes, the best way to harvest surplus plants is to pull them up. (Provided you can do so without damaging the plants next to it.) Cilantro grows a taproot that is packed with flavour. You will often see Asian soup stock recipes call for cilantro or coriander root, just like Europeans use parsley root in stock.

After you have eaten all your thinnings, harvest individual cilantro leaves of the base of the remaining plants. Just make sure the plant is big enough to cope and leave some leaves on it so it can continue to grow.

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Sooner or later your cilantro plants will flower. Once they start developing that flower stalk they stop making more leaves. Therefore it is a good idea to re-sow cilantro every few weeks during the growing season. That way you never run out.

Some people also chop out the flower stalk as soon as it shows and manage to keep the plants going a bit longer. Or they harvest the whole cilantro plant once it shows signs of wanting to flower.

Problems when growing cilantro
The biggest problem when growing cilantro is that the plants are so sensitive to heat - and also to other stresses. Anything that stresses them will cause them to bolt (meaning they will grow a flower prematurely and set seed).
Select your site well. During the cooder times of the year (Or in cooler climates) choose a spot in full sun. If you expect hot weather, give your cilantro plants some shade.
Make sure your cilantro plants never dry out. (As always, mulch helps.)
Many people underestimate the amount of water cilantro needs, because most herbs we know are so hardy. So water it well, but of course, make sure the soil drains well. Few plants like growing in a bog hole...
Apart from that cilantro has no special soil requirements. Rich, dark soil always produces the biggest, healthiest plants, but any reasonable soil with average nutrient levels should be fine. If you want to feed your plants extra, some dilute liquid fertilizer like fish emulsion never goes astray.
One more thing: cilantro plants do not like humidity. In my climate they will bolt to seed from the heat before humidity becomes a problem, but your climate may be different. Always grow cilantro where the air can circulate freely.

Why coriander flowers are important
When coriander plants get stressed, or in hot weather, or once they reach a certain age, they stop making leaves and instead start developing a tall flower stalk. People who grow coriander mainly for the leaf sometimes cut this stalk out, in the hope of getting more leaves. I suggest you let your coriander grow flowers, even if you are not interested in the seeds.
There is a good reason. Coriander flowers belong in the Umbelliferae family.
(Parsley, dill and carrots for example are in the same family).

Growing coriander seed
If you want to grow coriander for seeds you don't need to worry so much over your plants bolting to seed prematurely.
However, a coriander plant will of course produce more and better seed if it is big and strong. So it doesn't hurt to still observe all the advice from the previous page to let the coriander grow as big and strong as possible first.
Keep watering and feeding your coriander plants well, and wait for the flower to develop and set seeds. In hot weather this may take as little as 4 - 6 weeks from sowing, during cool weather it can take several months.

Harvesting coriander seed
Harvesting coriander seed is an easy affair. Just wait till the flower heads are dry.
(The photo only shows a tiny part of a coriander flower head. The whole head can measure a foot or more across.)

Then cut the stalk, stick the whole thing upside down in a big paper bag and leave it in a dry spot for a couple of weeks. (Most people recommend to hang it up. In my place it just lies around somewhere...)
After a couple of weeks you take the bag and shake it and bash it and all the coriander seeds should fall off and you can pull out the bare stalk. Keep your coriander seeds in a cool dry place. (Most people recommend an airtight container. In my place they just stay in that bag...)
http://www.tropicalpermaculture.com/grow...ander.html

Leaf Harvest

Cilantro leaves reach maturity within 45 to 75 days after planting. You can harvest individual leaves or cut back the entire plant. When picking individual leaves, snip off the outer foliage with small shears but leave the interior of the plant to continue growing. Alternatively, cut back the entire cilantro plant to within 2 inches of the ground after the stems grow to a 4- to 6-inch length. The cilantro will grow back from the remaining stems. Frequent harvesting delays seed formation so you can harvest leaves longer.

Preserving Leaves
The leaves have the most flavor when used fresh. You can store them in the vegetable crisper drawer of the refrigerator for three to five days with minimal loss of [size=2]quality[Image: icon1.png][/size]. For longer storage, dry the leaves by hanging the stems upside down in a dark area with good air circulation. Store the dried leaves in an airtight container until you are ready to use them. Cilantro also freezes well. Place fresh leaves in a sealed freezer bag and store them in the freezer for six months or longer. http://www.ehow.com/info_12282008_harvesting-preserving-cilantro.html#ixzz2YyS5CXz7===========================
Digestive Aid
Cilantro has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine as a digestive aid. The leaves and seeds of this herb may help prevent stomach upset, and may be useful for treating nausea, according to Purdue [size=2]University[Image: icon1.png][/size]. The potential antispasmodic properties of cilantro may also help to regulate intestinal contractions, which may help to reduce abdominal pains as wastes moves through your intestines.


Infection Prevention
Ancient Romans used cilantro as a preservative for meats, according to Michael Castleman, author of "The New Healing Herbs." The meat-preserving qualities of cilantro may have stemmed from the volatile oils contained in its seeds and leaves, which may have antibiotic properties. Cilantro may help to destroy bacteria and fungi that can cause infection and illness. It may be particularly effective for preventing the infection of [size=2]skin[Image: icon1.png][/size] wounds, scrapes and rashes.

Other Uses
The oil contained in cilantro seeds and leaves may help to lower blood glucose, which may help to prevent hyperglycemic symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue and mental confusion, according to Castleman. However, current evidence is not sufficient to conclusively establish the link between cilantro and glucose [size=2]management[Image: icon1.png][/size] in humans.

Cilantro may also have anti-inflammatory benefits, which may help to reduce pain and joint stiffness associated with arthritis. However, cilantro's anti-inflammatory properties have only been studied in animals -- it is not clear whether this herb offers the same benefit for humans.
Considerations
Always wear gloves when handling cilantro seeds or leaves -- the oils may cause contact dermatitis, according to Purdue University. The Food and Drug Administration considers cilantro generally safe; however, it may occasionally cause diarrhea, notes Castleman.
 http://www.livestrong.com/article/469442-cilantro-health-uses/#ixzz2YySlqVb6

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The health benefits of cilantro come from beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants, especially the flavonoid quercetin. Cilantro is also a good source of dietary fiber and iron, magnesium and manganese.
It's a little-known fact that herbs (and spices) such as cilantro have far greater concentrations of antioxidants than any common fruit or vegetable. Herbs also contain a particularly wide variety of antioxidants as well, which makes them more effective at fighting many different kinds of free radicals. Getting the widest variety of antioxidants is just as important as how much of any one antioxidant you get. Many herbs have also been used for medicinal purposes, further demonstrating their health benefits.

Antioxidants are nutrient compounds found in virtually all plant foods (and also manufactured in your body). The primary job of antioxidants is to protect your cells against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, considered to be the primary cause of the aging process.
Protecting yourself against free radicals with antioxidants is the most effective way to reduce the risk of many health problems associated with aging. The benefits of antioxidants include powerful protection against all types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease, and many more.

Cilantro contains an antibacterial compound, dodecenal, that has shown to be a safe, natural means of fighting salmonella, a frequent and sometimes deadly cause of foodborne illness.
Cilantro oil (derived from cilantro) has been found to assist the digestive system in the production of digestive enzymes.
Cilantro contains good quantities of an alcohol known as borneol that is capable of destroying viruses and germs that cause colds.
Cilantro is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.
Regular intake of cilantro helps to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases good cholesterol (HDL).
The benefits of cilantro may include an ability to help control blood sugar and fight inflammation. The antioxidants found in cilantro help reduce free radical damage from exposure to sunlight. Research shows that daily use of cilantro helps in preventing skin cancer.

Cilantro is being used for metal detoxification in combination with chlorella, a green algae superfood, and garlic extracts.

Cilantro has been found to chelate (remove) heavy metals like mercury, aluminum, and lead from the body. Cilantro has been specifically used to remove heavy metals that are in the brain and spinal cord.

Chlorella and liquid garlic extract bind with the mercury and remove it and other toxic heavy metals and carry them out of your body through your elimination systems. Studies done in many different countries prove that chlorella and aged garlic extract are effective for mercury detox and heavy metal poisoning detoxification. They also detoxify a variety of other toxic contaminates as well.

How to Get the
Health Benefits of Cilantro Every Day
The benefits of cilantro are so numerous, ideally you'd want to have some every day. However, as with any herb or spice, you may find it impractical to include cilantro in your meal plans that often. There's an easy way to accomplish this — by making yourself a smoothie every day and adding some cilantro to your recipe.

Fresh smoothies make for some of the most nutritious, delicious and easy-to-make meals you could imagine. They're a great way to get more of those "good for you" antioxidant-rich foods (that you may not get enough of) into your diet.
I like to use small amounts of cilantro, parsley and basil in my green smoothie recipes to help give them more of the benefits of dark green leafy vegetables. Because they're so concentrated with antioxidants, you can use a much smaller amount than you would with other greens like kale or spinach, and they won't overwhelm the flavor of your smoothie recipe.
I don't stop there, either. I like to use other spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, turmeric and others in my smoothie recipes, mostly for their added antioxidant benefits. Once they're blended in with all the other ingredients, you can't really distinguish any one particular taste. You just need to experiment a little to get the flavor just right for you.
To learn more about the art of making smoothies, skip on over to my page on  how to make a smoothie the healthy way  and learn all my tricks for making delicious and nutritious smoothies!
http://www.antioxidants-for-health-and-l...antro.html


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#12
How to Grow Lemon Balm From Seed

Overview
Lemon balm is a hardy perennial herb that is related to the mint plant. It's a handy plant to have in the herb garden and can be used to flavor or garnish foods such as chicken, fish, sauces, salad dressings, herb butters or herb teas. The dark green leaves of the lemon balm and its light lemony aroma make the plant an attractive addition to the garden. Although lemon balm can be propagated by root cuttings, it's especially [size=2]easy[Image: icon1.png][/size] to grow with seeds.


Step 1
Prepare a place for the lemon balm seeds in full or partial sun, and loosen the soil with a rake or shovel in preparation for planting. If the soil is poor, mix in some manure or compost.

Step 2
Plant the lemon balm seeds at least 12 inches apart in rows approximately 2 feet apart. The seeds are very tiny, so cover them with just a dusting of soil. The seeds should germinate in 2 to 3 weeks.

Step 3
Water the lemon balm seeds lightly at first, so the seeds won't be washed away. Once seedlings emerge, continue to water them regularly, and don't allow the soil to dry out.

Step 4
Clip the lemon balm as often as you like. Deadhead the flowers regularly or the lemon balm can reseed itself and can grow where it isn't wanted. To deadhead, [size=2]simply[Image: icon1.png][/size] remove the blossoms as soon as they've finished blooming.
http://www.gardenguides.com/69748-grow-l...-seed.html
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Step 1 – When and How to Harvest
Lemon balm can be harvested any time after the plant has developed a good number of leaves. A few leaves can be harvested any time for fresh use or a full harvest can be done once the plants are big enough. Harvesting just before the plant flowers is said to give the best flavor and scent.

Harvest a few leaves by pinching off a small piece of stem or by just pinching off a few leaves. If this is done early in the season, it can cause the plant to become more bushy, giving you more leaves to harvest later on.
A full harvest means cutting the stems 2 inches above the soil, above the first set of leaves. The plant will grow back fast enough that in most regions, two such harvests are possible a year. The stems can then be collected for use fresh, or dried for storage.
Be careful when harvesting not to bruise the leaves. Bruised leaves will lose fragrance and dry poorly.
Harvest when the weather is dry to limit the possibility of mold while drying. Harvest after the dew has dried, in the late morning or early afternoon.
Step 2 – How to Dry
Bunches of stems can be hung upside down in a cool, dry place until dried. Lemon balm can also be spread over drying racks. Be sure to turn the stems from time to time and keep the racks out of the sun. Too much sun will blacken the leaves. With lemon balm, racks are often recommended as the better method for drying.
Step 3 – How to Store Fresh Lemon Balm
Fresh lemon balm is best used fresh picked. However, it is possible to store leaves for a few days in the refrigerator.
Some recommend freezing over drying as a way to maintain the flavor of herbs. Consider chopping the leaves and combining them with fresh water in an ice cube tray. Store in the freezer and use by dropping a cube in your cooking or tea.
Step 4 – How to Store Dry Lemon Balm
Once dry, the first thing to do is separate the leaves from the stems. Dispose of the stems. Crumble the leaves between your fingers or through a screen. Place the pieces in a resealable plastic bag. Store the bag in a cool, dry place to ensure the contents remain potent.
http://www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-...eHyGG0pjB0
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One of the hardiest plants I grow is Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis).  Lemon Balm is a hardy perennial that will grow 48 inches high.  My favorite time of the year is when the Lemon Balm is in a dome shape.  And it smells fantastic-visitors always comment on how wonderful our walkway smells.  It also makes a wonderful tea.  One of the things that I love about Lemon Balm is you can harvest pretty much all of the leaves, and a few weeks later it’s growing again.  This is especially great as late in the summer my leaves start shriveling up and dying, but come fall we’ve got fresh green leaves again.

History
Lemon Balm’s botanical name, Melissa, is Greek for “bee.”  This is probably why one of the common names is bee balm.  That could also explain why so many bees are buzzing around my garden.  Lemon Balm has been cultivated in the Mediterranean region for around 2000 years.  Paracelus claimed that this herb could completely revitalize the body and called it the “elixir of life”-I wonder if that’s before or after he got into minerals?  Fourteenth Century French King Charles V drank Lemon Balm tea every day to stay in good health.


In the 16th Century, Lemon Balm was rubbed onto beehives to encourage the bees to produce honey.  The famous Carmelite Water, first made by 17th century Carmelite nuns, combined lemon balm with lemon-peel, nutmeg, coriander and angelica root.  They used this to treat nervous headaches and neuralgia.  Lemon Balm was sacred to the temple of Diana, and was called “heart’s delight’ in southern Europe.  Herbal writers have praised its virtue of dispelling melancholy for centuries, and it is still used today in aromatherapy to counter depression.


Medicinal Uses
Lemon Balm is anti-viral, so the tea is great to drink if you’re feeling under the weather.  The hot tea brings on a sweat that is good for relieving colds, flus and fevers and an anti-viral agent has been found that combats mumps, cold sores and other viruses.  James Duke mentions that Lemon Balm can help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Shingles, due to the anti-viral action.


One of Lemon Balm’s key medicinal qualities is as a tranquilizer.  It calms a nervous stomach, colic, or heart spasms.  The leaves are reputed to also lower blood pressure.  It is very gentle, although effective, so is often suggested for children and babies.


Lemon Balm tea has been shown to inhibit the division of tumor cells.  It may also be beneficial to those with Grave’s disease-studies indicate that the herb slightly inhibits the thyroid-stimulating hormone and restricts Grave’s disease, a hyperthyroid condition.


Lemon Balm’s anti-histamine action is useful to treat eczema and headaches and accounts for the centuries old tradition of placing the fresh leaf on insect bites and wounds.  A fomentation of Lemon Balm may also help reduce the swelling associated with gout.


Through research, Lemon Balm has clearly demonstrated the ability to impact the limbic system of the brain and “protect” the brain from the powerful stimuli of the body and should be part of any ADHD formula.  It smells a lot better than Ritalin, too.



Aromatherapy Uses

The essential oil has been used as an insect repellent, to treat insect bites and treat allergies.  Respiratory uses of Lemon Balm include: asthma, bronchitis, chronic coughs, colds and influenza.  Digestive uses are: colic, indigestion, nausea; good for vomiting and indigestion of a nervous origin, relieving spasms and flatulence.  People may be surprised that Lemon Balm oil is good for the circulatory system; it’s a heart tonic, relieves palpitations and lowers blood pressure.  And like centuries of herbalists before us, we can use Lemon Balm oil for anxiety, depression, hypertension, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension, shock and vertigo.

Lemon Balm blends well with lavender, geranium, floral and citrus oils.  And I am a big fan of citrus oils.

Culinary Uses

Fresh Lemon Balm imparts a subtle lemon flavor and fresh lemon fragrance, making it especially nice for fruit dishes, custards, and tea.  Early fresh leaves can be chopped and added to salads; just cut down somewhat on the vinegar or lemon juice.  Lemon Balm can easily take the place of Lemon Thyme in any recipe you’ve got.  I’ve even seen a recipe for Lemon Balm Cheesecake.  Talk about versatility.  It has also been said that you can lay fish or chicken over a bed of Lemon Balm leaves before baking and you won’t need any other seasonings.  Dried Lemon Balm is used mainly for tea-if you are going to use the leaves for culinary purposes, it is best to freeze them.  They should keep for about two months.



Conclusion

After studying Lemon Balm further, I regret that I chose to do Kava Kava as my thesis topic for the Master Herbalist Home Study program.  I have a lot more experience with Lemon Balm, and I think it gets overlooked quite a bit as a medicinal herb.  We don’t even study it in the Master Herbalist program until Level 2200!  Fortunately, our instructor for Level 2200 is James Duke, and he is a fan of Lemon Balm.  As this newsletter is sent out, my Lemon Balm is just waking up from a nice winter nap.  I’ll have to go cut back the leaves I didn’t take care of before the snow started, and in a few weeks I should have some nice young leaves.  I have several people who want starts of my Lemon Balm plant, and they are chomping at the bit to get this herb established in their gardens.

http://www.herballegacy.com/Lemon_Balm.html
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Lemon balm, or "Melissa officinalis," is an herb belonging to the mint family that's been used for centuries to treat anxiety, sleep disorders, indigestion and wounds. You can make lemon balm tea by steeping 1/4 to 1 tsp. of dried herb in hot water. You can drink the tea up to four times daily. You can also make topical [size=2]applications[Image: icon1.png][/size] of the tea for treating certain skin problems by steeping 2 to 4 tsp. of crushed lemon balm leaves in one cup of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, apply the tea to your skin using cotton balls.

Treating Insomnia
Drinking lemon balm tea can have a calming effect and help to induce sleep. Many studies have investigated lemon balm's use in treating insomnia and anxiety, but most of the clinical trials used a combination of lemon balm and other herbs like valerian, hops and chamomile, according to the [size=2]University[Image: icon1.png][/size] of Maryland Medical Center. Nevertheless, the studies did find that taking lemon balm helped to improve sleep. The University of Michigan Health System cites a preliminary clinical trial that compared the effects of a product containing lemon balm and valerian root with the insomnia medication triazolam, or Halcion. The study found that the herbal combination was just as effective as Halcion at improving the participants' ability to fall asleep and quality of sleep.

Easing Indigestion
You can also drink lemon balm tea to ease indigestion. Lemon balm has been used traditionally to improve digestion and to soothe gastrointestinal ailments. [size=2]Studies[Image: icon1.png][/size] have found that lemon balm is effective in treating indigestion, according to the Georgetown University Medical Center. Again, lemon balm is usually combined with other herbs to treat indigestion. For example, peppermint and lemon balm together are effective for calming upset stomach, notes the University of Michigan Health System.
Treating Herpes Lesions and Cold Sores
You can apply lemon balm tea to cold sores and herpes lesions. Lemon balm contains flavonoids, phenolic acids and other compounds that fight the herpes virus, explains the University of Michigan Health System. Medical research has found that lemon balm applied topically can effectively treat herpes simplex virus sores, the Georgetown University Medical Center states. Georgetown University cites studies that found significant improvement in healing sores in patients with herpes lesions around the mouth and genitals. The University of Michigan Health System also points out double-blind clinical research that's confirmed that topical applications of lemon balm can speed up healing of herpes simplex virus sores on the mouth. In the human studies, lemon balm helped to significantly reduce redness and swelling after just two days, but other symptoms like pain and scabbing didn't improve, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Treating Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms
Some medical studies have found that drinking lemon balm tea may help to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Research indicates that lemon balm can help to reduce agitation and improve cognitive function in individuals with Alzheimer's. The Georgetown University Medical Center cites studies that suggested that lemon balm can improve memory and decrease anxiety in people suffering from mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
 http://www.livestrong.com/article/123817-benefits-lemon-balm-tea/#ixzz2YyZawoDV




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#13
Great information WA, thanks.  Maybe it is the cold climate in winter here but I have never had cilantro plants regrow from the base when cut back.  I treat it as an annual and plant seeds in succession fromApril through September.  The last ones grow much slower and sometimes fail even if I cover them up, but it does mean I have fresh cilantro for most of the year as I always have a pot indoors for autumn,mit is rare I have to resort to the frozen stores I also make.  We use a lot here for curries.
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#14
I am one of those that does not like the taste of cilantro, no matter what form it is.  When I am interested in it, is in its healing abilities!!  Medicine is gross tasting so that will be okay for me, lol.  Next up is stuff for asthma, as this can be a major problem for me.  Without inhalers, I am going to have to know how to treat this!
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#15
I wanted to share a picture of Gum Plant - Grindela.  This is good for respiratory problems.  It is growing in my front yard, to the side of it is yarrow.  [attachment=848]
 
Almost all of my front yard is edible or medicinal. In this picture I have watermelon sage, with some french onions and echinacea. There is also a lot of weeds which I pulled yesterday.  [attachment=849]
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#16
I think we have a kind of gum plant here in Colo also.  I looked it up after reading your post and saw there is a kind of gum plant growing through most of the USA.
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#17
DANDELIONS:

Most people don't think of these as herbs but they truly are.
When you grow them under clean conditions they will add to your medicine collection.

Dandilions have been used for centuries and it is still a very impressive plant today. Too bad that people see it as a weed and literally destroy their own pharmacy out of sheer stupidity.

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#18
To add a home page to the above info
http://www.electsake.com/survival_how-to.htm
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#19
AND along with dandylions as medicine @bugout  we should also not forget about the lowly burdock, mullein, nettles, and other "weeds". Burdock root is good for food.. used a lot in oriental food, is also a great blood cleanser and is great for skin diseases and increases urine flow. Mullein I let grow and harvest the leaves for use as a decongestant for colds...smoke em. The root is more powerful. The American Indians called this the grandfather plant because of all its uses in healing.  Nettles I let grow and harvest , make teas for the high calcium content. Our medicine is all around us.
I have a few herbs I grow and most of them @libellula has covered... well here is my list I have in my beds..
echinacea (spreading all over), lemon balm ( thanks to @Optimst45 for the info about this plant  I grow it for the smell didn't know about its brain properties), oregano, comfrey, spearmint, peppermint, sage, tansy( watch out for this one is spreads by seeds and will take over everywhere!), basil, cilantro( this will reseed from seed left in garden and come up next year so plant it where you may want it next year) oh and @whiteangel be careful about detoxing with cilantro if you have silver/mercury fillings as it is a great mercury detoxer and will cause your fillings to come loose, but it will flush out the mercury and pull it into the body and cause the liver to detox it and may cause some issues. Another healing 'herb' are the trees... black walnut leaves are good to keep too, anti parasitic.
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I can vouch for the anti parasitic properties of black walnut, we use the husks of the walnut shells, the outer green skin that goes back. Soaked in water for a month then strained it has been good in my beehives to control parasites.
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