comfrey_plant.jpegComfrey Root & Leaves
Comfrey Root & Leaves – earned the nickname of ‘Knitbone’ and ‘Bruisewort’ back in the day; once used by the gladiators, druids and widely noted as in medieval times to treat a wide array of ailments.

Its main ingredient is Allantoin that supports and facilitates healing for cellular tissue, while soothing and calming the skin. It has been used to provide relief for; Osteoarthritis, Arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, RSI, Stiff & Aching joints, Muscle pain, Back pain, Bruises, Inflammation, Plantar Fasciitis and Psoriasis. It also has been know to support a speedier recovery of sports injury, bone fractures, sprains and pulled muscles.

Yarrow
The lovely Yarrow’s claim to fame was that Achilles reputedly used it to heal his wounds after battle as did the Scots, and the that it also had the nickname ‘nosebleed’, for you guessed it, stopped nosebleeds.  No doubt thanks to it’s anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and astringent properties.

Horsetail
Horsetail also has been used as a traditional medicine, noted by English Herbalist  John Gerard back in 1597 as ‘doth perfectly cure wounds’.  Of course it is still used today and heals more than just wounds, thanks to it’s incredibly high silica content it is also reputed to speed up the repair of damaged tissue and skin elasticity.  And supports and provides relief and healing of arthritic problems, eczema, psoriasis, sprains and fractures.

And it’s name, it was once tied to horse tails to help them to ward off flies :)

Burdock Root
Is one of the most detoxifying herbs, and has both Antiseptic and antibiotic qualities. Particularly renowned for skin problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis for it’s calming and detoxing effects. Also has been proven to reduce the signs of ageing as it also supports the cell rejuvenation.

Devils Claw
Devils Claw is traditionally used internally to treat pain and arthritis; however it can also be applied externally to relieve arthritic joints, sores, skin inflammations, sores and boils.

Calendula
Another amazing little herb that is a must in any herbal medicine cabinet. It is an ideal remedy for inflamed skin, and has soothing, healing and antiseptic properties. Traditionally used to speed up the healing of or sooth; cuts, scrapes inflamed skin, sunburn and minor burns.

Lavender
While better known for its smell it does also have an array of benefits, that include being anti-inflammatory, anti-allergen, antibacterial, antispasmodic, Lavender-Botanical-Printable-GraphicsFairysmantiseptic, and is anti-aging for the skin. Due to it’s benefits, it’s great support in the skins recovery of wrinkles, acne, psoriasis, eczema it even tones and evens out the skin as well as triggering cell rejuvenation. I personally always dab a bit on my wrists before going to sleep, as it’s just so calming.

Back in Roman times a pound of this lovely aromatic wonder herb would have set you back a month’s wages, which luckily today is no longer the case.

Rosemary
Is uplifting and stimulates brain activity, supports the recovery from stress, and alleviates the body aches as well as rheumatic and arthritic pains. Its anti-inflammatory qualities makes it very good for relieving the pain from sprains and joint aches. It is also known to stimulate blood circulation, which can relieve pain and also aid in coagulation of wounds for faster healing.

As it’s proven recently in research to improve one’s memory, this was also known in ancient Greece where students wore it in their hair and in garlands around their necks while taking their exams.

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