Posted by: littlehouseonthebigisland | September 24, 2014

Our Herb & Spice Emporium Part I:

Recently at dinner, conversation turned into a debate about just exactly what constitutes a condiment, versus a side dish or a spice, or a sauce. One might imagine there could be a similar discussion

about herbs. What is the difference between an herb and a spice, or can a plant be both? And do leaves, wood, roots, berries and/or seeds and flowers of trees, bushes, and grasses qualify? When do these often aromatic plants become a soup vegetable, a calming tea, or the basis of a salad, an ointment or a tonic?

Magic Mountain is primarily a fruit, nut, and coffee tree farm but also, there are herbs and spices, that not only  grow on other of our trees, but on bushes and as grasses and flowers, some of which we have planted, and many more that are volunteers.

Earlier this year one of our woofers*, Jaymes, compiled a partial list of herbs she was able to identify that grow on our land, with information she had gathered about some of their medicinal uses.

Take a gander, and see what you think. Then stay tuned for Part II.

JAYMES’ HERB LIST FOR MAGIC MOUNTAIN FARM
(with minor edits by yours truly)

VERVAIN
“Witch’s Herb”
Used by many religions/spiritualities as an altar herb, ranging from Roman Catholics to Druids to Witches, it was believed to have been used on Mount Calvary to staunch Christ’s wounds.

Uses:  •  Diarrhea  •  Ulcers • Anxiety  •  Intermittent fevers  •  Pleurisy  •  Kidney stones  •  Scrofula  •  Insomnia  •  Expelling worms  •  Muscle spasms   •  Easing pain in the bowels  •  Menstrual problems  •  Increasing breast milk  •  As a medicinal poultice  it is credited with treating headaches, hemorrhoids/piles and rheumatism.

http://holistichealthliving.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/the-benefits-of-vervain/

 

 

OREGANO (2 varieties)
“I am letting go”
This powerful super herb gets it’s name from the Greek words for Mountain and Joy… and boy does it make me feel joyful!

Uses:  Antibacterial  •  Anti-inflammatory  •  Cold  •  Muscle Pain  •  Acne
•  Dandruff  •  Bronchitis
•  Toothache  •  Bloating
•  Headaches  •  Heart Conditions
•  Allergies  •  Intestinal Parasites
•  Earache  •  Fatigue
•  Repelling Insects
•  Menstrual Cramps

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266259.php

 

 

 

 

MINTS (several varieties)
We know it best for it’s aromatherapy uses and for settling an upset stomach, but what else is it good for?

Uses
Orally:  •  Inflamation of the mouth and pharynx
•  Sinusitis  • IBS
•  Fever, liver and galbladder complaints
•  Stomach cramps  •  Common cold  •  Cough
•  Fever  •  Flatulance
•  Tension headache  •  Respiratory infections
Topically: •  Headache  •  Myalgias
•  Neuralgias  •  Toothache
•  Oral inflammation  •  Rheumatic conditions
•  Viral infections

http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/(X(1)S(0hciiq55ohcxbfjsilvawafc))/nd/Search.aspx?cs=&s=ND&pt=100&id=705&fs=ND&searchid=45955621

 

DAMIANA

” The National Treasure of Mexico.”  

Uses:  Orally:  •  Headache  •  Bed wetting  •  Depression  •  Nervous dyspepsia  •  Atonic constipation  •  Treatment of sexual disturbances  •  Strengthening and stimulation during exertion (overwork)  •  Boosting and maintaining mental and physical capacity  •  Aphrodisiac  •   Inhalation:  •  Used for a subtle “high.”

http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com /(X(1)S(0hciiq55ohcxbfjsilvawafc))/nd/Search.aspx?cs=&s=ND&pt=100&id=703&fs=ND&searchid=45955621

 

 

BASIL

Uses:  Orally:

•  Stomach spasms  •  Kidney conditions
•  Before and after childbirth to promote circulation
•  Treat snakebites and insect bites
•  Appetite stimulant  •  Warts
•  Anti-flatulent  •  Worms
•  Diuretic  •  Head colds
•  Lactation  •  Gargle and mouth astringent.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil

 

THYME
“Ain’t Nobody Got Thyme For That”

Uses:  Orally: •  Bronchitis  •  Sore throat  •  Colic  •  Arthritis  •  Diarrhea

•  Flatulence  •  Skin disorders  •  Urinary disinfectant
•  Appetite stimulant .  Topically:  •  Laryngitis  •  Tonsillitis.
Topically as an oil:  •  Antiseptic in mouthwashes.

en.wikipedia.org./wiki/Thyme

 

GOTU KOLA
“Brain Food”

Uses:  Orally:
•  Reducing fatigue  •  Anxiety  •  Depression  •  Improving memory and intelligence
•  Alzeheimer’s disease  •  venous insufficiency (varicose veins)  •  Wound healing

•  Increasing longevity  •  Common cold  •  Sunstroke  •  Tonsillitis  •  Leprosy
•  UTI  •  Hepatitis  •  Abdominal pain  •  Diarrhea  •  Indigestion  •  Trauma
•  Psychiatric disorders  •  Epilepsy  •  Asthma  •  Anemia  •  Diabetes  •  Aphrodisiac.
Topically:
•  Wound healing  •  Reducing scars.

 

PLANTAIN
“White Man’s Foot”

Uses:
Root:
•  Toothache
Seeds:
•  Mild laxative effect
Orally:
•  Astringent • antibacterial
•  Anti-inflamatory
•  Antimicrobial

•  Depresses secretion of mucous
•  Asthma
•  Lung infections
•  Hay fever cough soother
•  Appetite suppressant
•  Gastritis
•  Diarrhea
•  Dysentrery
•  IBS
•  Quitting smoking
•  Freshens breath
•  Detoxification
•  Semulcent
Externally:
•  Styptic
•  Sunburns/burns  •  Anti-fungal  •  Eye wash  •  Soothes skin  •  Acne
•  Itchiness  •  Blister prevention

 

LEMON LEAF

Uses:  Internally:

•  Sedative
•  Antispasmodic
•  Insomnia
•  Nervousness
•  Palpitation
•  Alternative to Valium

•  Migraine headache
•  Asthma
•  Worms

 

 

 

 

http://lemonpowerinfo.blogspot.com/

 

LOQUAT LEAF
“Diabetes Super food”

Uses:  Internally:
•  Diarrhea  • Depression  •  Counteracts intoxication  •  Reduces swelling
•  Aids mucous membranes  •  Releases antioxidants  •  Combats diabetes
•  Supports the pancreas  •  Assists liver in detoxifying chemicals
•  Fights skin inflammation  •  Aids in the fight against skin cancer
•  Fights a variety of viruses  •  May even help fight HIV

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/benefits-of/loquat-leaf

 

ROSEMARY
“Housewife’s Herb”
Said to only grow in a house where a strong female was present, many husbands would mutilate this plant to “disprove” this old belief.
Hmmmm….

Uses:
Orally:
•  Dyspepsia  •  Flatulence
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•  Increasing menstrual flow
•  Gout  •  Cough
•  Headache  •  Liver
•  Gallbladder complaints
•  Loss of appetite
•  Cognitive decline in the elderly
•  Cardiovascular conditions
Topically:
•  Preventing baldness
•  Alopecia
•  Circulatory disturbances  •   Toothache  •  Ecsema  •  Joint or muscle-skeletal pain  •  Neuralgia  •  Balneotherapy  •  Wound healing  •  Insect repellent

 

SPANISH NEEDLE
Once the flower goes to seed, you will know you have the right plant because the ‘needles’ stick to your clothes.

Uses:  Internally:

•  Anti-inflammatory  •  Antibacterial
•  Antiseptic  •  Antimicrobial  • Antidysenteric  •

Diuretic  •
•  Anti-malarial
•  Mouthwash
•  Joint discomfort
•  Swelling
•  Stomach ailments
•  Cold
•  Flu

* The leaves of the Spanish Needle are also extremely edible. *

 

LILIKOI VINE
“Passion of the Christ Flower”
Named for the cross found in the middle of it’s flower, this entire vine packs quite the punch!

Uses:
(flower or leaves) Orally:
insomnia  •
gastrointestinal upset related to anxiety or nervousness  •
generalized anxiety disorder  •
symptoms of opiate withdrawal  •  neuralgia  •  generalized seizures  •  hysteria  •  spasmodic asthma  •  menopausal symptoms  •  ADHD  •  nervousness and excitability  •  palpitations  •  cardiac rhythm abnormalities  •  high blood pressure  •  fibromyalgia  •  pain relief

 

ALOE VERA

Uses:  Orally:
•  osteoarthritis •  inflamatory bowel diseases   including ulcerative colitis  •  Fever
• Itching  •  Inflammation  •  General tonic
•  Gastroduodenal ulcers
•  Diabetes  •  Asthma
•  Radiation related mucositis
•  Constipation
•  Epilepsy  •  Asthma  •  Colds
•  Bleeding  •  Amenorrhea  •  Colitis
•  Depression  •  Diabetes  •  Glaucoma
•  Multiple sclerosis  • Hemorrhoids
•  Varicose veins  •  Bursitis  •  Oasteoarthritis
•  Vision problems.

Topically:  • Burns  •  Wound healing  •  Hemorrhoids  •  Psoriasis  •  Sunburn
•  Frostbite  •  Inflammation  •  Osteoarthritis  • Cold sores  •  Antiseptic  •  Moisturizer.

 

MAMAKI
“Vog Cure”  ~  A native Hawaiian tree from the mulberry family.

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Uses:  •  Vog (toxins released by our continuously active volcanoes)  •  Relieves sore throats  •  Relieves coughing  •  General tonic  •  Rejuvenating qualities  •  Blood cleanser.

 

 

 

And now, to whet your appetite, here is a partial list of the herbs that grow on Magic Mountain Farm, that will be featured in Part II…

PARSLEY  •  ALLSPICE  •  CURRY LEAF  •  BAY LEAF  •  MORINGA  •  HIBISCUS  •  GINGER  •  TURMERIC  •  SCALLIONS  •  LEMONGRASS  •  NASTURTIUM  •  GARLIC GRASS  •  ROSE HIPS  •  DANDELION  &  more …

* Workers on organic farms

 
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Responses

  1. Excellent. We are just learning the very very basic bits and bobs around the farm. Mapping, gathering and drying or infusing, teas and tonics. ….we have a loooonnnnggg learning curve ahead. Lol. Love to all.


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