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Onkel Bob

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Thyme
« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2021, 09:07:30 AM »


Thyme

Thyme is a small, prostate perennial (or annual) subshrub. It grows in a thick cluster of  hard and woody stems from the base of the plant. The leaves are small, oval, gray-green in color and grow alternately directly on the stems.  During summer flowers of white or lilac grow in small clusters at the top of the stems.

Popular seasoning for stews and soups, thyme is particularly prized in Borcan and Dementileuse cuisine. Honeybees that collect nectar from thyme flowers produce a richer and more flavourful honey.

A thyme tincture makes a mouthwash and gargle for ulcers or infections in the mouth and throat. Thyme can be taken internally for painful menstruation, irritable bowel and colic, or as a compress for a chronic grumbling appendix. Thyme can also work particularly well in a bath. A handful of dried thyme wrapped cloth and placed in the bath will make a potent, aromatic and therapeutic bath that opens the lungs and eases aches in the muscles.

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Wintergreen
« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2021, 09:08:50 AM »


Wintergreen

Wintergreen is a less common herb that has important practical uses for an experienced herbalist. The wintergreen plant can mostly be found in coniferous forests. It is a creeping shrub, with stiff branches that carry tufts of petiolate, oval, shiny, leathery leaves at their summit. White, drooping flowers sprout from the base of the leaves in the middle of the summer and are followed by fleshy, bright red berries closer to autumn.

Wintergreen is perhaps best known for its oil which can be used for many medicinal purposes. However, the leaves and berries are edible and can be used to make tea or alcoholic beverages. The common tea is an easy and effective treatment for a headache, fever, sore throat, and various other aches and pains. Wintergreen is curiously also a particularly effective agent for breaking through sea water corrosion.

The oil extract is made by steam processing of warmed, water-soaked wintergreen leaves. The leaves can be used to make poultices to treat muscle and joint discomfort, arthritis, cellulite, rheumatism, cramps, psoriasis and broken or bruised bones. A tincture of wintergreen can be taken internally to alleviate headache, fever, flatulence. It can be a remedy for edema, poor circulation, heart disease, hypertension, inflammation, and gout.