Plant Index H-Z
On this page, you'll find creative recipes and projects using herbs and flowers from honeysuckle to yarrow. Be sure to check out my Plant Index A-G for more fun ideas!
Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is commonly used internally for colds and flu, but can also be used externally in products to soothe and soften your skin.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is one of the most loved herbs around. The sweet-scented plant is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, acts to regenerate skin, soothes inflammation, speeds up wound healing, fights infection, repels flies, fleas and moths. Lavender can be incorporated in a multitude of products for health and home, including salves, creams, lotions, soaps. cleaners, and more. While the flowers are most commonly used, the leaves can be used in many recipes as well.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a mild stress reliever, uplifts mood and has a marked antiviral effect, especially against herpes viruses, making it ideal for including in lip balms and salves for cold sores.
Mint, Peppermint or Spearmint (Mentha piperita, Mentha spicata) is cooling and pain relieving. It's useful in salves for cooling itchy or inflamed skin conditions, or headaches, or body aches. While peppermint and spearmint are most commonly used, you can also use orange mint, pineapple mint, apple mint, chocolate mint, and other such varieties.
Plantain (Plantago major) is a common leafy weed found in many backyards and driveways. It cools, soothes, and moistens and is one of the best herbs for skin irritations, cuts, bug bites, and scrapes. For in-field first aid, you can simply grab a leaf from your yard, pulverize it by chewing on it a few seconds, then place it directly on the irritation for relief. Plantain makes a very nice infused oil for soaps, salves, and lip balms.
Purple Dead Nettle
Purple Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum) is an edible weed that pops up in yards and gardens in early spring. Its nutritious leaves can be used in salads, pesto, and smoothies, and its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties also make it a good candidate to include in salves, balms, and other products.
Roses (Rose spp) are a gentle remedy for inflammation. They're astringent, soothing, cool hot flashes, can be mixed with honey to make a soothing throat syrup, and are an excellent addition to skin care recipes. The scent of rose uplifts the spirits and gladdens the heart.
St. John's Wort
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a classic nervine, that can be used externally for nerve pain and pulled or tired muscles.
Violets (Viola odorata) are high in vitamins A and C. They're soothing and cooling, help relieve swollen or congested lymph glands, and are good for a dry cough and sore throat. Traditionally, violet leaves and flowers have been used in poultices, salves, and massage oils for fibrocystic breasts. They're also reputed to ease the pain of headache.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory. It's helpful for treating cracked, damaged, or itchy skin, and can be used in aftershaves or oily skin toners for its astringent properties.