The quickest way I know to relieve earache is to use pennywort juice. Collect some of the round leaves of the pennywort. It grows in walls and on rocks in many place and may be found quite easily.


Crush a couple of the leaves in a sieve and collect the expressed juice. Put a couple of drops (at room temperature) of this green juice into the painful ear and plug it with some cotton wool. Redress the next day.

You should find improvement within 24 hours


spearmint-bspPeppermint- The familiar flavours of spearmint and peppermint in toothpastes and chewing gum have powerful medicinal qualities.

Peppermint can help with indigestion and sickness when brewed in a tea. Some also use it to sooth sore muscles when applied externally when used as a lotion.

Mints grow well in wet gardens and are often grown in their own pot. They should be harvested just before flowering so as to avoid any bitterness.


Lavender – stress and insomnia. This plant has a myriad medicinal qualities. It has a sweet scent which can act as an antidepressant and a pick me up. Many like to add lavender oil to a hot bath to help deal with stress and insomnia.
It is also used in creams to treat sunburns and acne. Lavender tea is very refreshing.
The plants themselves like hot sunny dry environments. The flowers are tasty and can add flavour to salads, honey, butter and lemonade.

Lavender oil is extensively used in aromatherapy.


Lethargy – Rosemary – This is great as a “pick me up”. this perennial woody herb is a stimulant helping your memory and improving concentration by bringing more oxygen to the brain. It is also a very good alternative to coffee. It can also be used as seasoning for food, the aromatic sweet leaves adding flavour to meats and soups.

These plants can create an attractive evergreen hedge and attract bees making them ego friendly too. There is an added benefit that they require little water.

Rosemary Tea
Steep two teaspoons of the dried flowering tops in one cup of water and rest for twenty minutes.

Please note that Rosemary in culinary or therapeutic doses is generally safe BUT, if you have epilepsy, don’t take medicinal amounts of rosemary as the camphor in the herb could potentially aggravate seizures.

Rosemary herb flowering in spring

Rosemary herb flowering in spring

Viruses – The oils, tannins and bitters in lemon balms fragrant leaves and flowers have a relaxing antispasmodic effect on the stomach and nervous system, help to fight of viruses.

Lemon balm is tasty and gentle enough for children when prepared in teas.
This calming and uplifting perennial makes a pretty patch of bright green in the garden and is a great plant to grow fresh.
The dried herb looses some potency after six months.

Suggested Recipe
Lemon Balm & Peppermint Tea
This delicious tea can be served with honey and lemon to alleviate stress and anxiety, sooth and upset digestive tract and help relieve menstrual cramps.
Dried lemon balm and dried peppermint leaves. Add 2 teaspoons of mixed dried leaves per one cup of boiling water.lemonbalm

Children’s nightmares – Thyme – This delicate little plant with its small leaves has had tremendous powers attributed to it throughout the ages. It has been associated with bravery and strength and staving off nightmares.

It’s sweet oils have anti bacterial and antiseptic properties, which are ideal for applying to children’s skins.

The oil is ready available from any local herbal store. Thyme can be used in cooking stews and making stuffing.