Used both internally and externally since Egyptian times this powerful healing herb is even more widely used today. The medicinal properties of aloe vera have been applied to treat a vast array of ailments both in people and animals.
The Bay Tree has many qualities, with the edible leaf being a well known culinary herb. In the garden the plant has insect repellent qualities, acting as a guardian to nearby plants more susceptible to insect attack. Slow growing the tree will eventually reach heights in excess of 10 meters if left unpruned.
Borage is a fast growing annual herb otherwise known as the Herb of Happiness. Both the flowers and leaves are edible and suitable for salads.
Brahmi is known as the memory herb. It is a small leaved groundcover with pretty white flowers that last for some time. Brahmi has been used in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years as a tonic for the nervous system, promoting clarity of thinking, mental calmness, and emotional balance.
This native mint has the scent of exotic pennyroyal but in bushtucker recipes can be used in the same way as common mint. Plants are low growing and clump forming, with tiny bee attracting white flowers appearing on mass during summer. Leaves are highly fragrant and said to aid insect repellent in the garden around cabbages and tomatoes.
This herb gets its name from the white whiskered flowers which bloom in Summer and Autumn, however it is most widely grown for the medicinal qualities of its leaves. Cat's Whiskers leaves are sold as tea in South East Asia and known as Java Tea or Kidney Tea.
Best known as stimulant for cats this perennial shrub also benefits humans. If mosquitoes are out we pick and bruise the fresh leaves then rub them over exposed arms and legs as a repellent. Prepared and taken internally this herb also has sedative effects which has been used to treat digestive complaints, migraines, nervousness and insomnia.
This valuable herb has many uses. Medicinal application of comfrey root and leaf has been documented extensively, mostly in healing bruises, soft tissue damage and broken bones. We use comfrey leaves as a compost ingredient, feed them to chooks in a forage system, and use them as mulch when the plant dies back over winter.
The Curry Tree is a small elegant tree with an abundance of glossy leaves. Leaves realease a curry aroma when crushed, and when fried they provide a delicious crunchy garnish to stir-fries.
Small hardy compact herb with spectacular grey foliage. The curry scented leaves have moth and insect repellent qualities, some saying it even repels cats.
Dog Bane is hardy low growing dense shrub suitable for water-wise gardens. It tolerates dry poor soil conditions and will grow in full sun or part shade. Dog Bane is marketed with cat and dog repellent qualities and often named Dog Gone. Leaves are evergreen, succulent and pungent to smell when crushed.
This medicinal herb is known for its fishy smell and has many healing qualities. In Japan is it known as Dokudami which means detoxicant. The leaves have antibacterial, antinflammatory and antioxidant properties. Growing best in a moist semi shaded spot, the plant grows to 30cm in height.
This species of lavender is suited to growing in the sub-tropics. Flowers are a vibrant dark purple and the aromatic lavender leaves can be used as a pest repellent in the garden or in the home as you would with traditional English Lavender.
Gotu Kola is extraordinary, it has been used to treat, and also prevent, a wide range of ailments. Research links gotu kola to improved brain function, wound healing and arthritis relief.
Galangal is an evergreen broad leaved clumping ginger that grows up to two meters in height. It is a moderately fast growing plant that grows in full sun, part sun or heavy shade and makes a wonderful screen in a tropical styled garden.
Herb Robert is a regenerative herb, we eat the leaf at least once a week for good health. This plant is growing in use and recognition as a herb which fights, and according to some documented reports, cures cancer.
Horseradish is a fast growing temperate plant from the Brassica family. Best known for its edible tap root which is used both raw and cooked.
Kaffir lime leaves are aromatic and an essential ingredient for many asian dishes. This citrus plant will grow to over 5m unpruned but can easily be shaped into a smaller shrub or grown in a pot.
Lamb's Ear is a low growing perennial with soft felted silver leaves that are inviting to touch. Grown mostly as an ornamental you will find the leaves contrast well with other nearby plants in the front of the garden bed.
Lebanese watercress will grow in abundance given the right growing conditions, providing a fresh source of greens for salads all year round. Leaves and stalks are edible with a celery like flavour. Stems gently weep from the base of the plant growing to 30cmin length. Although lebanese watercress will grow in moist soil we find it grows best with...
Use of Lemon Balm dates back over 2000 years when Greek and Roman civilisations valued in it for medicinal purposes, hence the species name officinalis. The genus name Melissa refers to the bee attracting qualities of its flowers, whilst leaves contain a citronella compound known to repel mosquitoes.
Lemon grass is a hardy tropical clumping grass which is best known for its edible stems. In the garden it can be grown on steep banks for erosion control, or regularly clipped to use the stems as mulch. When grown in moist soil the stalks are juicier and better for cooking purposes.
Moneywort is a perennial creeping herb and a very attractive groundcover. Having this plant in the garden may bring a feeling of wealth with its string of small coin shaped leaves. The crushed leaves have been used on wounds of any kind. Traditionally it was used as a tea to treat scurvy and respiratory ailments.
Mother of Herbs is a prostrate herb that grows faster than any other in our garden. Highly aromatic leaves have a scent comparable to oregano and can be used to add great flavour to meat dishes.