Burdock Yes, I planted a weed in my garden. In a town where spraying is the norm, it’s a way to guarantee that I have a clean source for the root: A “prebiotic” food, digestive bitter and balm for an over-worked liver. Best to get it before the plant turns gargantuan like this one.

Violets Peeking out from under the Valerian.  A small handful of flowers are lovely in salads – impress your friends at your next dinner party.  The flowers and leaves make a great infused olive oil to use on skin growths.

Chinese Skullcap Beautiful indigo flowers. I like the root extract internally for fungal infections and ever-so-fun urinary tract infections.  Many many other uses.

Sunflower A gift for the birds and chipmunks, and some essential fatty acids for me. The petals are pretty in tea blends.

A spicy addition to salads – both flowers and leaves.  Pickled seed pods are pretty yummy.  Good adjunct for stubborn respiratory- & reproductive tract infections.

Calendula Keeps on blooming …the Energizer Bunny of flowers.  Useful for topical and internal bacterial and fungal infections.  Soothing and healing for burns and bug bites.

Hollyhock A lovely member of the Mallow family.  Steep the leaves and flowers in room temperature water for several hours to overnight. The resultant slimy beverage is helpful for heartburn, constipation and makes a soothing wash for dry skin.

Creeping Thyme One of my favorite respiratory infection remedies – sip it as a tea, or gargle it for a sore throat, take as an alcoholic extract in small doses, toss a handful into a bowl of hot water for a great anti-microbial steam. Easy to grow, available much of the year.

Spearmint A helpful, gentle herb for the tummy…though, lately, I’ve been using it to jazz up gin & tonics.