Herbs in the Physic Garden
With any of the herbs listed below if you are currently under medical supervision, have specific allergies/conditions or are taking any medications or supplements please check first with your Doctor or a qualified Herbalist (such as an IRH member) before use. Should you be pregnant or breastfeeding please consult a qualified Herbalist before taking any herb as a medication.
Sweet Cicely growing in the garden
Myrrhis odorata – a member of the Apiaceae family of plants. It likes a sunny edge or dappled shade but it’s doing well enough where we have it in full sun. Can tolerate most soil types but prefers it moist.
You can pick the leaves at any time during the growing season, the seeds are ripe when dark brown. Best to sow seeds straight away when ripe as otherwise they can be hard to germinate.
Phytochemistry includes – volatile oils – Trans-Anethole mainly also Flavonoids such as Apigenin-7-O-glucoside and Luteolin-7-O-glucoside.
Medicinal uses: this herb is quite aromatic with an aniseed like taste, as such it has been traditionally used as a carminative, stomachic and expectorant. It has also been used in the past as a compress for gout type swelling.
The seeds and leaves can be used in cooking particularly with tart fruit, helps you add less sugar to your bakes.