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This mild lemon-scented member of the mint family is a European native and is now grown throughout the world.
Its botanical name Melissa officinali is derived from the Latin word meaning ‘honey bee’. It refers to the plant being considered a favourite food of bees, with a connection to the ancient religious thought that any plant that kept bees away from their hive was considered sacred.
Traditionally used in Western Herbal Medicine to:
This herb has historically been valued as a culinary, medicinal and cosmetic herb.
Native to the Mediterranean region, this woody, fragrant perennial is now widely available all over the world as a culinary condiment, medicinal benefits and fragrance properties.
Rosemary is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, along with many other herbs, such as Oregano, Thyme, Basil and Lavender.
Its botanical name, Rosmarinus, is derived from the Greek word ros and marinus meaning ‘dew of the sea’, drawing on its Mediterranean origins.
Enriched with meaning from folklore, this herb has been used to celebrate weddings, grieve at funerals and act as a token of remembrance on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day in Australia, due to its growth on the Gallipoli peninsula.
Skullcap is native to North America, but due to its widespread availability across the globe, this hardy perennial is often recognised by different names including, Blue Skullcap, Mad Dog Skullcap and Side-Flowering Skullcap.
Its botanical name is derived from the Latin word scutella, meaning “small dish, tray or platter”, referring to the shape of the flower’s calyx, and lateriflora, meaning “flowering on the side”.
Traditionally used in Western Herbal Medicine as a calmative and to:
European settlers and herbalists learned how to use skullcap medicinally from indigenous tribes of North America, specifically from the Cherokee women, where the herb’s leaves were steeped as tea.