Herb of the Week for 29th August
By Herb of the Week for 29th August by Lynn Kirkland
Daffodils in the Herb Garden
Today is daffodil day and a day when we think of those who may be on a journey of having been given a diagnosis of cancer.
The daffodil has been chosen to represent the season of spring and the fresh hope of new beginnings that this time brings.
Daffodils are in the old herbal books with some very interesting uses for this cheerful flower.
Culpepper says that “A plaster made of the roots with parched barley meal dissolves hard swellings and imposthumes, being applied thereto; the juice mingled with honey, frankincense wine, and myrrh, and dropped into the ears is good against the corrupt and running matter of the ears, the roots made hollow and boiled in oil help raw ribed heels; the juice of the root is good for the morphew and the discolouring of the skin.”
There was even an ointment made called Narcissimum and used for stiff joints or as a drawing agent.
I have read where the powdered flowers were used in syrup for pulmonary catarrh.
I hasten to add that nowadays the daffodil is used strictly as an ornamental and indeed would be regarded as one of the poisonous plants in the garden.
Gardening is so therapeutic and for those who are facing the challenge of a cancer diagnosis the garden can provide a place of solace and harmony.
Herbs can provide wonderful healing and nutritive benefits for those keen to use them.
Natural products are also a great choice for using on the skin as it is an accepted fact that what goes on the skin is absorbed into the body.