A Moon Garden Eclipsing All Others
Ten Best Medicinal Herbs for a Moon-Garden!
A great way to use Burdock Root Powder is mixed into a hearty bone-broth soup with fresh vegetables. Burdock root is a medicinal herb and food that has powerful anti-tumor, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. Burdock is also great for skin care and wound healing, as well, Burdock grows willingly in the wild without human aid. Burdock in your organic garden will have bigger, deeper roots, and more plant and seed to harvest. the thorny burrs from a burdock catching the silvery glow of moonlight from a waning moon as a pleasant counter to the flowering night plants.
2. Night Blooming Jasmine
.This delicate white flower native to the West Indies is perfect for mass plantings which are especially called for when planting moon gardens. A mass of bright silver or white has a more powerful impact than a few white flowers scattered about. also we must not forget about fragrance it is the impact of these senses that make moon gardens magical. Night-blooming jasmines flower up to four times per year. Afterwards, they produce white berries full of seeds. It requires watering and full sunlight otherwise it is low-maintenance and can actually become unruly if not kept in check. The medicinal properties of night blooming jasmine include antioxidant, anti-hyperlipidemic, hepatoprotective, analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-convulsant, anti-HIV and larvicidal activities.
3. Night Phlox
Also called “Midnight Candy” One of the sweetest night-blooming flowers in your Ma Deah’s (Grandmothers) garden! When grown in masses, it has a delectable scent combining notes of vanilla, honey and marzipan. The Cheyenne Indians used the leaves of this plant to treat body numbness. They would pound the leaves and flowers and would use the paste as a scented body wash. Growing night phlox is a great way to add evening fragrance to the night-blooming garden. Night Phlox should be sown indoors 3 to 4 weeks before transplanting into the garden, The whole plant was also used by native tribes to treat babies that were anemic. They also used the roots of this plant to treat diarrhea, The leaves have also been used to make a tea that has been used to treat eczema. The tea leaves can be applied to the infected area to help clear eczema.
4. Evening Primrose
Derived from the plant Oenothera biennis, evening primrose oil is used for rheumatoid arthritis, premenstrual syndrome, eczema, fatigue, diabetic neuropathy, and mastalgia. The mucilaginous stem and leaf juices have been used as a poultice to treat minor bruises and wounds, and soothe skin inflammation. The Cherokee, Iroquois, Ojibwas, and Potawatomi were among several Native American tribes that used evening primrose for both food and for medicinal purposes as an astringent and a remedy for wounds, bruises, and skin eruptions. A syrup made from the flowers is also an effective treatment for whooping cough. Don’t let the name fool you. The evening primrose is nothing like a garden primrose (Primula sp.), which isn’t even in the same family. The best part of the evening primrose to eat is the carrot-like taproot of the first-year plant, which doesn’t send up a stem at all. Instead, it hugs the ground as a flattened rosette of leaves, Raw, the roots are spicy similar to horseradish. When boiled, the spiciness diminishes and a sweetness comes through. Enjoy the boiled and sliced roots in salads, and sandwiches. you can also finely chop the boiled roots into soups, risottos, or pasta dishes.
5. Tree Sage
A woody shrub that is drought tolerant, sage's gray nubby leaves are a wonderful addition to a moon garden. It grows to 2' to 3' in height. While it prefers sun, it can tolerate a little shade. Tree Sage is a white-flowered variety and is one of the few sages with fragrant blossoms. Tree Sage S. arborescens is the first sage ever documented as being night-blooming and moth-pollinated. Sage, along with sweetgrass, red cedar and tobacco, is one of the four plants considered sacred by First Nations and Métis Peoples. Over-harvest of wild white sage populations is a concern held by many Native American groups and conservationists. Although white sage is not listed on the Endangered Species List, collecting plants without permission from a landowner is illegal. Sage is used for digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas (flatulence), stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn. It is also used for reducing overproduction of perspiration and saliva; and for depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer's disease. Sage can be eaten whole or ground. Adding sage to a dish is a great way to enhance flavor without adding extra calories or salt. The herb often pairs well with poultry and pork.
6. German Chamomile
German chamomile reduces inflammation, speeds wound healing, reduces muscle spasms, and serves as a mild sedative to help with sleep. A herbaceous perennial with white flowers, it grows to 1' to 2'. It's drought tolerant, deer resistant and requires full sun The latin name for Chamomile is Matricaria chamomilla, translating to “water of youth.” It’s a plant native to central and southern Europe, although it has spread far and wide. German chamomile will grow well in either full sun or partial shade. The plants will flower best in full sun, but in hot climates, a bit of partial shade is a better choice.
Foxglove is used for congestive heart failure (CHF) and relieving associated fluid retention (edema); irregular heartbeat, including atrial fibrillation and “flutter;” asthma; epilepsy; tuberculosis; constipation; headache; and spasm. It is also used to cause vomiting and for healing wounds and burns. All parts of the plant are poisonous. Chemicals taken from foxglove are used to make a prescription drug called digoxin. Butterflies and hummingbirds love to feed on the nectar rich flowers of foxglove.
When it blooms, clusters of flowers tend to attract hummingbirds and bees. However, it is so inconspicuous that no one would associate it with the well-known title – the “eye guardian” According to legend, as early as more than 1,000 years ago Sun Simiao, a famous physician and “King of Medicine” in Tang Dynasty, used it to cure a princes blindness. Clinically it is frequently used for the treatment of eye diseases like corneal opacity, dim eyesight, glaucoma, and nebula. Now pharmacology study found that the flavonoids (like acacetin) can repair the damaged cell membrane of lens. The plant itself is not poisonous or edible. They attract and feed nectar to hummingbirds and butterflies.
The blooms of Shasta daisies attract butterflies and pollinators. It is best to plant these flowers in the early spring or summer, particularly in colder climates. Medicinally it is used as an astringent do not ingest it is toxic and could be harmful to those with allergies.
The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. White horehound is used for digestion problems including diabetes, loss of appetite, indigestion, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and liver and gallbladder complaints. The leaves are used as a seasoning. Bitter and pungent, they are sometimes used to flavor herb beer or liqueurs. Horehound ale is a well-known drink made from the leaves. A mild tea is made from the dried leaves, it is an old cough remedy..