Apple mint has a fruity smell

Apple Mint health benefits: the round-leaved woolly mint

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Apple mint (Mentha suaveolens), sometimes called pineapple mint, round-leaved mint or woolly mint, is another invasive mint which will take over if you let it.

Grow it in a big pot in a sunny or partially shaded position, bearing in mind that it is likely to reach 1m (3 feet) in height. It will do best if grown in good soil and not allowed to dry…


This is the mint used to make mint sauce

Mint or Spearmint health benefits: in everyone’s garden

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Mint, as the British generally call it, otherwise known as spearmint or green mint (Mentha viridis spicata), is found in almost every garden somewhere, not least because once it has taken hold, it tends to spread as far as you let it. Like its cousin, the peppermint, it’s best grown in a sunken…


Peppermint can be invasive, grow in a sunken pot

Peppermint health benefits: not just for toothpaste

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Peppermint, Mentha x piperita officinalis, is one of the most important remedial members of the Mentha genus, although it is actually a hybrid, which explains its vigorous growth, although even true species in this group tend to be invasive. Grow it in a big pot sunk into the ground, unless you want to be battling against…


Clary is an attractive member of the Sage genus

Clary Sage health benefits: once called Cleareye

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Cleareye is a less common name for the herb usually known as clary or clary sage (Salvia sclarea). It’s a close relative of the common sage, as you might expect, and is not generally used for cooking, although in the past the leaves were sometimes dipped in batter and used to make fritters,…


Sage is helpful for the menopause

Sage health benefits: versatile multi-purpose herb

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Edit: a video covering the main points in this post can be found at Sage Health Benefits

Sage (Garden or Kitchen Sage), Salvia officinalis, is the last member of the big four immortalized by Simon and Garfunkel (based on a folk song of unknown age). Leaf colors vary from green to greenish gray, which are most likely to be seen, and purplish-red (var. purpurascens)….


Rosemary comes from the Mediterranean

Rosemary health benefits: a potent herbal remedy

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(A video containing the main points outlined here is available here)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a pretty little bush from the Mediterranean. There’s also a prostrate form, var. prostratus. Both types can be used in the same ways.

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Rosemary is quite tender, and has a tendency to keel over without warning, so it’s best to have a couple of plants, although you can go the gardener’s route of…


Curled parsley is often used for garnish (flat leaf is inset bottom left)

Parsley health benefits: for pain and halitosis

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A video outlining the main points in this article is available on Youtube here: Parsley Health Benefits

Most people have parsley (Petroselinum crispum) growing in their gardens somewhere – it can be quite invasive if allowed to set seed, so if you’re starting from…


The variegated form of lemon thyme is usually grown

Lemon Thyme health benefits: great for herb pillows

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Lemon thyme is sometimes known as citrus thyme and, as you would expect, is a member of the thyme family. It’s often found in gardens, but frequently overlooked as a medicinal herb. If you are looking for it in a catalogue or garden centre, the label should say Thymus x citriodorus, though it might have…