Black Eyed Susan for Pollinators

Attracts butterflies (amongst other pollinators)

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudbeckia_hirta
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Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) will brighten up your garden with its yellow-orange petals and its contrasting raised purple-black center. This flower is great for borders, mass-plantings, or backgrounds and grows quite well in sun or partial shade. It is also wonderful to use as a cut flower. The 2-3 foot tall plant blooms from summer to fall and is easy to grow. Not only will you enjoy the Black-eyed Susan in your garden, the butterflies, bees and birds like colibris will love it! http://m.almanac.com/plant/black-eyed-susans

Health Benefits and Therapeutic uses:

-root tea for parasitic worms,
-colds
-external wash for sores
-minor cuts, sores, scrapes,swellings
-wash for snake bites
-immune system stimulant
(even more effective than the better known medicinal plant Echinacea.)
– diuretic properties – increases the urine flow
-dropsy treatment

by Karin Wybauw

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Yarrow for Pollinators

 

Attracts Butterflies (amongst other pollinators)

 

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achillea_millefolium

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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) comes in different colors and attracts butterflies. It’s a hardy North American native. The cultivated varieties have become staples in gardens around the world. Achillea are great filler plants and edgers.Bees,bumble, beetle, fly and beneficial, aphid-eating hoverflies will be attracted by yarrow. Larvae of the yarrow pug moth will also feed on this species.

 

 

Health Benefits and therapeutic uses of yarrow:

Diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant and mild aromatic.

 

-tea as a remedy for severe colds

(Recommended in early stages of children’s colds, measles or other eruptive diseases)

-very useful in the commencement of fevers

-upper respiratory congestion relief

-stops hemorrhaging in the lungs

-great for detoxifying and cleansing the blood

-helps to regulate blood sugar

– lowers blood pressure

-opens pores

-good for kidney disorders

-helps reduce urinary tract infections and irritations

-stops wound bleeding.

-used in many ways to relief headaches

-hemorrhoid threatment

-great digestive aid

-skin care wash to treat acne and eczema

-essential oil used for joint inflammation

-ease menstrual discomfort and disorders

-chewing on the purple part of the plant numbs toothaches and eases stomach aches

 

 

Many believe that the reason the yarrow plant is so beneficial in treating such a wide range of ailments is because it contains the acid, salicylic, which is also found in aspirin.

by Karin Wybauw
 

 

 

Blue Cornflower for Pollinators

Attracts butterflies amongst other Pollinators:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centaurea_cyanus

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The blue cornflower is a charming plant for garden decoration and flower arrangements due its rich shades of blue.
Garden varieties have added red, pink, lilac and white to the colour range, and even bright yellow is available in the closely related sweet sultan Amberboa moschatus. The wiry plants may need some discreet support, and deadheading helps to prolong the flowering season, as does autumn sowing, an option that will produce larger, earlier-flowering plants. This fully hardy plant requires a sunny site, growing in most well-drained soil types, even poor soil
http://northamericanfarmer.com/flower-patch/growing-cornflowers.aspx

Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses of cornflower:

Due its ingredient biotin,it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and astringent properties, as a expectorant, diuretic and stimulant cornflower can be used for many purposes…

HAIR:
-treats hair problems such as Dandruff.
– scalp exzema

Cornflower is used in many hair care products due its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

NAILS:
-strengthen nails
– prevents nail infections and treat’s
nail infections.

EYES:
– to ease eye irritation
-sore eyes
-conjunctivitis
-skin irritation around the eye because
of its effective anti-inflammatory and astringent properties.

(Cornflower tea can be used as an eye wash to relieve swelling and pain.)

DIGESTION:
– constipation
-diarrhea
-indigestion
-gas, and other gastrointestinal complaints. —acts as an appetite stimulant and is therefore used for treating cases of anorexia as well.

LIVER, KIDNEY, GALLBLADDER:
– for gall bladder and liver function.
– supports and regulates the functioning of the kidneys.
(People suffering from kidney, liver, or spleen problems can take prescribed doses of this herb for relief from symptoms of these disorders.)

WOUNDS:
-wounds, cuts, and other ulcerations.
You can either use the juice from its leaves or make a poultice and apply it to the wounds for quick relief from pain and inflammation.

ULCERS:
-mouth ulcers.
-other ulcers

MENSTRUAL PROBLEMS:
-Women suffering from endometriosis can take cornflower preparations to ease menstrual cramps and other related symptoms.

NERVEOUS SYSTEM:
-calming effect on the nervous system
-beneficial to those suffering from anxiety, stress, depression, and other nervous system disorders.

By Karin Wybauw