Overview of so-called "simple" plants with multiple virtues

Overview of so-called "simple" plants with multiple virtues

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Under the pretty name of "simple", one indicates, since the Middle Ages, a whole family of plants with medicinal vocation. Particularly prized for their active ingredients, a few dozen of them have since enjoyed a special place in monasteries. Carefully chosen and cultivated, they served to supply pharmacies with raw materials, before being used as such or combined to make remedies for small and large everyday ailments. If some - such as thyme and lavender - are known today to the greatest number, others are still too confidential. So, we invite you to (re) discover them with us, pushing for that the door of the cloister of the very beautiful abbey of Boscodon.

The simple ones - Yarrow

Anne Baudry ## Yarrow Mash This perennial plant, of the asteraceae family, produces elegant flowering tops of cream or pink color. We recognize many properties: tonic, antiseptic, decongestant, antispasmodic, astringent, coagulant, etc. Externally, it produces a powerful healing agent which has earned it the nickname "carpenter's herb".

The simple ones - officinal lavender

Anne Baudry ## Lavender officinale With its long narrow spikes of a pretty shade, between mauve and purple, to which it gave its name, lavender is today a plant well known to all. It is the so-called officinalis or true lavender variety that will be used for therapeutic purposes, where other varieties such as aspic lavender and lavandin will be sought more specifically for their fragrance. Medicinal lavender is particularly popular for skin care: antiseptic, healing and regenerative, it works particularly well on burns without open wounds and sunburn.

The simple - thyme thyme

Anne Baudry ## The thyme thyme This delicious little plant is renowned for its intoxicating smell, both full-bodied and sweet. In natural medicine, thyme thyme is used to help digestion, in the simple form of a herbal tea. When winter comes, this same infusion, then enriched with honey, is used to treat sore throats and coughs.

The simple - La livèche

Anne Baudry ## Lovage This perennial plant, which is not unlike celery, is particularly recognized for its calming properties. In skin care, it is used to overcome fungal infections and boils. Internally, in the form of herbal tea, it is appreciated for its digestive and diuretic properties.

The simple - Rooster mint

Anne Baudry ## Rooster mint This perennial has only the name… and the smell of mint. Also known as "balsamite" and the nickname "heals everything", it belongs to the asteraceae family. Its virtues are multiple: antispasmodic, digestive, diuretic, anthelmintic, tonic ... In case of cough or bronchitis, we will take advantage of its leaves in infusion. This same simple remedy will give a boost to temporary fatigue.

The simple - clary sage

Anne Baudry ## Clary sage This herbaceous plant recognized for both its aromatic and medicinal properties is a powerful regulator used both for the regulation of menstrual cycles, blood circulation and even sweating. It is also sought after for hair care such as regrowth and treatment of dandruff.

The simple - Absinthe

Anne Baudry ## Absinthe Here is a plant whose name once smelled of sulfur and whose presence in our monastic gardens could therefore surprise! A time accused of driving mad, through the liquor that bears his name, absinthe ended up being washed away from this bad accusation. Its therapeutic properties make it in particular a precious dewormer as well as a less appreciated name activator of the blood circulation.

The simple - sagebrush

Anne Baudry ## The sagebrush This plant is considered to be the "feminine plant" par excellence, and its unusual name, borrowed from the Greek goddess Artemis, does not contradict it. Its purpose is to help women by relieving them in particular during their menstrual cycle disorders. It is also its leaves that are used to make moxas, namely sticks used in moxibustion for the stimulation of acupuncture points.

The simple - lemon balm

Anne Baudry ## Lemon balm This particularly fragrant plant is known for its relaxing properties which make it an ally in situations of stress, overwork and sleep disturbances. The simplest way to use it is then in an infusion, to take full advantage of its lemon aroma.

The simple - Marshmallow

Anne Baudry ## Marshmallow Anyone who has ever tasted the candy of the same name will understand that this common name is not due to chance, both having sweetness in common. Thanks to its expectorant properties, marshmallow is particularly popular for soothing throat irritations. It is also recommended for the treatment of irritated skin.

The simple - Borage

Anne Baudry ## Borage This plant is distinguished by the astonishing down covering its stems as well as by its edible flowers of a deep blue which can be taken without violence, simply by pinching the stamens between two fingers. Borage is particularly appreciated in skin care, whether it is the treatment of wrinkles, dermatoses, dry skin or stretch marks.

The Singles - Pennyroyal

Anne Baudry ## Pennyroyal This variety of mint is characterized by an abundant flowering as well as a pleasant lemon scent. Used as an infusion after meals, it helps digestion, notably fighting fermentations and heartburn. It is also an ally of the respiratory system because of its expectorant properties.

The simple ones - The violet

Anne Baudry ## The violet We are used to crossing scattered violets in our lawns, but less often in gardens. However, this small flower, discreet in size, but supremely present in its flagrances, deserves a special place among the large family of singles. Particularly fertile in mucilage, it gently treats coughs and bronchitis. It is also indicated in the treatment of insomnia, stress and mild constipation.

The Simple - The Damascus Rose

Anne Baudry ## The Damascus rose The queen of flowers, in the person of the so-called "Damascus" variety, could not fail to be among the simple having the right of residence within the monastic gardens. Its softness makes it a precious ally for skin care, whether it is to revitalize, firm or even heal. It is also a precious general tonic which helps to combat psychoemotional disorders such as anxiety, strong emotions, stress…

The simple - La grande chamomille

Anne Baudry ## The great chamomile It is one of the plants most used in phytotherapy. The big one

The simple - tansy

Anne Baudry ## Tansy This very active plant is to be used with caution and moderation because of its toxicity at high doses. It is particularly renowned for its deworming action. It is also very popular in gardening for its repellent and insect repellant properties.

The simple ones - The iris

Anne Baudry ## Iris Iris is one of the most interesting plants in terms of cosmetics, where it is known to soften the skin, deodorize or even whiten teeth.

The simple ones - The purple

Anne Baudry ## The mallow Very rich in mucilage, the mallow is called upon to intervene in the alleviation of many kinds of irritations and inflammatory states. Thus, it particularly calms coughs, gastritis and cystitis. In the form of an infusion, it is also a very mild remedy for constipation.

The simple - Calendula

Anne Baudry ## Calendula The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of calendula - often better known as "marigold" - above all make it an ally of choice in the treatment of skin lesions (redness, itching, light burns …).