logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Painting
Heart Disease
Horror Literature
Dating
Hiking & Backpacking
SF/Fantasy Books
Healthy Foods


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Cacti and Succulents Site

BellaOnline's Cacti and Succulents Editor

g

Cacti/Succulents for Herb Gardens

Guest Author - Connie Krochmal

When choosing plants for the herb garden, cacti and succulents may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, a number of these species have traditionally been used as herbs. These include the following plants. Some are hardy perennials, while others are winter hardy only in milder areas of the country.

Aloe

Also called Barbados aloe, this is a common herb. It is used as an antiseptic for minor wounds and skin problems. This has long been a favorite to treat burns and irritated skin.

Though aloe juice is sold as a nutritional supplement, this can be toxic if large quantities are taken internally. Only very small doses are considered to be safe.

Century Plants

The century plants or agaves have been used to treat various kinds of ailments. These include everything from arthritis and scurvy to various liver problems as well as jaundice. It was also used to cleanse the bowels and as a diuretic. One of the traditional uses was for venereal disease though its efficacy is now in question.

Houseleeks

The houseleeks or hen-and-chicks were long used in Europe for burns as well as bleeding wounds. This was applied in much the same way as the aloe. The leaves were crushed and placed on the wound or spot. This has also been used to treat insect bites and inflamed skin. The juice from the plant has soothing and astringent properties. As with a number of other succulents, this should never be taken internally as it can be toxic.

Orpine

As is the case for most of the sedums, this sedum (Sedum telephium) is considered poisonous when taken internally. However, the leaves were used just like those of the aloe and other stonecrops for skin problems. These were used for treating burns, irritated skin, and hemorrhoids. The plant has astringent qualities, which helps wounds to heal quickly.

Prickly Pears

Native American tribes used the pads of the prickly pears as a dressing for treating burns and scores. First, the spines were removed from the prickly pear pads. Then, the pads were split down the middle. The gelatinous side was placed on the skin. The roasted pads were once chopped and used as a poultice to treat insect and tarantula bites. The fresh pads were also made into a poultice to treat arthritis.

Stonecrop

Also called reflexed stonecrop, its Latin name is Sedum rupestre. This is a great choice for herb gardens. Unlike some of the other stonecrops, this species is safe to take internally. In fact, the leaves and young shoots are sometimes harvested and eaten as an edible salad green during the early spring.

The leaves were used just like aloe. This was applied as a topical ointment for skin problems and hemorrhoids. This plant has astringent qualities, which helps wounds to heal quickly.
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Cacti%2FSucculents+for+Herb+Gardens to Twitter Add Cacti%2FSucculents+for+Herb+Gardens to Facebook Add Cacti%2FSucculents+for+Herb+Gardens to MySpace Add Cacti%2FSucculents+for+Herb+Gardens to Del.icio.us Digg Cacti%2FSucculents+for+Herb+Gardens Add Cacti%2FSucculents+for+Herb+Gardens to Yahoo My Web Add Cacti%2FSucculents+for+Herb+Gardens to Google Bookmarks Add Cacti%2FSucculents+for+Herb+Gardens to Stumbleupon Add Cacti%2FSucculents+for+Herb+Gardens to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Cacti and Succulents Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2013 by Connie Krochmal . All rights reserved.
This content was written by Connie Krochmal . If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Aloes - an introduction

Mother of Thousands

Jade Plant

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2013 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor