Mint Family Madness

I’m often surprised by just how many of the mint family we use in herbal medicine – and I must admit that I love how easy it often is to see the family resemblance between members of this numerous and prolific family, so often regarded as a weed!

Over the next few weeks I shall be writing about a number of the various mint family members that we use for medicine, including the following:

Bugle (Ajuga reptans)
Black Horehound (Ballotta nigra)
White Archangel (Lamium album)
White Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)
Catmint (Nepeta cataria)
Wood Betony (Stachys betonica)
Woundwort (Stachys palustris)
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia)

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

 

How’s that for a rogue’s gallery?? And that’s not including peppermint and spearmint, and hyssop, none of which I currently have suitable pictures for, but for which photographs will be added in the near future!  I suspect that the explorations into this plant family will keep me busy and entertained up until Yuletide – keep an eye on this blog for writings about this versatile and rather wonderful plant family!