Non-Culinary Herbs

This rich range of herbs may not be edible, but they possess many other garden-worthy qualities beyond being simply beautiful.
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Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Hamamelis Virginiana

The bark of witch hazel is extensively used in medicines to relieve bruises, sore muscles, and inflammation. The shrub is unprepossessing until it flowers in the fall, yielding a soft sweet perfume.

Aloe Vera

The spiky leaves of this native of southern Africa contain a gel that has remarkable healing properties, soothing burns and promoting regeneration of skin tissue. Unfortunately, it is not hardy and needs a sharply draining soil to thrive.

Melissa officinalis "Aurea"

This perennial herb has a pleasant lemonlike aroma and flavor, but this variety tends to be grown more for its interesting color, compact shape and size, as well as its medicinal attributes. Its cousin, M. officinalis (lemon balm), can be a problem in the garden as it is a prolific self-seeder whereas the variegated form is much better behaved. The leaves can be used fresh or dried in an infusion and are renowned for their ability to aid relaxation or even to rejuvenate and alleviate nervous tension or depression.

Echinacea Purpurea

This herb was the one most widely used in remedies by the North American Indians, many of which have been confirmed by modern research, including its beneficial impact on the immune system. In Europe, it is used in the preparation of over 200 pharmaceutical products, but, as with all medicinal herbs, should not be self-administered without qualified medical supervision.

Other non-culinary herbs:
- Alchemilla mollis
- Althaea officinalis
- Armeria maritima
- Arnica montana
- Artemisia abrotanum
- Centranthus ruber
- Hypericum perforatum
- Inula helenium
- Jasminum humile
- Nepeta cataria
- Ruscus aculeatus
- Ruta graveolens