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Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia

Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, is so versatile… you simply got to have this plant in your garden. If not because of its many applications, then at least because of all the…
lavendel - lavandula angustifolia - hele plant

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Lemon balm, Melissa officinalis L.

When I only think of lemon balm, Melissa officinalis, the sun starts to shine. Thing is, I like putting some lemon balm leaves into my drinking water when the weather…
lemon balm - melissa officinalis - tea

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Motherwort, Leonurus cardiaca

In this monograph we are going to look at a plant that is not native to the Netherlands, but has been happily living here since at least the 7th century.…
Motherwort - leonurus cardiaca - inflorescense

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Peppermint, Mentha piperita

Believe it or not, there are people who think that peppermint is nothing but a white, round and flat piece of candy. Interestingly, many take this particular sweet after a…
peppermint - mentha piperita - leaves in pot

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Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis

Just like thyme, Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, is so common in our kitchen that we would almost forget that this beautiful, fragrant plant has medicinal and magical superpowers. Rosemary, with its…
rosemary - rosmarinus officinalis - flower and bee

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Sage, common, Salvia officinalis L.

Some plants are so versatile that you almost dread starting a monograph on it. Nettle is such a plant and today I am writing about another plant in this category:…
sage - salvia officinalis - leaves

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Self-heal, Prunella vulgaris

A great plant that I often miss in herbal books is self-heal, Prunella vulgaris. Odd, considering that this plant that is also called heal-all. Maybe it is overlooked because it…
self-heal - prunella vulgaris - flower

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Thyme, common, Thymus vulgaris L.

Some herbs are well-known because they appear in every spice rack. Common thyme, Thymus vulgaris, is one of them. Originally, mostly people from the countries around the Mediterranean Sea used…
Thyme - thymus vulgaris - stem and leaves. CC BY-SA 3.0,

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