The HERBARIUM
USING HERBS every day

For the aspiring botanist and the curious gardener

We've put together this page to describe some of the common botanicals and essential oils we use in our products and some of their medicinal and common use properties.   A loving reminder: medicinal plants deserve a great deal of respect and a strong measure of common sense. A fair bit of education is always recommended before administering any herbal remedy on yourself or anyone else. Don’t forget to research, learning about plant is fun! Cottage Botanicals herbal information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease and have not been evaluated by Health Canada and the use of any information from this website, or products is not for curative measures.

Herbs

  • Cardamom
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Myrtle
  • Peppermint
  • Rose
  • Calendula

A member of the ginger family, cardamom is uplifting, energizing and is known to be a powerful aphrodisiac. It is used as an antispasmodic and will relieve the digestive system. This effect is the primary medicinal quality of cardamom and Eastern cultures have been taking advantage of it for centuries. Enjoy the spicy warmth of this invigorating oil with our Immuni Tea herbal tisane.

Chamomile has multiple healing properties and a low toxicity that make it particularly suitable for use on children. Although chamomile is anti-bacterial and antiseptic it is most valued for its anti-inflammatory properties. It contains the powerful anti-inflammatory substance chamazulene, which can relieve a wide variety of skin complaints. It has a light but sharp apple – like aroma. You can try our soothing chamomile flowers as a relaxing sleepy time tea.Text

Lavender as a balancing, uplifting and soothing effect . It alleviates stress, anxiety, depressions and is helpful for insomnia, headaches and migraine. Other known benefits are its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and healing actions, lavender is also very calming and soothing for the skin. Its lovely fresh floral aroma is very comforting. Try our Sleeping Beauty tea.

Stimulating, cleansing and refreshing, lemongrass has a sweeter more powerful citrus aroma than lemon. It is an effective painkiller, antiseptic and astringent and can help balance emotions during times of distress and emotional trauma. Try our T hymey Limey blend.

The wonderful antibacterial properties of Myrtle – often referred to as the East Coast’s tea tree, have mostly been forgotten in recent times. The plant thrives in peat bogs, alongside rivers and on the edge of lakes. It's relative, bog myrtle is reputed to be extremely useful for sensitive skin and acne, and helping to delay skin-ageing. Lemon Myrtle has a fresh herbal, lemony scent and can be found in our Honey Bee tea.

Promotes overall physical and emotional well being, although its healing properties are primarily associated with the digestive system and circulation. It has a light, clean, refreshing minty aroma and is a good insect repellant. Try peppermint in our Tummy Tamer tea.

Rose is a natural anti-inflammatory with healing, soothing and calming characteristics. Its repairing, moisturising and firming properties are renowned in natural skin care. A very expensive luxurious oil with a sweet floral scent which can be found in our White Rose Tea.

Calendula is a healing herb. Ideal for first aid treatments of minor burns and scalds or where there is inflammation of the skin, whether it’s due to infection or physical damage. Calendula flowers are edible and it’s petals have been a substitute for saffron to colour butter, rice, desserts and egg dishes. It is know as poor man’s saffron. The flowers and leaves can be eaten fresh in salads, or added to liqueurs as a drying agent, but more over it is used in salves, steams and infusions for its ability to speed skin healing.

Essential Oils

  • Bay
  • Sandalwood
  • Lavender
  • Geranium
  • Lemon Bergamot
  • Lime
  • Peppermint
  • Citrus
  • Tea Tree

Bay has a calming and warming effect on emotions and is known for settling the digestive system and rheumatic pains. Bay essential oil is also helpful with hair and scalp conditions and is mostly used to combat hair loss. It can also be used with success in treating sprains, strains and bruises.

Sandalwood has a balancing and harmonizing effect. It lifts the spirits and can be useful in treating nervous tension and depression – sandalwood is also a known aphrodisiac. It is a powerful immune-stimulant and its healing and rejuvenating properties make it particularly useful for sensitive, mature and damaged skin. Enjoy the mild sweet spicy aroma in our Highland Fling massage oil.

Lavender as a balancing, uplifting and soothing effect . It alleviates stress, anxiety, depressions and is helpful for insomnia, headaches and migraine. Other known benefits are its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and healing actions, lavender is also very calming and soothing for the skin. Its lovely fresh floral aroma is very comforting. Try our Sleeping Beauty tea.

Geranium works profoundly on the emotions and is useful in many conditions – and smells wonderful while it works so hard! It is effective in cleansing the body, and uplifting the mind. It’s delightful floral fragrance makes it a pleasure to use, either on its own or as contributory oil in blends. Try our Muscle Relief essential oil blend.

Lemon Bergamot is traditionally used to firm the skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of cellulite – lemon is also used to cleanse, refresh and tone oily skin types. Bergamot oil has an uplifting scent and a lovely crisp citrus aroma and is the base for earl grey blends. Try our T ea. Earl Gray. Hot. or our Cream Lady Gray Tea..

Lime is a natural immune system booster. Lime essential oil was anciently used for sore throats, infections, colds and fevers. Aromatically this oil can help overcome depression, exhaustion and listlessness. It is calming, uplifting and may help to relieve stress. Great for natural skin care treatment of acne, brittle nails and fungal infections.

Promotes overall physical and emotional well being, although its healing properties are primarily associated with the digestive system and circulation. It has a light, clean, refreshing minty aroma and is a good insect repellant. Try peppermint in our Tummy Tamer tea.

Can be used to create feelings of happiness and warmth. It is a mentally and physically uplifting oil that is helpful for lifestyle pressures. Orange essential oil is a good general skin tonic and can help detoxify congested skin. It is particularly beneficial for acne, mature and dry irritated skin. Why not try our Happiness body oil.

The antiseptic action of tea tree is thought to be one hundred times more powerful than carbolic acid – and yet is non-poisonous to humans. Tea tree is an exceptionally powerful antiseptic essential oil and has the advantage of being both hypo-allergenic, non toxic and its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties make it useful in a wide range of conditions.