The Medicine Garden

QUICK LINKS: Companion Plants, Growing Guides, Basic Preparations, Plant Constituents, Plants for Bees – South African Calendar

Companion Plants

Herbs, Flowers, Trees, Vegetables, Berries, Fruit and Mushrooms

Companion Planting an integral part of permaculture and a holistic approach to gardening where you plant different crops in proximity for maximising the use of space, providing nutrients, shade or support, increasing crop productivity, attracting beneficial insects, pest control / repelling pests, pollination or providing a space for beneficial creatures. The concept is an ongoing process of living and learning with nature and increasing biodiversity to support a sustainable Eco system.

Basic Preparations

Basic preparations includes a brief description and instructions: Baths & Washes, Cold Macerations, Creams & Lotions, Decoctions, Food, Garlge & Mouthwash, Infused Oils (Hot and Cold), Infusions & Tea, Juices, Ointments, Poultices, Powders, Steam Inhalations, Syrups, Tinctures, Vinegar

Plant Constituents

In recent time the active constituents responsible for medicinal actions of plants have been studied and observed.  The active plant constituents are usually classified by their chemical structure rather than actions.  This list is not conclusive and just provides a basic overview of the main constituents including Alkaloids, Amino Acids, Anthraquinones, Coumarins, Flavonoids, Glycosides, Minerals, Mucilage, Saponins, Tannins, Vitamins and Volatile oils for a better understanding of medicinal plants.

Growing Guides

The growing guides and information on this website has been compiled from a very large number of sources including personal experience, reliable internet sources, talking to experienced individuals, research journals and books. The website is created by Nathalie Strassburg and the information is free and intended to inspire others who want to start or develop their own gardens. View all Growing Guides. Here is an overview of what the growing guides contain.

Plants for Bees – South African Calendar

Plants for Bees – South Africa Calendar is a free resource

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QUICK LINKS: Companion Plants, Growing Guides, Basic Preparations, Plant Constituents, Plants for Bees – South African Calendar