First in my line-up of favorite F herbs is Fennel . Fennel is a lovely plant with very airy ferny leaves that have a slight licorice flavor. Not appealing taste-wise to me as I don't like licorice; I plant it because it is pretty, but caterpillars love it!
I use fennel seed much more than the herb itself. Fennel seed is good for tummy troubles and will often send the "my tummy hurts Mommy" complaints away with just a few little seeds to be eaten. Fennel seed is often used in teas and of course in italian sausage. I read recently that fennel seed can be made into a facial toner to reduce wrinkles ... I'll have to try that one, I do believe! I'll hunt down the recipe and post it here if you're interested.
Feverfew is next in my list, and it is also a very pretty plant. Feverfew has white daisy-like flowers which is the reason I grew it in the first place. I've read that Feverfew helps with migraines, but can't attest to that one. I tried to get my husband and mother-in-love to try it, but they didn't seem very interested in eating a Feverfew leaf sandwich every day. ?
Flax, is one herb I've not grown before (I did plant some flax seeds in a pot but the neighbor dog did them in...nasty little creature); but I use the seed daily in the kitchen. Flax is where we get those fabulous fabrics- linen and flax, and strangely enough linseed oil.
Flax seeds are very nutritious and can be ground up and added to all sorts of things- cereal, baked goods, salads, etc. My favorite thing to do with Flax seeds is to toss them into my breakfast of choice- a Spinach Smoothie.
Finally, we once again have Foxglove. I know I used it for D, but it is soooo lovely, I didn't think you would mind seeing it again.
I do have one last minute addition to the list- Fo-Ti. Isn't that a fun word? Fo-Ti, I like it. OK, I am infinitely easily amused, but really check out what they say about this Fo-Ti root ... could be a helpful herb for some of us ... I'm thinking hair color here, skin rashes, calming the spirit ... not that other stuff. Ahem ... moving right along.
That's it for me today, do click on the highlighted words above to read more about these herbs; and if you use these herbs yourself, please leave a comment and tell us how you use them.
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