A small and short lived perennial that was once called St. Robert. It is believed that the herb was probably named after the 11th Century French Saint Robert, Abbot of Molerne, whose medical skills were legendary.
This is not normally a culinary herb although it has been used as a preventative and to strengthen the immune system, the leaves and stems can be used as a tea where it partners well in tea with lemon balm, lemon verbena, sage and fennel, add some Stevia for a sweeter drink.
Over the centuries Herb Robert has been used as a gargle for mouth ulcers, bleeding gums and sore throats. As a foot infusion it is said to help remove toxins, heavy metals and radiation from the body and as such often used by those who have been subject to x-rays, mobile phones and continually working with computers. A hot poultice made of steeped leaves is said to be soothing to bladder pains, neuralgia, bruises and persistent skin problems.
A quick growing plant in shady damp conditions but will tolerate a wide range of conditions provided it is protected from strong sun and drying out. No insect pest bothers it, it is said the smell of the leaves act as an insect deterrent and can be used in animals bedding.
Regular applications of Seasol and Powerfeed and regular harvesting will keep the plant healthy and producing well.
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