Kew Gardens: The top 20 plant remedies

Kew Gardens, Britain’s most famous botanical gardens and one of the world’s most prestigious plant research centres, is the home of the ethnomedica project, the purpose of which is:

To collect and preserve a fast disappearing aspect of our British heritage – its medicinal plant traditions.

The people who remember using plants as a primary health resource are fast dying out. It is a matter of urgency to collect their information for the benefit of future generations – for its intrinsic interest and for its medical potential.

Ethnomedica is dedicated to preserving this knowledge and making it freely accessible to everyone.

Preliminary results, from survey cards received since 2003, reveal the top 20 plants and their principal uses:


Plant Principal use
Rumex – dock Stinging nettle
Allium cepa – onion Antibacterial
Urtica dioica – nettle Tonic; rheumatism
Symphytum officinale – comfrey Bruising; bones
Sambucus nigra – elder Coughs and colds
Taraxacum officinale – dandelion Warts
Tanacetum parthenium - Feverfew Migraine
Brassica oleracea – cabbage Mastitis
Chamaemelum nobile Sleep
Citrus limon – lemon Coughs and colds
Allium sativum – garlic Antibacterial
Lavandula x intermedia – lavender Insommnia
Salvia officinalis – sage Sore throats
Aloe vera – aloe Skin ailments
Solanum tuberosum - potato Burns; warts
Zingiber officinale - Ginger Stomach problems
Rubus idaeus - Raspberry Childbirth
Sempervivum tectorum - Houseleek Burns; Sore eyes
Vicia faba - Broad Bean Warts
Petroselinum crispum - Parsley Breath freshener

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