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Herb 101: Sweet Cicely

by Uldreich Sam Crisostomo November 13, 2017

Herb 101: Sweet Cicely

Sweet Cicely, scientific name Myrrhis odorata, is also known as Garden Myrrh or Spanish Chervil. It is edible from roots to flowers with a flavor much like Anise and Liquorice. Although Sweet Cicely has been widely cultivated in past years and used to treat ailments such as stomachache and coughs, it isn’t commonly grown in most modern herb gardens. Many herbalists think Sweet Cicely deserves more attention, especially as a healthy, zero-calorie replacement for sugar. Sweet Cicely care is definitely not involved. Just water as needed to keep the soil moist, as Sweet Cicely generally needs about an inch of water per week. It is a perennial plant growing to 1 meter. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite, having both the male and femail organs, and are pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles.The plant is self-fertile.

Cicely may be used as a natural low-glycemic sweetener and the seeds are sweet enough to be enjoyed by themselves as an incredibly health dessert or treat. Sweet Cicely can also be used to treat hypertension and anxiety, ease coughing, calm the stomach, and detoxify the urinary tract.

Just a trivia, the leaves and the seed make good polishes for wood.
Uldreich Sam Crisostomo
Uldreich Sam Crisostomo



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