Dany: In all of these, which one is the most potent?… Zach is here to show us how some common landscape plants can be used as antiseptics. Let’s start with thyme.
Zach: Yeah. So the oils from thyme can be used as an antiseptic. They’re used in cleaning products, natural cleaning products where it kills germs.
Dany: So is that a way to get the effect by just picking off a Sprig and rubbing it on my hand like that?
Zach: Yeah, definitely. It’s not going to take the place of washing your hands-
Dany: Okay, okay.
Zach: … but it can help.
Dany: Smells good too.
Zach: Smells good too.
Dany: Okay. The next one we got is yarrow. This is a common wildlife plant, that people plant for pollinators and habitat stuff.
Zach: Yeah, it’s a great native drought tolerant plant, also antiseptic.
Dany: Okay. Same thing with the leaves…?
Zach: Leaves, yes. [crosstalk 00:00:51] You can rub them, you can make a tincture out of it, you can even make a salve if you’re getting real in depth on it.
Dany: Sure. Sage, very common culinary plant, I’ve got a couple of culinary varieties here, but same thing with Sage?
Zach: Same thing with Sage. There’s a variety of sage that’s commonly used to burn and clean the air, clean the space. Same principle behind that, antiseptic.
Dany: Releasing the oils that are in the plant.
Dany: And so if I want to stop and smell the roses, that’s nice, I don’t use the leaves on these though, right?
Zach: No, not the leaves, not the petals, but the hips. The berry that fruits after the flower is done.
Dany: So eventually this little green space will turn into a berry, it’ll change to apple red…
Zach: Which is edible, but you can also use it as an antiseptic, kind of, make tinctures or salves as well.
Dany: Tea tree, that’s very common, I’ve seen cleaners with that in it.
Zach: Yeah. Tea tree is great. The oil can be used just straight or it can be mixed with other things as a cleaner. It’s also a really fantastic looking plant. It’s not blooming yet, but when it blooms, it’s beautiful.
Dany: Oh cool, that’s awesome. And you have some marigolds out there, I know they’re in a family of stuff that’s helpful.
Zach: So Marigolds, it’s kind of a myth that they are antiseptic. They help being planted with tomatoes and stuff, but it is not an antiseptic like these other ones, but we just wanted to bust that myth.
Dany: Because I’ve seen marigold salve, so you’re saying it’s a different kind of plant?
Dany: Cool, cool. And then you’ve got a…
Zach: Finally, we’ve got echinacea over here.
Dany: Oh yes. Now I know that people will take that for immunity boosting.
Zach: Yes. So the same principle applies to the antiseptic nature of it, you’re using the root, not the top of the plant.
Dany: Gotcha. Gotcha. And Zach, of all of these, which one is the most potent?
Zach: I would go with thyme.
Dany: Wow, thyme. That’s such a common herb that grows in most gardens.
Dany: That is so cool. Well thanks man.
Zach: Thank you.
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