May 2012

Growing Mosquito-Repellent Herb Plants

May 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

Lantana – [Lantana camara] an ornamental plant that has a strong oily smell. Lantana emits large amounts of volatile organic compounds from the leaves. Lantana leaves need not be crushed to release its mosquito repelling power. Grow Lantana in areas where you spend time outdoors. Group the plants together on [ to read more ]

How to Make an Herbal Compress

May 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

A compress is basically a cloth or a small towel that has been soaked in an herbal decoction or infusion and then applied to a painful area. Use Comfrey for sports type injuries. St.John’s Wort and Rosemary for painful joints and low back pain. Chamomile is good for cramps and stomach pains. Peppermint is [ to read more ]

Herbs That Boost Your Immune System

May 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

Echinacea- A beautiful perennial herb grown easily from seed. Commercial echinacea is extracted from the roots and sold in health food stores. You can make an immune boosting tea from the flowering tops of the echinacea flower. Tea made from the leaves is a remedy for sore throat and bleeding gums. Native Americans [ to read more ]

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

Mother’s Day is on Sunday May 13, 2012 Herb plants are at their peak during the month of May. Garden centers are bursting with basil, dill, rosemary and many other plants. Check local farmers markets for really good deals on herb plants and gifts. You can always make your gifts and surprize Mom on her special [ to read more ]