From the Herb Basket

During the first world war, garlic juice was used in field dressings to prevent gangrene.

During the second world war, rosemary leaves and juniper berries were burned in French hospitals to kill germs.

The name “jasmine” comes from the Persian word “yasmin” which means “gift from God.”

Gotu kola stimulates collagen production in women over 40.

Lovage is sometimes called “Maggi plant” because it’s flavor is reminiscent of Maggi boullion cubes.

Country folk claim only the truly wicked can grow parsley.

The peony is named after Paeon, physician to the Greek Gods.

According to folk lore, a garden full of thyme will attract fairies.

The old French name for sage was toute-bonne, which means “all is well.”

Grow chervil to lure the slugs away from basil plants.

Widely valued for its antiseptic properties, tea-tree oil is a useful remedy for minor skin infections, bites and stings.

Freeze whole mint leaves in ice cubes to flavor tea.

~ Meadow Walker

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