From the Herb Basket – 7

February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

During World War 2, wild rose hips were harvested to prevent scurvy in children. For best flavor in dried herbs begin the drying process within minutes of harvesting. Calendula flowers stimulate the growth of new, healthy skin. Add 3 tablespoons of the flowers to 2 ounces of extra virgin olive oil. Stir gently and [ ...click to read more ]

February in the Herb Garden

February 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

February has 28 days this year. Mild, even warm days can be followed by spells of bone-chilling temperatures and heavy snow. Protect tender herb shoots that may emerge this month. A one or two inch layer of finished compost or well-rotted leaf mold can be applied to the herb beds. A favorite soil conditioner of mine [ ...click to read more ]

Eating Well for Energy

January 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

A cold winter, it is. And with the freezing temperatures comes the need to fuel the body with wholesome foods and beverages. I’m simmering a broth today for dinner tonight. It’s very simple to make and you can sip the broth as is, or add vegetables to it and make a delicious soup. 1- 32 ounce can of low [ ...click to read more ]

Healing Herbal Teas

January 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Upset Tummy 1 teaspoon peppermint leaves 1 teaspoon lemon balm leaves Add herbs to a large mug, pour in 1 cup of boiling water Steep 5 minutes, strain and drink.       Nausea 1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh ginger root 1/2 teaspoon red clover 1teaspoon chamomile flowers Add herbs to a large mug, pour in 1 [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 6

January 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Herbal Housekeeping… For mold problems on bathtub grout, mix 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar and 10 drops of pure tea tree oil with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on mold and don’t rinse it off. Weeky applications will prevent mold from returning. Stuffy rooms? Place a cotton [ ...click to read more ]

January in the Herb Garden

January 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Most of the U.S. has been in a deep freeze for several days, and some states still are and will be for quite some time. The benefits of snow: Freshly fallen, uncompacted snow is full of trapped air. Because this air barely moves, heat transfer is greatly reduced, thus slowing heat-flow from the warmer ground to the [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 5

January 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Add a sprig or two of fresh rosemary to frozen corn while it cooks. What a delicious flavor, you won’t miss the butter or the salt. Steam fresh zucchini and spring onions with chopped, fresh oregano for a delicious “Italian taste.” Start the new year off right by cleaning out your herb rack. Chances [ ...click to read more ]