From the Herb Basket – 24


The ancient Egyptians called the aloe “plant of immortality” and Cleopatra used the gel to help preserve her beauty and tighten sagging skin on her neck and face.


Named for the Greek goddess Artemis, the Artemisia genus has over 300 species, although only a few are grown in the herb garden. Most Artemisia inhibit the growth of other nearby plants, often killing them in the process.


The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that uttering a curse when sowing basil would hasten the germination of the tiny seeds.


The Bay tree is sacred to the Sun God Apollo.


Next time you brew a cup of chamomile tea, make an extra cup, allow it to cool and pour it in a spray bottle. Makes an excellent fungicide for treating mildew in damp places. Just spray it on and allow it to dry.


The grated root of horseradish, cultivated in the eastern Mediterranean region for more than 3,500 years is used as a pungent condiment and also in herbal medicine. Wasabi horseradish which is used in Japan has an extremely hot taste — too hot for most people in America.


The ancient Greeks called marjoram and oregano “brightness of the mountains” and it’s hard to imagine Mediterranean cooking without their warm, aromatic taste.


The lowly sorrel plant with its sharp, citrus taste may not be a gourmet cook’s delight, but it was good enough for Julius Caesar. He used its leaves and roots as a cure for scurvy among his troops.


Josephine, Napoleon’s wife, loved the scent of violets. Among Napoleon’s possessions was a lock of her hair and dried sweet violets kept inside a locket that he carried into battle.


In South Africa, the leaves of the rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) plant Aspalathus linearis have been brewed for centuries. Rooibos tea is becoming a wildly popular beverage with its pleasant flavor, caffeine-free content, and most importantly, its remarkable antioxidant properties.

Blessed be, sweet ones

~Meadow Walker

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