From the Herb Basket

From the Herb Basket – 30

February 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Storing Herbal Medicine: Pharmaceutical manufacturers use bottles with dark colored glass for many of their products. Light tends to speed up the degradation of such things as medicines and dried herbs. Keep them in a cool, dark place — ideally where the temperature does not exceed 80 F. When you’re using [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 29

October 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sensational Cinnamon Give your hair a boost. Mix 1/4 cup each of ground cinnamon and honey. Apply to the scalp, leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse. Cinnamon increases blood flow to the scalp and could stimulate hair growth. Make a moth repellent with 2 cinnamon sticks and 1 teaspoon each black peppercorns and [ ...click to read more ]

From The Herb Basket – 28

May 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

For a delicious and different flavor stir 1 teaspoon of apple or strawberry jelly into a piping hot cup of herbal tea. Stir until the jelly is melted. Tarragon was the favorite herb of Thomas Jefferson. Each summer he gave away dozens of cuttings to gardening friends. Here’s a tasty topping for the next casserole: [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 27

December 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

The angelica herb was named in honor of the archangel Raphael, who is said to have revealed to a monk that the plant could cure the plague. Sweet basil is sometimes called “the royal herb” for once long ago only royalty had access to the plants. The ancient Egyptians called the aloe  “plant of [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 26

May 31, 2016 // 1 Comment

Beautiful basil — it’s packed with calcium, magnesium and vitamin C. These work together to help lower blood pressure and reduce stress. Basil is also rich in vitamin K, which boosts circulation and keeps arteries clear. Use fresh basil if possible in teas, pasta dishes, salads, or for making a wonderful [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 25

March 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Archaeologists digging in Syria [ ancient Mesopotamia ] discovered the remains of whole cloves in a domestic kitchen dating back to 400 B.C. During this time in history cloves were grown only on a handful of islands in the Indonesian archipelago. The cloves were found in a clay urn with a lid that fit snugly over the [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 24

November 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

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.                                                                       -o0o- Named [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 23

September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Hanging Gardens, in what is now Iraq have been called one of the seven wonders of the world. Legend has it that the gardens were built by King Nebuchadnezzar for his favorite wife who was homesick for her native trees and mountains. The Hanging Gardens were actually terraced roof gardens, built over massive stone [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 21

March 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Some tips for using dried herbs and ways to re-purpose apple peels and citrus rind… Here’s a recipe that may help reduce arthritis inflammation. Multi-Mint Antioxidant Tea 1/8 teaspoon each- dried sweet Italian basil, lemon balm, peppermint, spearmint and orange mint. Combine the herbs in a tea pot. Pour [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 20

February 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

For a stronger immune system: eat garlic, onions, ginger and lots of spices such as oregano, turmeric, cinnamon and sage. Add spices and herbs to soups, stews, casseroles, meats and vegetables, as well as bean dips and sauces. Garlic and onions offer wide-spectrum antimicrobial properties. Exactly 54 years after [ ...click to read more ]