From the Herb Basket

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 ]

From the Herb Basket – 19

January 7, 2015 // 4 Comments

A pot of basil grown in a kitchen window that faces west will keep this area free from negative spirits. The best time to plant an herb garden is when the moon is in Cancer, Scorpio, Libra or Pisces. Any product made from rose oil will not only moisturize your skin, it will also purify and cleanse your skin as well. [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 18

December 13, 2014 // 3 Comments

Fresh lemon balm leaves were once used to polish oak furniture. The lemon essence preserved the wood and kept it light in color. In Medieval times, children were not allow sweet cakes [ gingerbread men today ] as it was thought that fresh ginger would produce bad dreams. Mace is the outer covering for nutmeg that is [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket -16

September 24, 2014 // 2 Comments

Fall House Cleaning… This is an all – purpose, environmentally friendly, non-toxic spray; good to have on hand for wiping, cleaning, and disinfecting almost every surface except wood and marble. If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can use herbal tea bags instead. Roughly chop 1/2 cup fresh herbs in [ ...click to read more ]