From the Herb Basket

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 ]

From the Herb Basket – 8

March 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

To bring out the true flavor of tarragon, soak the leaves for several minutes in a liquid that can be used in the recipe- stock, oil, lemon juice, or vinegar. For steamed or boiled vegetables, add the herbs to melted butter and allow them to blend for five minutes before seasoning the vegetables with the butter [ ...click to read more ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]