Growing Basil

June 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

One of the easiest and most popular culinary herbs to grow is the common or sweet basil, Ocimum basilicum. Native to southern Asia and islands of the South Pacific, this tender annual is primarily grown for its aromatic leaves which are used fresh or dried. Basil requires a sunny location which receives at least 6-8 [ ...click to read more ]

Herbal Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

June 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

Giving an herbal gift is a healthy way to celebrate Father’s Day ! Here are some gift ideas, including some you can make yourself: If he likes to cook with fresh herbs, consider herb scissors, with parallel blades for cutting chives and other herbs, to avoid smashing them. Herb keeper – keeps fresh cut [ ...click to read more ]

Growing Mosquito-Repellent Herb Plants

May 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

Lantana – [Lantana camara] an ornamental plant that has a strong oily smell. Lantana emits large amounts of volatile organic compounds from the leaves. Lantana leaves need not be crushed to release its mosquito repelling power. Grow Lantana in areas where you spend time outdoors. Group the plants together on [ ...click to read more ]

How to Make an Herbal Compress

May 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

A compress is basically a cloth or a small towel that has been soaked in an herbal decoction or infusion and then applied to a painful area. Use Comfrey for sports type injuries. St.John’s Wort and Rosemary for painful joints and low back pain. Chamomile is good for cramps and stomach pains. Peppermint is [ ...click to read more ]

Herbs That Boost Your Immune System

May 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

Echinacea- A beautiful perennial herb grown easily from seed. Commercial echinacea is extracted from the roots and sold in health food stores. You can make an immune boosting tea from the flowering tops of the echinacea flower. Tea made from the leaves is a remedy for sore throat and bleeding gums. Native Americans [ ...click to read more ]

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

Mother’s Day is on Sunday May 13, 2012 Herb plants are at their peak during the month of May. Garden centers are bursting with basil, dill, rosemary and many other plants. Check local farmers markets for really good deals on herb plants and gifts. You can always make your gifts and surprize Mom on her special [ ...click to read more ]

Herbs ~ Garden and Cooking

April 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

Ten Best Herbs for Cooking Basil, dill,rosemary, chives, mint, sage, cilantro, oregano, parsley,thyme. Five Best Herbs to Grow in Containers and Pots Basil ~ Full sun, moist soil Mint ~ Partial shade, moist soil Parsley ~ Full sun, moist soil, high in organic matter Rosemary ~ Partial to full sun, dry to moderately [ ...click to read more ]

Herbal Foot Bath

April 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

Happy Earth Day ! Roses are red Violets are blue For Earth Day this year Let’s all plant a few After a weekend of digging and planting in the garden, what better way to end it, than with a fragrant and relaxing herbal foot soak. Here’s a recipe for the herbal foot bath. You’ll need a two gallon [ ...click to read more ]

Herbs That Heal

April 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

Calendula Tincture for the Relief of Hemmorroids… 1 – 16 ounce bottle of witch hazel 2 – tablespoons of dried calendula flowers In a glass jar or ceramic bowl, add the witch hazel and calendula flowers. Cover the jar or bowl and let the mixture stand for eight hours at room temperature. Using a tea [ ...click to read more ]