When thinking of gardening, cooking, eating healthy, one cannot get away from the beauty and necessity of herbs. Regardless of your goal- to grow healthy food for you and your family, to attract butterflies, to make your gardens beautiful or to simply delight your senses- herbs fit the bill. For the most part, herbs are… Continue reading Herbs: An Overview
"She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: "Winter is dead." A.A. Milne I have always loved dandelions. Blowing the seeds was a wonderful pastime when I was a child. Little did I know that I was spreading the love- dandelion love. Now I love dandelions for a… Continue reading The Dandelion
An Herbal Tincture is a method of preserving the medicinal attributes of an herb in such a way will allow you to use the herbs long after their season is gone. As I have said before, the more herbs you eat, the healthier you will be. However, at certain times of the year, certain herbs… Continue reading Herbal Tinctures- What Are They & How To Make One
As I left out on my morning run, for the first time this year I wore a hooded sweatshirt over my t-shirt and wind-pants with a cap on my head. For us here in East Texas, that is just almost cold. I could see my breath but there was no frost on the ground, just… Continue reading Basil- For A Moment More & How To Make An Herbal Vinegar
Lemon Verbena: Aloysia citrodora is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family Verbenaceae, native to western South America. Common names include lemon verbena and lemon beebrush. It was brought to Europe by the Spanish in the 17th century and cultivated for its oil. Lemon Verbena was/is used by those believing in magic and spells. Lemon Verbena is for love- to make yourself attractive to the opposite sex. I don't know about… Continue reading Lemon Verbena- An Herb That Should Get A Lot More Press!
Cool weather makes one want a nice cup of hot tea, and an herbal tea will not only warm the soul but it will boost your immune system as well. To Make A Tea: Place one teaspoon of dried herbs in a tea bag, a tea egg, or loose in a cup and pour hot… Continue reading How To Make Herbal Tea
When folks think of herbs, Rosemary is always one that comes to mind. We have sold a lot of rosemary which always surprises me given the fact that once Rosemary is established it grows quickly and makes a rather large shrub. It would seem that one plant would be all a person needed in a… Continue reading Rosemary For Remembrance- And A Whole Lot More!
As we journey along on our path to health, herbs are playing a huge role. The home medicine cabinet can be stocked with so much that will keep the doctor away and keep your body humming like a well-oiled machine. One of the items in my medicine cabinet that I wanted to replace was deodorant.… Continue reading Herbal Deodorant- A Recipe
One of the new herbs that I have grown this year is Holy Basil. This herb was recommended to me by my good friend, Gail, because she said that it had the most amazing scent and thrived in hot Texas summers. Well, anything that thrives in a Texas summer needs consideration and I am always… Continue reading Holy Basil
This is one from the archives, but I love this herb and thought it worth repeating! Thyme Lovely plant and wonderful scent Kitchen Dictionary: thyme Pronounced: TIME This is one of those little plants that laughs in the face of a Texas summer and remains undaunted by a few freezes. The creeping variety has been… Continue reading Could You Use A Little More Thyme?