Experiencing Herbs with your Child

Experiencing Herbs with your Child

Herbs and Children, Using Herbs
[caption id="attachment_396" align="alignright" width="300"] Bash, processing thyme and lavender with Mom.[/caption] Here is a picture from last summer. Bash was helping me process thyme and lavender. Lavender is his FAVORITE herb. He loves the little purple flowers and the smell, I mean who doesn't? Well my weirdo herbalist of a mother isn't the hugest lavender (fragrance) fan...buuut...more for US! ;) Hello beautiful people! Relishing in this absolutely beautiful sunny day! Wandered around my garden barefoot this morning slowly soaking up that positive Sagittarius energy. I did not want the quiet morning to end. It lasted a good solid 3 minutes until I realized my bare feet were two inches away from a mound of dog poop left by my beloved blue heeler Winston. OH glorious morning!! I MUST say though,…
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Emerging From Winter With Herbs

Emerging From Winter With Herbs

Using Herbs
We are writing from different places, with different climates and different experiences.  But the awakening of Spring stirs something in each of us.  And we make our preparations, whether from a Lenten fast, Passover, a week-long cleanse or just the venture out to harvest the wild greens we have been craving. LadyBarbara wrote Skunk Cabbage: New England Bear Medicine about the plant that heats its way up through the snow and feeds the bears after the acorns are gone. Granny Sam Gahagan writes from her snow covered lair about Emerging from Emerging from Winter With Herbs, focusing on the emotional side.  Stunning photographs. Feel free to copy this list to your website, and please visit the sites of the contributors.  I love reading the different approaches our passionate herbalists have…
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Herbal Tonics

Using Herbs
Herbal tonics are an easy way to begin using herbs. You can use fresh herbs straight from your garden or of the woods around you or dried. It is an easy way to try something new and see how it affects you. AND, you can drink tea all of your life. Our world is toxic and filled with disease. What can it hurt to safeguard our health and keep our body’s defenses strong? How does one go about combating disease, increasing immunity and elevating the quality of their own life but by nourishing one’s body tissues and providing energy for all the zillions of metabolic unseen processes that go on at a cellular level? The word (and use) of tonics is powerhouse if understood (and used) properly. Speaking about the…
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Volunteers in the Herb Garden

Volunteers in the Herb Garden

Herb Gardening
Volunteers in the Herb Garden... Parsley, caraway, and dill Every gardener could use herb garden volunteers to help out once in a while. Especially when the volunteer tastes as good as some that are commonly found in the herb garden. Parsley, caraway, and dill are three commonly used herbs that will return on their own, year after year, once you get them started in the garden. Dill is the easiest of this trio to start. Scatter a few seeds in a bare spot in the garden and you will soon be rewarded by the light green, lacy foliage, known as dillweed, followed by seed heads for use in pickling. Plant in early spring and late summer for the best foliage growth; if started in summer the plants tend to flower…
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5 Reasons to Use Herbs Everyday

5 Reasons to Use Herbs Everyday

Using Herbs
Build Your Immune System. A healthy immune system goes a long ways toward keeping your body healthy. Herbal remedies help create and sustain a healthy immune system which helps your body fight off many common infections like the common cold, as well as cancer and other degenerative diseases. Some common herbs that help you build a stronger immune system are: * astragalus * ligustrum * reishi * nettle herb. Increased Energy. Unfortunately, today, we are bombarded with products and advertisers that lead us to believe that caffeine is what we all need to have more energy. But the fact of the matter is caffeine, in large amounts, consumed on a regular basis, does the exact opposite. It actually drains our natural energies, quickly, leaving us feeling poorly even disrupting our…
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Growth Requirements for Common Herbs

Herb Gardening
Different herbs have different growth requirements to flourish. The growing environment that will cause one herb to grow plentiful for you will cause another to languish. The table below will help you find the right spot for the right herb. HERB LIGHT SOIL HEIGHT PROPAGATION HARDINESS Angelica Angelica archangelica Biennial Best in cool climates Light shade Moist soil 72 inches Seed in fall Hardy AnisePimpinella anisum Annual Alkaline soil Bright Well drained 18 to 24 inches Seed in spring Half hardy Basil, sweet Ocimum basilicum Annual Excellent for pots. Bright Moist soil 18 inches Seed in spring Tender Bay, sweetLaurus nobilis Woody perennial For containers. Topiary. Light shade Well drained 48+ inches Cuttings Tender Borage Borago officinalis Annual Often self-Seeds. Bright Dry soil 24 to 36 inches Seed in spring…
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