Put Some Spice Into Your Life
April 15th, 2006
Throughout history, herbs have played a major role in the health and well being of mankind. Every society on the planet, past or present, has discovered the value of herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes. Especially now in the 21st century of “designer” pharmaceutical preservatives and artificial flavor enhancements, we see a strong trend toward the natural flavoring and medicinal purposes of herbs. No matter how small or large your gardening space, you have room for an herb garden. Start with a sunny spot in the ground; add a good organic soil amendment or plant in pots, using a good potting soil.
Be sure to provide adequate water, and fertilize as necessary. Now comes the fun part. Start with a good selection of culinary herbs such as basil, thyme, mint, rosemary, oregano, sage, dill, coriander, fennel, marjoram and parsley. Use your culinary herbs to flavor fish, meat, chicken, soups and salads.
Your medicinal collection should include chamomile, lavender, aloe, echinacea and lemon balm. Medicinal herbs are great in teas to help ease headaches, toothaches, tension and stomach pain. Always check with your doctor first to be sure herbal remedies are all right for you.
Herbs also provide a great way to scent and decorate your home in dried arrangements, potpourris and sachets. Some great herbs for this are: sweet basil, lemon verbena, sweet marjoram, lemon balm, scented geranium, rosemary, thyme and mint. For use in sachets and potpourri, dry the herbs first, by tying sprigs together with a string and hanging in a warm, dry place. Place the dried herbs in a fabric bag, tie with a string or ribbon, and hang them in your closet or tuck them in a drawer.
And there’s nothing like an herbal bath with fresh herbs. Lavender is traditionally for relaxation, and rosemary to soothe aching muscles and joints; try mint or a mixture of oregano, sage, and thyme to boost your energy. Simply put about a half of a cup of fresh herbs in a muslin bag (pantyhose will also work), tie tightly, and hang it directly under the faucet as you are running the bath. You can also use the bag as a ‘scrub bag’ to scent your skin.
In your garden, herbs can be planted in beautiful patterns of color, texture and size, or combine them in containers with roses, fruit trees and perennials. Come in and we’ll show you how. The world of herbs opens up a world of possibilities…discover them today!