Herbs for Everyday

A friend of mine recently bought a house. Not usually a real noteworthy affair to anyone but the new home owner…right? Well… in this case you’d be wrong. You see I have some of the smartest friends, and the coolest if I do say so myself!

This wonderfully talented, very lucky, smart friend bought a fabulous house. It is large, but not to large. It is beautiful, but not to beautiful. It is situated perfectly to be fairly self sustaining. It has a great fireplace, where they’re able to keep a beautiful fire going and have not needed to turn on the heat, so far. It has a sun room, apple trees, large kitchen,….and I am so very, very jealous!

I am also very proud of my friend. She doesn’t just talk the talk about saving the environment. She is actually doing something. There is more she wants to do, and she has fantastic ideas. I would love to help her by giving her some fantastically brillant advice and ideas but…. all I can think is…”She is SOOOOO lucky!!!” Really not much help.

So…in an effort to actually come up with some helpful ideas I’ve sat down and done the one thing I know best. I’ve made lists! Everything should start with a good list. Let’s take a look at mine:

Herbs to grow for strengthening your immune system:

Echinacea
Horseradish
Garlic
Oregano
Sage
Rosemary
Thyme
Ginger

Fair warning when growing horseradish though. Unless you have a large space which needs filled, grow horseradish in a container. It is a very agressive plant and can be hard to get rid of because it sprouts from any little root piece left behind.

A More Traditional Healing Herb Garden:

Apothecary Rose (Rosa gallica officinalis)
Calendula
Feverfew
Aloe
Garlic
German Chamomile
Sage
Comfry
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Peppermint
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

I always have health on my mind. I’m a huge fan of herbal remedies, and give full credit to herbs for my on going wellness. It has been many years since I’ve had a cold, the flu, or any illness which slows me down. I’ll be 103 touting the benefits of herbs. Just watch!

The Kitchen Herb Garden:

Basil
Chives
Cilantro
Dill
Marjoram
Mint
Oregeno
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Tarragon
Thyme

One word of wisdom here – once you start growing, and harvesting your own fresh herbs….You will never, ever go back to store bought!

For a great Tea Garden, grow the following:

Peppermint
Chamomile
Lavender
Lemon Verbena
Lemon Balm
Rose Hips
Bergamot
Marjoram
Jasmine
Coriander (aka Cilantro)
Thyme
Violet
Rosemary
Stevia

It should be noted that unless “tea” uses the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, it is technically not a tea but an “herbal infusion.” Tea would be so much more boring if we actually followed that rule though. So I say…the heck with it, it is ALL tea! I do encourage growing “tea” because it does have so many uses. In our area though, it is harder to grow – not impossible, just harder.

I think that is enough lists for one day. It gives a good jumping off point. Just remember when planting your herbs – always plant lavender for luck, rosemary by your garden gate, and have handy the 9 healing herbs of catnip, cayenne, chamomile, coltsfoot, comfrey, platain, garlic, ginger, and lobelia. you’ll never go wrong with any of them.

One last note though – while I am a firm believer in herbal remedies, always see a doctor first. Herbs can heal a lot of things, but if you don’t know the underlying cause of the illness, you will only be treating the symptoms. Safety first! See a doctor, then grab a cup of tea. 🙂

Just a little wicked wisdom from the neighborhood Witch!

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