A few garden favorites

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on any body”  1Thessalonians 4:11

faviconDoes anyone love gardening as much as me? It is peaceful calm place to be , out in the garden. Spring is a beautiful time in the garden. Where I live, in the foothills of California we have been blessed with much rain and it is green everywhere and the wildflowers are abundant. It is time to clean up the beds, pull everything back and see how they all did throughout the winter. It is time to start new seeds, trim existing plants, spread out cedar shavings.

Thyme is a beautiful herb. It is low growing with tiny little flowers on it. It is part of the mint family. Historically the word was derived from the word courage, as knights supposedly wore sprigs of thyme on their head. Thyme has antibacterial properties as well as antispasmodic, expectorant, carmininative. Commonly is well known as used in commercial mouthwash. There are many uses for thyme; some of which are infections, yeast infections, topical fungal infections , mouthwash, toothaches and whooping cough. It can be used in the locker room for athletes foot. Aviva Romm recommends thyme as vaginal suppository for Group b strep in the late stages of pregnancy. It can be used as a tincture, infused with honey, or steam.

 

morterRosemary is well known as the herb of remembrance. It is native to the Mediterranean.Rosemary is an antioxidant, antispasmodic, analgesic, aromatic, astringent, insect repellant, nervine and stimulant. It is an extremely versatile herb. It can be diffused throughout your school room or a seniors apartment for memory help and focusing. Rosemary can be useful for headaches and upset stomaches. Rosemary improves circulation to the brain and could be very useful for Alzheimers patients. This herb is easy to grow and has beautiful little white or blue flowers .

 

Basil is another favorite of mine. The scent alone is amazing. There is an old saying that planting basil in the garden brings prosperity and happiness. I do know about the happiness part!! I love basil in my garden . Some of the properties in basil are anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, nervine, aromatic, stimulant and is high in antioxidants. It is best known as a culinary herb; can you think of anything more delicious than fresh pesto? The aroma can help clear your mind. But is also useful for warts, used as an insect repellant and a longevity tonic. Herbalist Nicholas Culpepper says “Being applied to the place bitten by venomous beasts or stung by a wasp or hornet speedily draws  poison to it”. I use basil fresh but it can be dried as well. If you have an abundance of fresh in your garden you can chop and place in ice cube trays with some water to enjoy throughout the year.

1528484_804605326288915_1793808922706243068_nHarvesting herbs is fun and an easy process .Choose a healthy plant. Midmorning is best as the dew has usually dried off. Cut some sprigs off and place in a dehydrator or hang in a cool place till dry. patches.signature.300