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PostSubject: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:53 pm

One way to get out of the Winter blahs is to plan an herb garden for the spring. Below is pineapple mint, an aromatic and edible herb that I just love. It will be on my herbal shopping list.

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:13 pm

Catmint is a gorgeous herb and we have some growing out in front of the house. It is the tall tiny purple flowered plant in the photo. Not my photo, but just so you could see. A medicinal herb and also used in baths and shampoos etc.


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PostSubject: Re: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:24 pm

So, these are edible, hm? Sounds to me like I have some catching-up to do regarding good ol' nature's food supplies. Razz If I tried to live on herbs, I'd probably end up eating a poisonous mushroom and die. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:28 pm

Thyme is a culinary herb and also used for medicinal purposes. These grow easily and beautifully and I always enjoy having this one.

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:29 pm

Whatever you do, don't smoke the leaves of the catmint!

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:39 pm

Ah an old favorite, Chamomille. These flowers are used to make a calming tea, used alone or combined with other calming herbs. Also used widely in beauty and bath products, sachets, and potpourri, shampoo , and skin products. These are difficult to grow from seeds. I would recommend buying an already established plant.

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:43 pm

Night Star is a herb lover. Thanks for sharing, Night! Keep posting different herbs! Cat

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:48 pm

For those of you who take an interest in medicinal herbs I highly stress that you do research on whatever herbs you intend to use. People assume that herbs are safe, but if they are used with prescription meds it can be dangerous. Also you need to use safe amounts and be careful of allergic reactions. Please use caution.

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:51 pm

Thanks Greg! Hug

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:53 pm

Herbs can be dangerous if taken with drugs (you might also say drugs can be dangerous if taken with herbs.) How dangerous are herbs if you are not on drug medication?

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:01 pm

I decided to leave this link as there is just too much ground to cover in that area. A very useful site.
http://www.personalhealthzone.com/herbsafety.html

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:13 pm

I love herbs too!! flower Thanks for starting this thread Night.

My sister bought me gardening tools and herbs for Christmas - she knows me so well (earthy taurus with a green thumb alien ). My favourites would have to be basil (sis bought me some opal purple basil) and Sage, oh and garlic chives! My kids keep eating the basil straight from the garden (we don't use pesticides or anything like that). This year we also put in beans and tomatoes near the herbs. Tomatoes grow especially well near basil.

Can you tell this is a topic near and dear to my heart? Laughing Okay, I will shut up now and return you to your ususal program.....

Oh! But first I will tell you that oil of cloves is brilliant for tooth pain and is even used by dentists when numbing is required Smile I could use some of that right now albino
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PostSubject: Re: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:55 pm

Yup that's true. I love simmering whole cloves, cinnamon and apple or orange slices in a pot. Smells soooo good!
Ah Basil, another favorite of mine!

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Gardening   Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:03 pm

There are different varieties of Basil. A wonderful culinary herb. There is nothing like fresh basil in a sandwhich or in speghetti sauce.

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