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Plant a Healing Herb Garden

  • July 6, 2009 - 10:17 am
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Clay_pots_with_herbs_on_white_background_220105Here at Jack’s Harvest we are great believers in the healing properties that can be found in nature.  We add sage, mint, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla to our flavors.  The herbs and spices do a variety things, they enhance the flavor of the food, they provide a myriad of health benefits like reducing blood sugar and inflammation in the body and they also expand the taste palate for your children.  It is easy to incorporate some of these healing herbs and spices into your daily meals and you can grow them yourself.  You don’t need a lot of space to create a beautiful, fragrant, flavorful and healing herb garden, in fact, all you need is some good organic soil, some medium sized pots and you are ready to go.  Here are some of my favorites.

  • Peppermint - aid in digestion, has cooling and stimulating properties.  Delicious in salads, tabouli not to mention delicious Mojitos and mint infused iced teas.
  • Lavender – when used in aromatherapy soothes and calms wonderful in a bath or dried in sachets.  It also has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.
  • Thyme – has powerful antimicrobial properties, clears congestion and soothes sore throats.  It can be made into a tea with sage and used as a gargle to ease the pain of sore throats.  Not for use medicinally when pregnant!
  • Yarrow – the beautiful flowers on the yarrow plant make it a great addition to any garden.  It’s green leaves can be applied to cuts to staunch bleeding it is also great in a tea with elder flower and peppermint for colds and flu – again not if you’re preggers!
  • Chamomile – this plant is also beautiful and well known for making a soothing tea that calms nerves and eases digestion.  Pick the flowers and let them dry in a clean glass jar with a lid.

TEA 101 – Make tea with fresh or dried herbs.  Pour boiling water over herbs (1 teaspoon dried or 2 teaspoons fresh) in a teapot or mug.  Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes.  Strain and enjoy.  Keeps for a day if refrigerated.

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1 Comments

  1. Electric Lighting %0B

    December 16, 2010 @ 4:57 am

    i have some small garden of herbs at home, i use them for baking foods and as herbal medicines ‘,,

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