Tag Archives: Herbs

Lovely Lavender for the Nervous System

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia and other species) There are many species of lavender, and any aromatic species can be used. I grow Lavandula angustifolia in my garden for harvesting and usually grow a few different varieties to experiment with. Lavender is not a herb that grows wild in the northeastern United States. Lovely lavender calms the nervous system, heals burns on

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7 Cool Things We Never Knew Lavender Could Do

ADD THIS WONDER PLANT TO YOUR FARMERS’ MARKET SHOPPING LIST.  Maybe you’re thinking of planting lavender because it’s a beautiful addition to any flowerbed and because bees seem to love it. But its usefulness doesn’t stop there. Here are seven ways to put it to work at home outside or in an indoor herb garden. 1. Keep Moths Away Dried lavender is

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Which Lavenders Are The Most Fragrant For My Garden?

A lot will depend on the weather, how much sun and rain the plants receive, how harsh the winter is, the type of soil that the plants are grown in when the lavender is harvested, and how soon after harvest you process it. Here on the farm, we grow mostly English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) which are typically the most fragrant.  The cultivars that we like for

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Creams, Lotions, and Salves

Dry, itchy skin? Cuts, scrapes, infected wounds, or rashes? They can all be soothed and renewed with the healing nourishment of herbs applied in a moisturizing base – the realm of creams, lotions, and salves. Of course, your skin is your largest eliminative organ. It’s often exposed to the elements, and it’s somewhat delicate {no fur or scales to protect

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A Few of Our Favorite Old-Fashioned Lavender Ideas for the Home

Sweet Scented Armchair In one of my favorite old books Pot Pourri from a Surrey Garden {1900}, by Mrs. C.W. Earle described a delightfully fragrant household idea: ‘On the backs of my armchairs are thin Liberty oblong bags, like miniature saddle-bags, filled with dried Lavender, Sweet Verbena and Sweet Geranium leaves. This mixture is much more fragrant than the lavender alone. The visitor

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5 Lavender Craft Ideas To Try At Home…

Lavender Bottles. 19, 21 or 23 fresh supple lavender stalks in full flower Lavender-colored satin ribbon 0.5-1.0 cm wide   Tie the bunch of heads together tightly just below the flower spikes. One end of the lavender should be about 30 cm, the other as long as possible. Gently turn all the stalks up around the bunch of flower spikes

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Aromatic Herbs: Tansy

Tansy {Tanacetum vulgare} Tansy is an upright herb with a crown of bright yellow clustering flowers. It is a member of the Asteraceae family and is also known as common tansy, bitter buttons, cow bitter, mugwort, and golden buttons. It grows to a height of three feet and produces pinnate, lance-shaped leaves that are uniformly toothed. Its button-shaped flowers sit

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Niaouli

Aromatherapy MELALEUCA VIRIDIFLORA Niaouli (botanical name Melaleuca viridiflora) is also occasionally known as gomenol and belongs to the Myrtaceae family. An essential oil obtained by steam distilling the tender leaves and twigs of the plant that is used as a substitute for lavender in its native country for nearly all purposes. Niaouli is seldom used as a herb and it

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Aromatherapy Healing ~ Aromatherapy Techniques

In various subtle ways, you probably already use aromatherapy. When you make a tea made from a fragrant herb {such as peppermint or chamomile} or toss such herbs into your bath, you are extracting the herb’s essential oils into the water. Likewise, when you make recipes from this website that use fragrant herbs, you are using aromatherapy. Because essential oils

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