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Showing posts from November 29, 2009

Herbs Around Home for Some Christmas Time Relaxation

A Quick Refresher on some Common Household Ingredients...

Eucalyptus isn't just what Koala Bears eat, it's a great decongestent & sinus aid. Add a few drops of the essential oil to your next bath & enjoy! It also has anti bacterial properties.

Peppermint is the key ingredient in delicious candy canes, but it also acts as a digestive aid & muscle relaxant & is jolly nice in a cup of tea when splashed with a touch of real maple syrup or local honey.

Cloves promote digestion & help to regulate body temperature. So go ahead & sprinkle some atop your eggnog this Christmas or in your stovetop rum!

Cinnamonhas traditionally been used for sore throats & as a mild anti inflammatory among other purposes. It smells welcoming & festive simmering on the stove... just add a few cinnamon sticks to a pot of water.

Lavender has been used for centuries as a multi-purpose herbal remedy, and does appear to have antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory,…

Thyme is a flyin'

Outside simplicity, natural diversity

This past summer we were fortunate to attend some great local farmer's markets including Independent Grocers on Friday's and Canadian Tire  on Thursday's in Huntsville. 

We look forward to expanding our circuit next year.

Here is the very garden in which the majority of our herbs grow including our lovely lavender, & pure peppermint.

Of course with just a bit of practice, you can grow your own veggies too. Herbs compliment vegetable gardens very well. For example, try a couple rows of potatoes, followed by some beans and peas, and maybe some tomatoes or zucchini and garlic,  then some echenaceia, sage, oregano, and lavender.  Here in Muskoka we're in gardening zone 4.