This year had an agenda to be the year of herbs. Learning to forage, use, and grow herbs.
Learning by doing is the best practice. Identify a plant, learn to use it and what benefits it provides. Learn how the body reacts to its properties.
The hard part is everything blooms so fast. There is a short window to capture the herb before it’s gone until next year.
I remind myself: this is not a race, but a journey. Learning to walk before I run. We cannot be a master overnight.
so here I am.. learning and trying so hard not to be overwhelmed.
also – Please talk to your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements. I am not a medical professional.
Yarrow is a plant that grows and takes over grassy areas. Sometimes you see the flowers in the ditches with their flat flower caps and fern like leaves.
Yarrow is good for healing wounds on the skin and works as an astringent. Internally Yarrow potentially has the ability to aid blood pressure, sweat out fevers, and ease menstrual cramps.
The leaves smell like licorice and the flowers are slightly sweet.
Besides using them medicinally, I think they look pretty in flower arrangements.
Plus – any ‘weed’ that is pretty and has benefits is a plus in my book. They grow prolifically in the garden and are easily tamed from taking over.
Yarrow is easily found in grass, ditches, or most nurseries. It comes in many colors – white, pink, yellow, red and transplants extremely easily.
This plant I am still learning about
I have a hard time finding information online – discovering if this is the same as other chamomile or different.
The healing properties are the same, but I believe this one is a annual not perennial. Time will tell. I transplanted a few into my garden. Hopefully they will take off and grow – they are not being walked on nor are they being mowed with the lawnmower.
Chamomile has calming effects to help ease nerves. Chamomile can also be used to scent lotions or candles.
Personally, it is one of my favorite scents and even if these little transplants don’t take well, or are annuals, then I have seeds that successfully germinated, hopefully ready to grow.
This will be an element in my tea garden.
Anxiety is a HUGE epidemic in our society. So many things are contributing to this.
But I am not here to discuss, nor diagnose that.
However, whenever I hear an herb aids anxiety… I jump on it.
That would damage it. You don’t disrespect magical plants like that. 😉
Motherwort is a plant that aids the heart in beating properly, hyperthyroidism and anxiety. Oh, and toots. But I know you’ll be interested for the former three. Hehe.
From my research, this plant is most versatile when it is made into a tincture. The leaves are collected, placed into a jar and 100 proof vodka is poured over until the leaves are covered. Let the mixture sit about 2 mos before straining out the leaves.
1/2 tsp is taken at a time.
My mixture has been sitting about a week. TBD on if it works for us. 😊
Besides Chamomile, the other big proponent in the tea garden will be Echinacea.
I hate to admit, I have always scoffed at plants that are grown EVERYWHERE. Sedum, Echinacea, Spirea, Day Lilies, etc… Until I found out that Sedum bring the bees, Echinacea is great for tea, and Day Lilies are edible. 🤯
Of course my German stubborn self is still not going to pay full-price for some of these at the Nursery. Oh no. I am going to grow these from seed, dammit.
So here they are. Transplanted from their little cells into their big girl pots. The last step before transplanting. HOORAY!
They are taking well to their big pots even in this treacherous heat.
Now I pray they get big enough for the ground to be established enough for winter.
I bought these Alliums at the local chicken feed store on clearance. No idea what type of Allium I was purchasing. It’s hard for me to say no to clearance plants.
Well this little trooper is growing well. I really have no idea what or how I can use it – or even if I can.
Honestly – I will probably transplant it because I am having new visions for this garden. I also have a bunch of Day Lilies to move to a sunnier location.
Mhmm.. I smell a new garden. 😇
Scroll all the way to the bottom to let me know how you use Alliums. Or… what to plant with Alliums and Day Lilies because frankly they don’t seem to go together. Hahaha.
They sure are pretty though!
Herbs have the potential to help us live healthier and better lives.
Will they take over modern medicine? That’s per each opinion. I say no.
But maybe with the help of herbs and a healthy lifestyle we can avoid so much of the modern medicine? 🤔
If you ever have any questions, or ideas for future blogs, comment below or shoot me an email!
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