More and more people are beginning to grow and use herbs in their homes. Whether they are using them as companion plants to protect their flowers and veggies when growing, flavoring their food or using them to heal many mild health problems from colds to aching muscles, herbs continue to grow in popularity. On top of that they have learnt to love the wonderful aroma from the oils in many of the herbs and use them to perfume many things like bath products, soaps, candles and beauty preparations.
If you are interested in learning more about herbs, take a look at these sites, which I often use for inspiration:
Botanical - A Modern Herbal This website has been online since 1995 and has an amazing amount of infomation on herbs. Here you will find their descriptions, cultivation, history, parts used, constituents, medicinal action and uses. There are also recipes, articles and links.
HGTV - Index of various herb projects and articles.
Companion Plants A nice chart for the home gardener compliled by Prof Hill, Macdonald College.
National Sustainable Agriculture Info Service (ATTRA). Gives companion planting info to aid pest control and obtain higher yields. It gives details for each U.S. State and for non-U.S. areas. This is mainly aimed at the farmer but still useful for the home gardener.
Timeless Herb Secrets
A South African blog with great info and recipes.
Katie's Herb Page There are pages on harvesting herbs , bath recipes, recipes, garden design etc.
Try her Spicy Aftershave Lotion:
Take a 1/4 cup each rosemary, and mint and add: a grated nutmeg, a cinnamon stick, a half a lemon-grated, and if available, 1/4 cup of patchouli leaves. (A couple of drops of essential oil would be fine.) Add these things to 2 cups vodka. Add a couple of drops of artificial musk oil and 1 cup of rose water. Let all this set for a couple of weeks, strain, label, and store in a cool spot.
Opossum Sally has many good herbal bath recipes, herb tea recipes, gardening hints and much more. Well worth a visit. Try her Herbal Relaxation Bath.
Steep 1/4 cup dried St. John's Wort, 1/4 cup dried Lavender, 1/4 cup dried Rosemary for 20 minutes or longer in one quart of boiled water. Add to warm bath water. Relax in bath for minimum of 20 minutes.
Hopefully I have got you interested in getting back to nature and using herbs rather than easily purchased but expensive beauty and cooking aids in the home. Plus the fact many manufactured items have additives that natural products do not and you have the added satisfaction of knowing that they have not been tested on animals.
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