Our first zucchini and this one grew in the ground not in a pot. Next year it looks like we will be planting more of them next to the plum trees.
Monday, June 21, 2010
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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Catnip contains a substance called nepetalactone and essential oils. Nepetalactone has a sedative effect in humans. It also can be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and muscle-relaxing. The essence of the catnip herbs can be extracted through catnip tea, which is produced by steeping the aerial parts of the catnip for about 10 minutes in hot water which has been boiled and then removed. Catnip Tea can be consumed 2 to 3 times per day. Expectant mothers are advised to avoid drinking catnip tea.
When taken, Catnip Tea has the following benefits:
- Catnip Tea has a calming effect, may help relieve stress, and may help treat anxiety and nervousness.
- Catnip Tea may help alleviate insomnia.
- Catnip Tea may also be used to help lessen migraine headaches.
- Catnip Tea may also relieve stomach complaints such as colic, cramps, gas, and indigestion.
- Catnip Tea may be used in treating fever.
- Catnip Tea may help in treating toothaches.
We also added a few leaves of chocolate mint plant. Not that catnip isn't good on its own...but everything tastes better with chocolate.
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Sunday, June 6, 2010
First time using the crock pot to make a salve and cooking equal parts of dried herbs for 3 hours in olive oil. Things we changed: added more oil because when we put it in the crock pot it barely covered the herbs. We also added 4 pinches dried lavender. In the end we added more beeswax to make it more solid.
We bought all of the dried herbs in this recipe except, of course, for the comfrey which we dried ourselves. Herbs include: St. John's Wort, Calendula, Comfrey leaf and Plantain.
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Thursday, June 3, 2010
The flowers of this plant can be softened in water and then chewed to relieve the pain of a toothache. The flowers can also be brewed by infusion into a mouthwash that is said to soothe irritations of the mouth and gums.
The fresh or dried leaves, too, can be used, either to make a poultice or brewed to make a tea. In the latter form, mallow soothes the mucous membranes and is therefore considered a good remedy for sore throat or even sore tonsils. Some claim mallow tea will calm, intestinal irritation.
Externally, mallow tea is used as a body wash particularly on children, to reduce fever, or to clean bruises. Crushed leaves are also applied to relieve the inflammation associated with mumps. However it is used, it should be washed well because dogs tend to choose the mallow plant to mark their territory.
Healing with Herbs and Rituals, Eliseo "Cheo" Torres
Just drying leaves and flowers now. We have no dogs so marking isn't an issue but the bugs have started to eat the leaves and we wanted to harvest before it was too late. This is growing all over the yard but mostly in high traffic areas. This small patch was protected by a makeshift greenhouse which was removed this morning.