By now, most people are familiar with the smell of the lavender flower. It’s often dried and used in sachets – as well as reproduced by laundry detergent and cleaning product manufacturers – for its clean, fresh pungent scent. Add to this the rising popularity of essential oils and you have a pretty widespread basic knowledge of lavender and some of its properties.
Most people find lavender soothing and calming. Some people use it to get rid of a headache. However, lavender actually has some pretty amazing medical uses, which have been the subject of serious study.
You may have heard about turmeric as a tea, a spice to add to curry dishes or even a natural dye for Easter eggs or fabric. You might also have heard of turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin, which has been successfully used to treat all kinds of illnesses including cancer. I’m here to tell you, turmeric has been used to do all of these things and much more.
If you are an avid gardener, or an avid cook, you may know that the secret to creating the most flavorful dishes lies in fresh ingredients. You know that salad tastes best when it was growing in the dirt half an hour ago and sun-ripened tomatoes have no store-bought match for taste and consistency.
Essential oils are an ancient tradition that have recently soared in popularity. Throughout history, essential oils have been known to be used for cosmetic benefits, dietary purpose, and even spiritual and religious uses. Jews and Egyptians made essential oils by soaking the plants in oil and then filtering the oil through a linen bag. It was the essential oils of frankincense, incense and myrrh that the three kings gave to Jesus when he was born in Bethlehem according to the New Testament.
This ancient tradition has made a modern day comeback. What is it that has so many people going crazy for these products? We thought we would take some time to dig into the essence of essential oils.
There is something amazing about the astounding tastes and aromas that herbs offer to the kitchen. Each one has a different flavor and adds just a little added spice that can turn a dish into something that tastes straight out of a gourmet magazine.
The best part is that these herbs can be grown right in your own backyard, or even in your window sill inside. Creating a culinary herb garden is easy and fun. It can add to the decor in your home. The health benefits are just another reason that having a herb garden is a must have.
It’s no surprise that sleep is an issue for many Americans. Research continues to link sleep issues with chronic health issues like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. It can feel strange that such a simple task of sleeping could be so difficult and have such an impact on your health.
If you have ever used lavender, you know the powerful impact that it can have. The strong fragrance alone seems to relax and soothe on the spot. Knowing how to plant, grow, and harvest your lavender plant will make this plant a must have in your home garden.
Lavender has so many different uses from oils, vinegars, teas, drinks, culinary purposes, and even decorative wreaths. Deciding how you want to use your lavender will help you decide which plant to grow in your garden.
As the weather grows cooler, have you considered growing cool weather herbs? Here are three herbs that are perfect for cool weather. We will cover how to grow them, what you can use them for, and what the health benefits are.