Garden Tips #10 - Herbs

in whaleshares •  4 months ago

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Any enthusiastic gardener will tell you that gardening is food for the soul. Gardening stirs your imagination to be creative. It provides some fun along with physical exercise, fresh air, and sunlight. In addition, there is the delight of seeing the seedlings sprout, flowers bloom, picking fresh fruit, harvesting vegetables and having fresh herbs at your disposal.

An added bonus is seeing a variety of butterflies, birds, and frogs you attract to your garden. These are just some of the joys of gardening and creating a well-balanced ecosystem around you. So today we will discuss the importance of keeping your garden pest free and how to attract butterflies as well as providing a well-balanced eco-system for them.

“Every garden is an individual expression of creativity. So! You think you‘re not creative. Well, plant a garden and you may find out that you are far more creative than you thought.”

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PARSELY (Petroselinum sativum)

Parsley is a medicinal herb that can help alleviate a wide variety of ailments. In addition to being rich in antioxidants, it makes a healthy tea. It's best to make parsley tea from fresh leaves so that it retains the maximum amount of nutrients. Parsley is also used as a digestive aid and natural breath freshener. It contains lots of vitamin A, copper, and manganese, plus three times more vitamin C than oranges, and twice the iron as the same amount of spinach. Sprinkle it in your next casserole or pot of soup to add both flavour and lots of nutrients.

Tea made from parsley is a traditional remedy for colic, indigestion, skin conditions and intestinal gas. It helps to purify the blood and fight cancer.

• Put two tablespoons of fresh parsley in boiling water.
• Steep for 5 - 10 minutes and then remove the parsley.
• You may add a few drops of lemon and a teaspoon of honey, or drink it as is.

As with other medicinal herbs, (even natural products) start off slowly, one cup a day until you see how your body reacts.
Caution: It is not recommended for pregnant/breastfeeding women or anyone with inflammatory kidney disease because it can have negative side effects.

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ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Whether fresh or dried, rosemary is a popular herb in every kitchen and can be added to meat, soups, sandwiches, cheese, and dips. It also makes wonderful infused oil. Rosemary provides a wide spectrum of benefits, due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties, making it highly versatile and useful.

How to make your own rosemary-infused oil:

• Place a sprig or two of dry rosemary leaves in a glass jar and cover with olive oil.
• Replace the lid, and shake lightly.
• Store in a warm, dark place for two weeks. Strain the oil and pour it back into the glass jar.
• Use ¼ cup for a fragrant bath or drizzle it over your salad as a dressing.

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THYME (Thymus vulgaris)

Thyme is another easy-to-grow plant. Both the leaves and flowers enhance the flavour of casseroles, soups, stews, and sautéed vegetables.

Thyme is also a very good garden pest deterrent, especially for beetles. Thyme has a hundred and one uses i.e. potpourri, mood-enhancing aromatherapy, sachets that repel moths, cough elixirs and mouthwashes as well as fighting throat infections.

It is also used in making soap, toothpaste, cosmetics, perfume, and antibacterial ointments and creams to fight infection in scrapes and cuts. With its antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, you should consider planting thyme in your herb garden and incorporating it into your diet.

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I am offering a safe and natural alternative to conventional treatment, but these recipes, ideas and treatment should not be misconstrued or substituted for medical advice. Please always proceed with caution and test it first on a small area, or in small quantities, if you are uncertain. Should you suspect that you or your animal have a medical problem, I urge you to seek professional advice.
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I have only now started dabbling (only by ooohing and aaahing at husband's handiwork)
He started hydroponics for me so I could have herb garden
And I am so impressed with the progress that's it tweaked my interest to learn a little bit more (don't mind this city girl)
These are herbs I am going to look into growing
Thank you @claudiaz :)

I drink thyme tea when I'm getting sick, always helps! :)


good to know @route-m-d, thanks for the feedback

Never thought of making tea from parsley. I'll have to try it.

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thanks for visiting @toddjohnson

Didn't realize that there are so many uses of the herbs that you mentioned. Normally I just add them to most of the dishes that I cook but there are hundreds of uses wow. I wish I had a garden where I could just pick some up whenever I need them.


you can grow some in your windowsill or balcony! most of them do well inside the house, a lot of light and a little sunlight and some TLC is all that is required @watersnake101

Hello very interesting post post i love to have some fresh herbs at home my favorite herb are basil and coriander i could put them everywhere:)


thanks for letting us know, why dont you plant a little and see how it goes?

Woa hahahaha love nature
Love greens
I will start planting asap hahahaha


share some progress photos with us! @jacinta.sevilla

Thanks for this post! I had no idea how high in nutrients herbs really are! Especially parsley :)


@wildwanderer, yes indeed we always see parsley as a decoration! hahaha

I am addicted to the sent of rosemary, weird to touch that in the supermarket.... LOTF


yes it does small devine, and inhaling the scent every day is supposed to increase our brainpower, so sniff away - its good for you, haha @brittandjosie

I love the smell of thyme!

I am not a fan of veggies but I do love to season with fresh herbs when cooking. I think there is some great health benefits tucked away in those herbs besides the great flavor they add.


absolutely, a lot of health benefits, especially if you are not eating your veggies!