Growing herbs is something I do no matter where I am. We once traveled in a motor home around Australia and I took with me a big round pot planted with my culinary herbs. You see, they taste better, they are beautiful to have in your immediate environment, and they add many nutrients to your diet.
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Growing food truly brings you in touch with the cycles of nature and
provides you with a whole new dimension of relationship. To be in
relationship with plants is a wondrous thing which can really only be
experienced. To describe it, I might sound crackers hehe. You will just have to experience growing herbs for yourself.
When you have plants that provide you with nourishment and life, and you really get in there and feel this relationship of mutual giving (you give care and they give you life), then you begin to appreciate what these allies do for you. I sometimes call them allies because herbs are really just that. Allies means to unite or connect in a personal relationship.
If you want to get into growing herbs, my suggestion is to start with growing your culinary herbs and herbs to make herbal teas. They are easy to grow, very hardy, provide continuous picking and require very little attention.
Growing herbs in containers is very easy and the best way to start if space and digging are an issue. Buy good quality plants from a nursery or market stall and buy only herbs that have been growing in the sun. The supermarket ones may wilt badly when taken out of the artificial environment into the sun and wind. Buy small plants about 6 inches high with no roots growing out the bottom of the pot...OR, buy the Heirloom Organics Kitchen Herb Pack of the basic culinary herbs and grow your culinary herbs from seed.
To start growing herbs you could buy parsley, sweet marjoram, basil, rosemary, sage, thyme or lemon thyme, chives, coriander, dill, oregano, and while you are at it give some rocket a go.
If you are a budding herbalist or just want to grow some herbs for medicine, to be healthier and boost your family's ability to fight disease,
then you will find the Family Medicine Pack from Heirloom Organics Non-Hybrid Seeds to be right up your alley.
The excitement that comes from growing and making your own medicines is an absolute delight - I know, I do it!
The biggest change I have found in my life from growing and using medicinal herbs, is that I no longer feel like I am at the doctor's mercy, or helpless to help myself and my family.
I feel empowered by growing and using herbs! Give it a go...you will never look back.
These are some of the Herbal Medicines I have made for me and my family. With just a little know-how you can make your own safe herbal medicines too. If you are on prescription medication, have any illnesses or issues like heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy etc it is best to seek professional advice before taking your own medicines. There are many naturopaths and herbalists out there now so ask around to find a good one.
Pictured are Elderberry Tincture
for boosting the immune system and relief from colds and flu. It can be
transformed into a cough syrup too! I have also made a gentler Elderflower Tincture for my granddaughter.
Also, Hawthorn Tincture for strengthening the heart and normalizing blood pressure, and St John's Wort Tincture for the headaches I get from an old head injury. (Don't use St John's Wort if you are on prescription medication especially anti-depressants - see a qualified Herbalist for advice.)
Provided you have a clean workspace you can sterilize, buy some bottles to bottle it all up, you can do this too.
You can also make infusions from your herbs to drink on a daily basis for health and nourishment.