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“The Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia” by Brenda Little
1/2    cup each dried lavender and rosemary
1        tbsp. Dried southernwood leaves
1            cup dried mint leaves
1/4        cup each dried southernwood, tansy and lavender
1            tbsp. Powdered cloves
** Mix the ingredients together and sew them into small muslin bags.  These can be hung in wardrobes or put among woollies in summer storage.  Fit one around a padded coat hanger before putting on the ornamental coating.  Small sachet of these mixtures tucked among books will stop them developing a musty smell and will also keep insects away.

Herbal, gardening, butterflies

Garden butterflies and herbs
Planting any of these plants:
Soapwort, Rosemary, Marjoram, Catmint, Lavender, Thyme, Marsh mallow, Beebalm
Will attract butterflies…..
Herbs for lovely Bees
Borage, Comfrey, Hyssop, Bergamot, Catmint, Lemon Balm, Marjoram, Rosemary, Savory, Woad, Thyme, Mint.
Warding off Deer and Rabbits from your garden
Use Artemesia
Grey Foliage as a attracted foliage with all your colorful flowering herbs and flowers.
— Curry plant, Lavender, Mint, Southernwood, Wormwood, Sage, Cotton Lavender and Thyme.

“Traditional Home Book of Herbs” by Michael Janulewicz

Herb Hedges

Creating a great design to your garden using herbs that grow into hedges.
As suggested in the book called Traditional Home Book of Herbs” by Michael Janulewicz, suggested hedges for a “geometric design” are “Wormwood, Rosemary, Lavender and Southernwood”, these hedges can be clipped and either used to protect other herbs or used as a hedge design.

Scents for the Summer

NEROLI – Citrus Auranthium

       Fragrance – floral (cultivation in the Mediterranean, but is native to Asia), the oil is produced in these countries: Brazil, US, Cyprus and Israel), used in many “orange oils”.

GERANIUM – Pelargonium graveolens

     Fragrance – very much like a Rose (beautiful heart-shaped leaves with bright blooms with the contrast of the green foliage.  This plant made into essential oils is used to create a variety of beauty items and high-end perfumes (France industry).

YLANG YLANG – Cananga odorata

    Fragrance –  (Exotic oil is used in: drinks, perfumes, lotions, cosmetics and soaps.  The yellow petals are very thick and it grown as a evergreen tree in Asia.

LAVENDER  – Lavandula augustofolia

    Fragrance –  can be strong and almost medicine like, but still beautiful  (grown all over the world in England, Bulgaria, France, Canada, US, and there is over 18 varieties of lavender.   Used in cooking, both flowers and stems are dried, the essential oil only uses the top (floral).  Lavender has been used for centuries and is used in cosmetics, arthritis, can ease headaches, anxiety, depression, grief, mood swings.   Not suggested to use for the first three months of pregnancy.

Reference: “Nature’s Scents” by Raje Airey

Recipe – “Rosemary and Olive Bread”


“The Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia” by Brenda Little

1 lb. –   10 oz. White plain flour

2          tbsp.  Powdered milk

1          tsp. Salt

2          tsp. Sugar

1          oz. Dried yeast

           Warm water

           Rosemary leaves

           Olives, halved, black or green

*Mix dry ingredients.   Crumble yeast into half a cup warm water and mix well.

**Add oil and yeast mixture to dry ingredients, adding more warm water if needed to make a soft dough.

***Turn on to a floured surface and knead well until dough becomes springy.   Cover and keep in a warm place for 15 minutes.

****Divide into two and roll into flat rectangles.  Put dough on a greased oven tray and leave, lightly covered with a cloth,  in a warm place for nearly an hour or until it has risen to double the thickness.

*****When risen, poke holes in the dough right down to the tray and put a tiny spring of rosemary or a sliced olive in each one. 

*Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 deg. Celsius)

Recipe – “Basil Muffins”


“The Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia” by Brenda Little

3        cups self raising flour

1/2    cup chopped basil leaves

1/4    cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes

2         Tbsp. Sugar

1          egg, beaten

1/4     cup olive oil

1 1/2  cup milk

Black pepper

*Beat oil, egg and milk together and pour gradually over mixed dry ingredients, stirring as you go.   The mixture must not be too wet – keep it on the dry side.

**Cook in well-greased muffin tins, 15 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 deg. Celsius).

Recipe – “Thyme and Pumpkin Damper”


“The Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia” by Brenda Little

3     cups white self-raising flour

1      cup oat or barley bran

3      tsp.  Dried thyme

1     Tbsp. Fresh well-chopped parsley

1     tsp. Each salt and sugar

2 1/2   cups grated pumpkin (butternut)

1       cup mixed milk and water

1/2   cup olive oil

*Mix sift flour, then add dry ingredients.   Mix to a soft dough with the milk and oil.   Knead on a floured surface until smooth.   Handle lightly.

** Bake in a well-greased 8 ” inch casserole dish with a lid for an hour in a 400 degrees Fahrenheit ( 200 deg. Celsuis) oven.

Herbal History

The wonderful women in London, sold Lavender in baskets for a penny and you would receive 6 bunches of lavender.   These were sold in markets held in the streets until World War II.   During the war, lavender was used as a antiseptic.    

Women in the Victorian times would use the dried lavender in the linen cupboard (keep a nice scent, repel moths),  in the top of there corset (to attract a mate), for culinary uses in the kitchen.

“The Chelsea Garden” grew garden for the purposes for medicinal, dyeing (for fabrics) and for culinary use.   This special garden was founded in 1673.   The most crucial herbs and the most valued herbs were grown closer to the house and not out in the designated herb gardens.   

Many herbs were used as medicine’s and were used in China, Assyria & Egypt.    Dated back in 300 BC to almost the 1st century, one of the Elders in the ancient times of Rome had listed more than 900 plants used for medicine.   Many of the plants were to the ornamental design to the garden itself and were in the gardens of the wealthy or in societies like the one founded by the Society of Apothecaries (London).   

According to our research, several monasteries all over Europe would grow herbal gardens throughout their land.

Resource: “Traditional Home Book of Herbs” – Michael Janulewicz

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