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“Herbs for Drying”

Herbs for Drying

“Traditional Home Book of Herbs” by Michael Janulewicz


Basil, Borage, Chervil, Tarragon, Rosemary, Mint, Dill, Chives,

Fennel, Lemon Balm, Sage, Salad burnet, Thyme, Bay




“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.

Indoor Herbs in Pots

Indoor Herbs in Pots
Ornamental – Rosemary, Pineapple Sage & Lemon Verbena
Culinary – Thyme, Chervil, Chives, Basil, Parsley and Savory (winter), just to name a few

“Traditional Home Book of Herbs” by Michael Janulewicz

Herbs paring with foods

“Herbs for Flavor”
“Traditional Home Book of Herbs” by Michael Janulewicz
“Basil – tomato, eggs, meat”
“Chervil – eggs, chicken and fish”
“Dill – eggs, vegetables, fish”
“Hyssop – salads, pork”
“Lemon thyme – chicken and fish”
“Marjoram – potato, meat, fish”
” Rosemary – chicken and lamb”
“Savory – beans”
“Tarragon – chicken, tomato, vegetables”
*Finding a simple twig of parsley as a garnish on your plate”

Herbal scents from your garden

Botanical Herbs

ROSEMARY – Rosmarinus officinalis

   (Mediterranean, also a evergreen with slim narrow leaves and blooms a light blue flower.  This plant is both medicinal and culinary and to obtain the essential oil both the leaves and flowers are used.   Also antifungal, antibaterial, digestive, stimulant and anti-inflammatory.    Many uses for this herb – digestion, improves memory, muscle pain, depression and constipation).

MELISSA –  Melissa officinalis

   (Fragrance – Lemon scent– Another name is – “lemon balm”, the flowers are white and tiny, grown in Europe.   Lemon Balm tea is known for long life.   When it is distilled the oil is very pale.    Some of the uses are: hysteria, anxiety, headaches, menustration and indigestion).

FENNEL – Foeniculum vulgare

   (Fragrance – like aniseed (licorice) – grown in the Mediterranean, produces tiny yellow flowers and the leaves are like thin ferns.   Some of the uses are:  self-espression, courage, uplifter, ovary problems, menopause).

BASIL – Ocimum basilcum

   (Fragrance – Refreshing and sweet. – When distilled the whole plant is used.   This plant is culinary and can also be drank as a tea.  Some of the properties are: purifier, expectorant, antiseptic,  analgesic and digestive tonic.  Can be used for fear, indecision, sinus congestion, arthritis and can be spirtual).

MARJORAM – Origanum marjorana

   (Smells sweet – Long life and also a culinary herb, grown in the Mediterranean.   A range of pink and white tiny flowers and once distilled both the flowers and leaves are used.   The properties of this plant are: calming, intestinal spasms, antibacterial, anti-infectious.  Many of the uses are for sprains, colic, coughs, heartburn, moodiness, anger and inner strength).

PEPPERMINT – Mentha piperita

   (This plant is part of the mint family, tiny purple flowers and serrated dark leaves.  All is used for distillation and the essential oil is also used for first aid purposes.  Many properties – insect repellant, antibacterial, analgesic, antimigraine and reproductive stimulant.  Some of the wonderful uses are for travel sickness, bronchitis, diarrhoea, sinusitis, apathy, depression and mental fatigue).

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)

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