Sunflowers, tea & info

     Sunflowers are beautiful when they start to grow and unfold the large center cone that looks like a honeycomb, as the bright yellow petals start to grow and overlay each other, as each petals blooms.    Tall stalks of wild Sunflowers array along the fence, as fall approaches the Sunflower petals falling to the ground in … More Sunflowers, tea & info

Recipe – “Iranian Chicken with Saffron”

“Iranian Chicken with Saffron” “Culinary Guide to Herbs, Spices and Flavorings” By Arabella Boxer, Jocasta Innes, Charlotte Parry-Crooke, Lewis Esson   3-1/2 fresh chicken, joined into 8 Salt Freshly ground black pepper 3    Tablespoons vegetable oil 1    oz. Butter 1    large onion, peeled and thinly sliced 2    garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1    pint water 1    … More Recipe – “Iranian Chicken with Saffron”

Recipe – “Elderflower Wine”

  “Elderflower Wine” “The Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia” by Brenda Little   1        kg./2 lb. Elderflowers 1        kg./2 lb. Sugar 4        litre/7pints water 28      g./1 oz.  Fresh yeast Juice of 2 lemons (or oranges) Slice of toast   *    Avoid bruising the flowers when collecting them.  Boil them in the water for 20 minutes.  … More Recipe – “Elderflower Wine”

Herb – Peppermint

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is known since the 17th century and its name is the “English Mint”.   Oddly enough the leaves change color on occasion to pinkish violet color  and sometimes even the color of the shoot, which is reddish.    Menthol is the essential oil.    Peppermint can be added to sauces, soups, meat, vegetables and herbal … More Herb – Peppermint

Herb – Chamomile

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), native to northern Asia and southeastern Europe, known to be called “Mother Herb”. Is also known to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, has soothing properties when used in the bath.   Avoid your eyes when bathing with Chamomile.  The leaves have cumarin, bitter alkaloids, glucosides, and essential oil when distilled.  (References from Rosemary Gladstar’s “Herbal Recipes for … More Herb – Chamomile

Herbal Bathing …….

For many centuries enjoying herbs in bath has become a very therapeutic way to help re-energize the body.    A great way to distress, soothe skin and generally relax you from every day.    Enjoying a warm bath with a few wonderful herbs in a a small muslin bag. Creating a ambiant place around your own tub can become … More Herbal Bathing …….