Herbal Home Spa

Bathing by candlelight in a scented bath is still one of the most romantic ways to relax. The natural way to do it is with fragrant herbs that soothe away the stress. Herbal baths combine the therapeutic effects of water and the particular actions of herbs. Warm water quietens and soothes the body, slowing down […]

Cooling Mint

It has been used by all the ancient civilizations; by the Egyptians and Greeks as an aromatic bathing herb, as an appetite stimulant by the Romans, who also used it to flavour wine and sauces and as a strewing herb in medieval homes. Throughout the Middle East mint it is a symbol of hospitality. In […]

Herbal Happy Hour Drinks

 Herbs for Happy Hour Drinks As summer heats up the idea of a long, cool drink is especially appealing. Herbs with a tropical tang, like pineapple or lemon, are the most popular for flavouring cocktails and coolers. The hint of lemon grass, lemon balm or lemon verbena is particularly refreshing while pineapple sage and pineapple […]

Herbal Hair Rinses

Do we have to use shampoo? No! Shampoo often contains sodium, synthetic fragrances and other harsh chemicals. Instead of using  shampoo and conditioner you can make your own Herbal hair rinse from your kitchen and garden Herbs. For more healthier looking hair replace your shampoo with a herbal rinse once a week. Rose – Chamomile […]

Herbs For The Kitchen

Fresh herbs add fragrance and flavour to food that can’t be matched by dried herbs or other flavourings. Growing your own herbs allows you to experience the sheer pleasure of picking your own mix of herbs; whether it is a few sprigs of parsley, some sweet smelling basil leaves or origanum, with its earthy tang. […]

Sweet Basil

Sweet on Basil No other herb quite conjures up the spicy-sweet fragrance of the summer kitchen garden like sweet basil (Ocimumbasilicum). Being a summer annual, it grows quickly and easily from seed but if the cook in the home is impatient for fresh leaves, there is also a plentiful supply of seedlings or individual potted […]

Prepare your Herb garden for summer

Herbs are not only valuable for their flavour or healing properties, they also contribute to the health of the garden! Herbs are an organic gardener’s best resource, especially when it comes to preparing the garden for summer. Quite a number of herbs are a valuable source of nutrition, help to improve the quality of the […]

Coriander

Coriander is one of those herbs that can evoke a strong reaction. Here’s a clue; Coriandrum comes from the Greek word “coris’ meaning ‘bedbug’, because of the similar odour of the leaves. The fresh leaves may be an acquired taste for Western palates but are an essential ingredient in many Southern Asian and Chinese dishes. […]

Spring Cleaning With Herbs

Home-made household cleaners using herbs and other natural products are safer, inexpensive and better for the environment than chemically-based cleaning products. Lavender (Lavandula spp) Lavender derives its name from lavare, which means ‘to wash’ in Latin, and its earliest uses included cleaning clothes, furniture and the human body! The leaves also have anti-bacterial properties. Growing […]

Beetroot and Herb Soup with Goat’s Cheese

This easy soup is a must try. You can make it in summer or winter and serve it either hot or cold. This soup is not only colourful and easy but loaded with benefits. Beetroot: Contains magnesium, Iron and Vitamin A, B6 and C Chives: Low in calories, high in vitamins and minerals Mint: High antioxidant qualities […]