Bon appétit – Artichokes are the gourmet herb for the good life

As a vegetable globe artichokes (Cynarascolymus) are considered a gourmet delicacy. As a garden plant, the spiky silvery green foliage is striking and unusually beautiful. But as a herb, would you guess that it is one of the most effective and far reaching natural liver tonics that one can grow? The most effective part of […]

Nature’s cleansing Herbs

Herbs that help the liver, kidneys and skin in particular to flush away the toxins, and then build up our general level of health, perform a gentle detoxing action that helps to achieve a sense of wellbeing. They are able to do this because they are rich in easily absorbed natural mineral salts and vitamins. […]

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 […]

Rosemary

Rosemary It is no exaggeration to describe rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) as a ‘complete’ herb. It imparts a delicious flavour and aroma to food. It is a healing herb for body and soul, a beauty herb for hair and a fragrant air freshener for the home. To top it all, it is a versatile garden plant […]

Lavender

Lavender never seems to lose its allure. Besides all its qualities as a healing, soothing and fragrant herb, lavender is a landscaper’s dream. It always stands out, whether it is used in formal or informal gardens, planted en masse, in containers or in combination with other plants. Be creative and use Lavender in different ways: […]

Mint

Mint is one of those common and garden herbs that can easily be taken for granted unless you stop at a herb stand and rub the leaves of each of the different mints and experience their powerful individual perfumes. There are 25 species of mint and at least 14 different varieties are grown in South […]

Calendula

In winter Calendula officinalis rubs shoulders with pansies, petunias, and violas on the seedling rack in garden centres. That’s because they are sold as bedding plants; easy growing, colourful and pickable. Their rightful place is actually on the herb rack. Calendula has serious flower power in its petals! Their key actions, according to herbal references, […]

Herbs For Autumn Allergies

Herbs for autumn allergies Autumn is the season of allergies, with its abundance of pollen, dust and seed. While the “fruits” of the garden can make us miserable, there are also plants that offer a solution for the ills. Natures supplies what you need, when you need it. Common garden herbs like thyme, sage and […]

Herb Garden For Happy Pets

Herb garden for happy pets – July Herbs are just as beneficial for animals as they are for people. There are herbs that act as tonics, keep the skin healthy, repel fleas, aid digestion, get rid of worms and even give them a ‘high’, like catnip and cat mint! Cats and dogs not only share […]

Adding herbs to pet’s food

We should never forget that the ancestors of our domesticated dogs and cats were wild animals who were capable of looking after themselves very successfully. For centuries man has tamed and enjoyed the company of these animals for pure pleasure – 6,000 years ago the Egyptians regarded cats as sacred beings. Both cats and dogs […]