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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Globe Artichokes

Globe artichokes are much more than a gourmet food; they are a powerful detoxing herb too. 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 […]

Growing Tips For Winter

 There is no need to go short of fresh herbs in winter with these savvy suggestions. Both Thyme “Silver Posy’ or Lemon thyme are attractive low growing plants that can be used in a sunny border in front of pansies, violas or petunias. They are also easy to grow in pots, provided the potting soil […]

Best Herbs To Use When Baking Bread

Baking bread is an age old craft and adding flavour with fresh garden herbs makes it even more satisfying. There is not much that surpasses the aroma, taste and texture of bread warm from the oven. Adding fresh herbs to bread adds even more to the flavour and turns a basic loaf, flatbread or muffin […]

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 […]