Saturday, March 27, 2010

German Chamomile

Chamomile is a mild, soothing and calming herb,
with small, sweet-smelling, daisy-like flowers.
Make yourself a cup of chamomile tea (from
the dried flowers) for its many therapeutic
properties including nervous digestion, insomnia
and as a wash for minor wounds.
Its scent gives pleasure to both the mind and
body either as a tea or for use in bath herbs.
Chamomile is quite easy to grow from seed,
it germinates quite readily (as seen in the above
picture). At our farm, we grow German
Chamomile 'Bodegold' which is know for
its large blossoms and high yielding plants.
This season include this herb for your garden!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Promise of Spring !!!

Pansies and Violas are the first flowers that can be planted
in the Spring. Both flowers are edible and can be added
to salads for color and flavor. The flowers of both plants
can be dried, pressed and added to spring potpourris.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Violas!!!

We love these little violas!!! The greenhouse is blooming!!
Anytime you are having a bad day, simply whisper a prayer
and marvel at God's beautiful design of a viola (johnny jump-up)
and your sure to feel better. What a wonderful sunny day here
in Michigan. Bee Skeps are selling fast. Shop early !!!
Germinated Morning Glories today!!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Scented Geraniums

We potted up our rooted cuttings of scented geraniums today.
We have always loved growing scented geraniums. They
are available with so many different and unique leaf shapes.
Some good uses of scented geraniums can be found in a
little booklet we carry from the International Herb Assoc. IHA
entitled: "Scented Geraniums (Herb of the Year 2006)".
We dry the leaves for their fragrance, scents like rose, lemon,
and spice. They enhance our blends of potpourri and bath herbs.
They are very easy to grow and make nice houseplants,
which can add a pleasant aroma to your home. We
encourage you to try a scented geranium this season.
(Most herb farms/greenhouses carry them).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What's sprouting in the Greenhouse

With all the wonderful sunshine, seeds are definitely
sprouting in the greenhouse. This flat of the herb
lemon balm will be used in making our herbal salves
this summer.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bee Skeps Back in Stock!!!

Just getting ready for Spring!!! Every Herb Garden
deserves a Bee Skep. We have carried these vine
bee skeps for 15 years.  We just re-stocked our
inventory.  They go fast so order early.
And keep thinking Spring !!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cold Therapy Bags (Recipe)

Today we created some Cold-Therapy Bags.
We would like to share this recipe with
you to try at your home. These bags are
great to tuck in a pillow at night to help
relieve congestion from a cold. Or toss
the whole bag directly into your bath
whenever you feel run down or need an instant
pick me up.
 There are 5 main ingredients in this recipe.
(As you can see from the above picture).
Use equal parts of crush spearmint,
peppermint, coltsfoot, comfrey and
eucalyptus. Blend all ingredients well.
Take this mixture and fill plain muslin
bags. Add a few drops of eucalyptus
and peppermint essential oils into each bag.
I like smelling these bags throughout the day
for instant clarity and focus. You can
also tuck them throughout your house
to aid in freshening the air within your
home. Both Eucalyptus and Peppermint
essential oils are antiseptic, refreshing and
uplifting. If you don't have time to make
your own, we will be adding this product
soon to our website. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Colonial Kitchen - Apothecary Jar Candles

Today we completed our last product in our
Colonial Kitchen Collection.
These are our Apothecary Jar Candles.
They come in 3 sizes, 10 oz., 16 oz. and 26 oz.
and are available with 2 different lid
styles, a plain black lid or a glass lid
with a wire holder. We love the smell
of these candles...a blend of oranges & clove.
These candles make a house warm and cozy.
We found that if the wicks are trimmed
regularly to 1/4", the candles last
longer and burn better.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Patchouli Body Balm

Just made a batch of the Patchouli Salve (Body Balm).
This salve compliments our Patchouli Soap very well.
We use a Patchouli oil from India titled "Reserve Select"
This patchouli is considered the best in the world today
because of its very high content of patchouli alcohol content.
We also sell the patchouli oil in 1/4 ounce bottles that
can be used in unscented lotions and oils.
Patchouli oil is good for many uses such as bacterial &
fungal infections, insect repellent, dermatitis, and
stress-related emotional disorders, just to name few.