There is still time to order Mother's day Gift Baskets.
Visit my members listing above to see all the great gift ideas I offer at local harvest.
Thank you and have a Blessed Day,
Gayle At Blossom Farm.com
Columbia Station, Ohio)
www.sosucculent.com[ Member listing ]
02 May · Sun 2010
Thank you and have a Blessed Day,
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28 Feb · Sun 2010
The Greeks and Romans chewed lovage seeds to aid digestion and legend tells of seeds put into potion to conjure up love spells, an infusion of lovage seeds is said to erase freckles and a lovage herb bath is said to make you more beautiful. The French call it céleri bâtard, or false celery. Growing OVER 5 feet tall, once the flower spikes start showing, lovage becomes awfully strong, using the leaves can be used sparingly in stock.
Posted by Blossomfarm @ 06:43 PM CST [ Comments  ]
29 May · Fri 2009
Sometimes I am in a rush and do not have time to make herb jellies from scratch.
So I need to improvise....
Simply buy a jar of your favorite brand of Apple Jelly (16 OUNCE) warm gently in pan -- DO NOT BOIL, and infused your choice of 1/3 cup clean organic herbs. Pull out leaves and store in refrigerator until ready to use.
Any variety mints, lemon verbena, English lavender flower buds, lemon, lime or purple basil, anise hyssop, cinnamon stick, anise star are a few examples.
Enjoy! Gayle at blossomfarm.com
Posted by Blossomfarm @ 07:27 AM CDT [ Comments  ]
27 May · Wed 2009
Growing up in a family greenhouse business, my grandparents put everything on hold at 3 o'clock.... Grandpa would always serve the women employees (of age) the classic highball and Grandpa would drink his weidleman's beer. Now I prefer to have a deep dark great lakes porter, that my waistline has to show for it, so I have made up this refreshing low cal virgin cocktail, that makes 3 o'clock break a special time.
Mint Surprise Refresher
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22 May · Fri 2009
In ancient Rome the tradition of breaking bread over the brides head right after the wedding ceremony. The wheat in the bread symbolized fertility and the crumbs were considered good luck. This is how the wedding cake evolved.
Looking for unique wedding toss visit our members listings for Herbal Wedding Confetti
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13 May · Wed 2009
If you are near Westlake, Ohio you may want to attend the following fundraiser. It is a wonderful afternoon to spend with your friends, daughters, sisters or invite an elderly widow. I know you will not be disappointed. Make sure you get your tickets soon-they sell out fast.
The Herb Guild 25th Annual Scholarship Luncheon
Entertainment: Gary Richards at the piano
Menu: Chicken crepes, glazed carrots, green beans almandine, herb rolls, salad, chocolate mousse for dessert. Beverages included. The Herb Guild Herb tea blend 2009 will be served as an option. A wine cash bar will be available.
Basket Raffle & Silent Auction.
The Boutique will include Herb & Garden related Gifts, Vintage treasures, culinary herbs, teas, herb mixes, herb dips, herb vinegar, herb jelly, Bakery and more. Our own herb bread recipe baked exclusively for us by the Breadsmith of Lakewood. The featured Herb of the Year: Bay Laurel.
Donation: $30.00. Tickets go on sale May 12.
Contact Joyce Hayward, ticket chair for reservations
All money raised is towards an educational scholarship for students entering college to study horticulture related fields.
Posted by Blossomfarm @ 08:06 PM CDT [ Comments  ]
21 Apr · Tue 2009
There is evidence of lavender being used for centuries, in Egyptian times in perfumes and massage oils. The Greeks used lavender as medicine during the first century AD. The Romans used lavender to scent the public baths where it was believed to restore vitality to bathers.
Romans also used lavender oil to massage and heal the skin and to repel insects. There are even several references to lavender in the Bible. The Queen of Sheba offered King Solomon "spike," an early name for lavender. Judith rubbed lavender oil on her body before seducing Holofernes. In France, lavender flowers were strewn on the floor to freshen the air and mask stinking smells of the unsanitary streets. In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I drank 10 cups of lavender tea a day to ward off headaches and promote her sense of well being. The history of lavender's benefits is long and well documented.
Emotion: With antidepressant and sedative qualities, lavender lifts depression, eases stress and anxiety, and is useful in overcoming headaches, migraine and insomnia.
Insomnia: The sedative quality of lavender can induce sleep and ease problems of insomnia, restlessness and agitation.
Skin: Lavender is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory; healing cuts, burns, sunburns, insect bites, acne, eczema and even dandruff.
Breathing: Lavender is an antiseptic and can kill germs. It is also an expectorant, which breaks up congestion. It can help fight colds, throat infections, coughs, sinusitis and flu.
Circulation: Lavender is a sedative and hypotensive, and reduces high blood pressure and palpitations.
Digestion: Lavender use aids in easing indigestion, flatulence and nausea and alleviates bad breath or toothache.
Muscular: Lavender is analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic; the oil is good for aches, pains, sprains, cramps and spasms.
Source: Lavender, Nature's Way to Relaxation and Health by Philippa Waring
"Lavender's blue, diddle diddle"- So goes the song; All around her bush, diddle diddle, Butterflies throng; (They love her well, diddle diddle, So do the bees While she herself, diddle diddle, ways in the breeze! Lavender's blue, diddle diddle, Lavender's green; "She'll scent the clothes, diddle diddle, Put away clean- Clean from the wash, diddle diddle, Hanky and sheet; lavender's spikes, diddle diddle, Make them all sweet!
Posted by Blossomfarm @ 07:21 AM CDT [ Comments  ]
16 Apr · Thu 2009
Sweetgrass is used in prayer, smudging, and purifying ceremonies and is regarded as a sacred plant by the Native Americans. It is not well known that it was also sacred to early Europeans and is still used in churches on festival days. Sweet-grass aroma is strong only when moistened or burned. As the grass dries the fragrance intensifies. When burned it does not produce an open flame but smolders. Just as the sweet scent is attractive to people, it is also attractive to good spirits. Native Americans often burned the grass at the beginning of a prayer or to attract positive energies. A tea is brewed by Native Americans for coughs, sore throats, chafing and venereal infections. It is warned that because the roots contain coumarin that it may be considered carcinogenic.
The botanical latin name Hierochloë translates from Greek as sacred (hieros) and grass (chloë) Native Americans call sweetgrass the “grass that never dies.” Even when it is cut, it retains its fragrance and spirit.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Posted by Blossomfarm @ 06:37 PM CDT [ Comments  ]
12 Mar · Thu 2009
I get crazed when it comes to certain type of plant groupings. I get obsessed and need to collect them all. MINT was one I had to find every fragrant and tasty variety - it is still a collection in progress, but now I have around twenty varieties and my newest is mojito mint from Cuba. I hope to have enough Mojito mint by fall to offer for sale at my website.
Folklore: To carry a few leaves in the wallet is said to attract money, stuff sachets with mint leaves to ward off disease.
Mentha avensis 'Banana'
Mentha spicata 'Chewing Gum'
Mentha piperita citrata 'Lime'
THE REST OF ARE VARIETIES WILL BE POSTED WITH RECIPES==
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25 Feb · Wed 2009
Valerian herb (Valeriana officinalis) not to be confused with the beautiful Red Valerian perennial plant, has been used as a medicinal herb for insomnia since the time of ancient Greece and Rome. While it can be a sedative, it sometime can cause agitation, headaches and night terrors.Other fun facts form my webpage:
Valerian comes from the Latin word valere meaning strong referring to the strong odor from the root system, quite frankly it reeks of the worst moldy smelling dirty socks or dog. Do I make my point?
But when it is in blossom in June through September the clusters of small white to light pink flowers sweetly perfume the air and bring butterflies and bees in droves. Cultivation of valerian does well in all ordinary soils, but prefers rich, composted loam, well supplied with moisture. This also makes harvesting of the roots easier.
When I make my catnip blend I always add a small amount valerian root to the mix, it seems to send the cats into a passionate zone. Actually the active ingredient in valerian is similar to the active ingredient in catnip and might mimic the odor of cat urine and is also attractive to rats so much so that it was used to bait traps. Legends of the Pied Piper of Hamelin used valerian as well as his pipes to attract rates.
Masses of strongly fragrant scented white to pink flowers, used at one time for sedative tinctures and called the "poor man's valium." The valerian holds a prominent position as one of the best herbal tranquilizers and muscle relaxants the plant kingdom has to offer. Caution: valerian may cause headaches, muscular spasms, and palpitations. It is not recommended for long-term use. Tincture of valerian helps clear dandruff. Folklore: Used in protective sachets or place under the pillow to help you sleep. Powdered valerian roots are considered a substitute for graveyard dust.
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19 Jan · Mon 2009
HINT: DIP METAL SPOON IN SALVE BEFORE POURING IN CONTAINERS, TO SEE IF IT HAS THE RIGHT THICKNESS.
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