2008  October  Herb Garden World

2008 October Herb Garden World


Herbs have been employed in cosmetics for thousands of years. However, for a long time they were suppressed by synthetic factory-made cosmetic products. It is only the last few years, attributable to the demand for pure natural cosmetics, that a number of manufacturers commenced to incorporate herbs and herbal extracts into their merchandise.

While it is at present possible to purchase many herbal beauty products, it is likewise easy and efficient to make them yourself and worth trying out a few formulas. If you grow your own herbs or purchase them will make no difference, though the fresher the herbs they are the more effective the outcome.

Wherever a concentrated oil is called for, you must purchase it from your herbalist or through your health food shop. While at first this could appear to you costly, the truth is that the amount needed in the formulations is so small that the oil turns in to a long term investment.

It is worth recalling that herbal cosmetics only work externally. Eating the right way including good fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs in your diet and daily physical exercise, will assist you to advance beauty from the interior which is as important as the use of cosmetics.

In the coming pages I will provide numerous herbal preparations from original recipes that you can follow to make the product yourself. You might even, in time, devise your individual mixtures that exactly suit your individual requirements and may wish to share with us.

Pour boiling water all over the appropriate herbs and allow infusing as you would if making a tea. The proportionality should be either 3-4 tablespoonfuls of fresh herbs or 1 teaspoonful of dried out herbs, to 300ml (1 and 1/4 cupfuls) of boiling water.

Utilize a china or earth ware pot but not metallic and let the herbs immerse for at least 30 minutes prior to filtering out and bottling in screw-top jars. An infusion will preserve in the refrigerator for a week. If you made more than you need for a particular recipe don’t discarded it, you could use the rest in your bath water.

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For all those people without a garden it is possible to raise most of the herbs in pots or window boxes. Growing herbs indoors has the added up rewards of enabling some herbs to grow all year round which in colder climates will simply do well outside in the summer months. Though the case-by-case demands of each herb regarding soil type, watering, fertilizing and position might somewhat differ here are some all-purpose tips.

The most suited herbs for pots and window boxes are low-growing herbs such as mint, oregano, basil, chives, parsley and tarragon. Bigger herbs such as sage and borage will incline to become dwarfed naturally once grown in confined areas. Those herbs with a spreading root system such as mint and lemon balm will require to be grown in separate pots which then could be placed in a window box.

These days you can purchase ready to sprout herbs in small peat pots which make gardening easier. Aside from checking that temperature is within reason even and they are well aired the additional crucial points are watering and feeding.

Each herb has particular requirements but broadly feed your plants on a regular basis with liquid organic plant food according to the manufacturer’s instructions and never allow them permanently waterlogged, it is actually essential to aloud the soil to virtually dry between watering. Additionally, the soil in pots or window boxes need to be a good potting mix for herbs such as one made from same parts of sand, leaf mold and soil.

Herbs should be placed in a south or west fronting window that gets good deal of sun light. If you turn them on a regular basis around 45° you will prevent them from growing constantly towards the light and turn distorted in shape.

Do not remove more than a one-fifth of the leaves from one plant at one time and make certain new leaf development has commenced before cutting again. The only exclusion to the rule will be chives of which all the leaves could be cut off at once. Healthy indoor herbs besides being of value they are pleasing aromatic plants.Grow Herbs Indoors

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The aroma of sweet-scented herbs and spices could be captivated in herb sachets. Little bags enveloping dry herbs used not just to perfume closets and drawers but as well as moth deterrents. The addition of a couple dried out stems of southernwood or wormwood is especially good as a moth repellent in addition to its aromatic fragrance.

Herb sachets could be made of small squares of silk, impressed cotton cloth fixed in to little pillows or they could be pulled together across the top and fastened with a ribbon. These methods imply that they could be filled again some time later on. Fill up either with a mixture of herbs of equal amounts or just with a individual herb such as lavender or lemon verbena or with a few of the following mixtures.

Blend same quantities of rosemary, tansy, and southernwood or wormwood plus 15grams of crushed cloves. This is both sweet-smelling and moth repellent.

Mix together same quantities of mint, tansy, cotton lavender and wormwood and add some broke up cinnamon sticks. Blend well and add up a little dried out orange or lemon peel. This is fresh-scented and also works as a moth repellent.

Use same quantities of balm and southernwood, or wormwood and add up twice the same amount as the previous herbs of rose petals and again add twice as much as all the previous herbs of lavender. Finally add up some crashed coriander seeds, cloves or cinnamon.

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By N2HAuthor Comments My knowledge about herbs began as a little child..... I now practice the use of herbs in naturopathic medicine and I love their more than impressive case histories accumulated over the years.

I have a deep interest in self-sufficiency, well-being and the abundance of information of ancient and modern knowledge and folklore in the use of herbs for well-being, craft, cosmetics and cookery.

There is joy and delight in growing herbs, whether you have room for herb garden, or a pot on a sunny window sill.