Category Archive: Herb

Biblical Herbs, Foods and Spices for Colds and Flu

Many of the herbs and foods commonly used from Bible days on, along with old fashioned home remedies your Mom or Grandma used, when used properly, can be your body’s best and least costly  defense against colds and the flu. These remedies also help to minimize the misery if you do get a cold or …

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Treasures: Lovingly Worn Herbal History Books

I have a collection of books on herbs. One of my most treasured is one my Mom gave me years ago from the Herb Society of America – it’s from the 1940’s and she found it in a second hand shop called “The Heart Mart” here in Cincinnati. Mom volunteered there and found so many …

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Pull rooted sprigs of mint to grow indoors

When you’re putting your herbs to bed for the winter, remember that mint is an aggressive perennial. Pull a few rooted sprigs, pot them up, place in moist soil in a sunny window and voila: mint for winter!

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Growing and Using Basil

  Purple and Green Basil A Guide To Growing Basil Harvesting and Preserving Basil for its Many Uses Here’s an article I wrote for Countryside Magazine. It’s timely since right now my basil is flowering like crazy! I’m willing to bet that if you start an herb garden, growing basil (Ocimum Basilicum) will be high …

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Heritage Restaurant’s Spice Blends

This is for Mary Ann and Sue, who both remember this Cincinnati restaurant fondly. When her kids were little, Mary Ann made a spread for bread using the restaurant’s salt free blend. As I mentioned to Mary Ann, we all have great memories of the Heritage. That’s where I met my husband, Frank and his …

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Tex Mex Lasagna with Cilantro

Tex Mex Lasagna with Cilantro I have a love/hate relationship with cilantro. I love the flavor but I don’t like the way cilantro behaves, like a mischevious little boy. He likes to bolt to seed if it gets too hot, and this can happen seemingly overnight. So I have to make successive plantings every couple …

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Spearmint or Peppermint for Mint Julep Recipe?

Mint Julep Recipe Peppermint for Mint Juleps Spearmint or Peppermint – which is best for Mint Juleps? There’s always a debate about this. Spearmint is traditional, and sweeter than peppermint. Peppermint contains a lot of menthol, which makes it taste stronger. Peppermint is used in a lot of medicines, and also in toothpastes, peppermint candies …

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Healing Herbs That You Can Grow

Healing Herbs That You Can Grow As we “grow along” together, I’ll share in depth some good information on my favorite individual herbs. But today I wanted to give you a quick list of my  top 10 healing herbs that you can grow yourself. I love the fact that herbs not only taste good, they’re …

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Peppermint oil and extract: what’s the diff?

They are not the same thing. You can find all three, including emulsions, at Jungle Jims. I bought mine at the Eastgate store. Stores in your area may carry the extract but not the oil, which you may have to purchase from a pastry shop. Extracts:  Made with alcohol for the most part. Always buy …

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Cinnamon for Health: Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon, almonds, walnuts in Baklava

Cinnamon for Health Cinnamon for Health: cinnamon is a brain booster.  Yes, it’s true – simply breathing in that aroma can make you sharper! Yet it also has a calming, soothing, homey effect. You can also make a wonderful hand and foot massage oil by mixing a bit of cinnamon in canola or grape seed …

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