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It is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb with culinary and medicinal uses and, along with the similar-tasting anise, is one of the primary ingredients of absinthe. Florence fennel or finocchio is a selection with a swollen, bulb-like stem base that is used as a vegetable. Fennel is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the mouse moth and the anise swallowtail. Etymology and names[edit] The word "fennel" developed from the Middle English fenel or fenyl. Cultural references[edit] Fennel, from Koehler's Medicinal-plants (1887) As Old English finule, fennel is one of the nine plants invoked in the pagan Anglo-Saxon Nine Herbs Charm, recorded in the 10th century.[2] The Greek name for fennel is marathon (μάραθον) or marathos (μάραθος),[3] and the place of the famous battle of Marathon (whence Marathon, the subsequent sports event), literally means a plain with fennels.[4] The word is first attested in Mycenaean Linear B form as ma-ra-tu-wo.[5] ... Related:  Herbal Remedies & Health IssuesForaging

Thyme A bundle of thyme Flowering thyme History[edit] Ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming. Cultivation[edit] Thyme is best cultivated in a hot, sunny location with well-drained soil. Culinary use[edit] In some Levantine countries, and Assyrian, the condiment za'atar (Arabic for thyme) contains thyme as a vital ingredient. Thyme is sold both fresh and dried. Fresh thyme is commonly sold in bunches of sprigs. Depending on how it is used in a dish, the whole sprig may be used (e.g. in a bouquet garni), or the leaves removed and the stems discarded. Leaves may be removed from stems either by scraping with the back of a knife, or by pulling through the fingers or tines of a fork. Thyme retains its flavour on drying better than many other herbs. Medicinal use[edit] Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) essential oil in a clear glass vial A tea made by infusing the herb in water can be used for coughs and bronchitis.[6] Important species and cultivars[edit] Variegated lemon thyme Notes[edit] Bibliography[edit] S.

Parsley Compound kills 86% of Lung Cancer Cells | Healthy News and Information by PAUL FASSA Worldwide, lung cancer is a devastating and exceedingly common form of cancer. It ranks as the number one cause of cancer deaths for adults in the United States. “Lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and pancreatic). Seventy-five to eighty percent of lung cancer cases stem from a type of cancer called, non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Parsley Compound Kills Lung Cancer Cells and Acts as a Cancer Preventive A 2013 study published in PubMed reported that a compound found in parsley killed up to 86% of lung cancer cells in vitro (petri dish). The cancer cell killing substance is a naturally occurring, plant derived flavonoid called apigenin. -Onions -Oranges -Chamomile tea -Oregano -Thyme -Coriander -Artichokes -Red wine. Still, one of the richest sources of this amazing compound is the leafy green vegetable parsley (Latin name: Petroselinum crispum). Historical Human Parsley Health Applications According to Dr. From Dr. Share:

Loquat Eriobotrya japonica was formerly thought to be closely related to the genus Mespilus, and is still sometimes known as the Japanese medlar. It is also known as Japanese plum[3] and Chinese plum.[4] In Japan it is called biwa.[5] And in China, it is called Lo Guat (芦橘) in Cantonese and pípa (枇杷) in Mandarin. In Turkey it is known as malta eriği, meaning Maltese plum.[6] In Italian it is commonly known as Nespoli. In Urdu it is called lokat (لوکاٹ) Description[edit] Eriobotrya japonica is a large evergreen shrub or small tree, with a rounded crown, short trunk and woolly new twigs. Fruit[edit] Loquats are unusual among fruit trees in that the flowers appear in the autumn or early winter, and the fruits are ripe in late winter or early spring. Loquat fruits, growing in clusters, are oval, rounded or pear-shaped, 3–5 centimetres (1–2 in) long, with a smooth or downy, yellow or orange, sometimes red-blushed skin. The fruits are the sweetest when soft and orange. History[edit] Cultivation[edit]

Nine Herbs Charm The Nine Herbs Charm is an Old English charm recorded in the 10th-century[1] Lacnunga manuscript.[2] The charm is intended for the treatment of poisoning and infection by a preparation of nine herbs. The numbers nine and three, significant in Germanic paganism and later Germanic folklore, are mentioned frequently within the charm.[2] The poem contains references to Christian and English Pagan elements, including a mention of the major Germanic god Woden. According to R. K. Gordon, the poem is "clearly an old heathen thing which has been subjected to Christian censorship Poem contents[edit] Herbs[edit] The charm references nine herbs: Mucgwyrt (Mugwort)Attorlaðe (identified as Cockspur Grass by R. At the end of the charm, prose instructions are given to take the above-mentioned herbs, crush them to dust, and to mix them with old soap and apple juice. Woden[edit] A snake came crawling, it bit a man. See also[edit] Notes[edit] References[edit] External links[edit]

Outdoor Concrete Pots - The Wood Grain Cottage Well, we’ve had a few days without the wind. I’m not sure how I’ve survived! I mean, we can actually walk outside without being blown away. I’ve been so anxious to start adding flowers and pots and outdoor pretties, that I couldn’t help myself from making a new pair of outdoor concrete pots. They’re unique and I love the way they look with flowers! Here’s how I made them… I started with basic black plastic pots, you know, the kind that your plants come in when you buy them… Then I started mixing my ingredients… Portland Cement, Perlite and Sphagnum Peat Moss. I’ve found that adding equal amounts of the concrete, peat moss and perlite works ok, but if you add another part of concrete to the mix, the concrete looks better when it’s dry… I added just enough water to make the mixture wet and “cottage cheese” like… Then, I started filling my bottom pot, and pushed the top pot over the concrete to make the bottom nice and even… I am so happy with the way they turned out… P.S. P.S.S.

Cherry plum Prunus cerasifera is a species of plum known by the common names cherry plum and myrobalan plum.[2] It is native to Europe[3] and Asia.[2] Wild types are large shrubs or small trees reaching 6-15 m tall, with deciduous leaves 4-6 cm long. It is one of the first European trees to flower in spring, often starting in mid-February. This species can be found growing wild where it has escaped cultivation and become naturalized, such as in North America.[4][5] Cultivated cherry plums can have fruits, foliage, and flowers in any of several colors. Cherry plums are a key ingredient in Georgian cuisine where they are used to produce tkemali sauce, as well as a number of popular dishes, such as kharcho soup and chakapuli stew. The cherry plum is a popular ornamental tree for garden and landscaping use, grown for its very early flowering. The variety 'Nigra' with black foliage and pink flowers, has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[9] See also[edit] List of plum dishes

Three Herbs: Nettles, Horsetail and Mullein P O Box 25, Waldron, WA 98297-0025 Articles | 2014 Workshops | Island Herbs Order Form (pdf) | Contact Ryan Certain aspects of each herb will be presented based on personal experience with no intent to be encyclopedic. All three of these herbs have physical hazards: nettles leaves have irritating venom when alive and sharp silica pieces easily shed when dried, presenting eye and respiratory hazards; horsetails have silica plates which are readily shed when dried and are hazardous for the gastrointestinal tract and the respiratory tract; mullein emergent parts (leaves, flowering stalks, and flowers) are covered with short sharp hairs which irritate the eyes, nose and throat when inhaled, and the mouth and throat when ingested. Caution is advised. NETTLES (Urtica dioica v.Lyalli) All true nettles are edible; all stinging nettles have similar medicinal properties. The species/variety I describe here is: Urtica dioica v.Lyalli or simply U. I wondered what species of nettles she had gotten.

Cheap Patio idea - Sunset Mobile An outdoor "area rug" of stained concrete pavers replaced a tired lawn in the back of our 1930s bungalow in Santa Monica. And it solved a major, if temporary, problem. Because the back entrance of our house leads to a home office, lots of foot traffic had trampled the lawn. And our dog, Stella, regularly tracked grass and mud into the house. We needed a level, durable patio that would blend with the surrounding garden. But we didn't want to commit to anything too permanent or expensive since we were rethinking the design of our house. Concrete pavers seemed to be the answer ― they are readily available and inexpensive (less than $1 each) at home improvement stores ― but their color range is limited to gray and ruddy brown. Then my experience as a scenery artist led me to the idea of turning the raw 12-inch-square pavers into a colorful mosaic. Next: Project tips Project tips Make a plan. Gather materials. Prep the pavers. Mix your own stain. Seal the stain.

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, which includes many other herbs. The name "rosemary" derives from the Latin for "dew" (ros) and "sea" (marinus), or "dew of the sea".[2] The plant is also sometimes called anthos, from the ancient Greek word ἄνθος, meaning "flower".[3] Rosemary has a fibrous root system. Taxonomy[edit] Rosmarinus officinalis is one of 2–4 species in the genus Rosmarinus.[4] The other species most often recognized is the closely related, Rosmarinus eriocalyx, of the Maghreb of Africa and Iberia. Description[edit] Rosmarinus officinalis prostratus Rosmarinus officinalis – MHNT Rosemary illustration from an Italian herbal, circa 1500 Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub that has leaves similar to hemlock needles.

Eucalyptus Oil for Congested Children: Busted Essential Oil Myth #2 Your child is congested. You want to help. You think about using a vapor rub, but you want something natural, so you reach for the Eucalyptus essential oil instead… Before you apply a high 1,8-cineole oil to your child, please read this post. Why you want to avoid using Eucalyptus, Rosemary, or Peppermint essential oils on your children Eucalyptus and the cineole chemotype of Rosemary are on the list of essential oils to avoid using on children under age 10. First, let’s discuss why Eucalyptus and Rosemary are not recommended, and then we’ll talk about Peppermint. According to Essential Oil Safety, essential oils high [more than 40%] in 1,8-cineole can cause central nervous system and breathing problems in young children and should not be “applied to or near the faces of” or “otherwise inhaled by” children under 10 years of age. Eucalyptus and Rosemary (the “cineole” chemotype in particular) contain high amounts of the constituent 1,8-cineole. Thanks, Lea, for sharing this post with us!

Natural Additives for Depleted Soil | Garden Weasel I want to give you the “dirt” on your soil so that if you think the stuff your plants are growing in might need some help, you have an idea what to do. Because no matter what, having good dirt is the number one thing you can provide your plants for optimal opportunity to flourish. And, because some of you asked! Signs of Problems You probably intuitively know if you’ve got soil problems, but if you’re not sure, here are some things to notice: Plants, foliage or lawn don’t look healthy Weeds grow in abundance Cannot dig very deep (8-12”) without hitting hard layers Plant roots do not grow deep Lack of earthworms Dirt is blue-green, gray, yellow or streaking (sign of drainage problems) It is always a good idea to test your soil before adding anything to it. Defining Dirt and Soil Technically speaking, there is a difference between dirt and soil. to differentiate, but since we do need to enter the world of science to better understand how to tend our gardens, indulge me.