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VERVAIN

Vervain (Verbena officinalis) is a member of the verbena family of herbs, although not to be confused with lemon verbena. For one thing lemon verbena is edible, but that's "not exactly" the case for verain. As it turns out, there are a few things "not exactly" when it comes to verain beginning with the fact the origins of this herb are not exactly clear. However, vervain is thought to be native to southern Europe in the Mediterranean region and now grows throughout the world. Verbena officinalis has delicate, jagged leaves and small, five-petaled blossoms and will grow 12" to 36" tall. Yet, another example of the "not exactly" aspect is that vervain has no scent. Nonetheless, being without scent seemingly has little importance for the history of vervain, which is traced back thousands of years for medicinal, ceremonial, and superstitious purposes. Having acquired the nicknames "the herb of love and the herb of the cross" vervain has

CATNIP

Of course I've heard of it before, but I thought it was an old-wives-tale. As it turns out, catnip herb plants are real. And not only is catnip real, the supposed purpose of catnip is exactly as proclaimed ... a nip for cats. A member of the mint family , Nepta Cataria, catmint or catnip grows into a floppy mound about three feet tall and wide with small lavender flowers. The dark green, oval-toothed leaves are covered with soft hairs that contain the distinctive oils that give catnip its faint smell of mint. Native to central Europe, catnip now grows throughout the northeastern US and Canada. Although there are very few recommendations of catnip for cooking, there is mention of use in salad as a kind of substitute for mint. There is also mention of catnip for tea, said to have similar calming effects of chamomile tea. In fact, the history of catnip leaves for herbal teas dates back to 1735 in the General Irish Herbal. Documentations indicate medical uses for catnip included remed

ST. JOHN'S WORT

Start simple. That's the nature of St. John's Wort because there's no connection with cooking when it comes to this plant, except as a herbal tea. It's primary (possibly only use) is medicinal. Albeit there are of those historical legends, namely associated with Saint John the Baptist. St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) originating way back with the Greeks is native to Europe and parts of Asia, but like many herb plants is now available throughout the world. A small plant, St. John's Wort has speckled leaves with numerous flower clusters at the ends of branches. Its bright yellow flowers have five petals which are dotted with black. This herb plant has many species, and its most outstanding attribute is the red plant juice St. John's Wort produces when the yellow flowers are crushed. Indeed, the red plant juice is more aptly declared "red stains" and said to represent the virtues of St. John the Baptist. So profound is the association of these

POPPY

There is such fascinating information rooted in the legend, history and use of herbs like poppy that I continue to be amazed. Take for example the connection between the Greek legend of Ceres and poppies and Dorothy in the movie, The Wizard of Oz millennia later. A cliff-notes version of legend says Ceres lies down in a field of poppies and falls asleep as Dorothy would fall asleep in a field of poppies thousands of years later. WOW! What a connection, still the biggest connection is discovering that field of beautiful poppy flowers, is the kind field used to cultivate opium, the narcotic of languor. It is also the poppy seed that is liberally sprinkled on the deliciously popular Lemon Poppy Seed muffin. The (opium) poppy (Papaver somniferum) plant can reach about 3–16 feet tall. It has lobed or toothed silver-green foliage and bears blue-purple or white flowers. Red-flowered and semi-double strains have been developed as garden ornamental. The seeds are borne in a spherical capsule w

CINNAMON

From 2,000 B.C. Egyptians to Arab traders to European traders and a lot of history in between cinnamon made to the western world around 1800. A native of the forest of India and Asia cinnamon is an evergreen tree characterized by oval-shaped leaves, thick bark, and a berry fruit. After a three-year process cinnamon is cultivated from shoots that form the roots. Cinnamon is a spice created from the dried inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree, which is ground into powder or made into an extract. There are t wo types identified as Cinnamomum verum (or Ceylon Cinnamon) which is known as "true cinnamon" and Cinnamomum cassia is less expensive. With more than 250 species of cinnamon, it is strong, hot, pungent and bitter. It isn't sweet, nor tart, but does have the tiniest taste of sweet similar to nutmeg. In fact, cinnamon is the third most popular spice, only behind pepper and mustard. When it comes to cooking cinnamon adds spice to pudding and pies; apple cider and tea; as well

CHICORY

What would you say if you could get a perfect timepiece, tasty coffee and passionate love potion all from one source. Well that's exactly what Chicory (Cichorium Intybus, Cichorium Endivia) can produce. Bright blue, chicory looks like two plants in one, having broad, light-green, lance-shaped lower leaves resembling spinach and small, sparse upper leaves clasped to a tangle of branching stalks that grow to 6 ft. Its beautiful flowers are shaped like daisies and open four hours a day and not a minute more! So reliable, Swedish botanist Linnaeus used them in his floral clock because he considered them infallible timekeepers. How amazing is that! Originally, from England the slightly woody, nutty taste of chicory when dried and roasted made a popular coffee. Also, edible, young chicory leaves can be added into salad and mature leaves can be cooked as greens. Chicory is also a good source of inulin, a type of fiber that has been linked to weight loss and improved gut health. Chicory r

SCOTCH THISTLE

Let's face it, not all ideas, not all people, not all herbs fit a nice formula. This is the case for Scotch Thistle (Onopordum Acanthium), a vigorous biennial plant with coarse, spiny leaves and conspicuous spiny-winged stems is pretty, but imposing. Globe shaped, with dark pink to lavender fluffy flowers the Scotch Thistle is large. Its spiny leaves are 10 to 50 cm wide and covered with white woolly hairs that give the plant the common name "cotton thistle."  A large plant with long, stiff spines and pervasive thorns that give a violent painful sting.  So pronounced, Scotch Thistle can create an impenetrable barrier to humans and animals. Thus, the reverence for thistle in Scottish history of war.  Scottish national flower, the Scotch Thistle is a reminder and a representation of the country's ancient order of chivalry known as "The Order of the Thistle." Oral tradition attributes this to a war between the Scottish and the Vikings of Denmark. When the Vik

HYSSOP

There's something to be said for a herb that gets mentioned in the Bible and by ancient Greek physician, Dioscorides . For one thing it helps date hyssop as being around for a while; as in centuries. Hyssop is in the Lamiaceae family, which is also known for thyme, mint, oregano, basil, sage, rosemary, as well as others. Clusters of six to fifteen violet-blue, pink, or white flowers in the upper leaf axils form dense spikes. The two-lipped, tubular corolla is 1/2 inch long and has four protruding stamens that match it in color. The calyx is tubular with five teeth. Native to southern Europe and Eurasia, hyssop came to North America with the early European settlers. An aromatic herb, its scent has been described as sweet, not sweet, skunky but not unpleasant, clean and aromatic with a hint of turpentine, medicinal, and minty/camphorous. Ostensibly, the scent falls somewhere between rosemary and lavender, indicative of reports that European women sniffed hyssop pressed between the p

CHIVES

Essential if you want the flavor of chives for cuisine, yet without purpose if you need a medicinal remedy. A member of the onion, leeks, scallion and garlic genus Allium family, chives h ave purple blossoms and a mild garlic, onion flavor. Recognizable by the long thin green stem, its center is hollow like a straw, and both the leaves and flowers of chives are edible. For hundreds of years, chives were only popular in Europe and Asia, but are readily found throughout the world these days. As for medicinal purposes, chives have no substantiated usefulness. However, when it comes to cuisine, although not as strong as garlic, economy is best when using fresh, raw chives as a garnish or saute for vegetables and meats. It's remarkable how some of the simplest herbs can add flavor that both accentuate and impact the taste of the food. In mindfulness, the process, the practice of focused breathing and embracing quiet is a way to accentuate awareness. The purpose, direction is forward as

EVENING PRIMROSE

There's never a dull moment when it comes to nature. A native of North America, evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) is a sweet-smelling flower that opens at sunset and closes up during the day. A tall wildflower, evening primrose can be 4 to 5 feet or more in height.  The herb plant has an erect stout stem, soft-hairy, reddish, branches and a shrub-like appearance. Its leaves are rough-hairy, 3 to 6 inches long and lemon-scented. The bright yellow flower spikes grow all along the stalk and have four petals.  Like much of what is known about herbs, historically Native American communities have provided a wealth of information, especially when it comes to medicinal uses for herbs. For example, the Ojibwa used evening primrose on bruises and the Cherokee made tea to take off weight. European settlers began using evening primrose to promote healing of wounds and a tea to settle an upset stomach. Today herbalists suggest evening primrose for discomfort associated with premenstrual syn

CARDAMON

Apparently cardamon is another one of those herbs that belongs to an era of prescribed aphrodisiacs as noted in The Perfumed Garden by 16th century author Sheik Nefzawi of Arabia. However, cardamom has roots in India and Asia. There are two different types of cardamom.  Ellataria is commonly referred to as green or true cardamom and is found mainly in India. Whereas cardamom grown in Asia is part of the genus Amomum, and goes by a variety of names including Java cardamom, white cardamom, and Siamese cardamom. Both are part of the ginger family and grow spindle-shaped pods that contain seeds. The entire pods is edible and used in a variety of Indian dishes such as garam masala and vegetables. Cardamom is also used in hot drinks such as masala chai, Turkish coffee, hot cider, eggnog or mulled wine. Most interestingly is how popular cardamom is in Sweden, where it is used in baked goods and dishes such as meatloaf. For medicinal purposes cardamom is said to be very effective for bad br

RUE

Bushy and compact, the rue herb grows in small shrubs of bluish gray and blossoms yellow flowers. The flower petals have frilly edges and the center is normally green. Native to southeastern Europe, rue grows to 2 to 3 feet (1 m.) tall.  Rue (Ruta graveolens) with its nickname "herb of grace" is considered an old fashioned herb with seemingly dual and opposing functions. On the one hand r ue was used to sprinkle holy water at Mass, thus the nickname "herb of grace" and also given to judges before entering court to ward off the evil energy of criminals. On the other hand, rue was believed to be an herb witches used to cast spells and Victorians considered it a symbol of disdain. Perhaps both sides of the perspective reflect the strong smell which brands rue more as repellent and disinfectant. For this reason it is not a gardener's favorite, yet rue has proven very beneficial to gardens as repellent to many creatures, including dogs, cats Japanese beetles. For med

CLOVES

Cloves are one of those herbs that has such a singular place in our mind, it's hard to imagine anywhere else.  Just smell at a cloves and you see Christmas (and Thanksgiving) holiday season.   Syzygium aromaticum is the fancy name for the evergreen clove tree, which not surprisingly produces a small, reddish-brown spike, about 1 centimeter in length, with a bulbous top. With origins in Indonesia, but mostly grown in India and Madagascar now, cloves have been around for millennia.    Historically, cloves  were once so popular that in 1667, following the Second Anglo-Dutch War, the British ceded what was then known as Spice Islands (now part of Indonesia) to the Dutch in exchange for a faraway settlement then known as New Amsterdam. Now that's a precious plant!   Cloves have an intense aroma and flavor of sweetness, bitterness, astringency with a bit of heat.  Most notably similar to nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice, yet more pungent.  A staple in sauces, soups and Indian rice dish

AGRIMONY

Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) has a sweet scent and sweeter composition, garnering a status of a "cure all" in early England. A member of the rose family, the aromatic scent of agrimony is associated with apricots, but not as sweet. Like the rose of friendship, flowers of agrimony are yellow, with a slender spike. The stems are cylindrical, slightly rough and its green leaves are made up of serrated leaflets. Abundant throughout the UK, agrimony is also called "church steeples" because of its graceful spikes. Agrimony derives its name from the Greek "Argemone", meaning "that which heals the eye" and has been used as a herbal remedy for hundreds of years. Traditionally, widespread in England, the agrimony herb was used for digestive complaints, as a diuretic and to improve respiratory conditions like bronchitis. At one time considered a panacea or "all-heal" for illnesses , the use of agrimony properties also include healing for wound

MUSTARD

Sometimes it's hard to see family resemblance in a family tree. That's certainly the case with mustard (genus Brassica...) which belongs to the same family as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, radish, turnip, kale, collards, and rapeseed......Who knew! I know I can't imagine spreading broccoli on my veggie burger instead of that familiar tangy, condiment "mustard" with its signature yellow color. There are actually three main mustard seed types. These are white, or yellow, mustard (Sinapis alba), a plant of Mediterranean origin; and brown, or Indian, mustard (Brassica juncea), which is of Himalayan origin and black mustard (Brassica nigra). The mustard seed plant is large, leafy greens and bright golden yellow flowers bloom in clusters. The leaves are broad and flat veined. The mustard seed plant may not be smooth on the sides, usually dark green, but leaves can also have purple streaks and appear curly or smooth. As for origin, the mustard seed her

BERGAMOT

It's a fragrance, scent or maybe more like a smell I remember from childhood; bergamot. I still associate bergamot with medicine. Bergamot has dark green broad leaves and pretty pom-pom tubular shaped flowers that range from gentle purple to pink and mauve to a rich, vibrant red. Although it has a rich citrus fragrance, bergamot is actually part of the mint family (genus Mondara). It is that aromatic citrus fragrance that made bergamot a popular "air freshener" in satchels and potpourri in the Edwardian England era. In modern day, this herb still serves as a fragrance for lotions and skip products. As stated, I associated bergamot with medicine such as those used in balm. Other medicinal uses for bergamot properties include colds, fevers, headaches, gastric disorders nausea and vomiting. Also, called Oswego Tea , with regard to the Oswego Native Americans who introduced the tea to settlers. Historically, as a result of the Boston Tea Party, when tea became scarce, bergamo

GOLDENROD

I 've heard of Goldenseal, but not Goldenrod. Live and learn!  Goldenrod is a perennial plant with l ong wood-like stems that have spiky tooth-like parts, and fluffy yellow flowers that grow in thick clusters. It's genus name Solidage taken from the Latin solidare, "to strengthen" and has over 100 varieties. All parts of the plant are edible and fresh or dried flowers and leaves make a great tea. Goldenrod infuses well with baked goods and as a garnish on salads. However, the most popular edible use is the goldenrod honey with a spicy flavor any light amber color. Well-known for medicinal purposes, goldenrod is also called Woundwort for its ability to seal cuts and abrasions. Other h ealing properties of golde nrod herb may help relieve hay fever and reduce inflammation. Centuries ago, goldenrod was very popular in Europe because it had to be imported from America. However, o nce discovered growing in Hampstead Heath near London, its popularity declined. Fortunately,

SORRELL

Jamaica! That's where my thoughts headed with the mention of sorrel. Maybe you went there too. However, as it turns out, there are two sorrel plants, spelled the same way, yet completely different. Let's visit Jamaican sorrel, Caribbean sorrel and Red Sorrel, which are the common names for the hibiscus plant called R oselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa). Easily identified by its namesake color, Red Sorrel is a member Malvaceae, or mallow family (a varied language derivative of the word for the color mauve). Jamaican sorrel bear narrow leaves which give the plant shrubby appearance. It's funnel-shaped flower petals, usually pale yellow with deep red blotches, are edible and have a lemony flavor. Thus, the popular Jamaican sorrel drink . High in vitamins and minerals with powerful antioxidant properties Indians, Mexicans, and Africans use Jamaican Sorrel as a diuretic . Jamaican Sorrel is also used to thin blood, lower blood pressure and detoxify the entire body. Alternatively, Commo

MINT

So much and so many options with mint (genus Methna). There's mint tea, mint candy, mint desserts, mint ice cream,mojito with mint leaves and of course that quintessential depiction of the gentile southern lady, the mint julep. In addition, mint plays a big part in personal care including most all toothpaste, breath mints, mouthwash, deodorant and air fresheners. And of course there's mint for medicinal purposes including indigestion, improved brain function, and decreased pain of breastfeeding. Mint is rich in nutrients with a high percent of Vitamin A for eye care, and my personal favorite helps relieve stress through aromatherapy. Being so familiar with the dynamic, cool, "minty" taste of this herb, it seems superfluous to try and describe it.  Mint is easily recognized by its crisp fragrance and square stems with tiny purple, pink or white that blooms from bright green leaves. This herb has many variations; most notably spearmint and peppermint. Native of Eurasia

ANISE

Anise has that distinct licorice (candy) taste; a taste I don't care for - at all. It's a judgment call, based on some sensation I don't even recall. Moreover, it's contrary to the judgment of 17th-century herbalists who declared that anise "had no vice in it" - a high mark indeed. Anise, also called aniseed, looks like fennel and produces feathery foliage and white blooms. A member of the carrots, celery and parsley family, the dried seeds are often used for liqueurs and baked goods such as Greek ouzo to twice-baked Italian biscotti. Most notably, Aniseed Cake was a highlight at ancient Roman weddings, as it was believed to be an aphrodisiac. With regard to medicinal purposes, anise is rich in nutrients, especially iron for healthy blood cells. In addition, anise may help reduce symptoms of depression, aid in digestion, relieve stomach cramps, reduce symptoms of depression, and reduce symptoms of menopause. Admittedly, I have a strong assessment of anise w

DILL

Sometimes what we think we know, is far from the fact or has no truth at all. That's what I discovered about the herb dill. Although to be fair, what I knew was a whole different jar of pickles.  Historically, dill  (sometimes dill weed) derives its name from the Saxon word "lull" associated with the dill water fed to babies. Thus, dubbed a s "Meetin' Seeds" dried dill seed bouquets was another formula to quiet (lull) fidgety children during church. This is certainly not the type of puckering I associated with dill. Point to a pickle, and that's where I'd expect to see a pucker. It seems far-fetched to connect the dill pickles I usually keep on the side door of my fridge with the dill lullaby bouquets prepared to quiet babies. Nonetheless, dill with soft feather-like leaves, sweet aroma and clean flavor is best used as a dried herb in salad, sauces and seafood. With regard to medicinal purpose, dill properties are noted for use in Indian Ayurvedic tr

CALENDULA

Beautiful and bursting with sunshine, calendula herb is also called marigold. Said to be one of the easiest herbs to grow, calendula are easily recognized by their bright yellow floret petals. Sometimes confused with sunflower (Tagetes genus), both are part of the same family, however, the sunflower is ornamental. Same name, different purpose; it can be confusing. Although calendula and sunflower are both called marigold, it's necessary to know which – the herb or the flower you seek. The oil extracted from calendula has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial medicinal properties used for healing wounds, soothing eczema, and relieving diaper rash . Historically it was used by soldiers during the Civil War to bind wounds. In addition to their beauty, the flowers of calendula herb are edible and used raw or cooked in salads, salsas, scrambled eggs, quiche, and to color butter. Thankfully, mindfulness is simple. It is what it says, being mindful. The practice itself requires

CORIANDER

Is it back to parsley? Headed to South America? Or off to France? The fact is coriander is all over the place. Granted different names from different places make this herb a good conversation piece, but it can confuse a novice cook. Yes, I'm one of those novice cooks, as I did not realize coriander and cilantro are the same. Indeed, I've heard of both, most familiar with cilantro, the South American and Latin name for the herb. Now, I discover that " coriandre" is the French name for cilantro, which Europe and the United States adopted as coriander. Moreover, just to keep things interesting somewhere along the line the name Chinese parsley was also attached. And what a long line of history, cited in the Old Testament, coriander is thought to exist at least 5,000 years. Popular in sauces, soup and stew, it's a warm and spicy herb. The most interesting medicinal purpose associated with coriander is the potential of anti-inflammatory properties with regard to Parkins

NETTLE

Nettle has a lot, a lot of bling. Or more appropriately a lot of bite, referring to sting of nettle leaves. Although nettle has heart-shaped leaves, with pretty yellow or pink flowers, the stem is covered in tiny, stiff hairs that release stinging chemicals when touched. The history of nettle stems from Egyptian antiquity, to the Roman Empire to the Scots soups. Its biological name is "Urtica Dioica" associated with the Latin word "uro" meaning "I bite" which has stuck with nettle. Still both bling and bite fit this intense, multipurpose herb. Those "biting" leaves of nettle can be dried and used as powders, tinctures, creams, teas, beer and even cloth found from the Bronze age. As a medicinal nettle i s high in nutrients and may help reduce inflammation, manage blood sugar, lower blood pressure, hay fever as well as other conditions. There's a lot to nettle; more medicinal, culinary and that which has yet to be discovered for those willing

NASTURTIUM

Meaningful, powerful and purposeful are reasons that come to mind when I'm sharing about mindfulness. It might also add that the worldwide connections and continued growth of the mindfulness represent the simple and splendid beauty of the practice. Nasturtium is regarded as a "splendid garden flower" -  paying homage to its vibrant red, orange and yellow blossom and delicate scent. Native to The America's, nasturtium was once considered rare and elegant, but now grows almost anywhere there is an abundance of sunny weather. For its genteel and ornate nature, research shows this herb has powerful medical purposes which may help prevent and relieve coughs, colds and flu. Studies suggest eating just three seeds daily helps build up resistance to viruses, colds and measles. When it comes to food, Nasturtium is itself a delight as the entire plant, flower and seeds can be eaten. The leaves have a slightly warm peppery flavour similar to watercress and the flowers are mild

SAVORY

I will need to buy some. Granted, I'm no chef, I do like cooking for folks (nothing fancy). I also like the chef show that asks cooks to make cuisine from unique, unusual and unheard of (by me) foods and ingredients. All this to say, I've never heard of savory, seen it on a shelf in the herbs section or in a basket at a farmer's market. Which gives pause to consider, "Can you find something you're not looking for?" And "If you find what you're not looking for, will you know what it is?" Initial research indicated there are two types of savory, summer and winter. Both bloom purple flowers. However, further research states there are at least 30 types of savory . That's spice for thought, and perhaps a later discussion as I'm just now discovering savory altogether. Although to return to my earlier pondering it seems I'd already experienced savory more but didn't know it. Turns out savory is a standard in most stuffing. With this, I&

GINGER

It's truly surprising to find that ginger blossoms white, yellow and purple flowers. Understandably, it is the edgy golden rhizome root image that comes to mind when ginger is the topic. I also find white, yellow, and purple flower colors of ginger blooms intriguing. White flowers are said to represent honesty, purity and perfection. Yellow flowers represent joy and friendship and traditionally used to brighten someone's day and increase positive energy. And most notably worn by heads of states for special or important functions, the color purple, as in purple flowers represent royalty. These are interesting features of ginger because at first sight these dynamic, glorious, and bold components belie the humble, obsequious root at the bottom. A native to Asia, ginger has a long established history for its spicy aroma, exotic and warm taste. Equally, ginger has a solid foundation dating back centuries for its curative properties. It's a herbalist as well as a grandmother'

GARLIC

Familiar to most. Unknown to few. Yes, indeed, the one and only popular and pungent, garlic, famous and infamous the world over. With that said, the discussion on garlic will be brief and to the point, no lingering here. Beginning with the ancient Egyptians, garlic was considered divine, believing it kept away evil spirits. According to Archaeologists this is evidenced by still preserved garlic bulbs of garlic discovered in King Tut's tomb millennia after his burial.  Moreover, b iblical references have been cited to suggest that the Jewish slaves in Egypt were fed garlic and other allium vegetables, apparently to give them strength and increase their productivity (Numbers 11:5).  Other cultures including China, Japan, and Turkey wore garlic as a magic talisman. Even school age children know that garlic wards off vampires, associated with beliefs of the Balkans. Moreover, there are tried and true medical purposes associated with garlic. Among these are antibiotics, protection agai

PARSLEY

The good news is there's more to parsley than meets the eye. The bad news is, few people know the good news. As it happens, I'm one of those people who don't know the good news about parsley. I mean others see it lie on top of Aunt B's famous holiday potato salad, I have no idea what this herb does to enhance food. Further, if it has some medicinal purposes, I don't remember reading about it or hearing any old-wives-tales about the little known remedies of parsley. And yet, there's that part and particle of parsley and more. Similar to basil, parsley has ancient history with the Greeks and the Romans. In the case of parsley, it was once the winning symbol in the form of wreath for athletes and crowns for bridesmaids in Greek culture.  The Romans appreciated the edible delight of parsley using it as a spread and the dispensary benefits when worn around the neck to dispel intoxication. However, somewhere in the midst all that positive perception of parsley, an ass

BASIL

All life is connected. And basil brings extreme and diverse connectedness. Native to India, basil is a sacred herb, often grown in poss near temples and houses. In burial, basil is used to ensure that the gates of heaven will open for the departed. Similarly, in Egypt basil is scattered on graves. The Greek, believe basil to be poisonous, whereas Romans embraced the fragrance as a kind of love potion. In Italy, basil is "kiss-me, Nicholas" in folklore. In England, ancient people believed basil was a cure for obesity, but only for women. And the romantic English poet John Keats featured basil in "Isabella, or the Pot of Basil," a complicated poem love, jealous, murder and ultimately grief stricken death. Notwithstanding, the intensity of this poem associated with basil, Victorian handbooks on the meaning of flowers, attributes basil as sender's good wishes to the recipient. Moreover, despite the Greek's recusant association, basil derived from Greek word for

HERBS

I suppose it's been a latent interest, I explained when an intense expression of surprise, or was it disbelief appeared on her face when I shared my long-standing interest in the world herbs. Yes, I went on to explain, I've always had a particular interest with the natural properties of herbs and medicinal purposes. Of course, there's the most common association of herbs, with regard to food, such as garlic (yes, a herb). Likewise, many people recognize the part herbs contribute to fragrance, most notably, lavender perfume, sachets, and even shampoo. However, fewer people are aware of long-standing myth and mystical associations linked to some of the most common herbs such as basil. Indeed, there's more to herbs than the decorative part parsley plays adorning the center of a pristine while plate in a fancy restaurant. The focus of this blog is writing about all things mindfulness. In keeping with this purpose, I'm excited about learning, discovering, finding and sha