I hope you enjoyed my last post on our veg garden. Today, I’m going to talk a little about our herb and lettuce gardens, both follow companion planting guidelines too. Under a perssimon tree we have strawberries, lettuce, kale, parsley, and red onion. This section gets a lot of sun during the morning hours, and is shaded during the afternoon heat. It is the perfect spot for lettuce, and we have already harvested 3 heads of lettuce!
In our herb garden, and in some pots we have the perfect cooking and natural herbal remedy herbs. We have cumin, thyme, sage, oregano, basil, lemon balm, bee balm, dill, mint, rosemary, catnip, and hyssop. I am currently on the hunt for chamomile and feverfew to complete my herb garden.
So, I chose these herbs because of their usefulness. Some are good to use in cooking, some in tea and all of them have health benefits. Hyssop is used as a cough suppressant and an expectorant; it also has antiseptic properties. Bee Balm is helps bronchial infections, when you breath it in through steam. With basil, obviously, you can make amazing pizza or pasta dishes with it, and it also is good for flatulence, cuts and scrapes. Lemon Balm is good for headaches, fevers, and stomach issues, when consumed as a teas. You can also smash it up and rub the leaves on your skin to act as a natural insect repellant. Sage has astringent and antibacterial properties. Thyme is good to help cease menstrual cramps, the common cold, diarrhea, and stomach issues. Oregano is said to help with the production menstruation, itchy skin, sore muscles, and toothache relief. Catnip, the little thing loves to nip at it, and it is good for humans too. It helps reduce fevers, promotes sweating, helps bring on menstruation, and crushed leaves can help repeal insects. Mint is good for helping relieve stomach issues, nausea, and bloating. We seriously have our own little medicinal herb garden!
Shalom Mama has an amazing sleepy herbal tea. It is 1/4 cup of chamomile, 1/2 cup catnip and 1/2 cup lemon balm, all dried. As you can see the ratio is 2 to 1, and you can make it in a smaller amount. Then take 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces of not quite boiling water and steep. The longer you let it steep the stronger it will be. I steep mine for about 4 min, using this basket. It makes you feel so calm and relaxed, you will get a good nights sleep for sure.
Hope this inspires you to plant your own herb garden. Are there any herbs you love that I didn’t mention?