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Herbs In My Garden

Herbs In My Garden

This year I have planted quite a few different herbs in my garden areas, and this past week I have harvested and dried three of them.  I have comfrey, yarrow, and linden flowers.  The linden flowers are not really something that I planted myself, because it is a huge tree in the front of my yard, but every year at this time, the flowers come on strong on my tree and they are the most delightful smelling flowers ever.  Here is my process of harvesting and drying these three particular herbs for medicine value.

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Linden flowers

Linden flowers

My awesome Linden Tree

My awesome Linden Tree

Linden flowers or blossoms – great for the digestive system as a tea, commonly used in teas to soothe anxiety or panic, can be used in the bath water as a relaxing bath, and helps with insomnia when drank as a tea before bed time.  It is known to help lower blood pressure, and to help restore the liver.  Worth doing a little more research on this treasure! I like to use it in my salves that I make simply because it has the calming properties, and it makes them smell so delicious.  I think I am going to try making a perfume with it before too long.  I will post it when I do.

Here is a little blurb that someone wrote about the Linden tree, and I quote it here with the link to the original article.     “Imagine yourself sitting under a tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through it’s shiny heart shaped leaves.  High overhead you can hear honeybees lazily buzzing  in and out of it’s perfumed flowers.  The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect.  You feel relaxed and alive and aware of it’s healing energy.  This is the Linden tree.”  Love it!

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Comfrey

Comfrey

Comfrey is a well know plant for healing. I use it in my own miracle salve recipe that I make, as it has great properties for healing cuts, scrapes, bruises, and even bones. It can be used as a poultice or compress to help heal broken bones and is known for this.  There is some controversy as to whether or not it should be taken internally.  Some herbalists use it, and others will tell you not to.  Do your research before taking it internally.  It can cause damage to the liver, especially if taken often.  It is a miracle herb in itself when it comes to healing and using in my salves.

Yarrow plant

Yarrow plant

Yarrow blossoms

Yarrow blossoms

Yarrow is a great little plant, and grows wild in pretty much every prairie or empty lot, and often in lawns around here.  Yarrow is a great plant to know about.  By using its feathery leaves and crunching them up, they can be placed over a wound to stop bleeding.  It can also be drank as a tea to help stop bleeding internally and heal things like bleeding ulcers.  I also will use this in my miracle salve recipe because of its properties to speed up healing.  Yarrow also has some properties that act similar to aspirin and will help relieve pain.  It is a great herb that affects so many different parts of the body, in fact some scientists say that it affects every part of the body in some small way.  It is also known to promote sweating and is often given as a tea to help do this, to in turn break a fever.

Okay now for the drying part…….I dry the yarrow hanging upside down from my clothesline, and the comfrey and linden I just laid them flat on some trays.  Each of these were completely dry in 48 hours, but then we have been having some pretty extreme heat around here.

hanging yarrow from the clothesline

hanging yarrow from the clothesline

Linden flowers drying

Linden flowers drying

Comfrey leaves laying flat to dry.

Comfrey leaves laying flat to dry.

And the finished products………..

Linden flowers, yarrow leaves and blossoms, and comfrey leaves all ready to be used.

Linden flowers, yarrow leaves and blossoms, and comfrey leaves all ready to be used.

Yay!  I love harvesting and drying the herbs, and then using them in the medicines that I make.  It is kind of a cool feeling to know that I actually understand what to know and use these things for.  I love it!

Today, I am heading over to a small  park that is not too far from my house and I will be harvesting some plantain. Plantain grows wild pretty much everywhere, but this one particular park it is thick and beautiful.  I will take pictures.

 

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The Simple Life

We can’t all sell everything we own, quit our jobs, move to the beach or the mountains, and live the simple life that we all dream about, but we can reorganize our own lives right where we are, to make it the best it can be here and now. The simple life, oh how we all crave it!  Well I guess we don’t all crave it, but it is likely that if you are reading this post, you are one of the ones that does.
Not everyone does, and those that don’t will probably think the rest of us are crazy. You know what? It is okay to be different. It is okay to be crazy in that regard. If people don’t appreciate you for who you are and who you want to be, then you shouldn’t listen to them. It is your life, and it is you who wants to change, to be more frugal, and to live the simple life.
What is it really, to live the simple life?
Here is a pretty basic Manifesto for a Simple Life
Eat Less, Move More
Buy Less, Make More
Stress Less, Laugh More
Feel Blessed, Love More
Find a quite spot every day and breathe.
By Kety Exeter – The Smile Collective – thesmilecollective.com.au
Really, living a simple life, is de-cluttering the things that are not important and focusing on things that are most important. It is a lifestyle that allows you to get back to the life of self reliance, frugal living, and erasing the chaos and clutter that rules most of our lives.
For me, living the simple life, in my perfect world, would be to move from the city to our cabin in the mountains, produce as much of our food that we could, get away from all commercialism,

make things ourselves, cook things from scratch, have less bills, be debt free, be not reliant on anyone for anything. Now of course I can’t do this all, but I can sure work towards much of it.

The mountain cabin is a dream, and maybe someday it might become a reality. For today, I can work on becoming debt free. I can work on cooking everything from scratch. I can work on growing and producing as much of our own food as possible, while living in the city. I can start to eliminate as many bills as possible, like television, phones, reducing utilities, reducing gas and vehicles, and others. I can work on de-cluttering the “stuff” from my home. I can work on de-cluttering the “stuff” from my life. I can work on becoming prepared for unforeseen things, by becoming more self reliant. I can work on learning more skills to become more self reliant. And most importantly I can work on slowing down, taking time to reflect and ponder, and planning for what is most important.
It is okay to be the new you. Create the you that YOU will love, without worrying whether or not others will love you. If you love yourself, then you will attract others that will love you too.
You will have to be willing to make those mistakes, let negative people go, and focus on your life. It will take hard work. It will take much determination to succeed. But you can do it.  You can live the simple life, regardless of where and what it is that makes it for you.
 
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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Life, Living, simple life

 
 
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