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Marjoram

Marjoram

Marjoram, often mistaken for its close relative oregano, is a unique herb with a sweeter, more delicate flavor that has graced Mediterranean dishes for centuries. But marjoram’s appeal goes beyond its culinary uses; it is steeped in folklore and medicinal properties that make it a fascinating subject for any herbal enthusiast.

Tarragon

Tarragon

The history of tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)stretches back to ancient times, where it was used for its medicinal properties. The herb made its way across continents, valued by various cultures for its ability to stimulate the appetite and aid digestion. In the medieval era, tarragon found its place in the gardens of monasteries, used by monks to produce remedies.

Chives

Chives

Chives, (Allium schoenoprasum), are a member of the onion family. They stand out in the culinary world for their delicate flavor and vibrant green touch. These slender, grass-like herbs are not only a favorite garnish but also a powerhouse of nutrition and history

Bread Machine Baking: Herbed Green Onion Bread

Bread Machine Baking: Herbed Green Onion Bread

Herbed Green Onion Bread is the perfect addition to any meal. It’s soft, flavorful, and compliments many soups and main dishes. I would make it as a loaf, then make it as a dough and create rolls or breadsticks! This one is a keeper.

Violets

Violets

As the snow starts to recede, I am anxious to see where my spring plants will pop up. I have lived all over the country and violets are one of the wild plants that seem to survive wherever we go. Usually found along the edges of yards and gardens, many people consider them a weed, while I think violets simply need better marketing.

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), is known in traditional and modern herbal medicine for its nutritional content and health benefits. Although there is an entire industry devoted to destroying these beautiful and useful plants, their bright cheerful blooms endure. Dandelion has so many uses that anyone with a clean patch available to them should take notice.

Good News to Share

Good News to Share

I am so excited to share that two of my articles were published in the March-April 2024 issue of The Essential Herbal! This is so meaningful to me and I wanted to share. If you have little bitty hamsters or gerbils, I wrote about foraging herbs that are safe for them. I also wrote a Spring Revival Herbal Tisane recipe that I think you will enjoy.

Beef Soup With Herbs

Beef Soup With Herbs

Beef Soup with Herbs is the perfect meal to help everyone feel better. It’s that time of year, make this easy-to-cook soup, and enjoy a wholesome meal.

Parsley

Parsley

parsley often plays a humble backdrop to more flamboyant characters. Yet, this culinary staple, with its bright green leaves and clean, peppery flavor, deserves its moment in the sun. Beyond its role as a garnish, parsley is a versatile and nutritious herb that has been valued for centuries in cuisines and healing traditions around the world.

Using Your Herbal Stash

Using Your Herbal Stash

An herbal stash is only as good as the things you use it for. Let’s look at some ideas to get you started.