plant these cut and come again herbs

10 essential perennials to cut and come again..

Sage - mainly evergreen, pineapple sage is my favourite

Plant in …

Containers, can also be planted with cabbages to deter white butterflies, and in garden, but needs cutting hard back in spring as otherwise it can get woody.

Useful for …

Healing powers - women’s hormones, use for colds, good also for mouth ulcers, laryngitis and tonsillitis.

Use in ...

Vegan/ Sausage and pork dishes and vegetarian nut roasts

Mint - hardy perennial. My favourite is Spearmint, but here are lots of delicious species

Plant in …

Containers. If planting in garden contain the growth by placing the mint in a pot, as the roots spread and take over.

Useful for …

Nervous headaches, flatulence, increases concentration and a stimulant for poor appetites. It is helpful for a variety of complaints as its qualities include calming, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-parasitic.

Use in …

Chocolate mousse and other recipes, good with lamb, vinegars and jellies, teas, fish, yoghurt fruit and summer punches.

Lemon balm - hardy Perennial who’s generic name is Melissa

Plant in …

Any soil but can be invasive (although roots easy to pull out), so keep edges trimmed. Can also be planted in a container.

Useful for ...

Good memory drink after meals to ease digestion. Lemon balm /melissa oil is good for nervousness depression, and insomnia

Use in …

Fresh in cream cheese dips, fish or mushroom dishes, cordials and vinegars.

Oregano/Marjoram - hardy perennial

Plant in …

Containers.

Useful for …

An antiseptic and preservative. This is known as one of the most powerful antiseptics because of the high Thymol content. Eases bad colds, good for relaxation and calming influence for nervousness. Helps sickness and settles upset stomachs.

Use in …

Bouquet garni, pizza, meat tomato dishes, vegetables and milk based desserts.

Chives - garlic and onion flavour

Plant in …

The soil, as this is a better option. Leave a distance of at least 6 inches from other plants.

Can be pot grown, and can flourish as long as well watered.

Useful for ...

Helps improve digestion, mildly antiseptic, and sprinkled on food can stimulate the appetite and help digestion.

Use in…

Garnishes mashed into soft cheese dips, soured cream with jacket potatoes. Lovely as garnish on top of egg salad, scrambled egg soups and salads generally.

Tarragon - French tarragon has a superior flavour, but is tender so is a half hardy perennial and needs protection in winter. The Russian tarragon originates from Siberia so a hardy variety - enough said!

Plant in …

Larger containers as they dislike being pot bound.

Useful for ...

Overcoming insomnia.

Use in …

Many dishes with chicken, fish, tomato, rice and salad dressings. Nice in grapes and green salads. My favourite tarragon companion meat is chicken.

Curry plant - Hardy evergreen

Plant in …

Large containers. Do not over water and thrive better when located in full sun.

Useful for …

treating diarrhoea, indigestion,excessive acid secretion, and an unhealthy cholesterol level, due to it’s antioxidant, anti microbial and anti inflammatory properties. Apparently the bark is used in India to treat snake bites.

Use in …

Leaves used in many dishes with chicken, vegetables, rice and pickles.

The yellow flowers can be added to home made pot pourri.

Bay - evergreen

Plant in …

In cooler climates can start off a Bay on a kitchen window sill. Keep indoors over the winter as it has shallow roots and needs to mature into a larger plant for outside. OK outside for summer months and is great in a container.

Useful for …

As an infusion it is helpful for digestion and stimulating appetite.  

Use in …

Fresh leaves have a better flavour. Add to soups stocks as a bouquet garni. Good with fish. Put on barbecue coals for a delicious flavour. Add to jars of rice for flavour and put into flour it will deter weevils.

Rosemary - love this story. In the time of Elizabeth 1 the wedding couple wore (or carried) a sprig of rosemary as a sign of fidelity. Bunches were tied with coloured ribbon tipped with gold and given to guests at weddings to symbolize love and faithfulness.

Plant in …

As an evergreen hardy it can be planted outside. If planted near carrots it can help repel carrot fly.  

Useful for …

Rosemary oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti fungal properties and helps poor circulation if rubbed into affected joints.

Use in …

Traditionally with lamb, also baked fish, tomato sauces, summer wine cups, vinegar's and oils.

Thyme –  perennial evergreen

Plant in …

in a well drained grit soil either in containers inbetween paving stones or in the garden.  thyme does wewl in sunny positions and will thrive on a sunny window sill too.

Useful for …

Good digestive aid. Helps to break down fatty foods. Strong antiseptic properties. Good as a gargle remedy for infected gums and sore throats. Make thyme tea with fresh lemon juice.

Use in …

Bouquet garni. Good with fish, chicken and in stuffing. strong antiseptic properties, good remedy for infected gums and sore throats to gargle with of make thyme tea with fresh lemon juice.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 fun things to do in a weekend

Discovering more of your playful self!

Weekends ideas with family.

  • Fly a kite

  • afternoon teddy bear tea picnic

  • Bird identification woodland walk

  • Bike ride

  • Baking day

  • 4 leaf clover hunt

  • Make a fun video for You Tube

  • Learn to knit or crochet

  • Start a blog or journal scrapbook

  • Build sandcastles at the beach

  • Google your nearest wild garden and take a nature walk

  • Have a water fight while giving your car a "birthday"

  • Make ice pops with your favourite fruits

  • Plant a tree

  • Learn to juggle

  • Create a poem about your best day ever

  • Make home made chocolate

  • Paint a picture of your favourite view

  • Gift yourself a massage or gift a shoulder massage to each person

  • Camp out for a night under the stars on a warm summer evening

  • Make a bird feeder

  • Construct a den in a woodland or your house/garden out of old sheets blankets and wood.

  • Make fresh apple or orange juice

  • Volunteer help at a local event

  • Walk a dog for an elderly neighbours

     

Check your fun quiz

"If you want to succeed in anything you do, you have to find some fun in it."     

Fun is a great addiction to have as joy and happiness is a value that is naturally itegral to who we are as human beings is it not?

AND sometimes our roller coaster life takes us over and we forget to jump off in favour of considering those things that light us up.

So some questions for you to ask yourself and ponder...

  1. Do you wake up feeling happy
  2. Do you say to yourself “I'm so lucky”
  3. Are you working in a career/job you love?
  4. Do you ALLOW yourself to engage in time out, hobbies or creativity.
  5. Do feelings of stress stop you from engaging in free time to follow interests and hobbies.
  6. Do you put your life's fun on hold til you have more time more money more energy.
  7. Do you get overwhelmed with things to do that you would rather not do.. (that list that keeps growing and growing?)
  8. Do you have a bucket list that you have yet to get started on ..
  9. Are you finding yourself constantly doing for others without taking time for yourself?
  10. Have you forgotten how to have fun being engrossed in the “get it done scenario” life gets in the way you hear yourself say" ..
  11. You wish you could spend more quality time out with family and friends
  12. You find it difficult, even guilty to take time out for yourself
  13. You look forward to holidays because you can really just let go and chill?
  14. Do you find yourself reaching for the cakes cookies and boozy to have your fun..
  15. Have you a wish list.
  16. Are you a giver to others but not so great at considering your own needs (even if its something simple like 10 minutes peace and quiet daily fun thing… a yoga practise or a lone walk in a park..
  17. Do you believe there is no time for me time?
  18. Do feelings of stress stop you from engaging in free time to follow interests and hobbies.
  19. Do you get overwhelmed with things to do that you would rather not do.. (that list that keeps growing and growing?)
  20. Are you finding yourself constantly doing for others without taking time to concentrate on yourself?
  21. Are you a workaholic?

When we get into something that we Looove, and create fun something quite powerful happens.

You relax, switch off, become present, and it's easy to tune into your hearts, the benefits are huge.

Some of the benefits are;

EMOTIONS and how you feel change, happy, connected, free, at ease, mentally calm, and our face turns into more smiles.

CLEARER THOUGHTS, you feel mentally calm & clear, become better focused, and can concentrate for longer.

PHYSICAL CHANGE, your muscles relax, digestion improves, stay better hydrated, ( skin hair and nails look healthier) tension headaches disappear, joints ease, moods improve, and you sleep deeper…..

SOUL/HEART you feel more connected to others, you feel renewed trust, free, worthy, deserving, hopeful, in love with life, excited and probably take life more lightly and playful by laughing more.

 Time out naturally ignites inspired insights, ideas, intuition with clarity, Those gut feelings that suddenly appear out of nowhere!  AHA'S, 

Yep you can do this!