The Herb Garden
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Welcome to the Herb Garden!
You don't have to be a "green-thumber" to have a lush and fragrant herb garden.  Even if all you have room for is a few containers on a patio, you'll be amply rewarded.  Herbs are relatively pest-free.  They aren't bothered by disease.  Once established, many are drought tolerant, and (a big plus in many areas) they are not relished by foraging deer, rabbits and rodents.
With very little effort you can grow herbs for use in the kitchen, aromatherapy, cosmetics and bath preparations. You can make your own insect repellents, dog shampoos, candle scents, decorative papers and flavored vinegars or oils.   Try new recipes!  You can use herbs to calm an irritated stomach, a fussy baby, induce sleep or give yourself a boost of energy at the end of a hectic day.

Fresh snipped basil from your own garden is not only more flavorful than store-bought, it's much cheaper!  If your family loves Pesto, you'll save some money and you'll know that it was raised organically.

In future issues we'll explore the requirements and benefits of individual herbs.  We'll have some recipe ideas, both for edible herbs and those used for other purposes.  Many people are finding that herbal formulas are safer and are extremely effective in treating the ailments they used to run to their medicine cabinet for.

Join us on this excursion into the fragrant world of herbs.  You'll be delighted you did!

To your health!

Some Herbal Tips to Get You Started

Peppermint is great for headaches including migraines!  It relieves indigestion, has anti-viral properties and some have found it relieves the discomfort of herpes!

Bring two cups of water to a boil. Add 2 Tbsp. peppermint leaves, cover and steep for 50 minutes. Strain and let cool. Drink one or two cups of the cool tea. You can make the tea ahead of time and freeze it in ice-cube trays so it's handy.  For children, you can add a little cream or soymilk and a dash of honey.  Our daughter loves it this way.  It's not only good for headaches, it's a great pick-me-up.

Make as above, but drink it luke warm.  It will soothe indigestion and nervousness as well. Sweeten with honey as desired.

Two cups of peppermint tea taken at the time of a herpes breakout will inhibit it from spreading.

Sage is an excellent herbal remedy for all sorts of things.  For insect bites and stings, make a poultice of a few crushed sage leaves and apply them directly to the site.  You can secure the leaves in place with a cloth or gauze and adhesive tape. Sage and sage tea are also effective in the treatment of sore throats and tonsillitis, psoriasis, gray hair and liver spots.

If you have an herbal remedy or tip, send it to us either by e-mail at:
or by post to:
Intelligent Universe Publications
1919 N. 21st Street
Boise, ID 83702

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