Strand-Kvan, a.k.a Garden Angelica, or Holy Ghost

Angelica archangelica

This plant has an important ethnobotanical history Scandinavia, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands: having a high Vitamin C content, it has been used to prevent scurvy, and as an herbal remedy against the plague. Saami people have mixed parts of the plant with reindeer milk to add flavour and vitamins, and the dried hollow stems can be made into a kind of flute.

The name Archangelica refers to the legend of the Archangel Michael revealing the medicinal properties of the plant. In Austria, it is used as a broad-spectrum herbal remedy. As with other plants in the carrot family (Apiaceae, or Umbellifers), it contains a number of potent and fragrant compounds: the seeds are used in tinctures, and the production of absinthe.

When the coastal water-filtering wetland on which I live was engineered in the in the 70s, some 200,000 trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants were planted to simulate the beginnings of a healthy ecosystem, while other species worked on getting established through natural dispersal vectors. This was one such plant species that is documented in literature about the park.

Unfortunately, I’ve only ever been able to find one individual (pictured above). I took a small cutting off of the root of that plant (without harming it), and transplanted it to the area by the new Mallard pond, where it has thrived!

This plant will eventually grow to an imposing height of 2 metres, with a spray of showy, musky-smelling white blossoms.

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Traditional Medical Herbs In Slavic Baths

   “Since ancient times in Slavic countries in the north, and especially Russia, sauna was considered to attribute to a healthy way of life of any person. Indeed, the benefits from the bath is much greater than the disadvantages. And if they properly made you could have achieve amazing results for your health. As you know, a bath made ​​to whip people with birch twigs. It increases blood circulation, allowed them to remove dead skin cells and stimulates the growth of new cells which was also an excellent substitute for a massage. However, this effect can be enhanced with the help of herbs. Mint was considered one of the most useful plants and it was an excellent stimulant activity of the brain, as well as expanding the airways, making it indispensable for colds. Mint perfectly relieves swelling, headaches and aids in digestion. After steaming in a bath with the help of peppermint, try to avoid excessive eating. Chamomile was the most popular in means of traditional medicine, as It has a gorgeous set of essential oils and vitamins.”

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anonymous asked:

Firstly, you have a fantastic blog. Secondly, do you know of some simple herbal remedies for a wicked sore throat?

Thank you! 
Of course I do. For a sore throat, you need honey and thyme.

Mix a few spoonfuls of honey with a teaspoon of thyme and heat up very gently. Stir constantly while heating up until you see small air bubbles around the herbs, then keep it up, stirring all the time so that it doesn’t burn. After a minute of this, cool it off. Eat a teaspoon when necessary, slowly sucking it off the spoon.

Some people have also reported spicy food, really spicy food - jalapeno paste and so on - very helpful with a sore throat, but this may have side effects, depending on your tolerance for spicy foods.

It’s time, once again, to Name That Cheese! This stunner comes from France.

Made from pasteurized goat’s milk in one location, the cheese is then transported to the caves of an affineur for aging. Multiple layers of herbs and spices are added to the rind, including: rosemary, thyme, and juniper berries. The rind helps transfer the taste to the cheese but isn’t meant to be eaten itself.

Think you go it? Reblog us and take your best shot! Last time was the distinctive Billy Blue, produced by Carr Valley Cheese Co. in Wisconsin. The current owner, Sid Cook, is a fourth generation cheesemaker, so he knows his stuff. Plus, it’s a goat’s milk blue! There’s no resisting.

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We have baby tomatoes growing on our windowsill at the co-operative! I also got some habanero pepper seeds at a fair two weeks ago but I haven’t planted them; the packet said that it takes 90 days for the peppers to fruit, and I don’t have that much time until graduation. I’ll probably give them to dad when I go home – I think he’ll appreciate it. 

Our basil plant (below) is not doing so well because our cook teams keep picking off the leaves to use for dinner! So my best friend posted that little warning note. 

Several scientific studies have discovered that ginger is fortified with highly potent compounds that explain the herb’s high regard amongst herbalists and dieticians in treating and preventing conditions like muscle pain, gastrointestinal infections, high cholesterol, seasickness, nausea, diabetic cataract, and arthritic pain. Here are the Top 14 Uses Of Ginger