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Good Health With Herbs


Summer is upon us!

It is hot and humid, but our herb gardens are in full tilt! What to do? I just read a report that says that over 40% of American adults do not get enough sunshine to produce the vitamin D needed by the body. It only takes about 15 minutes of sun exposure for our bodies to produce the needed vitamin D.

Let’s go get our dose of vitamin D and enjoy our garden at the same time!  Gather together the following items: basket, bag, or cloth to carry your herbs; and scissors or snips (and bug spray if the mosquitos like you like they like me!) Wait until any dew has dried off the plants. Now, let us collect! It is hot and gardening can be thirsty work, so we will collect and make some nice, cold, herbal tea.

What to collect? What do you have? Pretty much any herb you like to eat would make a nice tea. Here are a few of the ones I like: thyme, basil, oregano, mint (peppermint, chocolate mint, Kentucky Colonel spearmint, apple mint, banana mint, et cetera – by the way, did you know that basil is a mint?),  Texas tarragon (Tagetes lucida), cilantro (hey! don’t knock it until you try it!), fennel, rosemary, and dill. Have any stevia or Aztec Sweet Herb? Snip a bit of both, or either. Any ratio is good: just grab a little of this and a little of that-more of what you know you like.   Now stand up and look around. Miss anything you would like to add? If not, has it been 15 minutes? No, then spend a few more minutes enjoying the butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, fragrances and flowers – or grab a weed or two and upend them so the sun can bake them dead. It has been 15 minutes?

Take your “loot” inside, rinse it well, set it aside. Gather a pitcher, take your rinsed herbs in hand and twist them (this releases the oils in the leaves so you can have a burst of flavor), place in the bottom of the pitcher, fill pitcher with ice, and top off with fresh water.   Go wash up, grab a magazine or book, fix a snack (you know you have worked up an appetite – how about a home grown tomato sandwich?) now pour you a glass of ice cold cold-press herbal “tea!” Be sure to allow some of the ice to flow into your glass.

Take your glass, book and snack to a chair in the shade (or hide inside by a window – hey you’ve gotten your vitamin D for the day!) sit back, take a sip of your herbal drink, and know this is the best way to garden!

Posted by sherri mccalla at 12:14 PM


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