As things continue to sound worse and worse for the new Health Care system, and more and more people are saying that they would rather pay the penalty than the premium because it is cheaper, I thought I would do a spin off on how I grow and use some of the herbs in my garden each year.
I want to teach you this information, because I think we are right now, looking at needing this information to keep our families and selves healthy in the seasons ahead. And with summer being the prime season for most herbs, now is the time to begin to cultivate them, and learn how to use them.
If you dont want to stick through the whole series, which will be as I have time, I have also compiled an Ebook, Growing Your own Medicine, which covers a good number of the herbs I will be talking about. You can find it by < <>> and have that information at your fingertips in seconds.
Meanwhile, I will be talking about not just herbs you can cultivate, but ones that are free for the taking, in your own yard, or a neighbors.
The world of natural healing is a fascinating one, and goes back many centuries.
Many cultures previous to ours have used herbs successfully to treat many critical illnesses, and also in preventative health, which is, of course, the very best path to take in today’s world of super bugs, and failed antibiotics.
Herbs have multiple, complex combinations of healing agents, which make them ideal for treating many different common illnesses. Most of the OTC drugs on the market have taken one single compound from those herbs, learned to recreate it synthetically, and then marketed it.
However, herbs work together for a reason, and so do the compounds they contain.
I would encourage you to read one of the best books I have found on the subject so far in my years of study: < >>
Today I am going to talk about a simple to grow, but powerful herb, Hyssop.
This herb has a history of both religious and physical healing properties that have been documented for centuries. It both self seeds, and prolifically produces an abundance of leaves for the inexperienced gardener, and can be grown in many different locations.
My plant is two years old, and has already produced another four plants just through seeds. Soon I will be able to transplant those plants to my second garden, and start another medicinal herb patch over there that will double my ability to share and work from.
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I chose the Anise flavored hyssop because not only is it a gorgeous plant, with large leaves that are tipped in a dusky purple, but also because it makes a fabulously flavored tea that even appeals to children. Since Hyssop is a cleansing and calming herb, that means it helps to boost an immune system, increases your body’s ability to rid itself of  toxins through organs, and also provides calming tendencies if you have an illness that you need to rest through. It helps with both respiratory illnesses and congestion, and also has shown properties of helping arthritis sufferers by easing pain and calming inflammation.
The flavor of Anise Hyssop is very much like black licorice, not a favorite candy of mine, but in a tea, simply amazing. Rich, with a hint of sweetness, this is a great herb to pair with something stronger and more objectionable tasting, such as Horehound (I talk about this in my book).
You can add Hyssop to many different combinations for children to make them more appealing, and many folks, including myself, add them to tinctures for flu or cold prevention for children because the licorice flavor covers a multitude of other flavors not quite so appealing.
Hyssop will grow in many places, but does not like to have its roots soggy. So don’t plant it in a low lying spot that water sits in, or you will lose your plants. It very much enjoys strong sunshine, so if you can find a good sunny, drier spot, it will love you and give you tons of leaves to harvest. It takes well to containers, and if you give it room, it will most certainly spread to fill the container in a couple seasons.As part of the mint family, it will crowd out other herbs if given the chance, so unless you want a lot of it, or have a lot of room, it might be a good idea to bury a pot and plant it in that in your garden instead of just putting the plant straight into the garden.
Hyssop will boost the production of anything cruciferous, in other words, cabbage, or cauliflower, even broccoli. It is also a fantastic plant to seed near your grapes, as it has a good effect on them, most likely due to its attraction to bees and other pollinators. All around this is a fantastic addition to your herbal garden.
One word of warning, as I have always said…………TRY IT OUT FIRST. Make a tea, wash the inside of your elbow with it (or whomever will be using it) and try it overnight. If you have no reaction, at all, then you are fine to use it. Herbs can be incredibly strong, and Hyssop is one of the stronger herbs. SO, try it first before you drink a whole cup and have a bad reaction.
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As always, I am not anything other than an avid herbal gardener, researcher, and mom who has used these herbs for my own family. I would encourage you to research any herb you plan on growing and using, and discover the amazing benefits for yourself and your family.
Many Blessings to you and yours,
Heather