Herbs, Massage oil and Obsession
I love herbs. I am drawn to them (right now my husband says obsessed), but I never know as much as I would like about them. During my trainings for Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy I learned about the herbal formulations developed by Rosita Arvigo, and bought several herbs for personal use. I made tinctures from these herbs which was really fascinating and exciting for me. A tincture is a plant extract made by soaking herbs in liquid such as alcohol, vinegar, or glycerin. This liquid can then be used therapeutically. I decide to learn more about herbs and bought the book Homegrown Herbs: A Complete Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying More than 100 Herbs by Tammi Hartung. This book was easy and extremely interesting to read and provided me with a lot of valuable and useful information. I now have many more books about herbs which I love!
I am always very excited to see the herbs emerge in my garden each year. It was delightful to choose the herbs and make space for them near my kitchen where I could watch them grow and have easy access to them, and each year I add a few more. My son has taken a special liking to mint and likes to pick and eat a few leaves as he passes by. I have also planted rosemary, thyme, chives, lemon balm, basil, parsley, sage, catmint, calendula, elderberry, skullcap, feverfew, valerian and lavender. Most of these are perennials so they should come back again each year. I love to see the things that I plant come back year after year- it’s like getting a bunch of presents every spring! I have used these herbs quite a bit in my cooking over the last few weeks, which by itself has huge health benefits. I just choose two or three herbs that I think go well together which will also complement whatever I am cooking.
These same herbs can be prepared in different ways and used medicinally. I use rosemary all the time when I roast chicken and vegetables. It is also said to have antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It is useful for the treatment of colds, flu and headaches. It can be infused into oil and used for massage of aching joints and painful muscles. I’ve found rosemary very easy to grow and use in my everyday cooking. You can too! Choose an herb that you like and are most likely to use in your cooking. Grow it somewhere convenient (often this can even be indoors). Snip a few leaves to use next time you are cooking and you will be increasing the healing effect, and the flavor, of your food. Let me know what herbs you love and how you like to use them. I can never know too much about those lovely herbs!