Sheron Cardin's Input...: Bed of Healing Herbs Part 1

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Bed of Healing Herbs Part 1

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I love cooking with fresh herbs from my own garden. I love braking off an aloe vera leaf, split it open, and rub it on a burn to ease the pain or a cut so it won't scar. I love adding rosemary and mint to my bath (and mojito's). I crave a deeper understanding of their healing powers and uses.

Active Rain has become my journal of sorts, for keeping track of certain information that would otherwise be lost. I dream of living a life where I run to herbs as my remedies. If you have insight or information that you would like to include, that would be great!

Rosamary - has a long history as a memory-enhancing herb. rosemary tea and rosemary sprigs in bathwater have an anti-Alzheimer's effect...and it also improves circulation in general.

Basil - is a member of the mint family, and contains antiviral compounds. It's also an ancient folk remedy for warts and for preventing plaque.

Garlic - is the premier plant for heart or circulatory coonditions (not bathwater). It lowers blood pressure; reduces LDL and lowers the incidence of cancer, particularly in the gastrointestinal system. It also bolsters the body's immune system.

Ginger - settles an upset stomach and aids digestion, in addition to lowering cholesterol levels, reducing inflamation from rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, and preventing colds and fly by killing bacteria. (Eaten with sushi)

Hot peppers - contain capsaicin, a powerful phytochemical. When applied in ointment form, capsaicin helps alleviate the discomfort of arthritis and psoriasis. Taken internally as a liduted tincture, it helps keep the blood flowing smoothly and strengthens the cardiovascular syster.

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This spring I am creating a kitchen garden in raised planters. The ground is filled with gophers happy to share in my harvest. I have grown everything from brussel sprouts to rainbow chard. Green onions are especially fun to have on hand and nothing is easier than growing all the lettuce one could ever want with no talent at all.

Cilantro is very cheep here in California and so is parsley so I will leave that to the others. If you have had special herbs or veggies that you have had great success with and they also contain healing properties, I would love to know about them.

Namaste

Comment balloon 11 commentsSheron Cardin • May 30 2008 03:48PM

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There is a possibility you might be able to grow a beautiful cinnamon tree and use the bark.  Grinding the bark and taking 2 tablespoons a day mixed with honey is showing multiple uses of healing.  Dorene Shirley posted a blog with information about it and I have seen good things since starting to use it.  Great post.  Thank you.

Posted by L. Wayne Denton, I have a handle on your market!!! (Denton Properties, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Sheron,

I love to cook and I have always had a herb garden in pots!  I have basil, rosemary, parsley, cilantro, dill, sage, oregano, thyme and many more.  There is nothing better that a pot of pasta with fresh herbs, or fish, or just anything. 

Posted by Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO, (RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR) about 10 years ago

Wayne - that IS a new one on me. I have never given a thought as to how cinnamon is grown. Ok, here is the question; is the bark you speak of cinnamon? Do you have a link to Dorene's post? Thank you for the new info and thank you for adding me as an associate.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 10 years ago

Mary, you got that right! Cheese omlettes with fresh basil, green onions, tomatoes is one of my favorites. I had trouble using all the dill...grows like crazy and make pretty plants too. Yum, getting hungry!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 10 years ago

I love to put mint from my own garden in my mojitos too! Great post!

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) about 10 years ago

Cindy - we are just going to have to have a mojito party! Really!!!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 10 years ago

I don't have an herb garden but I did buy patio tomatoe plants for the first time, I already have 2 growing on the vine. I am so excited. I am laughing because I  am hoping your gophers don't go near the hot peppers, that would be a sure guaranteed way to rid yourself of those babies.

Phyllis Pafumi

Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) about 10 years ago

Oh Phyllis - I wish that would work! The thing with gophers that most people don't know is they do not eat the roots of plants, they eat the stuff that lives on the roots (bugs, germs, bacteria) or whatever it is called...I am drawing a blank (no surprise there) but that is what they want and in their zest for their preferred food, they kill root systems. Nothing is more depressing that seeing a big mound of dirt next to your favorite plant/tree/fruit vine/herb. This is why I am building raised planters with chicken wire layered on the bottom. Pots work for a few but not big enough for lettuce etc. Watch out for those big green worms...

 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 10 years ago

I have Rosemary growing in my backyard, I love the way it smells.  I didn't know it was good for memory or Alzheimer's, I'll be eating handfuls daily now! That is if I don't forget!!

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) about 10 years ago

Cindy - rosemary is used in landscaping as shrubs and can be foundon every corner and walkway here. I cannot resist peeling a branch every time I walk by. I honestly don't cook with it much any more because the flavor is so dominating but love to smell it. As far as forgetting...that is why I post about some things...so I don't forget! Try it, it really works.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 10 years ago

It is so HOT this spring, I am afraid what I can't grow in containers on the porch in the shade, will have to be put on hold...everything is burning up! Oh, any doubt there is global warming? Wait till we can't grow our own food.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 10 years ago

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