Sage: The Herb of Thanksgiving

The majority of recipes that we find for stuffing (cooked inside the turkey or other fowl) or dressing (generally cooked separately in a baking dish in the oven), use fresh or dried sage leaves for flavoring, whether the ingredients include sausage, oysters, mushrooms, nuts, dried fruit, traditional white breadcrumbs or cornbread. Besides its traditional uses … Continue reading Sage: The Herb of Thanksgiving

Sage Varieties: Growing Tips and Recipes

The genus Salvia contains a staggering range of species suitable for every garden use under the sun—and in the shade. But for cooking, none can rival common garden sage (Salvia officinalis) and its cultivars. Sage has long been valued for its contributions to the cook’s palette of flavors. Its robust piney aroma and earthy flavor complement many ingredients. Sage … Continue reading Sage Varieties: Growing Tips and Recipes

Herbs for Your Windowsill

Like the idea of growing your own medicinal plants? Look no further than your windowsill or patio garden for these four standbys of ours: lemon balm, sage thyme, and peppermint. These herbs are familiar to us from grandma’s recipes and as lyrics in songs, but they may be less familiar as medicine. Lemon balm, also known … Continue reading Herbs for Your Windowsill

Salvia: Summer Herb and Flowers

COMMON NAME: salvia GENUS: Salvia SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: S. splendens-popular bedding plant grown as an annual. S. superba 'Blue Queen'-perennial; short spikes of deep violet flowers. S. haematodes-perennial; to 36 inches; sprays of lavender flowers. FAMILY: Labiatae BLOOMS: summer TYPE: annual and perennial DESCRIPTION: Both annual and perennial salvias are characterized by attractive spikes of flowers. … Continue reading Salvia: Summer Herb and Flowers

Companion Planting with Herbs

Boost your garden this season with the right pairings of plants. Companion planting is a fantastic addition to any garden. By specific plants next to certain fruits, flowers, and vegetables, you can boost their health and increase their production. Of course, knowing what pairings work best is key, especially when it comes to herbs. How … Continue reading Companion Planting with Herbs

Sage for Sore Throats

My grandma used to keep a cup of sage gargle by the sink every time one of us kids would get a cold or a sore throat. Little did she know that years later, science would back up her folk remedy as not only being pain-relieving but also as having anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Next … Continue reading Sage for Sore Throats

Plant Profile: Sage

Salvia officinalis Also, Known As: Common Sage Dalmatian Sage Garden Sage Meadow Sage Red Sage Sage Scarlet Sage True Sage Considered all across the world as a valuable culinary spice, and cultivated everywhere, the sage is a perennial shrub that grows best in its wild state in Europe and in the Mediterranean areas of the … Continue reading Plant Profile: Sage

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

If you’re old enough to count among the Baby Boomer generation, you certainly remember the sensation caused by the release of Simon and Garfunkel’s hit song, “Scarborough Fair,” with its haunting refrain, “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.” Most people who bought the album (yes, it was an album, not an MP3 back then) didn’t really think … Continue reading Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Effective Gingivitis Home Remedies

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, which in turn, can lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, gingivitis can be treated easily at home, but which home remedies work best?Symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, inflamed gums that may bleed when a person brushes their teeth. Gingivitis is common, despite the fact that it is preventable. This … Continue reading Effective Gingivitis Home Remedies

Kitchen Cabinet Medicine : 3 Herbs For A Cold

Got a cold, sick in bed? Find relief and comfort with this simple tea blend using 3 common culinary herbs. When down with a cold, a hot cup of tea can go a long way. But it can be hard to take care of ourselves when we feel lousy. Grogginess, grumpiness, and exhaustion can overwhelm … Continue reading Kitchen Cabinet Medicine : 3 Herbs For A Cold