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Comment by Paul & Melissa T on September 18, 2009 at 10:13am This nice couple have a 7 day online video course. I hope you find it useful.
Comment by Paul & Melissa T on September 18, 2009 at 10:10am
Hi, I was actually thinking about starting a Herbs for Healing group, but then came across your group Hester. Thanks for starting it. My little girl has the worse head cold she has ever had (she's nearly 2). So I have been relying on the ever faithful garlic oil rub and some essential oil rubs to help with her breathing.
Comment by terri shaw on September 17, 2009 at 11:13pm
@pam I too have a range of herbs down here in Welly. Don;t use many of them. I have some that just take off by themselves eg various parsely, lemon balm and others that moan and groan then die. I'll stick with the winners. But still like to try others in different spots and hope they'll take off and naturalise. AS things like marigolds and borage seed I pull the seeds off and sprinkle them all around the garden so they can do owhat they like.
Comment by Sealander on September 8, 2009 at 9:25am
Hi Hester. Yes, I am planning on drying some of the leaves and adding them to Christmas gift baskets, plus putting them in my chicken feed barrels, but there will still be tonnes left. I could certainly use a repellant for the Darwin ants around here - I wonder if grinding dried bay leaves up and sprinkling it about would help? I'll test it on an ant colony outside and see if they appear to be repelled :)
Comment by Hester on September 3, 2009 at 2:32pm
Bay leaves repel ants, moths, and grain worms. Put a bay leaf in your flour, rice, and cereal container and they will stay bug free. Bay leaves also make a great anti-dandruff remedy. Just boil five to ten crushed bay leaves in four cups of water for half an hour. Each time you wash your hair you can use the bay leaf mixture as a soothing rinse that will help eliminate dandruff. Bay leaves make a good smelling and attractive addition to homemade potpourris. Chewing on a bay leaf may relieve flatulence.
Bay also has medicinal uses. It can be used as an anti-inflammatory and/or as a treatment for headaches. The presence of eugenol, a chemical found in bay leaf essential oil, proves that the leaves have antiseptic and anesthetic properties.
You could keep some dried leaves for making infusions to use for these purposes.
Hang the prunings in a warm shady place, away from dust, to dry. Or spread out the leaves on trays and dry.
For faster drying you can use a very low heat in the oven.
How about packaging some in useful quantities, for gifts, swapping on Ooooby, selling at your local market or donate to the school gala.
Comment by Sealander on September 3, 2009 at 1:16pm
Hey all
My bay tree is in need of a prune and I am wondering what to do with the piles of bay leaves that will result. For cooking I just pick fresh leaves as required so I don't need to dry any leaves for that. I'm not really interested in making wreaths. I hear you can dry the leaves, and put them in flour to deter weevils so I might add a few to my grain bins to see if it also works on the grain moths. Any suggestions for uses for a pile of bay leaves?
Comment by Pam on August 31, 2009 at 6:21pm
hi there. I live near the beach and have quite a sandy soil;. Some herbs grow really well. I have a trailing rosemary but my upright one died last summer. I have sage, marjoram and thyme which grow like crazy and parsley (several sorts.) So traditional ones like the song! I have lemon verbena which I use for tea although it is looking a bit sad at the moment. i hope it will come away again with the warmer weather. Rocket comes up self sown I have 3 sorts of mint; ordinary, apple and vietnamese. I grow them in pots to keep them wet enough. Several huge lavender bushes line one boundary and small ones keep popping up around the garden. Oriental poppies come up self sown as well. i have several curry herb plants and many marigolds, hearts ease and pelargoniums.
Quite a list but I don't use many of them. i just like them in my garden.
Comment by Hester on August 13, 2009 at 7:16pm
I thought it would be fun to have a herb group. Share information about herbs you are growing or ask questions about growing and using herbs here.

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