Apr 18 2017

April 2017 News from Kruse

Posted at 5:58 pm under Kruse House

     Most of the members of our club have visited the Kruse House at one time or another. While there are a great many wonderful plants and flowers to see, there is one area that gets passed by most of the time. And that are is our great herb garden.

     The herb garden is located on the East side of the garage in a very large wooden planter. The planter itself was donated by Billie and was made with planks from trees she had cut down on her property. There are different herbs in the planter from time to time so I thought it just might be interesting to take a look at a few of them.

     THYME, Thyme belongs in every herb garden. It is easy to grow and does well in pots. Gargling with thyme tea is excellent for treating bronchitis, sore throats, laryngitis and tonsillitis. This plant has been in our planter from the start and does very well.

     SAGE, Silvery green sage looks beautiful in the garden and it’s as beneficial as it is good looking. Sage tea is an old remedy for hot flashes and was used to reduce fever. Sage has been used for centuries to improve memory and cognition, and a number of studies have suggested that the herb has the potential to treat age-related memory deficits as well as attention disorders in children.

     Parsley, Yes parsley is more than just a garnish. Some say it is Mother Natures breath mint because fresh parsley is a very effective cure for halitosis. Parsley is a diuretic and parsley tea is recommended for treating and preventing urinary tract infections. Many people swear it also prevents and shrinks kidney stones, detoxes the liver and helps you lose weight Warm compresses of parsley tea are used as a treatment for sties and inflammation of the eyelids.

     So that’s my suggestions for the beginning herb Gardner. It’s amazing how many ailments you can treat using just the fresh leaves of different herbs. And since they are the same herbs you cook with, you know they are safe.

     As Henry David Thoreau once said “A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine”.

     That’s it for now folks, see you at the potting party.

Happy Spring,

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