Having Garden Fresh Herbs always adds a unique flavor and look to your salads and other dishes, some make fantastic teas. It also adds just a little bit of protection from most health problems we all develop in later years. If you have, a nice sunny yard or window try growing a herb garden. They are one of the easiest gardens to grow and will do well with container gardening for those who have no room for a garden. [More]
Essential oils are the concentrated oils extracted from plants. The oils are often used in aromatherapy via diffuser, home made candles, lotions, shampoos and soaps. Aromatherapy is a pleasing and natural way to boost both your physical health and your emotional well-being. Our bodies take in the benefits of these concentrated oils through breathing the oils or applying it to the skin with lotions. more
Made some smudge sticks tonight with rosemary, sage, lavender and oregano. They were easy to make and smell good. The use of sage is for healing, the smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal. Lavender smoke is used to invite the spirits and rosemary is for cleansing, peace of mind, and to release all kinds of psychic, spiritual and even physical purification. Oregano fosters happiness, harmony, love, peace, protection, psychic development, growth, and tranquillity.
Donkey’s Tail succulent or (Sedum Morganianum), sometimes called Burro’s Tail plant, is a popular and easy to grow trailing succulent. It is native to Mexico. This unique looking plant has long hanging stems. That are covered with thick rows of fleshy blue-green, tear dropped shaped leaves that overlap like the hair on a donkey’s tail. The stems can reach lengths of over 3 feet long. It is happiest when grown in hanging baskets or up high so that it has room to flow down and no one can accidentally bump into it. A Donkey’s Tail plant is very fragile and the stems break and the leaves easily detach and fall off of if disturbed. Donkey Tail needs careful handling. Read more about Donkey’s Tail
Aloe Vera is one of my favorite succulents to have in the garden. It will thrive pretty much anywhere as long as the soil is well drained. Aloe Vera rarely needs to be watered, give it a good soaking and then let the soil dry out between watering. It has many health benefits and the easiest way to use Aloe Vera is to just snap off a leaf when you need it and rub on the gel. Use it fresh, or it stores it in the fridge for up to a week. Its a nice little burn cream to have on hand.
Bulbine Frutescens blooms in the spring and is dormant during the summer season. It can be propagated easily by cutting the stems and plant immediately in a shady spot. It is similar to many aloe species, and is touted for the similar healing properties as Aloe Vera such as to ease burns, rashes and itches. It grows naturally in South Africa, we got ours as a bonus plant in a 6 pack of succulents.
A cup of Chamomile Tea is an excellent way to relax after a busy day. Chamomile Tea can be used in the evening as a relaxing herb tea because of the natural sedative properties. Drinking the tea after dinner also aids the digestive system, eases indigestion and can soothe the stomach. See more about Chamomile
Today we can officially sell our favorite brand of tea, BUDDHA Teas. We have a page set up for you to buy some tea too. https://www.buddhateas.com/user/SurrealGardening We do write about the health benefits of the teas, but we drink it because of the great flavors. Be sure and visit us and pick up your favorite tea. https://www.surrealgardening.com/Tea/
This succulent can resist drought, but she will perform better when regularly watered. She does need good drainage and is best potted in a commercial cactus soil mix. The succulent needs sunlight but avoid growing in the full sun. Propagators will love this plant but it can get out of control if not tended to on a regular basis. Mother of Thousands forms tiny plants on the edges of its leaves that drop off and root new little plants. more