Borage

Borage plant is also known as Star Flower. It is an edible herb. The plant flourishes in sunny areas. It is native and grows wild in the Mediterranean. It re-seeds and creates little Borage plants everywhere. This plant can become invasive. I didn’t know this when I first started growing Borage.

It has a hollow stem with bristly hairs on the surface. The herb has broad oval-shaped, dark green fuzzy leaves. The borage plant has a cucumber aroma and taste. The deep blue flower has five pedals, which resembles a star. This adorable blue, star shaped flower grows in clusters. The plant can grow to be 3 ft tall and can spread out to be 3 ft wide as I have learned. It is cultivated and used widely throughout Europe for its healing properties.

The best time to harvest the young tender leaves is when the flower buds begin to appear. The young tender leaves can be used in salads. The older leaves can be used as greens. Like you would use spinach. As the plant begins to age, the leaves become tougher. They also become much more fuzzy and begin to taste bitter. I personally like to use the flowers in ice cubes and salads.

There are a lot of health benefits that this plant offers. The leaves, flower and oil are all used for medicinal purposes. Drying this herb will lose its effect. The leaves and flowers are used fresh.

Holy Basil or Tulsi

I love to buy herbs and watch them grow. Most herbs I can make tea out of. So I really enjoy growing them so I can drink them. My friends and family do come over and graze off of my plants. But mostly I just love my yard smelling good. Growing many different herbs brings some wonderful aromas into the garden.

Holy Basil flowering

I came across a herb called Holy Basil or Tulsi. It is native to India where it has been used for thousands of years. And yet I am finding out about this little magical herb in the spring of 2018.  Article after article flowed through my Facebook feed.  I thought what is a Holy Basil? And that very thought began my learning journey with this new yet very ancient herb. I have read so many articles about the health benefits of Holy basil and became very curious about how the tea actually tasted.

Holy Basil getting ready to flower

Then one day I was at my local hardware store over the summer and I came across a herb called Holy Basil in the nursery area. And I was like SCORE!!! I have been interested in you my new leafy friend. From the moment I picked it up and took a big whiff of its yummy fragrance I knew it was going to make a wonderful addition to my garden. So I took that little plant home and planted it in my yard. It moved in next to my cinnamon basil plant. It grew huge and beautiful.

Holy basil seeping

When the leaves are freshly picked they hold a spicy, peppery taste with a delicious combination of basil and mint flavors. It was finally time to taste this herb in its liquid form. Which happens to be my favorite way to consume herbs. And it tasted like it smelled. It is a very delicious and I highly recommend everyone to try it in liquid form.

Freshly washed Holy Basil

Holy basil is known as a super food. It is suppose to have a huge range of stress reducing benefits. It offers antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. It helps detoxify your body. It helps promote great health and makes your whole being feel amazing. I hope that my blog helps encourage you to try this wonderful ancient herb.

Where the Holy Basil lives next to the Cinnamon Basil

Juniper Berry Tea

I grow a lot of herbs in the back yard. My favorite thing to do with the herbs that I grow is to make tea! There are so many health benefits involved with simply having a glass of tea. The plus side of this healthy liquid is simple. Tea is pretty delicious. I just love the idea that I am drinking the juices of a plant. I read somewhere that juniper tea was really good and had a lot of health benefits. So I wanted to give it a try. But I don’t grow that in my back yard. And finding organic juniper berry tea in the local store was a bit difficult. But lucky for me I already knew an amazing place to purchase organic teas. 

Buddha Teas is a place I trust. I mean it is not walking in the back yard and harvesting your own fresh pot of tea. But when you don’t grow it and want to enjoy it. Buddha is the way to go. They offer the convenience of purchasing tea at your fingertips. So I ordered a box of Organic Juniper Berry Tea. And I had a cup. It was tasty. And it was full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. My body was very grateful for that cup of liquid love. The more I research about this wonderful herb the more greatness is revealed to me. So thank you to whoever peeked my interest in Organic Juniper Berry Tea. I love it!

Did you know that juniper berry is the main flavoring agent in gin? If you enjoy gin maybe it time to thank a juniper tree for being alive. I am certainly grateful they are alive! 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about Juniper click on the link! https://www.surrealgardening.com/herbs/juniperberries.html

Herbs

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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]

New Surreal Gardening web

Welcome to our updated design, have a look around and please be patient while we learn the new system. We will be posting all plant related stuff, depending on what we are doing. Sometimes its herbs and oils, but it might be tea or succulents. We are just gardeners who love growing plants of all kinds.   Surreal Gardening