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Sunday, June 2, 2013
The Joy Of Herbs: Magic, Healing & Cooking
A corner of my humble herbs garden.
Chinese baloon flower (platycodon grandiflorus) used to cure sore throat due to heat and anti-inflammatory applications.
A black turmeric plant. Some people use it as a 'ngai' plant :)))
It is a
joyful experience to walk into my small herbs garden early in the morning as I
would be greeted by the fragrance of my plants: Rosemary, Thyme, Tarragon,
Peppermint, Lavender, Jasmine and the like. You may say that in a way, I have
saved out some money for purchasing air fresheners.
personal view is that learning magic is not complete without planting some herbs.
Let’s set magic aside: herbs are also used in culinary and traditional healing
too. Below are some of the uses of herbs I post here for sharing purposes only.
used to improve appetite and digestive system.
be made into herbal tea, wine or vinegar.
is also said to be able to improve sleeping quality and aids in the recovery of
can improve memory and blood circulation.
is used in cooking meat.
can be made into tea or herbal bath, or to some extent; repel insects.
has mind calming and soothing effect and said to be able to improve migraine.
helps to cure cough, stomach ache and respiratory discomforts.
improves in the digestive system and has mind calming effects.
can sooth headache, nerve ache and stomach ache.
fragrance from a small pot of Thyme can fill a whole house.
helps to regain strength, calm mind and controls micro-biological growth.
leaves can be made into herbal tea or herbal bath.
can be used to cook fish, meat etc.
to improve flu and stomach discomforts.
has mind calming effects and improves appetite.
leaves can be made into herbal tea and wine.
can helps in improving digestive system, controls spasm, excessive palpitation
is used to reduce the oil content in meat cooking.
can be made into herbal tea or wine for consumption.
Setvia (Sweet Leaf)
is said to be an alternative to sugar.
my humble garden cannot house so many herbs available out there. Hopefully one
day I would be able to source for a bigger piece of land and plant some more