The Herb Lady

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Monkshood (Wolfsbane)

Monkshood (<i>Aconitum napellus)</i> is not just poisonous for wolves. It contains a neurotoxin, aconitine, that can kill humans and other animals. All …

Health Care (India)

Mandrake

Mandrake Roots<p>Mandrake (<i>Mandragora officinarum</i>) has a long history and many superstitions attached to it. There are references to it in the Bible as …

Plants

Dogbane

Dogbane (<i>Apocynum cannabinum</i>) is a North American native plant found throughout the continental United States and southern Canada. It is commonly …

Gardening

Growing Herbs Indoors

Bay Laurel<p>I am often asked if herbs can be grown indoors. My answer is “Yes, but . . . “. It is not enough to set your herb plants in a sunny window. …

Gardening

Bringing Herbs Indoors for the Winter

Tricolor Sage<p>When nighttime temperatures dip into the 40sF (50sF for basil), it’s time to bring your tender herbs indoors for the winter. Which herbs …

Gardening

Marshmallow

Marshmallow<p>I constantly stress the importance of good drainage for successfully growing herbs. Herbs do not like wet feet but every rule has its …

Grow Your Own Copycat Old Bay Seasoning

Summertime means lots of fresh seafood. Always a favorite, crab practically screams for Old Bay Seasoning. But it wasn’t always that way. Old Bay …

Preserving & Storing Your Herbs

The onset of winter doesn’t mean you will no longer have herbs to use. There are many ways to preserve your herbs, ensuring a steady supply until …

Culantro

Culantro Flowers<p>Culantro (<i>Eryngium foetidum</i>), native to Central and South America, is used in cuisines both in its native countries as well as in …

Harvesting Your Herbs

How and when you harvest your herbs depends on how you plan to use them. In general, you should harvest your herbs early in the morning after the dew …

Cat Thyme

Cat thyme (<i>Teucrium marum</i>) is not a thyme although it resembles thyme. It is instead related to <b>germander</b>, a small woody shrub that is often used as …

Garlic Chives

Garlic chives (<i>Allium tuberosum</i>) are my favorite end of summer flowers. Their airy white flowers are the perfect foil for the darker autumnal colors …

White Horehound

Our ancestors used herbs to cure many ailments. More and more, modern science is validating ancient knowledge. White horehound, which had many …

Thyme

Thyme (<i>Thymus vulgaris</i>) is a small, woody subshrub native to the Mediterranean area where it has been used for thousands of years. The Egyptians used …

Silver Sage

Silver Sage (<i>Salvia argentea</i>) is a lovely ornamental sage most often used in the front of the border. It grows a rosette up to 3 feet across of …

Sage

Sage flowers<p>Sage (<i>Salvia officinalis</i>), that staple of the Thanksgiving feast, has a long history and varied uses. In ancient times it was used to …

Cuban Oregano

Variegated Cuban Oregano<p>Cuban oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus) is neither Cuban nor oregano. It is native to southern and eastern Africa. Arab …

Drought Tolerant Herbs

Thanks to climate change, more and more people are doing away with thirsty lawns and replacing them with xeriscapes. Herbs can be a welcome addition …

Hardy