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Imagearejay59
Oct 20, 2010 1:06 PM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
I have a thought!! We all have favorite herbs that we identify quickly and easily!! Lets List them with a set of identifying pictures and a little write up about what you do with it!! As we go I will enlist Mindy to help me database it all. Then when we are looking for a herb that we heard about and think we want to try we know where to go to ID!! Our favorite place with our favorite people!! If we all put it the ones we are sure and secure with we will have lots!! Im not going to lock this one so we will have to try really hard not to chat on this one..If you would start out your post with the name of the herb a space down we will be able to search them with our alt find keys!!I will start in the next post!!
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Imagearejay59
Oct 20, 2010 1:16 PM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
Mullein

I love Mullein in my tea and just to look at. Here is some of the information I have gathered from books, and the internet among other places.

Properties.

Expectorant
Demulcent
Anti-viral
Mild diuretic
Relaxing Expectorant
Mild Laxative
Emollient
Vulnerary
Mild Sedative.


Uses and Benefits

It is beneficial to tones the mucous membranes, reducing inflammation and stimulating fluid production, thus facilitating expectoration. Mullein has anti-inflammatory and demulcent properties which give it a useful role in tracheitis and associated conditions.Due to its relaxing feature it act as expectorant for dry, chronic, hard coughs such as in whooping cough,asthma ,bronchitis & tuberculosis.Cure the problems of chronic otitis media and eczema of the ear . Mullein has powerful narcotic properties, but is nontoxic and safe to ingest in large quantities:any one can drink it all day .Mullein is use as a treatment for bladder or urinary tract irritations, including hematuria (bloody urine).
It is said that common mullein is one of the best herbs to treat most of the ailments associated with infancy or childhood. Hence, it is considered to be effective in healing tonsillitis (inflammation of the tonsils), chicken pox, measles and mumps. In the later case, the use of mullein is more beneficial when it is blended with another herb called catnip.
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ImageRidesredmule
Oct 22, 2010 3:38 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
American Beauty Berry (Native American plant)
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Imagearejay59
Oct 24, 2010 4:57 PM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
Turtlehead
http://www.alchemy-works.com/chelone_glabra.html
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Imagewildflowers
Oct 25, 2010 12:29 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
American Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana is native from Maryland to Florida and west through Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas. It's not fussy about location and occurs on a wide variety of sites and soils, moist to dry, open to shady. Here it seems to grow most often in shady areas, near the forest edge or under trees. It's visited by wildlife, and is food for a wide variety of birds, raccoons, wood rats, gray fox, opossums, armadillos, and white tail deer.

The eyecatching fruit of magenta berries look like jewels clinging around the stems in clusters, making it easy to see how it got its common name.
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Medicinal uses
Native Americans used all parts of the plant for various medicinal purposes. The roots, leaves, and brances were made into a decoction that was used in sweat baths to treat both malarial fevers and rheumatism. The boiled plant parts were poured into a big pan that was placed near the patient inside a sweathouse. The roots and berries were boiled and drunk to treat colic. The bark from the stems and roots was used to treat itchy skin. A tea from the root bark was taken to treat urine retention.

The beautyberries have been used as a traditional folk remedy known among the people in Mississippi hill country ~ they would cut the branches with the leaves still on and crush them, putting the branches between the horse and harness to ward off deerflies, horseflies and mosquitoes. There have been several studies showing that the crushed berries and leaves, rubbed on the skin will repel mosquitoes, ticks, and biting flies. The three compounds found to repel the mosquitoes are callicarpenal, intermedeol, and spathulenol.

Edible fruit
The berries can be made into jellies and wine. I'm still looking for a wine recipe. I have made the jelly and it does have the flavor of mullberries.
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There is also a white berry variety of beautyberry, it's not as common but is also a Native American.
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Imagearejay59
Nov 29, 2010 6:54 AM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
Pineapple Mint
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One of the most fashionable uses of pineapple mint in modern times is in the popular mojito drink. This is a combination of crushed mint, sugar, rum, lime, and carbonated water. By using the pineapple variant of mint, you’ll add a completely different taste factor to the drink, and pineapple flavoring is particularly excellent in combination with rum, as any fan of the pina colada can tell you.


Guess we know now why none of us could ID it!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Hurray! Hurray! Mojitos Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
mekos
Nov 29, 2010 4:02 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
I have that but mine is not verigated. I like yours better. Want to trade some?
Imagewildflowers
Nov 30, 2010 10:41 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
LOL!! that is a pretty one! I didn't even know there was a pineapple mint.

This is some plain ol' peppermint. It's a good one that is nice infused in a cup of hot chocolate & makes some yummy icecream. Or added to a mojito!!! Also great after a meal, helps in digestion and freshens the breath LOL
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mekos
Nov 30, 2010 11:50 AM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
My pineapple mint is hardy. I've had it for several years now. I kept thinking that white was snow on your plant. Blinking I really like that white color in the leaf. Christine, when I send out something new for you, I'll try my best to remember to toss in a plant of the one I have.
Imagewildflowers
Jan 21, 2011 9:07 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Here's the herbal tea recipe for a standard infusion... Is this where you wanted it?

Making Herbal Teas ~ Notes for a standard infusion:

The standard way to make an infusion is to pour a cup of boiling water over the herb(s) to be infused, let it stand for 5 minutes, strain it, and drink it.
Fresh plants - When the recipe refers to fresh plants to be used, a 1/4 cup fresh herb is used, following the method above.
Dried herbs - When the recipe refers to using dried herbs, use 2 teaspoons of the herb when making a tea.
Bark or seeds - Should the recipe call for bark or seeds to be used, use 2 teaspoons of seeds or 1 tablespoon of bark.
Sweetening your tea infusion - sweeten your herbal drink with honey, nectar and a dash of fresh lemon juice to enhance the taste.

Only use the herbal material if you are 100% sure that it's really the herb in question.

As a general rule, do not continuously drink the same infusion for more than 10 continuous days.
***Use for ten day-then skip 5 days.
Imagearejay59
Jan 21, 2011 9:58 AM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
Here is great too!! But I want to put it here http://cubits.org/communitygardening/thread/view/36392/
Only in a permanant place like the front page or something Im not exactly sure how yet Confused
Imagearejay59
Jun 15, 2011 3:20 AM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
arejay59 wrote:Here is great too!! But I want to put it here http://cubits.org/communitygardening/thread/view/36392/
Only in a permanant place like the front page or something Im not exactly sure how yet Confused


What in the world am I talking about here Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Imagewildflowers
Jun 20, 2011 6:06 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Rolling on the floor laughing WELL Robin, it's been awhile since then LOL

I love the idea of having all the herbs put into a database though Thumbs up Smiling
Imagearejay59
Jun 20, 2011 6:39 PM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
Is that what I was talking about... Confused I just found the Iris Database that Mindy started for me last year Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing How did I get so far behind??? WHat in the world have I been doing Confused I wish someone knew Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageRidesredmule
Jun 21, 2011 7:03 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
You have been Bumbling around, just like me. Dear Girl...
Imagewildflowers
Jun 21, 2011 7:40 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Rolling on the floor laughing I often wonder the same. I must have been bumbling around too
ImageRidesredmule
Jun 21, 2011 9:52 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Including being enablers we are also Bumblers Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Imagearejay59
Jun 21, 2011 9:58 AM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
Yep!! Thats me in a nut shell!!
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ImageRidesredmule
Jun 21, 2011 10:05 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Enabled Bumler!!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Welcome to the club....
Imagewildflowers
Jun 21, 2011 12:49 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
black swallowtail larva on dill
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I can grow coriander LOL
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Italian basil
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