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The flower & herb gardens
...Growing flowers
...Specialisation
...Dried
...Herbs
...- Varieties
>..- Medicinal
...Pot Pourri
...Bouquet Garni

One of the delights of growing and selling herbs is that you begin to amass a great amount of herbal lore from your customers.

Hyssop tea is a great standby for winter coughs and colds in many families. Dill water soothes babies; parsley helps with inflammation of the kidneys. The delicate English violet can produce a liquid for soothing catarrhal infections. (Alternatively, put the violet fresh into salads.) For an effective salve, heat a handful of marigold petals in some Vaseline jelly, warm and strain it. The resulting salve is soft and soothing for the skin. Mix in a spoonful of clear honey and the moisture-retaining ability of the treated skin is improved. Using various herbs, salves with special applications can be produced. They should never be designed to provide quick, harsh treatment; the accent of all these kinds of product is to gently soothe.

A mixture of herbs in a muslin bag dropped into a warm bath not only perfumes the bather: the bath can also have a soothing effect if the herb mixture contains natural sedatives such as lime blossom. If you add rosemary and lavender, the bath is stimulating. We always put a quantity of natural sea salt into these bath bags and gently bruise the dried herbs to allow them to release their oils. We sell herb bags prettily packaged with ribbons and coloured labels. They are not expensive items and are popular as gifts in the summer and at Christmas.

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