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Friday, December 2, 2011

Gifts for health.


You can grow your own herbs and natural remedies right at your door, and with a bit of luck, and sunshine, or light from your bulbs this time of the year, you can grow the most beautiful present anyone could possibly receive. Rosemary and thyme can be found in little starts at the nurseries, but for annuals like basil and parsley, you need to start your own seeds. Keep the pot in a warm, sunny or well-lighted place all winter long, and in the spring, you can re-plant outdoors.

Herbal medicine has been around for millenia. I am not trying to sell you any products here, but remind you that what you put in your body sustains you in more ways than you know. Herbs, garlic, onions and ginger all help the digestion, as well as enhance the taste and the smell of food. When I think of my mother, I whip up a plate of spaghetti, redolent with basil and garlic and I'm instantly transported and reliving all my days at the kitchen counter.

In this season of commercialism, I'm planting various herbs, with garlic and chives for my friends. I will label the plant shoots,  and add a note with suggestions and recipes  for the culinary neophyte.

I guarantee that this is not a gift that will end up in a pile in the back closet.
Be sure you plant one for yourself!

37 comments:

Jinksy said...

Me, and pots on a patio, are not happy bedfellows! With no outside tap, they either die of thirst in summer, or in winter, get drowned by copious rain! But I do love using herbs, even if they do have to come from a supermarket!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What a great idea.

joeh said...

Dude, or is it dudette, Like I am sooo in to growing my own herbs, you know like wowwie I love me some herbs grown in a pot or is it pot grown by Herb?

Cranky Old Man

joeh said...

JK, good idea!


Cranky

Brian Miller said...

nice...we need to use more herbs, we have a few...haha joeh....

Eva Gallant said...

A very nice idea!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I would be so happy with gifts like this. I managed to grow ginger in S.Africa but I can't get it away here in France. Try, try and try again I guess. Diane

Joani said...

That sounds like a great idea. Here in Arizona all these herbs like the fall/winter months. Mine are growing and growing. Thanks for sharing.

Grandmother said...

One end of our balcony houses the herbs which get lovingly watered every day. They in turn lovong care for our bodies and spirits.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I have a few herbs that I grew this summer and I simply brought them into the house with the cold weather, they get south facing sun and are doing great! This could be a gift that keeps on giving year round!

quilterliz said...

G'day Rosaria.What a fabulous thought. Herbs grow really well here in my part of Australia.I was at a plant nursery yesterday and saw lots of them for sale. I will remember your great idea.Take care. Liz...

Maggie May said...

I grew quite a lot of herbs on the patio in pots...... and then forgot about them! My rabbits love fennel though.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Terra said...

Herb plants are a wonderful gift to give or receive. Excellent idea. I always have a few in tiny pots on the window sill in the kitchen.

Roberta said...

The only thing I can grow in winter are sprouts. I grow radish, lentils, and some microgreens. Yhey help sustain me throughout the winter.

Linda Myers said...

What a great idea for the holidays!

turquoisemoon said...

I plant my herbs in a huge birdbath (with no stand, so it's low to the ground) I drilled holes in it, so water would drain out. Then put a cement fairy house in the middle, and added all sorts of teeny, tiny fairy stuff in it. Make a path out of little stones and then add my herbs. It amuses me all year, and provides me with herbs...luv it!!!

Rubye Jack said...

I wonder if you can grow Hibiscus. I've been looking all over for Hibiscus tea but can't find any and online it is very expensive. Gee, I guess I'll have to look that up. :-)
It's not an herb though is it?

Pearson Report said...

Brilliant gift - your friends are lucky!

I love chives, garlic, and a variety of herbs - this post will motivate me to make a gift for myself - I've long thought of having a herb garden.

Jenny
PEARSON REPORT

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosaria .. love the information and ideas - a great present or two - but more important remember to treat ourselves with good natural foods as best we can. Cheers Hilary

oceangirl said...

Agree agree. I will work on some of my own.

NitWit1 said...

I am not into gardening, but all of those mentioned are available fresh at various times of the year, plus we have an unusual grocery market (not a chain) which specialize in health foods and nutrients some quite expenswive.

I love chives, onions and garlic. I have some thyme I freeze dried as I did not use all of it when bought fresh.

Step-parent's Cove said...

Great gift idea!

yaya said...

Super idea! I'm guessing in our cold climate we could grow herbs indoors in a "window garden"...We had a wonderful friend that had a bad heart condition but he took such good care of himself using garlic and many other natural remedies that gave him many more years than conventional medicine could have accomplished.

♥ Braja said...

Hello, Rosario love :) How are you doing?

I'm a herbal girl; all organic and natural over here....my veggie garden and pots are my pride and joy....

Cloudia said...

what a great idea!


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Hilary said...

That's a great gift idea.. especially personalized with the recipes. So thoughtful.

amalia said...

nel mio balcone italiano non mancano mai le erbe aromatiche ,in piu' vi consiglio la pianta di aloe utilissima per rimedi contro le bruciature
un caro saluto

becky said...

Have done it...am particularly fond of fresh herbs in my cooking...whenever that happens :)

That gentleman's lady said...

Oh I love fresh herbs :) Mine all died earlier this year because there was no one to care for them. I haven't yet planted more. Perhaps in the spring....

CiCi said...

I have pots of sweet basil and cilantro and parsley on my front window sill. I was planning on cutting some basil to take to my friend today. She has problems with her hands and would like herbs to add to some of her cooking. I can see that planting some small pots with my seeds and urging them to grow would make great Christmas gifts. Thank you for the great suggestion.

rosaria said...

The people I know don't do much cooking, and adding fresh herbs to a simple soup will elevate that dish immensely. It might give them back a sense of joy and wonder and give them pep and vitality to prepare great meals again.

decomondo said...

I was thinking about you right now and so I came to say hello.
I hope you're well.

Marguerite said...

What a great gift idea! I love herbs and would love to give them as gifts, perhaps with a recipe attached. Thanks for the inspiration!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What a fabulous idea for gifts. I grow herbs on my balcony and I truly believe in their healing properties.

Pseudo said...

y herb garden is by my front door ; -)

Stephen Tremp said...

What a cool idea! Now I know what to get my neighbors, who love to garden and live healthy. Its off to Home Depot for me.

Robyn said...

I like gifts that keep on giving well after the festive season has come to a close.
They're also created with love.
Well done x