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Basil is one of our best selling herbs because it tastes so good. Easy to grow either in the ground or in a container, it’s a great herb for the summer as it grows quickly in warm weather to yield big harvests.
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Turmeric rhizome and powder, photo by Simon A. Eugster.
Curry powder is not actually an Indian invention. In India, good cooks choose individual spices carefully to create curry dishes. However, when the British occupied India, they wanted to create a fast and easy way to bring curry spices home to Britain, so they came up with the idea of a pre-mixed curry powder.
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The herbs I use for my nourishing herbal infusions – such as nettle, oatstraw, red clover, comfrey leaf, linden flowers, chickweed, or mullein leaves – contain little or no volatiles to be lost in drying. Rather, drying liberates their minerals and other nourishing constituents. Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Kaldari.
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Flowers of Schisandra rubriflora at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. Photo by Scott Zona.
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Since St. Joan’s wort is a powerful antiviral as well, it does double duty. Taking several dropperfuls a day can drastically reduce the number and severity of colds and flu episodes. And that makes everyone happy, as well as healthy.
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Nettle is amazingly rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, especially the critical trace minerals: anti-cancer selenium, immune-enhancing sulphur, memory-enhancing zinc, diabetes-chasing chromium, and bone-building boron. A quart of nettle infusion contains more than 1000 milligrams of calcium, 15000 IU of vitamin A, 760 milligrams of vitamin K, 10% protein, and lavish amounts of most B vitamins.
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Nettle Urtica dioica subsp. dioica. Photo by Uwe H. Friese, Bremerhaven.
A student writes: “After drinking a quart of nettle infusion daily for only four days, I now have more energy then my toddler! Now, when he goes to sleep, I get some time to myself, instead of falling asleep with him. I can’t thank you enough for the gift of nettle.”
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Photo by Verbcatcher. Nettle Urtica dioica grown as a botanical specimen in Cambridge University Botanic Garden. To make a nettle infusion: Measure out one ounce of the dried herb. Boil a quart of water. Put the dried herb into a quart jar and fill to the top with the boiling water. Stir with a wooden spoon and add water until the jar is full to the top. Lid tightly and set aside to brew for at least four hours, or overnight, whichever is easier for you.
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My favorite herbs for infusion are nettle, oatstraw, red clover, and comfrey leaf, but only one at a time. The tannins in red clover and comfrey make me pucker my lips, so I add a little mint, or bergamot, when I infuse them, just enough to flavor the brew slightly. A little salt in your infusion may make it taste better than honey will. Photo of Red clover (Trifolium pratense). Keila, Northwestern Estonia. Photo by Ivar Leidus.
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St. Joan’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is also known as St. John’s wort. But since it is a plant associated with fire, I figure St. Joan is the better name. No matter what you call it, this yellow.-flowered plant is a real sun-lover. It soaks up as much sun as it can all summer, even stretching itself horizontal to catch those rays. And it stores that laughing sunshine in its leaves and flowers, which I harvest in the heat of July and tincture. You don’t have to make your own, of course, you can buy it. Just be sure to get a tincture made with fresh plants, not dried ones.

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