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What is your one Must Have Herb?
« on: March 23, 2012, 05:03:42 pm »
Hopefully this post is in the right spot, I couln't really find any appropriate section. But feel free to move it.

So we are starting our garden here soon, and have a list of different plants and herbs we want to grow. I am so excited to dig in the dirt. I just feel so alive when I am outside.

 I was curious, what is one herb you can not live without? Either for cooking, or ritual? And why this Herb?

I'm just looking for some more awesome things to grow.

I am really big on trying to grow Meadowsweet right now. Has anyone else had anyluck or expirience with this?

Thanks for any and all input!
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Re: What is your one Must Have Herb?
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2012, 05:13:37 pm »
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Hopefully this post is in the right spot, I couln't really find any appropriate section. But feel free to move it.

So we are starting our garden here soon, and have a list of different plants and herbs we want to grow. I am so excited to dig in the dirt. I just feel so alive when I am outside.

 I was curious, what is one herb you can not live without? Either for cooking, or ritual? And why this Herb?

I'm just looking for some more awesome things to grow.

I am really big on trying to grow Meadowsweet right now. Has anyone else had anyluck or expirience with this?

Thanks for any and all input!

 
I always have rosemary and lavender around my house. I honestly couldn't say why it's these two herbs, but they're the ones in my herb cabinet that I pay most attention to when they're low.
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Re: What is your one Must Have Herb?
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2012, 05:22:00 pm »
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I always have rosemary and lavender around my house. I honestly couldn't say why it's these two herbs, but they're the ones in my herb cabinet that I pay most attention to when they're low.


I'll second rosemary. It's good for cleansing, banishing, protection and chicken!

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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2012, 05:48:22 pm »
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I'll second rosemary. It's good for cleansing, banishing, protection and chicken!

 
Sage, for pretty much the same reasons. Plus, leaves make for a well-received offering to Hekate too.
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2012, 06:50:28 pm »
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Hopefully this post is in the right spot, I couln't really find any appropriate section. But feel free to move it.

So we are starting our garden here soon, and have a list of different plants and herbs we want to grow. I am so excited to dig in the dirt. I just feel so alive when I am outside.

 I was curious, what is one herb you can not live without? Either for cooking, or ritual? And why this Herb?

I'm just looking for some more awesome things to grow.

I am really big on trying to grow Meadowsweet right now. Has anyone else had anyluck or expirience with this?

Thanks for any and all input!

 
I'd say mint for me. I love to make tea with it, calming and refreshing. I also love to use thyme

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Re: What is your one Must Have Herb?
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2012, 06:53:56 pm »
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I always have rosemary and lavender around my house. I honestly couldn't say why it's these two herbs, but they're the ones in my herb cabinet that I pay most attention to when they're low.

 
I love Rosemary also!

My biggest go to would be Basil. I have always loved it, and put it in practically everything.
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2012, 06:55:49 pm »
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I'd say mint for me. I love to make tea with it, calming and refreshing. I also love to use thyme

 
I love Mint!
We grow alot of Chamomile and Lavender for tea! I just might have to add mint to the list.
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Re: What is your one Must Have Herb?
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2012, 07:29:07 am »
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now that I HAVE an herb garden, I have to say - fresh thyme beats the bought stuff all hollow.  AND it grows like crazy, so I can pick as much as I want! :D

oregano is also good, just be warned - at my mom's house, it took over the yard.  And every time the lawn was mowed we wanted Italian food like crazy!

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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2012, 10:21:58 am »
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now that I HAVE an herb garden, I have to say - fresh thyme beats the bought stuff all hollow.  AND it grows like crazy, so I can pick as much as I want! :D

oregano is also good, just be warned - at my mom's house, it took over the yard.  And every time the lawn was mowed we wanted Italian food like crazy!

 
My mom has that same issue with her basil!
She has a plant in her room, and it produces so much we cant possibly use it all!
She says basil leaves are good to eat though, kind of minty - and they help if you have awful bad breath a lot.
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Re: What is your one Must Have Herb?
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2012, 10:32:45 am »
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I love Rosemary also!

 
I would probably go with Rosemary as well, but mainly because I don't consider garlic an herb  (isn't the distinction that herbs are the leafy bits and spices are the roots/berries/etc?)  Both are widely used in my kitchen for cooking, as well as in my practice.  

Garlic is my go-to for general healing when I'm feeling under the weather.  I also like it for banishing, and have recently been collecting the papers (that wrap the cloves) and am going to be seeing how I can work with those.

Rosemary has a lot of associations with home and comfort for me.  I love it on potatoes, and some of my families favorite dishes (which in turn have become reminders of home) are rosemary potato dishes.
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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2012, 05:08:19 pm »
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I would probably go with Rosemary as well, but mainly because I don't consider garlic an herb  (isn't the distinction that herbs are the leafy bits and spices are the roots/berries/etc?)  Both are widely used in my kitchen for cooking, as well as in my practice.  

Garlic is my go-to for general healing when I'm feeling under the weather.  I also like it for banishing, and have recently been collecting the papers (that wrap the cloves) and am going to be seeing how I can work with those.

Rosemary has a lot of associations with home and comfort for me.  I love it on potatoes, and some of my families favorite dishes (which in turn have become reminders of home) are rosemary potato dishes.

 
for sure rosemary,in mundane cooking and etc.
others are:
sage,oregano,thyme,basil
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« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2012, 09:47:51 am »
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for sure rosemary,in mundane cooking and etc.
others are:
sage,oregano,thyme,basil

 
How funny! I stated my seeds yesterday, and I have atleast one of everything you mentioned! Two sage though, because im trying to grow enough to be able to burn my own. I want to do a sage and lavender mix. I think it would be an amazing smell.  And so comforting.
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« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2012, 02:10:24 pm »
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I was curious, what is one herb you can not live without? Either for cooking, or ritual? And why this Herb?

 
Parsley!  I suppose it's not a particularly magickal herb, but it's the one I use most often when cooking, and I just adore it.  There's nothing like fresh parsley :)
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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2012, 05:00:09 pm »
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 I was curious, what is one herb you can not live without? Either for cooking, or ritual? And why this Herb?

 
I don't think I could do without French lavender. I use it in baths, in sachets for my drawers, and in my pillow case to help me relax. Once in a while I'll add it to mint tea. It took a few years to establish a patch in my parents' garden, but it's a pleasure to care for (you smell so nice after working with it!).

I also use a lot of mint (for witchy stuff and juleps!) and sage. Once I have my own garden I'm going to try growing sweetgrass!

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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2012, 10:44:29 am »
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Basil, definitely.  I usually try to grow at least three varieties over the summer - Genovese (Ocimum basilicum 'Genovese'), Purple Ruffles (Ocimum basilicum 'Purple Ruffles'), and Sweet (Ocimum basilicum).  We harvest it all season and freeze half; the pesto we make from it in the dead of winter tastes like summer.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis).  I like to make tea with it, and it smells amazing.  One has to keep it contained however; one year, it took over my basil and I ended up with lemon-scented basil.

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella_bursa-pastoris) & yarrow (Achillea millefolium).  I've gotten into the habit of growing these for medicinal purposes, even though I no longer need them.
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