Edible Flowers for your Vibrant garden

These edible flowers for your vibrant garden are flowers that you don’t want to miss planting and eating! Let’s take a look at a few that will make lovely additions to your garden and your plate!

Lavender –  oh sweet relaxing lavender, how I love you!

A little lavender goes a long way in any recipe. The flavour is quite strong so remember to use sparingly.  English lavender is the touted as the best for culinary uses. You should harvest your lavender right before the flowers fully open to get the essential oils while they are most potent.

Put a few dry buds in a sugar jar and use for baking. You can also chop a few of the fresh bud and bake with them by just adding them to the dough. Sprinkle a bit on a salad for a pretty garnish or use it to infuse lemonade or tea.

Check out Bon Appetit Recipe for shortbread here: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/lavender-shortbread-with-fruits-flowers-and-herbs

And genius kitchens recipe for herbs de Provence http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/herbes-de-provence-162668

Chive & garlic Blossoms This pretty, light purple, edible flower has a light onion flavor. Chive blossoms can be tossed in a salad or, more commonly, used to garnish a dish. garlic chives produce edible white flowers with a garlic flavor that is stronger than the leaf itself.

Hello epicurious…. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Goat-Cheese-Scalloped-Potatoes-with-Chive-Blossoms-103329

Food and Wine: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/baby-green-salad-with-chive-blossoms

Squash Blossoms

These are much more popular than I knew and quite versatile! Fried, baked or added to pasta, these blooms are delish! But remember, if you pick the blossom there will be no squash, so don’t pick them all!

Fried: This is one of the most popular ways to prepare squash blossoms. You just batter and fry them. You could even stuff them first with ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and/ or goat cheese, add your favorite herbs  like, basil, thyme or parsley and you will have yourself a side dish that is amazing! Try squeezing a little lemon and salt and pepper over them to finish them off.

Baked: If deep frying turns you off, or you just want to try something different, you could stuff the blossoms with cheese – savory or sweet – and then bake them in the oven. Steaming is another healthy option.  

https://www.thekitchn.com/try-this-recipe-3-cheese-stuffed-squash-blossoms-the-cheesemonger-175303

So there you have it! Edible flowers for your vibrant garden! Why not get started today?

 

Loose the blues with Herbs!

We all have times  where we feel caught in that never ending feeling of depression or sadness.  It can feel like you are on a merry go round that just won’t stop.  Anxiety, tension, panic attacks, these are no fun and going to the doctor ends up with you and a prescription for pharmaceuticals.

Now I am not saying that pharmaceuticals are unsuitable, it is just that they all seem to have a huge long list of side effects with some that actually kill you.

Did you know that pharmaceuticals are synthetic reproductions of some herbs that grow readily in our environment? For instance Valium is synthetically reproduced Valerian. So why pick a long list of possible side effects when we have mother nature taking care of us?  

If this is you and you are looking for an all natural solution, take a look no further than mother nature herself. She is a wonderful resource for many things that ail you! Let’s take a quick peek at some of the herbs that can boost your mood and make your spirit soar once again!

Skullcap –  aids in nervousness.  If you feel agitated or are experiencing butterflies or even feel generally nervous, then this is the herb to keep in your medicine cabinet. It is native to North America, but it is also grown now in other areas of the world as well. Skullcap has been used for many years as a relaxant and as a treatment for anxiety, nervousness and even convulsions. Studies have even shown that skullcap has antioxidant effects, and could help protect against disorders, like  Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. There is even been studies to suggest that skullcap may reduce the allergic response to food. Definitely, some food for thought!

Lavender – This lovely herb can help when you just feel stuck in your sadness.  Taking  lavender over a few weeks initially can help lift your spirits and relieve your sadness. It is a mood stabilizer, as well as a sedative, it can also induce relaxation. It is used to soothe your nervous system, just a whiff of lavender is known to relieve depression,insomnia, headaches and stress. Keep a lavender pouch under your pillow, for a wonderful night’s sleep and a spritzer for around the house to lift your spirits anytime it is needed.

Rhodiola Rosea: This herb is still used today in Siberia to help deal with the harsh climate. This herb increases cognitive function, while reducing mental and physical fatigue. It is also known to relieve depression. Rhodiola rosea, is also known as roseroot, has been used for numerous years to promote endurance, to increase longevity and to promote resistance to several health conditions including fatigue and depression.

St. John’s Wort:Well-known as a mood enhancer,You can take this herb as a tea or a tincture.It has been proven to relieve sadness and SADD (seasonal affectiveness disorder depression). St. John’s Wort can help you sleep better too, which dramatically affects mood. St. John’s Wort is not without some side effects, but it’s safe for most people. As with almost all herbs, it will take some time for its effect to take place. So begin taking St. John’s wort in mid to late autumn as a preparation for  SADD in the winter months.

Valerian: Do you suffer from insomnia and/or anxiety? Valerian’s sedative qualities can help you out.. We all need to sleep well if we want to be lively and functional. You can take this herb as a tea, but it does have quite a strong scent, so mixing the tea with other herbs such as lavender, lemon balm or chamomile may help mask the odor. Valerian root has relaxing qualities that can also be used in conjunction with the previously mentioned herbs. Valerian gives a tranquilizing effect that can help you to relax you so you can have a great night’s sleep without the side effects of over the counter drugs. This herb can take up to two or three weeks to take effect. Extended use is not recommended. Some people that take this herb find that there’s a reverse effect of hyperactivity.

There you have it, five herbs that can boost your mood and help your mood! As with any kind of therapy you should consult your doctor and do your research. Herbs although they are natural can interact with other drugs so caution should always be used.  As a wise woman once told me, “ You read your learn.”  So get out there and find out what makes you feel better!

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