Permaculture Cottage ~ Healing Herbs and Using Them

Oregano, harvested today and drying by the stove in the kitchen. These are the flowers of the Oregano plant and are excellent for use as tea, once dried and stored. Oregano tea is good for sore throats and for warding off colds. The thin rays of the sun on the windowledge this afternoon. It is almost autumnal. Indeed there appears to be an early start to Autumn. Lavender was harvested as well as Oregano today. This is a bunch of lavender hanging from above the window. The scent is wonderful. English lavender yields an essential oil with sweet overtones, and can…

Permaculture Cottage ~ Oregano, Hippocrates and Herbs

The hips of the Rosa Rugosa are yet to turn red. Rugosa rose is widely used as an ornamental plant. As a seaside plant it is invaluable as it can tolerate the salty wind and storms really well. The sweetly scented flowers are used to make pot-pourri in Japan and China,  where it has been cultivated for about a thousand years. This grows well here at Bealtaine Cottage. The other rose growing abundantly here at Bealtaine is the Rosa Canina, or Dog Rose. During world war two, the shortage of fresh fruit and vegetables was having an adverse effect on the nation’s…