In Basket: May 2012

The Herb Companion readers discuss botanical postcards, an herb seasoning blend, immune defense, German Commission E, and more in this month’s “In Basket.”

| April/May 2012

  • Elecampane sprang from Helen of Troy’s tears. Horehound a bitter juice; a singular remedy against the cough. E.S.R.
    Postcard courtesy Wendy Strong
  • Marigolds the sun’s bride signifies happiness stored in recollections. Angelica, her virtues were revealed by an angel. E.S.R.
    Postcard courtesy Wendy Strong
  • He who would live for aye must eat sage in May. Thyme: beloved of fairies and bees, is the emblem of courage. E.S.R.
    Postcard courtesy Wendy Strong
  • Valerian hated by witches. Woodruff for church garlands and also for pomanders. E.S.R.
    Postcard courtesy Wendy Strong
  • Woad used by ancient Briton’s. Hyssoptea and syrup were famous cordials. E.S.R.
    Postcard courtesy Wendy Strong

Return to Sender: Botanical Postcards

One of our devoted readers, Wendy Strong of Raleigh, North Carolina, forwarded us a set of botanical postcards she found when going through her mom’s belongings. Wendy believes her mom, Jean, was gifted these cards by Wendy’s grandmother, Peg. Both were once members of their local herb society. These cards feature fun facts and sayings, like “He who would live for aye must eat Sage in May,” and gorgeous illustrations. See the Image Gallery for more botanical postcards.

An Herb Seasoning Blend

Here is a blend I like and use often. It was submitted to The Herb People Club in Oklahoma; it’s from a collection of recipes that they put together. Use it in pasta, breads, oils, vinegar dressings and butters. Also try it on herb crusts for chicken, fish or pork by combining 2 tablespoons of the blend with 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs.

Healthy Herb Seasoning Blend 

• 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
• 2 tablespoons dried winter savory
• 2 tablespoons garlic powder
• 2 tablespoons dried parsley
• 2 tablespoons dried chives
• 4 teaspoons onion powder
• 4 teaspoons dried oregano

Blend dried ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight glass container away from heat and light.

—Dale Duncan, Dannevirke, New Zealand

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