By Lynn Herb of the Week for 4th April
Last Sunday I arrived at the herb farm in time to see a beautiful sunrise.
The old saying of "Sunrise in the morning, shepherds warning .." came to mind and I hoped it would bring the rain we have all been waiting for.
I had a lovely walk around the garden where nature seemed greatly at peace.
Perhaps everything in the garden knew the rain was on its way.
A thrush hopped along the ground and led me into the woods where fantails flitted so close that I would not have been surprised if one had come onto my outstretched hand.
I walked under the huge beautiful blue leaved eucalyptus trees and heard a contented humming sound. Looking up I saw our blue gums were in flower and the bees were happily feasting on the nectar.
How lovely that at a time when the roses and lavenders were finished flowering there was still a source of food for the bees.
This feeling of peace in the garden was enhanced by the gentle misty rain
that started about 11 o'clock and continued all day.
You could almost hear a collective sigh of relief from the dehydrated plants in the garden.
Eucalyptus oil is a wonderful essential oil to have in your first aid kit
for the winter.
If you are feeling snuffly then you use it for a steam inhalation or send the kids to school with a few drops on a hanky to keep breathing free during the day.
A few drops on a flannel at the base of a shower provides a steam effect for those with coughs and colds.
For some people the change of seasons seems to bring respiratory challenges and eucalyptus oil can help ease the symptoms as well as knocking the germs on the head.
Enjoy your gardens and I know the gardens are enjoying the drought breaker
that came from the heavens last weekend.