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By Lynn Kirkland


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Herb of the week by Lynn Kirkland for 17th August

The sound of rain on the rooftop is occurring with monotonous regularity at the moment. Itís funny how that same sound in summer is greeted with delight as gardeners rejoice in the natural watering system that brings life to the garden.
Now we look out at flooding in the garden and hope that the plants are hardy enough to survive. In general herbs do not like wet feet but can cope with the occasional soaking however raised beds are a must if you are like us here at the herb farm and are on clay soil.
A delightful sound in the garden at the moment is the sound of birdsong. We have thrushes singing, waxeyes and fantails chittering and tuis in full voice high up in the eucalyptus trees.
Tuis love it when the eucalyptus flower and they pause from their nectar gathering to give thanks for the food.
Eucalyptus leaves are distilled to make the wonderful eucalyptus essential oil which is so useful at this time of year.
Eucalyptus essential oil eases breathing giving relief to bronchial coughs, head colds, congested headaches and stuffy sinuses. It also boosts immunity.
When used in a massage blend eucalyptus is great for muscle aches and pains. It is used for tiredness, mental exhaustion, sluggishness and concentration.
A versatile oil perfect for the winter doldrums so it is no wonder the tuis are sensing the praises of the eucalyptus tree as they gather nectar from the beautiful red flowers.

Thanks lynn another great read.

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