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Herbalist Blooming In the Herb Garden
By Lynn Kirkland


By Lynn Kirkland


Herb of the Week for 2nd March
By Lynn Kirkland

Herbalist Blooming In the Herb Garden

World Children’s Day is March 4th, this Sunday and is all about the following important messages.
Giving time
Praise and encouragement
Listening and talking
Love and affection
New experiences.
This year's key theme is ‘giving time'.
What better way to cover all these messages than to teach children about herbs and perhaps by planning a little herb garden.
A year ago today, on my birthday I had the best present of all; the safe arrival of Lily, the daughter of my nephew, Paul and his wife Charlotte. We laughed as the thought of joint celebrations in the future, Lily at 15 partying it up with her 70 year old Auntie!
Nobody can tell if Lily will have green fingers or even an interest in plants at this stage but as you can see in the photo I am showing Lily the beautiful rose a friend gave me on my last birthday, called “The Herbalist”. Planted below it are chives as a companion planting to keep the aphids away and in the front is the wonderful herb sage. If your children are a little older than Lily then you can show them how to rub their teeth with a sage leaf to remove plaque and whiten those teeth. Baps, our cat, has to check out what is going on too. I must admit that at one, Lily was much more interested in the cats than the herbs.
What I do know is that herbs and herbal products can keep Lily healthy and happy in the most natural way.
When introducing children to the garden the first lesson must be to teach children that even though many plants are helpful to us, there of course plants that are poisonous.
So the lesson must be to identify the herb correctly before using in food or for teas or any other purpose.
Sun teas are fun for children to make and so good for them. Pick aromatic herbs like peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm or Japanese menthol mint and place a few sprigs in a clean glass jar. Place on a sunny windowsill for a few hours and then place in the fridge to chill before drinking.
Think of the children in your life and how you can do something special with them on Sunday to celebrate Children’s Day. Remember it is about your presence not presents!
Happy birthday to Lily on her special day. Lily brings joy into the lives of all the generations in her family especially to her great grandparents when she visits each week.

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