Herb of the Year
International Herb Association has chosen an Herb of the Year™
Since 1995, the International Herb Association has chosen an Herb of the Year™. "The Horticultural Committee evaluates possible choices based on them being outstanding in at least two of the three major categories: medicinal, culinary, or decorative."
For 2014, the IHA has chosen the genus Artemisia to highlight. This diverse herb family contains many strikingly different plants, with between 200 and 400 species belonging to the daisy family Asteraceae. Common names for various species in the genus include mugwort, wormwood, French tarragon, Sweet Annie and sagebrush. Artemisia has a long history, prominent in folklore, its virtues used in numerous ways: to protect and heal, create tasty beverages and foods, decorate the home and work its magical properties.
I thought I would investigate two of the herbs I found in this genus. The first is French taragon (Artemisia dracunculus 'Sativa'). French tarragon is sterile, so if you find tarragon seeds, they are mostly likely an inferior form of Russian tarragon which has very little flavor. You must buy a plant or take a cutting from a fellow gardener's plant. One of the best ways to preserve French tarragon is in white wine vinegar. Once you have flavored the vinegar for a few days, taste and continue steeping until the strength suits you. Once you remove the tarragon from the vinegar, you can use the tarragon just as you would fresh. When tarragon is dried, the essential oils quicklydissipate. Fresh tarragon has a much more intense flavor than dried, and should be used sparingly. It can be frozen in whole sprigs in an airtight baggie for 3 to 5 months. No need to defrost before using. Heat also intensifies the flavors of tarragon. It is very well paired with chicken and has a wonderful anise flavor.
The second herb I looked into is Sweet Annie(Artemisia annua). Although this herb is an annual, it can be an invasive plant because of its self-sowing properties and has an unusual scent. It is 24 – 36” tall and is good for the back of a border. This herb was traditionally used for medicinal purposes. It was good in fighting conditions with infections and parasites and is still used today. I have grown Sweet Annie more for drying and using in floral arrangements. It can be an irritant to anyone suffering from hayfever.
Are you ready for the cold weather coming our way? This is the time of year when the Herb Shop changes its look and its products from week to week. The Holiday Season is upon us and winter weather is not far behind
Come in for a cup of herb tea or wassail. Our goal is to provide you with Unique Products that you cannot get in the big box stores, always of High Quality and Excellent Value, and the Highest Level of Customer Service that you deserve.
Here are some seasonal ideas that you will find that will bring pleasure to your senses:
Microwave Wraps by Spa Comforts or Cozy Critters will keep you warm and cozy through in these colder months and soothe your aches and pains from shoveling snow at the same time. (Aromatherapy)
Aroma Décor Fragrance Diffusers by Greenleaf add beauty and fragrance to any room. These are flameless ceramic heat diffusers and Greenleaf’s aroma oils come in many pleasing scents. Also find complimentary scents in reed diffusers, room sprays and sachets. (Home Fragrance)
Our Teas, Tea Pots, Tea Cups, Tea Spoons and Strainers, Tea Cookies, Scone Mixes, Dip Mixes, etc.are ideal for entertaining or gift giving.
See ourBulk Simmering Spices in ourPotpourri category to give your home the scents of the season.
Our Thymes Frasier Fir products are fragranced perfectly for this time of the year. The aromatic snap of crisp Siberian Fir needles, heartening cedarwood, and relaxing sandalwood sets the mood for those special moments. (Bath and Body)
Soaps by Pre de Provence will protect your skin from cold weather and keep it soft and silky smooth. (Bath and Body)
Visit our Shop to make your own Holiday Gifts in our Do-It-Yourself Herbal Craft Workshops or attend our Tea Party Gift Basket Workshop. Make a sachet for the Holidays, a Merry Memories Herbal Tea, a Party Dip, or even some Sunshower scented body oil to show someone that you are thinking of them. Nothing is more personal than something you have made yourself for those special people in your life. Great for children to make their own holiday gifts. (In-store only every day)
Featured Product: Lavender Body and Room Spray
Aromatherapy: when inhaling the scent of lavender, chemical reactions occur in the brain to relax large muscles producing a relaxed and stress less feeling throughout the body. Use the scent of lavender to relieve a headache, to calm nerves and to relieve muscle aches. Lavender is antibacterial and antiseptic when applied topically. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be put neat or directly on the skin. Use for immediate relief of insect bites.
Village Herb Shop Lavender Body and Room Spray, 4 ounce bottle for $7.99
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