Herbal therapy

Despite the immense weight off of my shoulders from quitting a soul-sucking job, and the relief of no longer having to plan the biggest party I’ve ever thrown (a wedding), I am not immune from stress. As far as I know, no-one is. The trick is to find something that eases the strain.

In a previous post, I mentioned having started an herb garden in front of our house. It has been coming along really well and upgraded our meals noticeably. Not only do fresh herbs bump up general flavor quality, the urge to use fresh herbs has me trying lots of new recipes. The herb garden has actually become a stress reliever for me.  There’s a sense of satisfaction watching the entire area transform from weedy, mulchy nothingness into a neat, attractive patch of land, and I truly feel excited when a previously planted seed thrusts a little green arm out of the ground. Even pulling out the relentless weeds is enjoyable – it’s an incredibly Zen task to remove the imperfections of the living composition, not to mention the relaxing aromatherapy benefits of rustling around in lavender, dill and sage.

Curly Parsley

Curly Parsley

My garden has Thai Basil, Sweet Basil and Purple Basil – they have such distinct flavors, I couldn’t resist growing all of them.

Purple Basil

Purple Basil

When most people refer to chives, they’re probably referring to onion chives. I’ve planted both onion and garlic chives.

Garlic Chives

Garlic Chives

Among the other herbies in my garden are sweet mint, sweet marjoram, flat parsley, oregano, dill, tarragon, sage, lavender, rosemary, german thyme and lemon thyme, lemon balm and lemon grass. Cilantro has so far been tricky and unsuccessful – apparently it doesn’t transplant well – so those seeds will be next in the ground.

Sage

Sage

Currently accepting tasty recipes featuring herbs! I’ll make sure to share my favorites!

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