Herbal Enlightenment

Via Michael Levin
on Oct 19, 2008
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(photo by Michael Levin www.zoobird.com)

“If the day and night are such that you greet them with joy and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet scented herbs that is your success. All nature is your congratulations.” — Henry David Thoreau

Learning about herbs is like going to a magic show.  Amazing, unexpected things happen that delight and surprise you. I bought some herbs yesterday from a marvelous herb farm. The woman working there, Kathy, said she had formerly been a manager in a big corporation. She said she had quit her job to do something she really loved. This morning I’m in the presence of a few of these wonderful plants.

Bergamot  Orange – This is the flavoring added to tea to get the Earl Grey flavor.

Sage – My friend burned some sage in his house before dinner and it smelled fantastic. I’ve want to do it at my place ever since.

Chocolate Peppermint – Kathy warned peppermint is invasive so only plant it in a pot. She said you could put some in high alcohol content vodka with some peppercorns and leave it in a closet. You’ll have liquor six to eight weeks later!

Arugula – I bought the Arugula because I just ran across a recipe for chicken stuffed with arugula and goat cheese. That’s basically it. It’s so simple I am convinced that it’s worth making.

Stevia – Stevia is a natural sweetener. Kathy said that I’d know if I used too much if I was left with an aftertaste. She said she dried the leaves. You can use bruised green leaves but she doesn’t because it’s too sweet.

There’s a bonus you get from growing herbs.  You get a good feeling from doing it yourself. Herbs will let you treat your friends and yourself to some home made things to eat and enjoy.





About Michael Levin

Michael loves sharing what he's learned about organic lifestyles like living off the grid and bicycle commuting. He calls it "lifestyle entrepreneurship". He's into organic gardening, mindful living, and realizes that we only have this life and each other. His favorite quote is "The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both." (James A. Michener)


One Response to “Herbal Enlightenment”

  1. Rachel says:

    mmmmmmmmmmm sage 🙂