Archive for May, 2012

May 29, 2012

Blooming garden

I go away and come back to a blooming garden ūüôā I love perennials, they take care of themselves and keep on giving¬†more every year.


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May 29, 2012

Clove essential oil for Dental Care and DIY Natural Teeth Whitening Mouthwash Recipe

Clove essential oil is invaluable
to have on hand for good dental health and to treat any dental, gum
pain and discomfort.  Clove oil is best known for its pain
relieving eugenol constituent used to treat toothaches, sore
gums, mouth infections, and bad breath. Always use clove oil diluted in an edible carrier
oil like olive oil, it is strong, and numbing.
Caution is advised

Dilute clove essential oil 50/50 or less in olive
oil to carry with you to treat in
Put carrier oil like olive oil on a
Q-tip with a drop of clove essential oil and put directly on
affected mouth areas. Wet the end of the Q-tip with water first
before you add the oil so that it stays on the end of the

Mouthwash rinse:
100 ml of hydrogen peroxide food
grade 3% add 1-2 drops of clove essential oil. Rinse and rinse with
water afterwards. Clove and cinnamon together quench each other and
reduce the skin irritating qualitites of
This mouthwash rinse also whitens
teeth naturally along with its germ fighting

Clove buds

Clove is an evergreen tree
with clove being the buds of the almost open flowers. It
is one of the five noble spices along with cinnamon, nutmeg, black
peppercorns and ginger.

Clove is one of the
ingredients in the Indian spice blend
garam masala and masala chai, which is a tea beverage
Clove comes from the Latin word
‚Äėclavus‚Äô meaning nail,¬†because the dried
clove buds look like little nails. Spices like clove were
considered so valuable it launched wars and genocide in
the Spice Islands in Indonesia.

Family Myrtaceae
Country of
Indonesia, Philippines, Madagascar,   West
Volatility Middle note
Extraction steam distillation or CO2  
extraction from the dried buds
Colour pale yellow to clear
Aroma spicy, pungent, rich, strong
Use sparingly,
ot stimulant.
Skin irritant.
Do not use during pregnancy or with
  children. Always use
Not recommended for
Primary Uses Digestion:spasms,
parasites, gastritis,  
spasmsImmune: stimulant, colds, flu,
stimulant,Skin: fungal infections,
shingles, warts,   localized treatment only

 *****Toothaches, dental problems, gum
infections, sore gums, bad breath/halitosis

Properties Local anaesthetic, analgesic,
anticatarrhal,   antiemetic, antiseptic, antibacterial,
antifungal, antiviral,   anti-parasitic, 
 antioxidant, astringent, antispasmodic,  
anti-inflammatory, warming carminative, circulatory stimulant,
diaphoretic, digestive   stimulant, male aphrodisiac, 
nervine relaxant, stomachic, vasodilator
Constituents  Esters:18-25%


May 29, 2012

Easy Grow Herb Combo

For an easy herb planter partner combination that comes back every year with no maintenance plant: Thyme and Chives!


Chives are an onion tasting herb that are hardy and are grown in pots or in the ground and come back every year bigger and better. The purple flowers which bloom in spring are edible and make a great garnish in soups. Garlic chives have white flowers that bloom later in the summer and they taste more like garlic. They have flat leaves instead of round tubes like purple flower onion chives.


There are many varieties of thyme that are hardy and easy to grow. Thyme is a sturdy sub-shrub and there are creeping and hanging varieties. There are different flavours of thyme and many chemotypes to choose from.

This is my planter I took out of the garage¬†and I¬†haven’t added¬†annuals yet or done anything to it, and the thyme and chives keep coming back every year. This is the second year for this pot.

Partner herb combo:

Plant chives or garlic chives in the middle of the planter pot, and place thyme around it. You can plant a hanging thyme, a creeping thyme and a regular thyme or leave some room for annuals to fill in during the growing season. This planter keeps coming back every year even when I overwinter it in the garage. This herb planter is (dare I say) easy to grow by anyone anywhere.

Enjoy fresh herbs! 


May 29, 2012

Thyme time

Time for Thyme herb!

There are many varieties of thyme and they are all hardy and easy to grow. Thyme is grown in pots year round for culinary, medicinal or ornamental purposes or grown directly in the ground, where it comes back bigger and better every year. There are creeping varieties that grow close to the ground or hanging varieties that hang over and trail down the sides of pots. Thyme is a sturdy sub-shrub and the creeping varieties are a great alternative to lawn grass or to put under other bigger shrubs. Put thyme around walkways or in cracks to keep other weeds out.

Common Name  Thyme herb
Latin Name  Thymus vulgaris spp.
Family Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
Parts Used Perennial- herb picked in spring and summer growing season
Target Organs Digestion, Respiratory, Immune, Central Nervous System, Skin, Muscular
Common Uses Digestion: infections, gastritis, colitis, parasites, diarrhoea, worms,Respiratory: bronchitis, pleurisy, TB, whooping cough infections, cough, bronchitis, colds, flu, gargle sore throats, Immune: stimulant, colds, flu, strep, staph, tonsillitis, infections, fever,

Nervous system: stimulating, depression

Skin: warts, lice, scalp infections;

Muscular: analgesic pain relief, arthritis, sprains, strains

External: wounds, astringent stops bleeding

Culinary fresh or dried

Essential oil use diluted-very hot

Properties Anthelmintic, antibacterial, anticatarrhal, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory (local, systemic) antimicrobial, antioxidant, antispasmodic (general, digestive, respiratory), anxiolytic, appetite stimulant, astringent, warming carminative, cholagogue, decongestant, diaphoretic, relaxing secretolytic expectorant, febrifuge, stimulating nervine relaxant, stomachic, vasodilator, vulnerary
Constituents Essential Oil: 1%   Monoterpene: p-cyamene aka paracymene; Phenol: Thymol 45% thujanol, carvacrol,Monoterpene alcohol: Geraniol, linalool


Other:  bitter, tannin, flavonoids, triterpenoids

Cautions Essential oil use diluted very hot and stimulating. May irritate sensitive skin.
Dosage Tincture: 1-4ml  
May 23, 2012

Medicinal Uses of Coltsfoot Leaves and Flowers

Coltsfoot ~ Tussilago farfara L. is one of the first wild flowers to bloom in Ontario in spring time.

Coltsfoot grows all around Georgian Bay, as it prefers to grow near water. You will find it in wetter areas near stream banks and ditches. It looks like dandelion flowers, and it is from the same Aster family. The flowers resemble a bent horse leg before and after flowering, because they nod and arch over the stem.

The leaves appear after the flowers have gone to fluffy seed, which fly through the air in puffy white little clouds.

The leaves look lung shaped and treat lung conditions, as it helps to reduce inflammation and spasms. It’s name Tussilago¬†hints to its anti-tussive properties and is used mainly to treat coughs and colds.

It is mildly bitter, demulcent, astringent and cooling.

Coltsfoot is a medium strength remedy and should be used under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.

Due to the prescence of alkaloids, this herb should not be used in large doses continuously.


Common Name Coltsfoot leaves/ flowers
Latin Name Tussilago farfara
Family Asteraceae
Parts Used Perennial flowers bloom first in spring and then turn to seed, leaves follow in May/ June
Target Organs respiratory, throat
Common Uses Lungs: acute chronic lung chest infections, irritating dry coughs, External leaves: wounds, bruises,
Properties relaxing/ secretolytic expectorant, demulcent, vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic, diuretic, anti-catarrhal, emollient
Constituents Flowers: flavonoids: rutin, carotene, taraxanthin, arnidiol, farfardiol, tannin, Essential oils

Leaves:mucilage, polysaccharides, tannin, bitter glycosides, inulin, sitosterol, zinc

Traces of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, hormonal substances, calcium, magnesium, sodium, trace minerals

Cautions Medium strength remedy: Due to traces of pyrrolizidine alkaloids do not use for extended periods of time at high dosages. Do not use with children under the age of 8, during pregnancy or lactation.
Dosage Tincture: 1-5ml                Tea: 6-14g
May 22, 2012

Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay is Ontario‘s best kept secret boasting the world’s longest fresh water beach, 30, 000 islands, camping, diving and all kinds of outdoor activities. Wasaga beach on Georgian Bay is the longest fresh water beach in the world and sandy beaches stretch for miles around the Bay of clear blue water.

It was so hot this year it was the first time in May I dipped in Georgian Bay. I have seen the most stunning sunsets on Georgian Bay and I wish I could post them all on here.

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Around Tobermory is where Georgian Bay meets the rest of the Great Lakes and thousand-year old cedars grow on windswept cliff sides. There is camping, diving, hiking, biking, swimming, a natural grotto and all around beauty to take in.

I love Georgian Bay!

May 16, 2012

Bleeding hearts

Bleeding hearts ~Lamprocapnos spectabilis (formerly Dicentra spectabilis)

are an ornamental perennial flower, that bloom every springtime.

They are woodland plants that prefer shade, and well-drained soil.

This is the pink fringe bleeding heart. The blooms last longer than the bigger deeper pink variety.

White bleeding hearts

This is a white bleeding heart variety.

Bleeding hearts are easy to grow, but plant some summer plants like hosta beside it, to fill in the gaps when they finish flowering in spring to fill out the garden.

May 16, 2012

Wisteria vine

The Wisteria vine has started to bloom!

Wisteria is the Latin Genus name and then there are a variety of different species.

They are woody vine climbers from the pea family (Fabaceae).

Wisteria perfumes the air with its delicious smell, and some varieties are edible and made into wine.

I have grown vines from seed, but they take over 7 years or more to bloom. propagation by cutting is faster. The long hairy seed pod has 2-3 or more seeds. When it dries it curls and pops the seeds out the pod with a loud bang, which woke me out of a sleep one time.

Wisteria grows fast and needs strong support to climb on.

Wisteria needs a bit of pruning into shape by cutting the curly spiral ends off, but it is well worth the effort!

I wish you could smell this right now, it is intoxicating!

I have to replace the wooden arch because¬†it is getting crushed. I’m going to use something stonger, like¬†wrought iron¬†for endurance.

May 15, 2012

Invasive Garlic Mustard Greens

Garlic mustard Alliaria petiolata L.

Garlic mustard

is another wild nutritious edible green food that has A, some B and C vitamins in it.

Garlic mustard is an alien invasive weed that displaces native plants, so pick as much as you want.

It is a biennial that flowers in the second year.

Garlic mustard

Eat it raw in salads or use it as a herb, the stem cut be cut like chives or use the leaves. Garlic mustard is also good steamed, sautéed or cooked in soup and stews, eaten as a side green or made into pesto.

Garlic mustard flower

May 9, 2012



imageimageimageTip-toe through the tulips of my garden ūüôā


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Plant Tulip bulbs in the fall for bursts of amazing colour in the spring time and they come back every year!

Happy Mother’s day to all Mothers and all women who nuture! ‚̧

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