August 2018 Newsletter

August 3, 2018

Herbal Times Newsletter Meeting August 8 Girl Scout Building 6:00 pm

 

Yeah it rained. Looked at the herb garden it’s not bad except the craft garden could use some work so please let’s put together a day to work as a group to clean that bed. I will bring it up at the meeting and we can come up with a date and time. The scholarships were given out at the last meeting not all the recipients were there. They all were very thankful for our efforts. Heads up I put down the wrong date for this month on the agenda so ignore please it’s the 8th not the 15th. I am working on getting a guest speaker I don’t know yet.

 

Hello Fellow Herbalist

Herb of the month

Apple mint

Mentha suaveolens

Also known as woolly mint, this mint has fuzzy, soft, gray-green leaves

M. suaveolens var.suaveolens is a variegated form known as pineapple mint

Has a fruity apple and minty fragrance and sweeter flavor than other mints

Flowers appear in mid to latesummer and are light purple to pink in color

Grow in a large container in full sun for best flavor Hardy to zone 5

Native to southern and western Europe, naturalized in northern and central Europe

Cut down to the ground in late fall to get ready for fresh growth in the spring

Attractive to bees and butterflies historically used as a strewing herb

strewn on temple floors for the aroma generated by people walking on it; it was also thought to improve concentration and mental function and to deter pests

Also has been found in monastery ruins, having been used to help the fatigue following epileptic fits

Like other members of the mint family, teas have traditionally been made to address fevers, headaches, and digestive disorders

Antiseptic properties are found in the essential oil

Culinary uses include teas and other beverages, sauces, jellies, salads and salad dressings, though less often used as a garnish due to the fuzzy leaves

 

See you at the meeting

 

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Wabash Valley Herb Society

 

Meeting Minutes

 

7-11-2018

 

Sue Claycomb presented scholarships to the six recipients and their families  that were present checks were sent to those who could not make it to the meeting.  Mary Jane Drake president opened the meeting  with 16 members present Vicki Cochren secretary  took roll call Treva Cook read treasure’s report. The garden at Deming Park was discussed it’s in good shape. No old business. New business Treva suggested another painting party to bring in new members at a future meeting to be discussed. Mary Jane Drake closed the meeting.

 

Chamomile Herb

Chamomile (it is also spelled camomile) is the lovely herb with the daisy-like flowers.

There are two different kinds of chamomile used in herbalism: Roman  (Chamaemelum nobile) and annual German (Matricaria recutita).

The German chamomile is more often used for herb tea because it is less bitter.

Both types need well-drained soil and plenty of sun. The German chamomile is an annual plant and can become up to 60 cm (2 ft.) tall. 

The Roman chamomile is low growing carpeting hardy perennial plant. The Roman plant can grow up to 30 cm (12 inches) tall.

Both types have the beautiful daisy-like flowers.

In herbalism it is common to make tea with the flowers. The flowers are also used to make essential oils.

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