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Hitting the Bottle

Monday, October 14, 2013





Good Morning.










Yesterday I made 2 quarts of apple, wheat grass, zucchini, lemon balm, and lemon verbena juice. YUM. Trader Joe's was selling a large size pot of the herbs the other day. I squealed with delight with my find. Our garden centers tend to be lacking in a variety of herbs, so finding my precious herbs made my day. The juice tasted like sweet lemon aide.








Lemon Verbena has many healing qualities and nutritional values I found after searching on line. I copied this information on it for you. "Lemon Verbena or Louisa (Sci. Name: Aloysia Triphylla) has a refreshing lemony scent and it is very famous for its weight loss properties as it helps digestion, boosts your metabolism and helps to break down cellulite. So if you are on a diet try to add a Lemon Verbena tea in your plan. However, I would like you to be cautious with its consumption and donít overdo it as the herb contains camphor (remember quality over quantity). Additional studies have shown that lemon verbena oil has an impact on our psychology as well due to its calming effects. It helps soothe the nerves and combats depression which is no wonder as its scent will make you feel alive and peaceful." http://www.magicalrecipesonlin
e.com/2012/04/herb-analysi
s-lemon-verbena.html



It looks like this.







It grows anywhere from 4 foot high and wide to 15'. I can't wait for it to grow bigger as it tastes quite lovely.








In the same pot is Lemon Balm. I read in an email that I happened to receive today it is good for memory. That they are trying it out on Alzheimer patients. Wikipedia says, "it is good to improve alertness, increase the speed of mathematical processing, and is calming. It reduces oxidative stress, reduced DNA damage, etc. "










This is copied from this site. http://www.globalhealingcenter
.com/organic-herbs/growing
-lemon-balm "Even pre-Middle Ages, this member of the mint family was used to treat a variety of health conditions. Steeped in wine, lemon balm was used to treat wounds, insect bites and stings, as well as lift the mood. Current medical research is looking into the use of lemon balm as an anti-tumor, antimicrobial, antihistaminic, anti-bacterial, antispasmodic and antioxidant agent. Studies have found that it is an effective aid for herpes, and it holds potential applications for moderate Alzheimer's disease, mild mood disorders, the stimulation of the immune system, and overall improvements in cognitive function. Multiple studies show that a combination of lemon balm with valerian, hops, and chamomile is an effective remedy for insomnia and nervousness."









The good thing about the herbs is they are supposed to be easy to grow. Lemon balm can become weedy which means I can juice loads of it and add it to teas should it decide to invade our humble home.

The flavor of lemon balm and lemon verbena in the juice tasted kind of cool aid type lemony vs. a real lemon flavor. It's very pleasant, enjoyable, and rewarding to add to juices.

It's a joy to go outside and rub the leaves enjoying the lemony fragrance. Just the smell of the herbs can plaster a smile on my face.


I planted a new batch of wheatgrass a couple of weeks ago. DH suprised me with some 65 gallon fabric pots. We filled them up with potting soil and scattered them on the concrete patio. It's like having a tall raised bed to grow the winter vegetables in or what ever you choose to. I choose to plant wheat grass seeds so I can make juice.







While they aren't cute looking, they are super easy to use. Ours stand about 2.5 feet high. It's a good size bag for growing a nice crop of Grass.






Instead of growing in a flat.







Well, I have to run. I have to go make this morning's juice.



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GRAMPIAN 12/10/2013 6:07AM

  Interesting ideas. emoticon

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NASFKAB 12/6/2013 10:06PM

  interesting helpful blog

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MCJULIEO 10/29/2013 3:17PM

    I need to remember to check this the next time I'm in Trader Joe's!

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WHITEANGEL4 10/27/2013 10:25PM

    Thanks for the information s I will be checking it out

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SHERYLP461 10/20/2013 7:21AM

    lemon balm for cooking and drinking, yum

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AZURELITE 10/17/2013 7:23AM

    Thanks for the information!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/16/2013 8:48PM

    Neat idea for growing the wheat grass. We found that doing it in the flats also generates mold in it that gets up to 1 1/2" high beginning at the soil in the kit.

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3016DEBRA 10/16/2013 11:34AM

  Thanks for all the information! Gonna give some a try! emoticon

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HAPPYMENOW58 10/16/2013 7:52AM

    Great blog!

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DESERTDREAMERS 10/16/2013 7:18AM

    Lots of good info here - thanks for sharing!

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EFFECT25 10/16/2013 7:15AM

    great blog! Thanks! Recently I noticed I enjoy reading and writing now food related blogs. Maybe it is just because for a while food obsession succumbed and I feel other types of inspirations and desires. But it was refreshing to read this blog.

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JOANNHUNT 10/15/2013 11:22PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT WISDOM WITH US. AWESOME BLOG AS USUAL.

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SJKENT1 10/15/2013 9:51PM

    I have a ton of lemon balm growing like weeds in my yard at the house we are selling. Next trip I had planned to dig some up. Will do for sure now.

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SCRAPBECCA 10/15/2013 9:33PM

    how very interesting

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PENOWOK 10/15/2013 9:21PM

    You are one busy girl!!

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OAKASHANDTHORN 10/15/2013 8:11PM

    Nice!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/15/2013 7:50PM

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/15/2013 5:55PM

  Thanks, I was curious about some of these herbs and what they taste like. I had considered the lemon balm, lemon grass, and lemon verbena for tea. I don't know if we have enough space or sun for any of this.

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CETANISTAWI 10/15/2013 5:03PM

    thanks for the info!

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LCRUMLEY81 10/15/2013 4:37PM

  Great Info thank you

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JSEATTLE 10/15/2013 3:24PM

  Sounds so fresh and absolutely delicious!

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MRSRIGS1 10/15/2013 2:29PM

    Thank you for this information! emoticon

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GRANDMABABA 10/15/2013 12:37PM

    Hmmm, your posts are always fun to read. Thanks for sharing.

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ANGRITTER 10/15/2013 12:16PM

    Okay I have found that I am ADDICTED to lemon recently. Onions have had my tastebuds for the past year since I broke my leg - and I know root veggies help heal bones and such, but LEMON is now my downfall. Lemon yogurt, lemon squares, lemonade, lemon EVERYTHING.

So now I am going to need to try this drink and see if I can make batches of it as I drink about 2 gallons of liquids every day, and this would be choice for the first gallon!

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NONNAOF2 10/15/2013 12:11PM

  Great information! :-)

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SUSIEMT 10/15/2013 11:22AM

    Wow!

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BRENDA_G50 10/15/2013 9:55AM

    One thing I love about your blogs is that it always contains information all of us can use. Personally, I don't know hardly anything about herbs, so this was a great lesson for me. Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us.

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SUGARSMOM2 10/15/2013 9:45AM

  emoticon humm very interesting . I will long for this herb . can not find much by way of herbs around my part of the woods . will search for some of these things . thank you very much .

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KABOOPER 10/15/2013 9:42AM

    Go you! Love the info.
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LINDAK25 10/15/2013 9:30AM

    We found 20 gallon pots online and have planted our herb and vegetable garden in them for years. My husband can move them around with a dolly. We put them on our cement patio. (I learned that basil and green beans do better with less sun.) It's so much easier to take care of the garden in big pots. There's a whole lot less weeding. Baby bunnies can still jump straight up into the pots, though. You can put chicken wire around the pots to keep the bunnies out. It's a great way to deal with plants that are too invasive to put in your regular garden. When we moved we took 10 of them with us. We had 30. We gave 20 to the friend who has a farm and helped us fill them with dirt to start with.

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PEANUTSDOG17 10/15/2013 9:07AM

  Thanks for sharing. Very interesting. emoticon

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IAMSHE-RA 10/15/2013 8:53AM

    My goodness. This seems so ambitious!

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DJSHIP46 10/15/2013 8:45AM

    Be sure you protect your Lemon Verbena during harsh weather or you'll find it can be an annual! Great info... Thanks!

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DEERLADY45 10/15/2013 8:42AM

    Im glad your hitting this kind of bottle Hee- hee! Lemon balm is awesome thanks for sharing this in fo! I had some but it didnt come up this year! Ill have to make a note to grow some next year, BONZ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIMIDOT 10/15/2013 8:40AM

    Enjoy! Thanks for the information.

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GARDENCHRIS 10/15/2013 8:27AM

    well you woke me up! lol

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KNYAGENYA 10/15/2013 8:17AM

    Sounds interesting.

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JANEMARIE77 10/15/2013 7:42AM

    sound like you are enjoying the bounty way to go

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DIANNEMT 10/15/2013 7:24AM

    Enjoy!

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