An Evergreen Herbal Fist Aid Kit


At home or at office, an herbal first aid kit comes to rescue especially if you are looking for alternative medicine that does not use chemicals and is safe. A necessary part of travel this herbal kit can benefit in remote places where a medicine store is not readily available.

It is good to keep a first aid kit handy, not only does it serve its purpose during emergencies; it also keeps you always prepared.

Herbal First Aid Kit

Herbal First Aid Kit

Helping people and patients in trouble is serious, it requires professional degree and expertise. One should know the extent of the capabilities and the liabilities involved. Unless you are a professional herbalist you should know the limitations and refer the patient accordingly.

Medicinal herbs and herbology is quite vast, the practitioners have been successfully treating patients and situations for centuries. Before plunging into it, patients with minor injuries should only be treated when help is not surfacing especially when caught in unforeseen circumstances such as wilderness and camping.

Natural First Aid Kit for Accidents & Injuries

Natural First Aid Kit for Accidents & Injuries

First aid kits were always helpful even in dire circumstances and learning the intricacies of herbal medicine certainly go a long way in helping emergencies till the help arrives. It takes lot of time to understand the implications of herbal salves, potions and poultices. When treated correctly, they act as wonders for healing. Seeking opportunities to learn about the forgotten herbs and old traditional medicines needs time. It pays to remain helpful and calm in situations which are painful and chaotic.

Herbal Remedies for Pain
It is serious business to treat people in pain and it would be prudent to mention that there are many variants to therapies and approaches to address people in question. Every individual is different and responds distinctly when administered dosages and remedies. Also different types of pain are treated differently.

Chronic aches such as migraines, arthritis and immune system disorders require long term treatments. Administering herbal remedies that needs to bestow immediate relief from pain are possible. Research and studies show that herbs can induce sedation, treating patients is tricky. While one patient may respond quickly other may not. One way to learn the proper remedies is to study the ailments and the cures for varying diseases.

One should know when to provide anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, mild sedative and muscle relaxant that relieve pain at various degrees. Check and test for individual reactions by giving a single drop when people are in pain and observe for subtle differences. Minute dosages are always safe especially when people are allergic to certain substances.


Compost for Herb Garden

Making and using compost for the herb garden is a good idea especially if your garden soil is sandy and deprived of nutrients. I have been told that herbs do not require composts and they do well without fertilizers in general. However; I have found that my herbs grow really well with homemade compost. They do welcome the organic mulch and grow better.

My milkman who owns cows makes compost of cow dung and my experience with this compost is good. Not only is it free from chemicals, there is no danger of plants dying due to overdose of fertilizers that are heavy on potassium and nitrogen.

The Process of Composting

Composting is a natural process during which the decaying matter is returned to the earth as nutrients by decomposition. Micro-organisms that help break the waste require oxygen to function well. The recycling of organic wastes back into the cycle is essential for the life cycle of plants to complete.

There are millions and millions of micro-organisms that carry out the bio-degradation and transform dead plants, foliage and other waste to healthy and hearty soil ingredients. The process of decomposing in nature can take from months to year.

To expedite the process, human intervention is necessary. You can easily make your own organic compost from food scraps and kitchen waste. With a small investment you can make the mulch with a compost bin or just use a convenient space for making manure. With some effort and time, you can do it in your own backyard thus cutting down the need of purchasing fertilizer.

What to add in compost?

The ingredients of the home-made compost are green and brown matter. Naturally you will need a substantial amount to start, for that, collect your organic waste for a few days. Make sure that you place it appropriately, so that there is no stink.

Following gives an idea of what can be used for making compost.

Green Matter
For green ingredient you can use the following –

  • Kitchen scraps such as vegetables,
  • Discarded veggies skin,
  • Cooked food – e.g. bread, outdated food
  • Uncooked – e.g. grains etc
  • Chicken or cow manure
  • Used tea leaves and tea bags with clip removed
  • Grass clippings
  • Brown matter

  • Wood
  • Egg shells
  • Sawdust
  • Fireplace wood ash if you have one
  • Hay
  • Straw, leaves
  • Clean paper
  • What should not be added in the compost?

  • No metal such as aluminium, copper, iron etc
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Dairy products such as butter, milk, curds, eggs and cream
  • Painted wood
  • Charcoal ash
  • Pet poop such as dog and cat waste
  • Stickers
  • Fat, grease and oil
  • How to make Organic Compost?

    Step 1 – Mix 3 parts of brown matter to 1 part of green matter. Make sure that you chop the big items. An ideal compost pile consists of varying size of waste arranged in alternate layers.The height of the layers should at least be10 inches. As the decomposition starts, the temperature rises and on a cold day you might even see vapour rising from the heap.

    Step 2 – Every time you add constituents, turn over the layers unless you have an automatic turner that provides aeration.

    Step 3 – When the compost becomes dark brown or black in colour and does not smell, it is ready for use. You can filter the few big chums that did not decompose back into the new heap.

    It will be prudent to mention that compost is not a substitute for soil and it should not be used for growing plants. It has to be mixed with soil in appropriate proportions to give the desired results.


    A Permaculture Herb Garden Design

    The concept of Permaculture Herb Garden is just not a way of green living; it is about a system that has its root aligning with the principles of Nature.


    Herb Garden for Wine Lovers

    From rustic to suave, wine is tempting with fresh herbs. Here are some exotic wine lovers guide to herbs that pop up taste and zest making the wine pairing an exciting journey. Wine lovers will especially love this herb garden because it pairs excellently with wines both vintage and trendy.

    Whether you are an Oenophile a connoisseur of wines or an Enologist a master wine maker you will find that gastronomy offers an exciting opportunity to take the skill to a new height with herbs. The aroma and flavor of herbs cannot be beaten; it is what makes the dull and boring food and wine pairing extra-ordinary.

    Herbs fresh from the garden make a lovely and delicious gift to the gourmet foodie in your life and are must to keep handy all the times in your pantry.

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    Basil Herb – The perfect herb partner for wines, a blend of purple basil and wine is simply divine to finish anything that goes right with the dishes coated with the basil herb paste. The addition of aromatic purple basil to Martin Pouret’s white wine vinegar creates a lively, herbal flavor that is perfect for dressing salads or sprinkling over fish.

    Oregano Herb – Inspired by the vigorous flavors of the Mediterranean, a dish marinated and featuring fragrant herb oregano, along with white wine, extra virgin olive oil, garlic and sun dried tomatoes is awesome with chicken and seafood.

    Chives Herb – A rich, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon, a trio of peppers with a hint of chives and your favorite cut of beef are all one needs to enjoy the fruits of the noble grape and this magic herb.

    Herbs fresh from the garden make a lovely and delicious gift to the gourmet foodie in your life and are must to keep handy all the times in your pantry.

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    Stunning Pathway Designs for Your Herb Garden

    Clearly a garden drenched in rainwater with muddy patches makes it difficult to wade through. Even if it does not rain you would like a clear and neat path to stroll through instead of tall grass wherein hide insects and snakes.  You can design stunning pathways in your herb garden with pebbles, stone and grass. Moreover; a garden pathway surrounded by plethora of shrubs, butterflies and blooms gives a unique twist to the panorama.

    Pathways enhance the landscape and the surroundings. There are many ways you can incorporate pathways in your herb garden.


    Design Ideas for a Vertical Herb Garden

    If you want to keep yourself healthier and fit, perhaps it is time to stop buying greens and produce your own vegetables and herbs from your yard. Growing a Vertical Herb Garden is quick and simple. Moreover, it tastes awesome.

    Perhaps you are a gardener who does not have acres of land to produce you own food.

    Perhaps you are a senior, elderly person who does not have energy to spend time in the garden.

    Perhaps you are disables and still want to eat your own fresh produce resembling farm fresh harvest.

    Perhaps you have apprehensions because you are attempting gardening for the first time.

    Perhaps you wanted a garden long time ago but were scared off by all of the contradictory methods and overwhelming information.

    For all the above reasons, a vertical gardening system comes to rescue for an avid gardener whether he or she is a beginner or an expert. A vertical hydroponic garden requires a small effort and looks cool in your home even if you are staying in an apartment with no open space. It looks much like the outdoors and you can grow your own herb garden on the vertical system in no time.

    Start early in the spring, install the vertical towers purchased from Amazon or any nursery store one afternoon. You only require a couple of hours to deploy them and you are ready to go. Anything can be grown in the vertical system starting from heirloom tomatoes, spinach and peppers to herbs. Growing herbs is lot more easier; you can plant basil, cilantro and mint to start with. You can also go for your choice of herbs that you use most for culinary purposes.


    Designing Herb Garden for Four Seasons

    An herb garden for four seasons is a pro-active outdoor space that remains active in all four seasons, around the year. Gardeners can plan for a lovely garden throughout the year either by planting herbs that continue to grow and can be harvested during the entire duration of the year or shuffling around the year, the herbs that grow well in the specific season.

    While herbs undergo a full cycle of growing to an adult plant and flowering, the gardener may see a depleting supply of foliage when the flowers are blooming. Most of the herbs provide foliage around the peak season and wither away giving rise to small shoots or seeds.

    Think and plan the herb garden according to your taste and choice of plants. You can always fine tune it for the next season, the idea is to keep the herb garden alive all the year so that it does not become dormant during winter and fall. For the spring and summer, you can grow an abundance of culinary herbs, for autumn and fall substitute them for hibiscus, nasturtiums, dandelions or calendulas, you will see a riot of colours in the beginning of summer. Including herbs or flowers to fill in the gap will ensure a beautiful all season herb garden which you desire.


    English Cottage Inspired Herb Garden

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    Imagine an English cottage garden designed in the bygone eras of British period and you can visualize the romantic curves of the Victorian landscaping. It is hard not to bring the beauty when you design an English Cottage herb garden inspired by the colonial period.

    A garden in paradise with wandering pathways, cobblestone bridges and gorgeous bird baths bathing in sun rays comes to the mind when you envisage a cottage garden. Blooming flowers, myriad colours of topiaries and stunning hedges with picket white fences reminds us of the glorious vintage gardens that were maintained by almost everyone who could afford a farmhouse.

    The Elite gardener could of course pick the beautiful arbors for rose vines, a garden pond that would delight the visitors with the flora and a school of golden and silver fish bathing in the sun rays reflected from the water.

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    A humble herb gardener can also dress his garden in the English Cottage inspired style. A wrought iron bench, antique planters made of ceramic or copper around the cottage surrounding the herbs will definitely seek attention. A gazebo perhaps in the 18th century style amidst the thick vegetation would remind the luxury of the Royals of British origin.

    A herb garden devoid of premium luxuries can still carry the weight of an informal landscape design with structures and statues mixing in seamless way with the lush green foliage of mint, rosemary and thyme.

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    A whimsical herb garden that carries the secrets of an English Cottage garden can be designed with the characteristics and elements of the accents and ingredients that make the garden unique. A cottage herb garden is what the gardener creates, the most important element is the caretaker himself.


    Strategically placed herbs in antique containers, meandering pathways reaching the garden beds and the sun rays peeping from the corner of the house, all are capable of elevating the spirit of the herb garden designed in the line of a traditional English Cottage garden.

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