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5 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Healing Garden Introduction

    • 2. Healing Garden Lesson 1

    • 3. Healing Garden Lesson 2

    • 4. Healing Garden Lesson 3

    • 5. Healing Garden Lesson 4

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Have you ever looked at the ingredients of your favorite herbal bath products and thought, “Hey, I could make that.” Although you can pop over to the natural food store or local herbal shop and buy the dried herbs you need to make your healing herbal creations, it’s cheaper in the long run to grow the plants yourself. This is a crash course in creating a healing herb garden of your own. By the end of the class, you’ll know what to grow, when to harvest and how to dry your herbs and flowers for use in bath sachets (which we’ll make), teas, oils and other healing concoctions. Pamper yourself with healing plants to improve your mood, relax your body and ease your soul.

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Laura Foreman

Gardener. Writer. Photographer.


Writer by trade; gardener by blood. Growing up, I helped my mom in the garden--weeding, planting and eating much of the harvest before it reached the kitchen. When I left the nest, I continued to garden, this time in containers, at each of the apartments I lived. I've learned a lot along the way through trial-and-error and tapping into the knowledge of other gardeners.

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1. Healing Garden Introduction: Hi, everyone. My name is Laura and in this course will create a healing herb garden. I had the idea for this class when I was giving my one year old a bath with an herbal bath . T. Like many babies, he has excellent that seems to flare up in the bathtub, and I used traditional bubble bath. The bath T consisted of camomile Colangelo and lavender. Three herbs I have growing in mass amounts in the back garden had to realize the sooner I could have save some bucks. So this class is intended to save you from having these moments. What's better than coming home and releasing the stresses of the day than by filling a bath with healing herbs and flowers from your own garden? I'll give you the low down on what's plant. When's the harvest and how to dry your herbs and flowers in the end will make three kinds of bath tease you can use to calm your mind and easier symptoms 2. Healing Garden Lesson 1: welcome to lesson number one in this lesson will define what a healing garden is and go into a little bit of the history of using plants to heal. So it is a healing herb garden. It's a garden that features plants with healing benefits. Plants are great for more than cooking anaesthetics. People have been using plants throughout human history to heal wounds, prevent illnesses and improve their minds and emotions. Now you don't need a huge plot of land to grow plants for your healing garden. You can plant it in a sunny spot in your backyard or a few pots on your patio. As with any garden, be sure you're growing what you plan to use. So here are some photos of my gardens. On the left is a portion of my healing garden in the backyard. I also have Colangelo Lavender going through out the garden because they attract beneficial insects and pollinators, and they're just really pretty to look at in the back here I have lavender, and on the left I have valerian and rosemary on the bottom, right. You can see an orange flower that's Colangelo is growing from seeds dropped by last year's crop of calendula Michelangelo and valerian Eiger from seed in the lavender and rosemary bought us starts. You might be able to see a little bit of Al Oh, peeking out on the left. I have alot throughout the garden as well, because it comes in handy in the summer when we all get some burns in the family in the pot , which I moved to my front deck. I have meant lavender cama meal in rosemary. All of these I bought it starts. All you really need is good soil. In a sunny spot, you'll have a ton of herbs, possibly more herbs, and you'll ever need. So now we have the big disclaimer. Um, if you're taking any prescription medications or pre existing condition, talk to your doctor before taking any herbal remedies. If you're pregnant, talk to your doctor or midwife. A swell plants air really powerful. And since we're focusing on topical applications in this class, this may not be as much of a concern, however, for thinking of making tees or tinctures or anything like that. Be sure to consult the proper herbalist or a doctor to see if there are any interactions with anything that you may be taking her anything like that. Herbal medicine is popular around the world as herbs tend to be more affordable in pharmaceuticals. These they were used exclusively in early times in Middle Ages because that's pretty much all there waas. In Europe, the Benedictine monasteries were the source of medical knowledge. In the Middle Ages, monasteries had huge herb gardens, and we're the keepers of the knowledge. There are also herbalists in the village. He created herbal remedies for a host of elements, as well as use spells and all that sort of thing. Later on, these same folks were called witches, and bad things happen to them. Around the same time, in the Middle East, Muslim botanists and physicians were at the forefront of medicine and were the first to use scientific methods identify intestine herbal remedies. This eventually evolved into the field of pharmacology. At the forefront of this was Al Zahar, are we whose book The Book of Simple, included recipes to help other people in medicine prepare herbal remedies. Another notable notable thinker at of the time was of Ascena or Abin Sina, who wrote the Canada Medicine, which included 100 tested drugs, plants and minerals. He was using European and Middle Eastern medical schools until the 19th century. In Europe, Nicholas Culpeper was carving a name for himself. During the 17th century, he systematized the use of herbs and medicine had a huge influence on our own modern pharmaceuticals. Despite all of his work, he was accused of witchcraft during the English Civil War. You can actually purchase versions of his work. I have Culpepper's Color Herbal, which is edited by David Potter iton. Just type called Pepper's. Name it to Amazon. You'll find different versions of Culpepper's complete herbal so you can use herbs in a variety of ways. You can press the oils from them and get essential oils, or turn the water from the process into a less dense hydro. Saul, You can also make teas, tanks, yourselves, Bath T solutions. I mean, the list is truly endless, so that's it for Lesson one. Let's move on to lesson to where we learn more about the plants themselves. 3. Healing Garden Lesson 2: welcome to lessen to, unless lesson will talk about plants that are known for their healing properties and the benefits of using them in your garden. While there are a number of plants that have healing properties, you can put in your garden. I'm going to show you ate that are pretty common, really versatile and are just pretty to look at. If you've ever had a somber and chances are you've reached for a bottle of green Allah vera gel, However, you can save a few bucks just by buying an al oh plant. Cut a stem slice in half and rub the gel all over your sunburn. Allah has been the go to point for scrapes and birds for hundreds of years, if not longer. It's been shown to stimulate cell cellular rejuvenation and help wounds heal faster. Colangelo is great for skin, including ex Eamon Burns has antiseptic and anti microbial properties, although it's an annual plan itself. SOS readily, so you'll have more Colangelo than you know what to do with for years to come. Econ Atia became a popular remedy a few decades ago when people began to pop tablets of the dried her when they start to feel a cold coming on. Studies have shown the ACA Nation boost the immune system and can effectively lessen your cold symptoms have taken when you first start to feel sick. Valerian is a fern looking plant whose roots are commonly taken as asleep or relax ation aid. In fact, it sedative effects are so well known that it said that was the inspiration for the drug Valium. You can also use the leaves either fresh or dried in the T toe. Help you sleep a bit better. But again, if you have problems sleeping and all that kind of stuff, talk to regular physician and make sure it doesn't interact with any other drugs that you're taking. Who doesn't love lavender? It's one of the main tribes I have around my house that has antiseptic properties and is used in aromatherapy to promote. Relax, ation, inhale A handful of mint and your Sinuses are sure to clear. Mint has been used to improve breathing as well. A street nausea. A word of warning, though if you plan to plant in your garden, it love space will out compete any other planets path. It's best to give it wide berth and plants in a large pot and keep it contained while giving it room to grow. Time is commonly used in cooking, especially when cooking meat, however, has antiseptic and anti fungal properties and can be used to treat respiratory problems as well. In her bath, with time when you have a cold has been shown to ease the uncomfortable cold symptoms that you deal with. Finally, you've probably drank a cup of camomile tea to ease your nerves or as a nightcap before bed . Camomile has been shown to improve sleep and is used to help treat skin and digestive problems holistically. There are other plants in your garden that have been used to heal. A swell garlic not only improves any dish, it's also thought to boost. The immune system has been shown to have cardiovascular benefits as well. I had a professor in college. He would eat a clove of garlic every day to help him stay healthy. He did say pretty healthy. But that could have been because he reeked of garlic. Cranberries and cranberry juice are often taken to prevent urinary tract ailments, and Citrus fruits are often used with honey and sometimes apple cider vinegar to treat a sore throat. Even weeds can be beneficial. There's a saying that a week is something about it out of place. Plant and I tend to believe it. Dandy lions have been the bane of many a homeowner, including myself, however, the MNC beneficial to your health and high in vitamins A, C and K as well. Aziz Calcium iron, potassium agonies there also used to treat infections, liver problems and more. So before you mow down all those dandy lions or pick them out of the ground and cursed, Um, maybe you should, you know, use the leaves and a salad and and use them for your benefit. Nettle or stinging nettle is also well known. We that's hugely beneficial in the garden. When you soak the leaves and water for a few weeks and make a tea, it's super effective fertiliser for your plants. It's also good for you. It's been used treat urinary tract problems, skin problems and the flu. What more reasons to plant healing herbs in your garden? They attract beneficial insects, including pollinators, and they keep pests away. Plus, they're great. Space fillers that grow fast can cover up any bald spots you have in your garden 4. Healing Garden Lesson 3: welcome to lessen. Three in this lesson will go over where to plant went to harvest and how to dry and store your healing plants, as I mentioned, unless the one you complaint your healing plants anywhere in the grounds and a pot, or both, if you wish because these plants tend to be great companions for other plants, it's a good idea to mix them in with your other vegetables and flowers. However, if you like things more tidy and organized by Allah Me and separate them from the others, the benefit of putting them in containers is that you can keep them inside or on a decker porch. Well, you'll have easier access to them when you need them. You can also move them around to follow the sunshine or experiment to find the best location. Containers also help control the spread in height of plants. Ah, plant won't grow bigger than its pot. The moving it to a bigger pot every year is a good idea to keep it from getting root bound . I have plants in the garden and in containers. Sometimes I feel too lazy toe walk 100 feet to my garden to pick out what I need. So those things to have them within 10 feet of the kitchen. How to grow them? Well, you have three options. Younger your plants from seed. Propagate them from starts you've taken from the plants you have, or from those of friends or family, or hitting the plant nursery to pick up starts there. Some plants that grow quickly and our best from seeds. Colangelo's one that comes to mind. Just spread the seeds over your soil through a bit of dirt on top and will start sprouting within a few weeks. And you'll keep getting new plants as the flowers die off. If you don't dead head. Hm. Even after you pull out the dried plants in the fall in the winter, you'll see sprouts where they were the following spring. Propagating is a cheaper way to fly because the cuttings air free. That is, unless you have a super stingy fried to charges you purse break lavender, mint and thyme or herbs that grow best from cuttings. Simply use a clean pair of scissors and cut a sprig in either sick in water or in a small pot with soil. After a few weeks, given mitad to see if you have roots. Starts of the easiest option. Go to your local plant nursery, pick up a number of starts that you want and go home and plant. Um, there's no guesswork. You don't have to play the game of Wieder sprout in the garden. You know everything that you want is there because you want it there for Mayer pot and went with starts. Here you can see my little gardener investigating the camel meal. There. He's possibly just ripping it up. Probably a little bit of ALS years and tips for harvesting your herbs. These apply when you're cutting sprigs to propagate as well. Always use clean scissors or hand pruners. With some plants like Cam A meal or Kal Angela, you have to hand pick the buds. Others, like lavender, mint, thyme or rosemary. You should use scissors or hand printers. This helps prevent the spread of plant diseases and causes less damage to the plant itself . Harvest in the morning, when the herbs are at their peak. Most plants are at their peak with the do. Other flowers like Colangelo should wait until the mid morning, maybe midday, when the dew has evaporated. When should you harvest? Flowers should be harvested when the blooms air totally open, that's when they're at their most potent. Plants like lavender can be harvested when the flowers have just opened. Try to cut above the woody growth on the stem for the remaining herbs and plants like Mitt or al. Oh, you can cut them at any time or whenever you need them. There are several ways to dry your herbs now. You don't necessarily need to dry them, however, if you pull a large harvest, it's smart to dry them so that you can use them in the future and they maintain their potency. You can hang them upside down to dry, remove the leaves from the bottom two inches of the stock and tie a bunch of the springs together, say 10 or so, depending on the fullness of the stem, and hang them in a cool, dark place with good air circulation. Air circulation is key, or else you under with a bunch of moldy, nasty herbs. Check on them in about a week or so, maybe two weeks to make sure they're driving drying evenly for flowers. It's best to drive them flat on cheesecloth or on an old window screen. This will help air circulate beneath the flowers so they dry evenly. You can also use a food dehydrator if you have one or even your oven. If you set it to about 100 degrees, this will take much less time than drying them upside down. If you're in a pinch for time, this may be your best bet for all herb. Store them in a cool, dark place in an airtight container labeled them with the name of the herb and the date you drive thumb. All right. Now that you have the basics of planting, harvesting and drying down, let's make our bath teas. 5. Healing Garden Lesson 4: in this lesson will finally get into making our herbal bath sees. This is super easy, and it's something you can even do with your kids. Hi. So now we've gotten this far, we're going to make our bath teas. So here I have the Muslim bath bags. These are not these mountain reserves. You can also get on the on the Amazon. Um, you can reuse the's just Thurman the wash Well done Serves, obviously. But after that, third them in the wash, she's magainin re fellow. They make disposable ones that are kind of like smaller t dies with their big um, you can use for your time to use to um yeah, it doesn't say something else about these, but will probably come back to me. I also have are essential oils. I have lavender healing, you laying great fruit, eucalyptus and lemon, and I have our herbs. Now these air, mostly dry dried herbs you can use dry rubs, use pressures that is early manner. You get essentially the same benefits. The benefit of using the dryer does that they store longer in. So if you want to make a bath tea today or you want to make it. You know, three weeks from now, it doesn't really matter, because you still of Europe's there. So let's get started. Let's do our lavender one. So this is a relaxing one. Um, I have some older dried lavender flowers. They're really tiny. And then I have the bigger flowers that I couldn't get the individual flowers off of. Well, it's not that I couldn't I was just a bit lazy doing it so you can use fresh lavender, Dr Lavender, Make sure wolf like I'm using so we'll just fill the bag and get it all over the all over the desk. Um, I don't love it more. How full you make these bags is completely up to you. Um, right there, they made mine about well, almost to the top. So they will throw in some essential oils. I'm gonna throw an extra lavender for a bit more of a kick, so throw some lavender in there, and then it's on you and you're lying to take the edge off so much lavender and just to make it at a nice little fruity kick. Pretty floor. Okay. None of these we will pull the string and then there you go. So you can stick this right in the top. Excuse me. You stick this right in the top, or you can put it on the faucet of you knows the water's coming down will hit this. And then you get the the benefit of the the fragrant lavender blossoms in the air. So So now we're going to do You are refreshing. Empty using minutes and some a Citrus twist with some great for and luminous and oil eso. We're gonna fill this with some dry men you can use freshman Teoh. It doesn't really matter. Mint is so great. If you have water, you can six and mint leaves and have a nice little kick. I, like throw cement. Live with my lemonade for my iced tea. Sick of it a little. It's work. No ready. So about yeah, again, a little bit fuller. There's a limited. He's about five or six drops. Something to too heavy. Um, you can make the difference. Essential oils used. You want it may be used more. Last, depending on what you have, it's another ego. Tie it up and there is your refreshing 50. Finally, we're gonna make a bath Tea for when you have a cold, you feel the symptoms of a cold coming on. Or maybe you're just feeling really congested and yucky. Um, we have some time. Time is really great for when you're feeling a bit under the weather. Uh, this is isn't as dry as I would like it to be, but it's dry enough again. You can use fresh thyme or dried time. Doesn't really matter. It all smells great and, well, clear your sciences. Make your head feel less full, if you will. Oops, the stragglers. So this one again is filled almost to the top. A little bit of space so I can close it. And then, well, here's money right there. So I'm gonna add some lemon essential oil and some eucalyptus essential oil. Now, eucalyptus is good for clearing any congestion. And if you feel a bit stuffed up in the chest or stuffed up here and it's making it really difficult for you to breathe, then take a weapon. You collect us, you know, clear everything are in it for you look including lemon, because it's really clean. And I mean, I guess it might remind a lot people of cleaning products because women is in a lot of cleaning products. But it's really nice. And it's just a nice little thing. Toe added to, uh, your bath tea. This just happier, You know when you feel so I kind of wanna I feel a bit happier for at least feel less rough . Put it in about five drops of that seal it shut. Then that is good for when you feel really terrible. But you know, some sort of sickness and just want to get back. I feel a lot better. So again, stick it, pop it in your time in the water, or you can put it on the faucet and let the water kind of run on it minutes. Good to go. So what if you don't have a bathtub or what if you just don't want to take a full bath, But you want the benefits. Maybe you want to relax your feet and and rewards your feet for keeping you upright all day . Especially if you are. If you have a job where you're on your feet, always have, like you're a waitress or a bank teller. Whatever, um, you make these smaller. Crafty is now. I got these bags actually found in my piles of craft stuff. You probably these are made of polyester. You could probably find something that's made of more natural fibers, if that's what you want. Um, fill these little bags up these air probably about two inches by three inches. Um, as opposed to the full bath tea bag, which is about five by seven. So these are a lot smaller, filling up with herbs, time shut. Stick him in the water when you fill it up for and love faucet when you fill up your bowl of water and then you'll have all the great benefits of a full bath tea but smaller, more compact from size, if you off. So that's it. I hope you enjoy the class and, you know, experiment with all different herbs that you have in the garden. If you want to have a pretty floral smelling bath, hit the roses. If he ever does, is if your neighbor has roses and it doesn't mind you snatching a few petals. Um, Stephan Experiment. Enjoy yourself by