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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Recession Garden

No, this is not a marijuana plant.

We are growing aromatic herbs:

Bee Balm has a long history of use as a medicinal plant by Native Americans. It contains a strong antiseptic property from Thyrol and can be used as an herbal tea (some mouthwash formulas use it as an active ingredient).

Oregano (an anglicized form of the Italian word "origano") is in the mint family. It is native to Europe's Mediterranean region and southern/central Asia. It works well with spicy foods and is a primary spice for pizza. Oregano grew in popularity in the US when WWII soldiers returned with a pizza craving.

We still need to make trips to Trader Joe's for the basic food staples, but our suburban "recession garden" and it is doing quite well.