I'd like to talk about how I winter over and how I use warm months to help get through the coming cold months. Bringing in herbs can help warm your home up by their beauty and stamina. A trait I admire in the plant world.
As a complete aside - I am lover of all things winter - I ski, snowshoe and play as much as I can in the cold months. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the darkness - which leads me to share this:
Winter brings cold, stillness and almost a loss. This is where summer or the warmer months come into play. Our garden harvests can be brought inside - either as dried herbs or by transplanting.
If transplanting -
Choose 1 or 2 herbs that were in the ground or in containers, bring them inside and you have the beginnings of a strong winter warmth. If dried, let them sit for approximately 3 weeks, then remove from stems and store them in a jar. These can be added, as needed to any food choices you need.
Good choices to transplant/container are parsley, rosemary they will winter over nicely. Give them a sunny window a little drink once a week and they will be fine.
Basil does not winter over easily but sometimes they produce up February. In February things start to swing back. mmm...
If you bring herbs in -
Any container herb can come in during the winter and will go dormant in the winter, water every week or 2, because they need to sleep and grow strong. They will tell you when it's time to water more - you will see new growth, a shoot here or there or the ever loving new bloom!
There is a unique difference between the plant and the essential oil that I would like to share:
This is the Rosemary I have brought in - 2 plants that are sitting in a sunny window. Fresh Rosemary is a great herb to add to many winter meals - chili, stew, soups. It can be safely used unless you have a previous sensitivity to the herb.
Rosemary essential oil that has been distilled, it's potency will be, as with all Practitioner grade Essential Oils, much more intense than the herb . It is recommended to start slow and research.
Rosemary EO is great Immune support, Respiratory Support and Nervous system. It may stimulate memory and may help clear the conscious mind. Caution is required as this oil is not recommended for pregnant women or folks with high blood pressure on medication - it is a great oil to help with low blood pressure. It helps tremendously when there is transition occurring - a new home, new school, relationship.
Essential Oils are wonderful powerhouses to help in so many ways. Different than an herb or flower's strength and each has it's purpose. If you have any questions or want to ask more in depth questions or just have a conversation - send me an email. I'm growing my herbal collection and learning daily - just like a lot of us.
In the words of favorite person - Love and Light