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Shipards Herb Farm - Newsletter May 2012

Colours in the Garden Everywhere!!

Put together by Aleisha and Isabell

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This Newsletter shares data about herbs, and how people have used them, and other information to encourage us.

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Information about Herbs and properties of plants...

Jerusalem Artichoke flowers
Jerusalem Artichoke flowers (Helianthus tuberosa)
Jerusalem Artichoke flowers (Helianthus tuberosa) A hardy deciduous plant, 1-2 metres tall, with bright yellow daisy flowers. Propagation is by the tuber, which is low in starch and a rich source of vitamins A, B, C and inulin. Eat tuber raw (it is crisp and crunchy with a nutty flavour), or add to cooked dishes. The plant has many medicinal uses. The inulin content of the tubers makes them a practical food for diabetics. Also, it is a valuable food for strengthening the lungs, and relieving bronchitis, catarrh and asthmatic conditions. Anyone who suffers with lack of energy or chronic fatigue would benefit with adding it to their diet. A folk remedy for treating gallstones used the leaves of the plant, making a decoction of 4 cupfuls of chopped fresh leaves and 4 cups of water. Bring to the boil and simmer 4 minutes. Let stand overnight, then strain, and drink ˝ cup of the liquid before breakfast, lunch and evening meal. Keep the prepared tea in the refrigerator. Take this tea for 10 days.

A recipe to relieve arthritis and rheumatic joint pain is made with 4 teaspoons of chopped fresh leaves and 1 cup of boiling water, infused for 5 minutes, strained and drink this amount daily. Petals of the flowers can also be eaten for rheumatism and arthritis, and they do make an attractive garnish on a meal.

Sweet Tarragon
Sweet Tarragon (Tagedes lucida)
Sweet Tarragon (Tagedes lucida) flowers provide wonderful vivid colour in the garden, and a taste treat of leaves and flowers.

Sweet tarragon is related to French tarragon, with both herbs belonging to the Asteracea family. While French tarragon is a very traditional flavouring herb in white sauce to serve over chicken and beef, and also mixed with butter to have on vegetables, the sweet tarragon which is much easier to grow, can be used similarly.

Nibble on sweet tarragon leaves and flowers when tempted to snack on chocolates, and try chopped leaves sprinkled over breakfast cereal.

Sweet tarragon leaves, in a fruit salad
Sweet tarragon leaves, in a fruit salad
Sweet tarragon leaves, in a fruit salad, become a wonderful taste sensation; or chop finely and add to whipped cream. Leaves of sweet tarragon make a stimulating and enjoyable tea.

Freeze sweet tarragon leaves and the bright yellow flowers in ice cubes trays with water for an interesting flavour in cold drinks.

Tarragon is an essential ingredient in sauces, such as bernaise, hollandaise and tartare, and is also an essential ingredient in anchovy sauce.

Tarragon and Anchovy Sauce Recipe
24 fillets unsalted anchovies (if salted, soak overnight in milk)
2 tablesp. olive oil
1 level tablesp. plain flour
250g butter
2 tablesp. fresh chopped tarragon.
Wash anchovies in cold water. Mash them with a mortar and pestle; slowly add olive oil. Melt butter, sprinkle flour on top and cook until golden. Slowly add the anchovies. Remove from the heat, blend to a smooth paste and add the chopped tarragon. Serve over grilled fish, barbecued steaks or fillets of fried chicken.

White Mullein
White Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
White Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) also called Great Mullein, Kings Candles, Torches, Candlewick Plant. A hardy biennial 1 - 2 metres tall with large grey/green velvety leaves.

These velvety leaves are what gave the plant its common name of mullein, which is derived from Latin  mollos which means soft. The flower stem is usually one strong upright stalk covered with many creamy/yellow fragrant flowers. Recently at the Herb Farm, our 2 year old plant decided to flower in February/March during several weeks of heavy rainfall. The stem started to lean over, and next thing, I noticed, that the single flower stem developed another 6 upward stems from the bent stem& as you can see from the picture on the left.

White Mullein leaves
White Mullein leaves (Verbascum thapsus)
Propagation of mullein is by seeds, which can be viable for a number of years.

Black Mullein (Verbascum nigra) is in the same family, and similar uses and similar in appearance, except that the leaves are not velvety, but smooth and dark green.

Leaves and flowers of these 2 mullein species, made as a tea, have been revered throughout history; having an affinity for relieving ailments of the respiratory system, including bronchial coughs, catarrh, and mucus congestion; also for conditions of pain and cramps, and for strengthening the glandular and nervous system. Mullein is also used for liver, gall and bowel disorders.

Young leaves of black mullein are eaten in salads. Flowers are pleasant to eat, and slightly mucilaginous. Add to coleslaws, tossed salads and use as a garnish. The flowers of the black mullein can be carefully pulled off the stem without any green base attached, and surprise ... the flower is not really a five petalled flower at all, but actually a 1 petal disk with 5 scallops.

Other uses: For anyone, who enjoys the creativity of floral art, the dried stems with round seed capsules of the black mullein, look most decorative in their natural colour or spray painted gold, bronze or black, for fresh or dried arrangements or craft work.

Black Mullein (Verbascum nigra) is in the same family, and similar uses and similar in appearance, except that the leaves are not velvety, but smooth and dark green.

Leaves and flowers of these 2 mullein species, made as a tea, have been revered throughout history; having an affinity for relieving ailments of the respiratory system, including bronchial coughs, catarrh, and mucus congestion; also for conditions of pain and cramps, and for strengthening the glandular and nervous system. Mullein is also used for liver, gall and bowel disorders.

Young leaves of black mullein are eaten in salads. Flowers are pleasant to eat, and slightly mucilaginous. Add to coleslaws, tossed salads and use as a garnish. The flowers of the black mullein can be carefully pulled off the stem without any green base attached, and surprise ... the flower is not really a five petalled flower at all, but actually a 1 petal disk with 5 scallops.

Other uses: For anyone, who enjoys the creativity of floral art, the dried stems with round seed capsules of the black mullein, look most decorative in their natural colour or spray painted gold, bronze or black, for fresh or dried arrangements or craft work.

Betel leaf
Betel leaf (Piper sermentosum)
Betel leaf (Piper sermentosum)

The plant can grow to 60cm tall, with large glossy leaves. It is a hardy perennial which has medicinal and culinary uses.

The leaves have a mild pungent flavour, and are used raw, and cooked.

A traditional way of preparing the leaves is as a wrapping for spiced minced meat and other morsels. In Thailand, these wraps are a favourite snack, using an assortment of fillings, like peanuts, shrimps, shallots with lime and raw ginger.

Because the leaves are so attractive, they are often used as a base for decorating platters, with foods arranged on top. The white flower spikes develop into seed/fruit that looks a little like a green/brown mulberry when ripe and can be eaten; it is a tasty morsel of sweet jelly-like pulp.

Betel leaf Wrap
Betel leaf Wrap (Piper sermentosum)
Betel Leaf Wrap Recipe:
500g peeled and chopped prawns
100g crushed toasted peanuts
300g sprouts
Thumb sized piece of ginger finely diced
Juice from half a lime
Two sprigs of spring onions finely copped
Half a cup of chopped coriander leaves
5 drops of sesame oil
1 rounded teaspoon palm sugar warmed to melted stage
1 cup cooked rice
Fresh Betel Leaves

Steamed version: Combine all ingredients and mix gently but thoroughly before scooping onto betel leaves. Wrap approximately 1 teaspoon of mixture in each leaf and place in steamer. Steam lightly and serve with dipping sauces.
Raw leaf version: Lightly cook ginger, peanuts and spring onions and add remaining ingredients for only a few minutes until prawns are cooked. Add coriander leaves and wrap in younger raw leaves a teaspoon at a time.
Medicinal uses: In Malaysian culture the leaves are used for headaches, arthritis and joint pain. In other parts of the world like Thailand and China the roots are crushed and blended with salt to relieve toothache. In Indonesia leaves are chewed with betel nut, and the masticated juice swallowed for relief from coughs and asthma. Also, it is valued as a natural antibiotic and drunk as a tea regularly to benefit health. Make a tea with 10 large leaves (finely chopped) to 1 cup of boiling water, steep for 5-10 minutes. The tea is traditionally drunk to keep the body free of unpleasant smells of perspiration and menstrual odour. The herb is also valued as a tea for keeping teeth and gums strong and healthy.

Poisonous Plants...

As we all need to be come more aware of edible plants in our neighbourhood, people are becoming interested in weeds and often ask if various plants are edible. Recently, Steven brought a weed for identification and to ask if it is edible.

Queensland Asthma Weed
Queensland Asthma Weed  (Euphorbia hirta)
The plant was Queensland Asthma Weed (Euphorbia hirta) a prolific-seeding annual to 20cm tall, which grows in many areas of Queensland, and no doubt other Australian states; and also in Africa, South East Asia and Central America. This is definitely not a weed to eat as it has a white sap.

The plant belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family and there are over 2000 Euphorbia varieties, and many are regarded as very toxic to ingest. In some types of Euphorbia the white latex in the stem can be quite toxic to the skin and eyes; eg. eyes and skin can become irritable, inflamed or feel a burning sensation.

With a name like Queensland Asthma Weed, I investigated the use for asthma. The book, Australian Medicinal Plants by E.V. Lassak and T. McCarthy gave the method of preparing the leaves as a decoction taken three times a day; but then, at the end of the paragraph added; there are reports, though, that it is not always effective in the treatment of asthma.
My suggestion, is that there are many other herbs that would merit using for asthma and other respiratory conditions, rather than this white sapped Euphorbia species.

Balloon Cotton Bush or Wild Cotton
Balloon Cotton Bush, also called Wild Cotton
Another plant with white sap that is toxic to humans and also animals is the Balloon Cotton Bush, also called Wild Cotton, (Gomphocarpus physocarpus; syn. Asclepias physocarpa, Asclepias semilunata).

It is a bush 1 metre tall, with thin leaves to 10 cm long, white/pink flowers, followed by the inflated balloon-like fruit 5-7 cm long and covered with soft spines. The balloon is full of black seeds and silky tufts of white hairs, which can disperse in the wind.
Although a native to South Africa, it certainly has made itself at home in Australia. At the Herb Farm, we have had people request plants and seeds, of this plant, as it is a food source for the caterpillars of Danaus butterflies, and is a specific Monarch butterfly food and habitat plant.

After the Monarch caterpillar has metamorphosed into a butterfly, the alkaloids from the sap they ingested from the plant are retained in the butterfly, making it unpalatable to predators. Balloon Cotton Bush is a preferred food for caterpillars of the Wanderer Butterfly but they do not control the plant.
So if you would like to see more of these beautiful butterflies around and to know you have played a hand in helping them, you can grow the Balloon Cotton Bush, but best to nip off maturing seed/balloons before they disperse everywhere.

Butterflies play an important part in pollination of our food plants. The conservation of monarchs will benefit pollinators and many other plants and animals.

Monarch butterflies use resources common to a large number of pollinators, and the size of their population therefore reflects, in part, the health of the environment for pollinators in general. The security and stability of our food sources and ecosystems are dependent on healthy pollinator populations, and conserving monarchs will protect the habitats for an abundance of species.

For further interesting information on Monarch butterflies:



and a wonderful site for children, go to


Gidee-gidee  (Abrus precatorius)
Gidee-gidee (Abrus precatorius) is a native to Australia, a legume climber with small pink pea flowers, opens its 3cm pods, that form in a cluster of 15 or more pods to show off very eye-catching shiny round, red seeds (with a black spot). Each pod holds 2 4 seeds ˝ cm in diameter. Do not be tempted to try these colourful seeds, as one seed contains sufficient poison (abrin) to kill an adult.

So, gidee-gidee is definitely one legume plant to leave alone.

Kangaroo Apple
Kangaroo Apple  (Solanum aviculare)
Kangaroo Apple (Solanum aviculare) is an Australian native bush tucker plant, a perennial bush to 1 metre tall, with dark green lance-shaped leaves (or leaves may also be lobed), flowers are star-shaped with lavender coloured petals and yellow centres, and may set all year round.

Reference books on native plants say that the plant will grow in temperate climates. Leaves and un-ripe fruit are toxic. The 2cm long fruit must be dark orange in colour to be fully ripe, and can then be eaten. Sunshine Coast Regional Council are using this plant in re-vegetation, no doubt because of the plant s hardiness.

The common name of  Kangaroo Apple is a misnomer. The fruits are not eaten by kangaroos, nor do they taste like apples.
The fruit pulp is slightly sweet, with a slight bitter after-taste (due to the presence of the alkaloid solanine).
Tim Low in his book  Wild Food Plants of Australia states that in the Soviet Union and Hungary, kangaroo apples are farmed for the alkaloid, which is extracted from the plant to make contraceptive pills.

And for a weed that is edible...

Flick Weed
Flick Weed (Cardamine hirsuta)
Flick Weed (Cardamine hirsuta) is a common weed that just thrives in damp and shady spots. It is very fast growing 5  10 high; from germination to seeding in 4 weeks.

Flick Weed
Flick Weed (Cardamine hirsuta)
When the seed pods are mature, they have an amazing ability to flick their seeds over a wide area, therefore, it is best, to arrest this weed and eat it. The leaves, flowers and seeds have a mild peppery flavor, which compliments sandwiches, salads and as a garnish. It is a member of the cabbage family.

Radish sprouts
Radish sprouts
Radish sprouts taste just like radishes and will get hotter the longer they are left to grow. Radishes are a valuable source of vitamins (including folic acid), minerals, and phytochemicals, that can provide a zesty accent to salads, pitta bread, soups and dips.

The sprouts are powerful expectorants that help to clear mucous from the respiratory tract and give relief from colds, coughs, sinus congestion, asthma and bronchitis. Made as a poultice, by blending up the sprouts (or even using seeds or leaves of mature radishes) and placed over the chest, can help to ease congestion, and also help relieve rheumatic pain when placed over knees, wrists and shoulders.

Glucosinolate, one of the phytochemicals in radish sprouts, is found to be very powerful, and breaks down in the body to isothiocyanates, in a highly concentrated form, which works to neutralise toxins and eliminate them from the body. These isothiocyanates are formed when we chew the radish sprouts, and the cells of the sprouts are broken down. This action mixes the glucosinolates with a plant enzyme called myrosinase. Researchers have found, that the mechanism by which isothiocyanates can act to protect against cancer is by increasing the body s Phase II bio-transformation enzymes. This Phase II enzyme function induces detoxifying enzymes that join together with ingested carcinogens and has the intensity and the power to accelerate the removal of carcinogens from the human body.

In July 2006, Channel 9 gave a news coverage entitled  Natural Wonder Weapons in Fight Against Cancer with research done in Queensland by a Department of Primary Industries physiologist, who found that the phytochemical in radish sprouts, literally, can flush out cancer-causing elements. It was found that radish sprouts were 4 - 5 times more potent than broccoli sprouts, which were previously found in research to have this same action. All of the brassica vegetables, like cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, Brussels sprouts, mustard, rocket, turnip, horseradish, kale and wasabi, contain plant chemicals that convert to isothiocyanates when we chew them. Research has shown that, as sprouts, they have more cancer blocking potential than the same plants as mature vegetables. This is because of the differences in their content of beneficial phytochemicals. When we eat radishes ... as radish sprouts, research findings have found them to be 50 times more powerful than when eaten as a fully-grown radishes. This research, indicated, we need to eat one cup of fresh radish sprouts a week to literally flush out cancer-causing elements and neutralise any carcinogens eaten or inhaled from environmental toxins, including cigarette smoke. (Note; the last 2 paragraphs are from the 2nd Edition of the Sprout book, which was printed after the above research was released to the media).

How can I grow and use sprouts as living food? For more information on radish sprouts refer to Isabell's book "How can I grow and use sprouts as living food?"

Friends on the Sunshine Coast, watch for a new magazine, recently launched

Clean Earth Living magazine
Clean Earth Living is a monthly health and wellbeing magazine
Clean Earth Living is a monthly health and wellbeing magazine distributed to news agencies and various health food shops throughout the Brisbane/Sunshine Coast/Gympie/Cooloola region.
Clean Earth Living is all about connecting community minded people, so that we can live a more healthier, harmonious lifestyle, and work towards a healthier and greener planet.
Herbs Relate to Health
Herbs Relate to Health
Regular information articles on natural healing remedies will encourage you to try some gifts from nature to help assist you on a day to day basis.

Clean Earth Living
Isabell has been asked to be a feature writer for a monthly section on Herbs and also on Sprouts. You can pick up the Clean Earth Living Magazine from the Herb Farm $7.75 a copy.

How is your self- sufficiency garden growing?

How can I be prepared with Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods? Isabell urges people to make a commitment to establish an edible garden. Many people have shared when visiting the Herb Farm, how the Self-Sufficiency Book has encouraged and motivated them to have a wide variety of food growing, and also to get to know edible weeds. Many people once having a copy of the Self-Sufficiency Book in their home, start to put together emergency measures of food and health care items.

State Governments, are presenting on TV, the importance of disaster and emergency preparedness, against thunderstorms, floods, earthquakes, and fires.

Nicole Foss  International speaker on energy, economy and transition

Nicole Foss
Nicole Foss   International speaker
February 9th 2012, Transition Town Nambour, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, invited a large audience to hear International speaker Nicole Foss share on the topic -

Why is your local community the answer to global economic implosion?

Nicole Foss is one of those all too rare big picture people who both understands and can explain the links between the many converging factors now threatening to re-design life as we have known it, and, alerted audiences, that a decades-long credit expansion based on a credit bubble is ending. As a consequence, we are in the grip of a serious deflationary financial crisis.
Nicole said that financial bubbles have burst in the past but we have been able to recover because of the ready supply of cheap energy. This time, recovery may not be so easy due to population growth, food insecurity and political unrest, which are forming a  storm that will disrupt our whole industrial system.

Ms Foss has degrees in biology and law and has received two major university prizes. While living in the UK she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

As Nicole Foss explained,  Our vulnerability to the consequences of debt is extremely high at the moment. The scale of that debt is staggeringly large. The global credit hyper-expansion has been decades in the making... we are facing the largest economic contraction in several hundred years, and it will be global. Nicole s academic experience draws together avenues of thought from a wide variety of disciplines, allowing her to see clearly the macro-economic position the world finds itself in today, and at the same time understanding the underlying human emotions that drive economies.

Nicole laid out her argument in a carefully orchestrated and illustrated Power Point display explaining a complex subject with enviable clarity and precision of language. Her relentless logic seemed to hit home. She described the world economy as a giant  ponzi scheme built on 30 years of expanding credit since the liberalization of the major world economies in the 1980 s. This credit expansion was fueled on the way up by cheap oil energy and it has created very high levels of debt for citizens, businesses and governments.

Her argument runs that such wealth creation is largely a chimera as it is based entirely on the availability of cheap credit and property value is unrelated to its ability to generate income, or to its real underlying value. Property is at the heart of our economic peril because this property is the collateral used to expand the world wide credit system, and when the credit market dries up (as in 2008) there exist far too many claims on the underlying (and now devaluing) collateral resulting in a credit implosion, asset price deflation and the grinding to a halt of the world economy.

Nicole sees the coming depression as being deeper and longer than that of the 1930 s because we no longer have a cheap source of fuel to help us climb our way out of the hole. The cost of extracting even the vast reserves left in the world are so high that the net energy out represents little more than 40% of the reserves. That is, it costs 60% of the energy recovered just to extract itself.

All bubbles burst eventually she explained and they usually fall harder and faster than they climbed up, as they are driven by fear. She also claimed that they normally undershoot the point from which they started. This, she predicts, might see a return to asset values similar to those last seen in the 1970 s.

Nicole regards the major economies attempts to  band aid their way out of trouble through Quantitative Easing, public purchase of private banks in crisis and by offering more debt to troubled countries like Greece as dealing only with the symptoms of the disease, and not with the deep underlying problems.

Australia s unique problems include a strong reliance on international credit for property loans (at risk of a collapsing European credit market), rising oil imports, climate change, a dependency on fossil fuel derived nitrates for farming (and real soil depletion), and a vulnerability to the decline in commodity prices (now coming off their high) as the Chinese economic bubble starts to deflate.
Nicole encouraged people to pay off all debts because debt just creates a type of indenture to others, and debts will be chased for recovery.

Finally she delivered a more up beat assessment of how we can mitigate the worst of these effects. Nicole spoke at some length about how to deal with living through such a crisis in the world economy and emphasised the unique role of local community sharing and networking. She sees a key element to be that of de-centralising utilities and services (local power supply, local food supply, local government decisions/accountability, barter currencies, etc), and not to be expecting big government to produce solutions.

Building a new economy through grassroots movements like the Transition Network and building local resilience through permaculture groups is important to do now.
We must prepare right now for the onset of a period of deflation and depression. Many people are reluctant to make preparations, however, there is no time to waste.

Life after such a power-down would be slower and there would be less consumer choice but it could be better, and planning for such an event  given the constraints that will also arise through expensive fuel and ongoing climate change  is vitally important.

By experiencing such a change we will learn to value the true wealth within our lives  wealth that cannot simply be measured by a unit of currency - the Earth, our soil (where true wealth resides), relationships, family, community, the arts and our true culture.
Nicole was amazing in her capacity to speak virtually without notes and at length and in depth to all the questions asked.

From the mail box, and feed back from people...

This segment in the Newsletter, gives snippets and experiences, from other people, as it is these very 'down to earth' uses, which have given people better health. These experiences can encourage other people, to give herbs a go.

* Since reading your book  How I can use herbs in my daily life , I have a brought a Lemon Myrtle tree  Backhousia citriodora and have it growing in a pot. I used 3 leaves and cut it finely to make a pot of tea whenever we need it to stop a cough.

* Someone definitely wants to give herbs a go, he told his friend who visited the Herb Farm, He is sick and tired of being sick and tired!

* I have been enjoying the Herb Book, I think it is amazing. I m so excited to receive the Herb Robert plants and learn of the benefits of this herb. I have been using Herb Robert for 3 weeks now in a liquid form, which my herb specialist has made up for me. I couldn t move without pain and utter exhaustion, I struggled to concentrate, and be free from my lounge, I couldn t go in the sun, sleep properly, or work full time, or even stand for long period or at all in the mornings!
For the past 4 days, I have done more than I would be able to do in a month. I am having glimpses of my old life (6-7 years ago) I am so relieved and it sure does feel weird to feel relatively normal. I have had to experiment with the dose and now I know when and how much to take. I am told that the fresh leaves work best with CFS/ME, so I will wait for the seedlings and seeds to grow which I planted last week and the new batch I am currently ordering.
Thank you so much for all you do, I am totally amazed that herbs can help, and have, when nothing else has (and there is a list of what I have taken in the past). Thank you, thank you, thank you.

* I make comfrey tea twice a week for my chest. It has loosened the phlegm which I battled with for years. I eat 3 gotu kola leaves in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon, it definitely assists in better blood circulation, assisting the healing of the ulcers, leg cramps, swelling of the lower legs, better memory, much less stress, etc. I eat 3 or 4 leaves of lemon balm twice a day.
Now, I sleep much better, blood pressure better controlled, irritability much less and better controlled, etc. Herbs certainly do help.

Herb Farm SPECIALS...

During May and June 2012 Shipards Herb Farm will have specials on some herbs, self-sufficiency and survival food plants, and seeds.
click here to find out more...

Book SPECIAL available online only

Only for the month of May
Buy any 2 to 4 of the following books and dvds and get $15 off
     Coupon Code: May2012NL

How can I use HERBS in my daily life?
How can I grow and use Sprouts as living food?
How can I be prepared with Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods?
Wonderful World of Herbs! (2 DVD set)
Living Food at its Best! (2 DVD set)

This Special can only be ordered online.
(not available with any other specials)

To get $15 off, go to our Books & DVDs page and click on the buy buttons of Isabell's books and/or dvds and purchase between 2 and 4 of any combination of Isabell's books and/or dvds.
Then at the bottom of the checkout page where you put your personal details, input the above coupon number where it asks for Coupon or Discount Number.

Please Note: if you order 5 books and/or dvds this coupon will not work, but you will recieve the automatic 10% discount.

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A few things to share...

Laughter is good medicine

 Jimmy, how do you like school?  I like school okay, but not the teacher.  You don t like the teacher, why now?  Because she told me to sit in the front for the present, and then, she didn t give me the present!

A counselor was giving advice to a young man so he could gain self confidence and said,  You must avoid using negative words like can t or not. Do you think you can do that? The young man responded,  Well I can t see why not .

Some words, to ponder

Joy thrives best in soil of thankfulness.

Gratitude takes three forms; a feeling in the heart, an expression in words, and giving in return.

And in signing off...

Feel free to print out the newsletter (please think of the environment first), or forward it on the family and friends, and, they are most welcome to subscribe and become part of our wonderful "herbal family" all around the globe, who enjoy using herbs.

By sharing information about herbs and their special properties, we hold a torch to light another's pathway, and we also illuminate our own way.

Shipards Herb Farm Catalogue for Feb 2012 is now available,
please click on the following link
Shipards Herb Farm catalogue
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May your garden bring much joy, satisfaction and be a beautiful and interesting place, providing mental and physical therapy and a bountiful harvest for health and vitality.

Until next newsletter, Isabell Shipard

For any further information

on herbs and edible plants do have a look at this website, and Isabell's books. You are welcome to contact Isabell Shipard by email

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