Hummingbird Sage

Salvia coccinea Salvia, ‘Texas Hummingbird Sage’ Also called: Scarlet Sage, Tropical Sage, Blood Sage, Red Sage, Indian Fire Lamiaceae (Mint Family) along with oregano, rosemary, basil and thyme I love growing this pink and orange-colored flower, which I got at our local farmers market as it was touted a native, local plant which could bring butterflies and pollinators to our garden. It has done wonderfully well in our partially shaded, urban planter garden. The flowers and leaves are great in salads with other herbs we have on hand like mint, lemon balm, oregano, or chives. It can be thrown onto baked … Continue reading Hummingbird Sage

Homemade yakisoba, miso soup, and herbal tea for the flu

On vacation, I picked up several souvenirs, including a flu bug. So lots and lots of sleep, miso soup, yakisoba, and herbal tea for me. The miso mix is from our local Japanese store, just add water.  Yakisoba is made by slicing up egg omelets, sliced cabbage, and cooked mung/rice/potato noodles, with soy sauce to taste. The herbal tea contains nasturtium pods (think mini-bites of wasabi), lemon verbena leaves, orange juice, oregano and goji berries.  Just because that is what we have. Anything spicy to help me drain so I can have my head back. Continue reading Homemade yakisoba, miso soup, and herbal tea for the flu

Nasturtium Lavender Parsley Tea

Ah the snappy taste of nasturtiums – flowers, seed pods, which can be pickled, and leaves. It leaves a warm afterglow going down to the tummy. So good for you. Pair with the sweet aroma of lavender, and the digestive aide of parsley. I made a tea by steeping leaves and flowers of all three to stave off the sniffles from spring pollens, which are really thick around here right now. Nasturtiums (Botanical Name: Tropaeolum majus, origination is South America) contain a lot of vitamin C, and have antibiotic and antimicrobial properties, without harming the intestinal biome. They are known to help turn away colds, … Continue reading Nasturtium Lavender Parsley Tea