Hello again!!

 

Hope everyone spent some of their time all week becoming aware of the dance of wildflowers and honey bees, either in their gardens or in some of our great national parks!

I meant to continue last week by mentioning some of the best plants/flowers that attract the honey bees, but I ran out of time and space.

So, this is sort of a continuation of last week’s blog, so that we can identify/discuss the best herbs, plants in general, to grow –if we have a small garden—in order to attract the bees.  I want to also mention, to begin with, that even if you don’t have a large space to grow herbs etc at your house, a row of ceramic pots with various aromatic, spicy, whatever (!) plants growing in them, will also definitely attract those sweetness loving bees out there!

So I actually first checked the web, to learn what bees love, and I can’t believe what I first found!

Quoting:   “sweet clover, thistle, alfalfa, and dandelion are the bees preferred plants…

“But these are Eurasian plants–i.e. European/Asian– plants, which are special to European or Asian bees, and also, they are too weedy for flower beds.”

Wow! Then it must be that our bees on this farm are European bees, because these are exactly the sort of foods the bees here go after!

  • Thistles abound on this farm on their own. They are especially happy close to the pond.
  • Wild Dandelion plants surround the beehives, where we do NOT mow so as not to disturb them. Dandelion root is high in Iron, and it also has shown Estrogenic qualities. Its leaves are highly nutritious, and, though slightly bitter, make a great tea which supports the Urinary System—the bitter quality also indicates that it’s a great Diuretic! Its roots are great: I dry them for 3-4 weeks, and use them for tea as well: they are specifically enhancing for the Liver.
  • Sweet Clover grows rampant all over this farm. I do make a tea with it, I love its flavor. It has also been used as a strong anti-inflammatory, but this use has sort of lost popularity in modern times.
  • Alfalfa, ah! that’s an herb I love and use for ourselves as well, in teas primarily, so I grow it around the garden at the back of the house. Actually, Alfalfa is a perennial, so once it gets going, you will have it for many years after. Needless to say, it multiplies and spreads on its own. Alfalfa is a highly nutritious herb, with lots of C, D, E and K vitamins. Alfalfa sprouts make a great addition to morning cereals, and as a tea. It is also highly anti-inflammatory, and it is also estrogenic.

So, if you have a bit of a garden near your house, try growing some of these plants, they are not demanding, and will always in the spring and summer provide you with very nutritious teas.

In the late fall, you can even dig up 4-5 plants, use the remaining leaves, but also dry the roots and use them for teas throughout the winter.

I use both the leaves AND the roots of the Dandelion plant to also make a tincture, great for the liver.

Enjoy!

If you have questions on any of the above herbs and their use, please contact me:

Ask Charoula about Herbs

All answers are posted on our website E-Wellness.com, on the following Friday.

Thanks for reading!

Charoula Dontopoulos
Certified Herbalist
Holistic Health Advisor
BC Polarity Therapy Practitioner