Chamomile

Chamomile is an herb that has been used for thousands of years for many ailments including gas, diarrhea, stomach upset, sleeplessness, and anxiety. It can also be used topically for certain skin lesions. The Chamomile plant has flowering tops and these are what are used for making tea and other her…

A Gift of California White Wine

A gift of wine is a lovely gift for any occasion and suitable for almost anyone. Although French wine is considered supreme, many can be out of reach for the average gift budget. California wines are a good alternative, both in price and quality.

European countries like France have been famous for …

Asafoetida

Asafoetida has been also referred to as the “Food of the Gods.” The main part of this plant that is used is the resin which makes up a volatile oil. The history of this herb is amazing as it was used frequently back in time by Alexander the Great for flavoring. That was back in 4 B.C. still in ear…

Cilantro

Cilantro is a very fast growing herb which can be grown just about anywhere. It is a relative of the carrot family and is sometimes called Chinese parsley and Coriander. Cilantro actually is the leaves and stems of the Coriander plant.

It has a very strong unique odor and is relied on heavily for M…

Wine Gift Accessory Options

Giving a bottle of wine as a gift is a nice idea but many people are uncertain of which wine to choose. Also it can seem redundant to purchase wine for a wine lover when you know that several others will be giving similar gifts. Fortunately there are other options to give a wine gift that will stand…

Rosemary

Rosemary is a relative to the mint family and the name is derived from its Latin origin to mean “dew of the sea.” Rosemary is very common in Mediterranean cuisine and has somewhat of a bitter astringent taste to it. While that is true it compliments oily foods very nicely. A tisane can be made fro…

Marjoram

Marjoram is the dried leaves from an herbal plant called the Origanium hortensis. The name Marjoram is a Greek word that means “Joy of the Mountain.” Ancient Greeks believed that if Marjoram grew on a grave that person would enjoy eternal happiness. The taste of Marjoram is a bit sweeter than that…

Basil

Originally, Basil was not the most popular herb in the bunch. Actually there were some who simply hated it, mainly the ancient people. The name basil means “be fragrant” but still various cultures battled with a love hate relationship over basil. Americans and Romans loved it while Hindus plant it…

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is an aromatic herb that has properties that provide great relief as a decongestant and an expectorant. For centuries Vick’s which is made as a Eucalyptus rub is applied to the back and chest of a person who has a common cold or any other respiratory distress. It is known to loosen the m…

Napa Valley Wine Tour is Incredible Gift

If you want an outstanding gift for that special wine lover, perhaps you should think about combining a gift of travel with their love of wine. A wine tour to the Napa Valley in California would fit the bill very nicely. With it’s enjoyable weather and gorgeous scenery, the Napa Valley is a beautif…