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Keep extra liners in the bottom of trash containers making it easy to replace with a new one when emptied.

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Keep the bathmat clean longer, and provide quicker drying, drape it over the edge of tub or top of shower door.

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Ajwain (Bishop's Weed) - Butcher's Broom


Herbs N' Spices is a work in progress. Below is the information I currently have for the Herbs and Spices Akudjura, Alexanders, Alfalfa, Alkanet, Allantoin, Allspice, Aloe Vera, Anardana (Wild Pomegranate Seed), Angelica, Anise, Aniseed myrtle, Annatto, Apples, Apple Cider Vinegar, Apple mint, Artichoke, Asafoetida, Asparagus, Asarabacca, Avocado Leaf, Barberry, Basil, Basil, Lemon, Bay Leaf, Beebalm, Bergamot, Bitter Melon, Balsam Pear, Black Cohosh, Black Haw, Black Mustard, Black Walnut, Blue Fenugreek, Blue melilot, Boldo, Borage, Black Cardamom, Black Current Oil, Boneset, Brown Mustard, Borage Oil, Buchu, Burdock, Ajwain (Bishop's Weed) Butcher's Broom. Additional information will be added as time permits.

Herb List:
* Pg 1: A - B Pg 2: C Pg 3: D - H Pg 4: I - M Pg 5: N - R Pg 6: S - V Pg 7: W - Z
NameBotanical NameReplanting NeedRequirementsCommon Use

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Ajwain (Bishop's Weed) Trachyspermum ammi Annual Full Sun Loamy or Loamy-Clayey Soil CUL, HM
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Akudjura Solanum centrale        
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Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum        
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Alfalfa Medicago sativa        
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Alkanet Alkanna tinctoria        
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Allantoin Symphytum officinale        
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Allspice Pimenta dioica        
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Aloe Vera Aloe vera        
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Wild Pomegranate Seed
Punica granatum        
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Angelica Angelica archangelica Biennial Partial Shade Moist, Fertile Soil CUL, HM, OR
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Anise Pimpinella anisum Annual Full Sun/Poor Light Light, Well Drained Soil, Prefers sheltered area CUL, HM, CRA
Add Info: Used in a variety of dishes including desserts. Medicinal Anise Compounds include creosol and alpha-pinene for loosening bronchial secretions. Additional chemicals, dianethole and photoanethole are similar to estorgeon so a cup of anise tea 3 times a day may help relieve symptoms of menopause.
Aniseed myrtle Syzygium anisatum        
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Annatto Bixa orellana        
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Apples -        
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Apple Cider Vinegar -        
Add Info: Recent Research indicates Vinegar may be beneficial in stabilizing blood sugar levels in diabetics by increasing insulin sensitivity when high-carbohydrate meals are consumed. In addition taken before bedtime vinegar may reduce the waking glucose concentrations.
Apple mint Mentha suaveolens        
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Artichoke Cynarae folium        
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Asafoetida Ferula assafoetida        
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Asparagus Asparagus officinalis        
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Asarabacca Asarum europaeum        
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Avocado Leaf Peresea americana        
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Barberry Berberis vulgaris        
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Basil Ocimum basilicum Annual Full Sun Well Drained, PH: 6.5+ CUL, HM, OR, CRA
Add Info: Pick young to mature leaves perferably before the plant goes to seed (bolts) and store by freezing, drying or in jars of oil. When picking a variety to plant decide what the final intended use is. Sweet Basil and Green Bouquet are good for culinary uses. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) and Purple Ruffles (ocimum basilicum) are wonderful ornamentals. Basil is very high in vitamins and minerals.
Basil, Lemon Ocimum × citriodorum Annual Full Sun Well Drained, PH: 6.5+ OR
Add Info: Wonderful ornamental with a great lemon scent.
Bay Laurel (Bay Leaf) Laurus nobilis Very Tender Perennial, Slow Growing Full Sun to Partial Shade Well Drained Soil CUL, HM, CRA
Add Info: Bay Laurel is hardy only to zone 7 and must be maintained in a sunny window over the winter in all other zones. There are two varieties; the original variety originating in the mediterranean is best for Culinary use as the second variety known as California Bay “Umbellularia californica” is quite different in its properties, being very harsh in flavor and pungent in fragrance.
Excellent culinary addition to many dishes; meat/fish, stews/souprs and even some pudding and custards.
Beebalm (commonly pink) (Wild Bergamot, Wild Bergamot Beebalm, Wildbergamot Beebalm) Monardia fistulosa Best Purchase as a Started Plant Full Sun to Partial Shade Fertile Moist Soil CUL, HM, COS, CRA, ORN
Add Info: N America native from Maine to Georgia, west to Michigan and Ontario. Bee Balm Tea may benefit colds and sore throats. Apple jelly, fruit salads find Beebalm a good addition. An aromatic addition to any gardenalso makes it attractive to use in potpourris.
If grown in the garden divid every third year discarding center and replanting only the roots on the outer edge to prevent it dying out. Prune severly, to within an inch of the ground, as soon as the first yellow leaves appear at the bottom of the plant. This should provide two harvests, once before it blooms and again in the fall.
Bergamot (commonly red or purple) (Oswego-Tea, Scarlet Beebalm, Horsemint) Monarda didyma Best Purchase as a Started Plant Full Sun to Partial Shade Fertile Moist Soil CUL, HM, COS, CRA
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Bitter Melon, Balsam Pear Momordica charantia Can be started from seed (hard to find source) Full Sun Varied soil and Water need is average HM, CUL
Add Info: The fruit is small and is edible but other parts of the plant are considered poisonous. Hardy only in zones where the temp does not drop below 25-30 degrees. Can be invasive.
Black Cardamom Amomum subulatum, Amomum costatum        
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Black Cohosh Cimicifuga racemosa        
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Black Current Oil Ribes nigrum        
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Black Haw Viburnum rufidulum        
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Black Mustard Brassica nigra        
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Black Walnut Juglans nigra        
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Blue Fenugreek, Blue melilot Trigonella caerulea        
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Boldo Peumus boldus        
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Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum        
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Brown Mustard Brassica juncea        
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Borage Borago officinalis Annual Full Sun Poor Soil PH 6.1-7.5 CUL
Add Info: Draws Bees, Hummingbirds and Wasps to the garden, and may deter hornworms and cabbage worms when planted as a companion to tomato and squash plants. Long term continuous use of Borage may cause liver damage and those with liver damage should avoid its use.
Borage Seed Oil Borago officinalis       Extract from Seeds of the Borage Plant
Add Info: Good source of gamma-linolenic acid, GLA. Considered an effective treatment for PMS and menopause symptoms but must be taken for at least 6-8 weeks before results will be seen.
Buchu Agathosma Betulina        
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Burdock Arctium lappa        
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Butcher's Broom Ruscus aculeatus        
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