• Thyme

    The past week here in the Pacific Northwest was one of cold nights and crystal clear days. It made for fine outdoor work weather and I joined in with Tim, the creative genuis building rock walls and steps in our garden. Suzanne split wood and weeded in the garden while we moved stones into place. Actually the creative part was left entirely to Tim while I did what I could to keep him supplied with the materials he needed. It is a pure joy to watch someone create something of great beauty out of ancient stone. The careful placement of rock has done wonders to display the many plants we introduced to the garden through the summer and fall.
    As he completes each stage of his work we are going back and planting different varities of thyme on the walls and by the flagstone steps. It is a new education for us in terms of thyme and all its varities. There are so many combinations of colors of flowers, foliages and fragances and we are looking forward to planting as many as we can to bring the garden a feeling of age and grace

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  • Yarrow

    Suzanne and I send our kind greetings with hopes that you may all be enjoying the company of family and friends as the Winter Soltice approaches.
    Interspersed with the Aromatic Database Newsletters will be a number of other newsletters highlighting some special topic. Todays is on Achillea/Milfoil/Yarrow.
    This wonderful healing plant is found growing wild extensively throughout the world and the cultivated varieties are great favorites in home gardens. Here on the Olympic Pensinsula the wild growing white flowered Achillea millifolium displays its great tenacity, power and vigor in that one can still find it sporadically blooming in the midst of December. This area was once solely populated by the Native American people and was an important part of their traditions as it was amongst many tribes throughout North America. A few of its key uses amongs the Native Americans are highlighted below.

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  • Lime

    Lime - Citrus aurantifolia. The smallest of the citrus family, the lime gained fame after the Naval Surgeon, James Lind, produced his Treatise on Scurvy in 1754, advocating the use of the fruit, together with its cousins, in naval rations to prevent the disease, which is caused by a vitamin C deficiency. However, it was not until 1795, a year after his death, that Lord Hood added it to sea rations, earning the sailors and, eventually all Britons, the ‘Limey’ tag in America. However, the Dutch had already discovered the same benefits some 200 years earlier, when they introduced a mixture of lime and lemon juice for use on their longer sea voyages, the lemon being richer in vitamin C than the lime.

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  • Vanilla CO2 Part 1

    History and Botanical Source.—The plant which produces vanilla bean is an orchid, native of the tropical forests of Mexico, but now grown in many other parts of the globe, as in Brazil, Honduras, Java, Africa, and the West Indies, though only on the island of Guadaloupe on a commercial scale. Vanilla has probably been in use among the Mexicans from times immemorial, as a flavor to their chocolate, and was made known to the western world by the Spaniards. Hernandez, the Spanish historian, describes it under the botanical name Aracus aromaticus, also mentioning its Mexican name, Tlilxochitl.

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  • Yuzu

    Kind greetings! Here is some interesting information on yuzu. Enough of you expressed interest in this lovely oil that I will go ahead and order a liter or two. Here is some more information for you regarding it.

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  • Orange Blossom

    Physical Characteristics of Orange Blossom:
    An evergreen tree growing to 9m by 6m . It is hardy to zone 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from April to June. The scented flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Apomictic (reproduce by seeds formed without sexual fusion) and insects. The plant is self-fertile. We rate it 2 out of 5 for usefulness.

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