There is a patch of Lavender plants running along the side of the house, in about the second sunniest place of the garden. At the height of the summer heat, when they were most aromatic and when we were most intoxicated by their scent, we gathered and then dried the stalks up on the third floor on the stair rail. Later they would be put into bags to perfume the cupboards and other enclosed spaces.
There are also many other benefits from lavender which can alleviate these conditions :-
Relieving anxiety and tension especially through massage
Natural chemical free alternative to perfume
Muscular aches and pains
Headaches and Migraines
Acne/Dry skin/Sunburned Lips
Divisil (Lovage) and Mursalski Chai (Mountain tea)
|Drying the Lovage|
By the other wall there was a clump of Lovage. There is a Bulgarian dish called Bop. I like that name. Bop is a bean casserole, and cooked with lovage is delicious.
But the star of our garden herbs has to be a visitor from the Rhodope and Pirin Mountain. Although it was only a small plant, we made use of it by drying and making it into tea. I don't know how the herb arrived. Its harvesting is actually protected by law here. But it is endemic in Bulgaria and the Balkans and drunk all over Europe. Its natural habitat is above 1000 metres. Here we live at about 750 metres. It has various names such as Shepherd's tea, Olympus tea (in Greece) and Ironwort. In Germany it is known as Bergtea.
Once again it has many curative properties:-
Reputedly protects against prostate cancer
Bronchitis and Viral Infections
Promotes elasticity of the skin
Protects against the formation of free radicals
It is known as the Bulgarian Natural Viagra.