Herbal Garden Project Full of Life Due to Grant!
I really don’t like writing grants. For the most part, they require SO much info I often am just overwhelmed with it all. But, in ministry, it is one thing we have to continue to do or at least try. Last year I was knee deep in the dirt in my home. Not from not cleaning, but from filling little eggshells and growing pots full of seedlings. At the same time, I was writing a grant from our local Essential Health organization, St. Joseph’s Foundation: Planting, writing, planting, watering, horse chores, and more writing. In the process, I thought of the perfect project. An herb garden! Hence not just for us, but for our horses. I have always wanted to create a place where the horses could graze freely with natural herbs. Herbs that I know they would each benefit from. Bokoda deals with allergies’ and now and then runny stools. Nugget will occasionally need something for a runny nose. Nugget is really healthy but it’s always good to have things for him to choose. Therefore I got busy planning out what herbs would be great for them. Again, knee deep in dirt, I started planting seedlings of Yarrow, Meadowsweet, Calendula, Lavender, Valerian, and Marshmallow. I added Echinacea Purpurea later and of course the herbs of parsley, thyme, basil, and oregano.We also had many herbs natural to our environment. In May, we got the grant! I was ecstatic! As a result, we now had the freedom to develop this new project which we named, “Thyme Out” Pasture and we could really see if it would help our animals health and ours. Fancy that…it did! We began using the herbs in teas, tinctures, and syrups, plus all the salves for injuries and bug bites and we were OVERWHELMED at the results! Bokoda had NO coughing. If Bokoda would show signs of a runny nose or stools, I would give him his regimen of immune boost herb blend and he was showing wellness in just a couple of days. We replaced all treats to just herbs and apples, and homegrown carrots, parsley, and thyme. Some herbs were wild around the ranch. It became such a wonderful teaching tool in our sessions. As they would help water, or weed we would talk about the herbs and how they help us in our illnesses. In the sessions at times, they would bring a horse to the pasture and see for themselves what the horse was needing that day. How they would walk by some and devour others. One day we had a group of guys from our local Teen Challenge for a session. We had the guys in the round pen with the horses holding one or two jars of herbs. Each jar was labeled with the name of the herb and its properties. If the horse came to them, they would share what the herb is and what it was good for. At the same time, everyone was learning and observing if the horse would choose or would walk away and choose another. It was fascinating for all of us! Do you know what is really awesome about doing this project? 1) We were able to let families that came for sessions who were in need, pick herbs or veggies to bring home. 2) We could make many tinctures and salves using the herbs to help all year round, especially right now in the days of below zero temps and confinement to the indoors where germs grow. 3) Our vet bills were down 4) Our health is better as well as no trips to the doctor. The herbs in teas have helped along with the essential oils. 5) We have gained a TON of knowledge and look forward to continuing our learning. 6) Our bunnies and horses enjoy the herbs all year round. How nice they can have fresh parsley, carrots, plus all those other herbs throughout the winter months. 7) We are able to enjoy veggies as well by a wonderful harvest and canning. 8) We have been able to share the teas and our love for this project to others hoping they too will start growing more herbs and begin to change their health habits to more natural living. Most of all, we are thankful to St Joseph’s Foundation for allowing us to try something new and giving us a chance to make a difference in our ranch as well as the community. Amazing! I hope you will try it this Spring. Start now! Plant those seeds in your home and get them strong! I did create on scratch paper a garden plan. Knowing where to plant certain seeds. This helps you get an idea what will grow well where. Here is my favorite source for seeds: LOVE LOVE the flower collection. I say…begin planning NOW! Medicinal Cooking Flowers God’s blessings in living a simpler life. Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee ***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The herbs are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.