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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Herb of the Month

Costmary-This herb may not be the easiest to find ,but worth the effort to track it down. Although it is closely related to tansy,it has a soft balsamic fragrance.Costmary grows up to three feet tall and is most attractive in the spring when it has small pale yellow,button like flowers.
In salads costmary leaves add a sweet aroma and taste.You may also add the dried leaves to your potpourri blend.Dainty bundles of lavender and costmary where often made by colonial woman ,to sweeten the air in a closet.
Costmary may also be used as a tea.For medicinally,known for its astringent and antiseptic properties.
Costmary is a perennial plant and is only propagated by root division as there are no seeds.Harvest before the leaves turn yellow.Once dried this herb will keep for a long time.

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