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					                                 The San Diego Herb Club
                                         Volume 15, Issue 1, May 2008

                                             Mission Statement
The San Diego Herb Club is a group for people interested in herbs, from novice to professional, and in between.
 Through monthly meetings and special events, we explore, learn, teach and experience herbs as garden plants,
                their culinary, craft and medicinal uses, as well as their history and folklore.
   Officers of the Club
   Co-Presidents
   Cindi Lohry
   619-469-8936 hm                           Wednesday, May 7th
   Judy Dunning
   619-579-0222 hm
                                     Balboa Park, Casa del Prado, Rm 101
   619-277-0031 cell
                                        6:30-7:00      Garden Swap: (if you are bringing something to trade/sell
   Camille Riley
   619-277-6827 hm                                     come early to set up) This is your chance to turn your
                                                      extra garden related supplies, tools, books, decorations
   Webmaster/Notetaker                                and any other garden-related items you might have
   Cindy Christ
   619-249-1064                                       into cash, or trade them for something that you can
                                                      use. Label item(s) you bring with the price you are
   Treasurer                                          willing to sell it for. Put your initials on the label as
   Cate Gilman
   619-251 9783 cell                                  well. You are welcome to bring as many items as you
                                                      want for the Garden Swap; we have plenty of
   Librarian                                          tablespace. If the item is too big to haul down to the
   Camille Riley
   619-277-6827 hm                                    meeting, bring a photograph and a written description.
                                        7:00-7:15     Business meeting: Briercrest,
                                        7:15-7:30     Raffle ticket sales/Refreshments (Thanks to Carole
                                                      Brown, Bill Schwartz, Dawn Gasca for providing)
     The San Diego
                                        7:30-8:30     Program
    Herb Club meets
                                        8:30-9:00     Raffle/Refreshments/Clean Up
    from 7:00 – 9:00
      PM the first
   Wednesday of each
   month in Room 101                                          Program
     of the Casa del
    Prado, in Balboa                The Herbal Craft Program Group will
          Park.                            teach us how to make
       Guests are
        welcome.                                    SPICE NECKLACES
   http://www.thesandiegoh
          erbclub.com/
 You are invited to
present a 20 minute                                   HERBAL RECIPES
talk or demo on any
herbal topic of your                               Rosemary Roasted Cashews
choice. This would
   take place from          Makes about 3 cups
  6:35 to 6:55 (just        1 1/4 pounds cashews
 before the regular         2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
 meeting). Contact          1/2 teaspoon cayenne
 Cindi at 619-469-
                            2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  8936 to schedule.
                            2 teaspoons kosher salt
  Also if you would         1 tablespoon melted butter
like field trips, herb
study classes, or an        Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the nuts on an ungreased baking sheet
  herbal workshop           and bake for about 10 minutes, until they are warmed through.
  call Judy at 619-         Meanwhile, combine the rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, salt and butter
      579-0222.             in a large bowl. Toss warm nuts with the rosemary mixture until the nuts
                            are completely coated. Serve warm.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~           (From Ina Garten's ""Barefoot Contessa,"" Food Network.)
                            Note: Reduce the amount of cayenne to 1/4 teaspoon if you don’t like
A BIG REMINDER              things "hot". I increased the brown sugar to 1 tablespoon. Reduce the
The Botanical               amount of rosemary if you do not want a strong herbal flavor. (The large
Foundation has asked        plastic container of Kirkland brand cashews available at Costco makes a
that we use a plastic       double batch, and any leftovers can be stored in the airtight plastic
tablecloth to cover any     container). Cindi Lohry
table on which we place
plants, in order to
protect the tables.                                      Program Groups
Thanks for helping us                September 3: History/Folklore Group Fern, Joanne, Camille,
all remember this                                 Diane H., Dawn, Elaine
important job.
                                                   Refreshment Assignments
http://www.thesandiegoher                    June 4th: Judy Dunning, Camille Riley
        bclub.com/

                                                   Test Your Herbal Savvy
                                  What are some ways that lavender essential oils can be used?

                              A- for burns B- in a sandwich C- in the bath D- tea E- as a dye


                                        Look elsewhere in the newsletter for the answer.
Treasurer’s Report
                                                  Committee Reports/Requests
  Anyone who has unpaid
   receipts for Herb Club                                        Briercrest Fragrant Herb Garden
 supplies please mail them             For info about helping to maintain this garden call Judy at 619-579-0222 or email at
to Cate or bring to the next      dunningj2002@yahoo.com. If you want to see the garden take Frwy 8 to La Mesa and exit at
  meeting and you will be
        reimbursed.             Severn, go to the north side of the freeway and turn west on Murray, go to first traffic light and turn
                                north onto Wakarusa, the park is on the left side and our garden is near the sidewalk by the native
  Dues are $20.00 per                        plant garden. February 23 we will have a work party to prune, weed, etc.
year for an individual, or                      http://www.cityoflamesa.com/Departments/PublicWorks/park2.htm
   $35.00 for a family.                                                 Updated 2-20-2008
  Please make checks
payable to Cate Gilman                                      Trees for Health Garden in Balboa Park
 5989 El Escorial Way,          To see this garden go into the Park to the corner of Balboa and Quince and it is across the street
 San Diego, CA 92124             from the shuffleboard court. If you'd like to offer your expertise to help with this project, please
     (619) 251 9783              contact Charlotte, Barbara or Fern. The Park wants to put in a perennial herb garden along the
   cate@san.rr.com                 edge of the sidewalk plus plant more trees. The plants and trees would come from the City
                                   Nursery. Members are always welcome to help with weeding at this garden on Tues and Fri
                                    mornings. For more info call or email Charlotte at 619-527-4030 or willotte2@yahoo.com.
   Dues Due                                                             Updated 2-20-2008
Mar
 Amy Hansen
 Bill Schwartz                                                       ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Apr
 Cindi Lohry                                                         Herbal Savvy Answer
 Charlotte Tenney
                               Lavender in the Bath: add 8-10 drops to the bath water once the bath is full. Relax for at least 10
May
 Carol Casares
                               minutes in the water.
 Dawn Gasca                    As a Compress: For a simple disinfectant compress, dip a washcloth or cotton ball in a bowl of hot
                               or cold water to which 3-5 drops of lavender oil has been added.
Jun                            Direct Application: Use the oil direct from the bottle - with fingertips or cotton swab - to treat cuts,
 Anne Carver                   burns, etc. Note: most essential oils should not be used neat on the skin. Lavender oil is an
 Cindy Christ                  exception to this rule.
 Camille Riley                 Inhalation: Use up to 8 drops on a tissue for inhalation throughout the day or onto a pillow for night
 Cindy Sparks                  use. For respiratory complaints, make a steam inhalation by adding 5 drops of lavender to a bowl of
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~              steaming water. Cover your head with a towel and breathe deeply for 5 minutes with eyes closed.
                               Vaporization: Using a terracotta oil ring, or a diffuser, simply add a few drops of oil to a bit of water.
Library Corner                 This method is useful for disinfecting a sick room or to repel insects.
 ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~             Safety Data: lavender is non-toxic, non irritating and non-sensitizing. It is one of the safest essential
Our club library has           oils with low toxicity levels and no contra-indications. Babies, young children and pregnant women
many books and
                               should take special care using all essential oils because of their concentration. It is advisable not to
magazines that are useful
as reference and general
                               use it neat for the treatment of children under 18 months of age and always dilute for use during
information. Members           pregnancy to half the usual concentration.
are welcome to borrow a        Store in the dark amber bottle it comes in, keeping the cap tightly sealed and away from direct light
book or magazine for           and heat. Lavender Fields newsletter
one month. Please be
sure to check your                 As you can see from above a sandwich or dye is not a good idea.
shelves and return any
materials you may have
borrowed.                       Got a mystery plant? Bring it in for show & tell and we
Thanks to Heidi Behnke
for tending the library.                           will try to ID it.
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                                                             FYI
                                       ?Have You Checked the Library Lately?

June, 2007 Herbs for Health: Try This at Home: Sip the Best Herbal Iced Teas
November, 2007 Herb Companion: The Magic of Mustard
February, 2008 Herbs for Health: Enjoy Herbal Tea Inside & Out
January, 2008 The Herb Companion: Create an All Season Herb Garden, Into the Amazon Wild: A Journey
to the heart of the Peruvian rainforest reveals herbal treasures


Nurseries and other places to check out:
        Gingernize, All-natural ginger-based juices. 4143 Voltaire St, San Diego, 619-269-5835
        City Farmers Nursery, 4832 Home Ave, San Diego, 619-284-6358, open Mon-Sat 9a-5p, www.cityfarmersnursery.com

Websites to check out:
       Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply www.GrowOrganic.com
       www.starwest-botanicals.com/ Starwest sells both retail and wholesale. You can also sign up for their newsletter.

New Variety for 2008

 Hibiscus acetosella ‘Garden Leader Gro Big Red’ Tropical looking 5’ tall deep red leaf plant. In the
  long growing season it will have a 3” burgundy red blooms. Easy to grow. Use in containers or as a
                                bold landscape accent. Full sun annual.

Notes from AMANDA MCQUADE CRAWFORD’S Herb Walk at Quail Botanical Gardens at the Jan 08
                          Integrated Medicinal Conference

   *Lemonadeberries are good for herpes. And good to bring down body temp. Also you can eat the leaves.
 *Pine nuts are high in EFA’s. * Poppies of all kinds have some degree of opiate in them. * Sage tea in AM to
  wake brain up. *Saltbush leaves will help hold water in the body. * Tinctures get in bloodstream in a few
                                                    minutes.




                                                  Making your own
                                                  herbal tinctures?
                                                  Check out Wilbur’s Tincture Press.

                                                  Helps you meet GMP standards,
                                                  improves yield and saves you time.

                                                  www.wilburstincturepress.com
                                                  or 619/527-4030
                                                  by Charlotte Tenney, Herbal Educator
                                                       Classes/Events
May 2-4        Fri-Sun, Buena Creek Gardens Spring Plant Sale 418 Buena Creek Rd. San Marcos 760-
               744-2810 10AM to 4PM ALL PLANTS 20% OFF! Check out website for a coupon
               http://www.buenacreekgardens.com/
May 2-4        Fri-Sun, Sage and Songbirds Garden Tour, Alpine, 6 gardens, plant sale, art sale, 2 bonus
               gardens, $15, www.chirp.org, 619-445-8352
May 3          Sat, Patio Herb Class, Summers Past Farms, Flinn Springs, 619-390-1523, 10a-noon, $24
May 3          Sat, Encinitas Garden Festival, 10a-4p, self-guided walking tour that features more than 20 Olivenhain
               gardens, 760-753-8615 or www.EncinitasGardenFestival.org.
May 3-4        Sat-Sun, Sage and Songbirds Festival, Viejas Outlet Center, 5005 Willows Rd, Alpine, seminars, Garden
               Mart, habitat garden tour in the Outlet Center, Butterfly exhibit, 10a-4p
May 3-4        Sat-Sun The Lavender Fields' annual plant sale 10 until 5. We expect to have over 12 varieties on hand
               Buy 3 at $4.75 and get a 4th plant for FREE http://thelavenderfields.com
May 10         Sat, Chocolate Festival, Quail Botanical Gardens, Encinitas, 10a-4p,
               Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, & more. "Tasting"
               tickets will be sold on site.
May 10         Sat, Herbal Hand Salve & Lip Balm, Summers Past Farms, Flinn Springs, 619-390-1523, $28, 10a-noon.
May 10         Sat, Mission Hills Garden Walk, 10a-4p, $20, 619-923-3624, missionhillsgardenclub.org
May 10-11      Sat-Sun, Mother’s Day Weekend Studio & Garden Tour, 10a-4p, $20.00. Each home will feature several
               artists & offer refreshments. All of the studio homes are in the Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas area, Art
               will be for sale & will include paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, glass, textiles & jewelry, info
               www.offtrackgallery.com. Purchase tickets at Off Track Gallery, 500 Second Street., Encinitas, (760) 942-
               3636
May 11         Sun, Mom's Day Woven Mini Sachet, Nadine Spier, Lavender Fields, Valley Center, learn how to warp a
               tiny hand-held loom and weave a small piece of fabric, remove it from the loom, & fill with freshly dried
               organic lavender & stitch it closed. Class includes Weavette Loom for students to keep, instruction book, 2
               needles, dried organic lavender, yarns, & embellishments. noon-3, $55.00 includes all materials. 888-407-
               1489
               email: info@thelavenderfields.com , web: http://thelavenderfields.com
May 12         Mon, Author Ken Druse will lead us through his own research & new discoveries all about "Making More
               Plants: Adventures in Horticulture!" This special evening requires a ticket, at $15 for San Diego Horticultural
               Society members & $20 for non-members. Available tickets will be for sale at the door, but since seating is
               limited, your best bet is to order on-line at www.sdhortsoc.org. Doors open at 6:15 p & the evening starts at
               7:00 p at the Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, Mission Valley. For
               more info visit www.sdhortsoc.org or call (760) 295-7089
May 14         Wed, Bonita in Bloom, 10a-3p, $20, 619-216-8863
May 17         Sat, Garden Tour, Five Bear Creek Gardens In Murrieta, 10a-4p, also “The Garden Market” at Kendrick’s
               Gardens at 41529 Ivy Street in Murrieta. Advanced tickets $25 at Kendrick’s Gardens, or at
               www.temeculavalley.assistanceleague.org, or (951) 694-8018
May 25         Sun, Fresh Lavender Basket Making Class, Lavender Fields, Valley Center. Come be surrounded by the
               intoxicating aroma of lavender as you learn how to weave fresh cuttings into beautiful, fragrant baskets.
               This is an easy project, great for beginners. Students can wander freely among the fields of lavender as
               they harvest materials for their basket. The finished basket is rich with texture, color & fragrance. The
               technique you learn in class can later be used to weave other fresh plants such as Dusty Miller, Rosemary,
               Peppermint, and much more! Class size limited to 24 so please register early to reserve your place. 10 until
               4. $60.00 includes materials, phone: 888-407-1489 email: info@thelavenderfields.com , web:
               http://thelavenderfields.com
May 31-Jun 1   Sat-Sun, Exotic Plant Society plant sale, Balboa Park
                           Upcoming Programs

                June 4th: Medicinal Program Group presents
                          ’ Kaleidoscope of Health’

      July 2nd: Herbal Botany + Creating your own Herbarium

 August 6th: Lisa Bridenstine Chaddock . Cooking with Native
                            Plants

                          http://www.thesandiegoherbclub.com/




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