In our search to connect with others and the natural world around us, the joy of using herbs is a delightful way to embrace nature’s love language. Learning the meaning of herbs and including them in our daily lives provides us with beautiful ways of expressing feelings of gratitude, kindness, love and affection for others. Open your heart to the love language of herbs. Let them speak their special language for all to enjoy.
Anise, Anise Hyssop (Cleanliness)
Basil (Love) Bay Laurel (Success) Borage (Courage)
Calendula (Health) Chamomile (Comfort)
Dill (Passion) Fennel (Worthy of Praise)
Lavender (Devotion) Lemon Balm (Sympathy) Lovage (Strength)
Mint (Virtue) Oregano (Joy) Nasturtium (Patriotism)
Parsley (Gratitude) Rose (Love, Desire) Rosemary (Remembrance)
Sage (Wisdom) French Tarragon (Permanence) Thyme (Courage)
Violet (Loyalty) Yarrow (Healing)
A few simple ideas for creating a personalized gift that expresses your sentiments for someone you care about:
*Fill a small vase with borage blossoms, sage and thyme twigs. Include a personal note wishing wisdom to a family member facing a difficult decision and courage to take the next step.
*Show your gratitude for a friend’s kindness by baking him a ‘fresh from the garden’ rosemary (for remembrance) spice cake.
*Your daughter just landed her dream job. Send a sweet note accompanied by a beautiful arrangement of fennel (worthy of praise) bay laurel (success) and roses (love).
Linda Alexander, Dallas County Master Gardener Class of 2008