Tag Archive | herbs

Product – Herb Stripper

Here’s a great idea!



I found this small kitchen gadget while shopping for Christmas presents in my local Target store. I picked it up, took a look, and immediately decided this was a present for myself. I use fresh herbs weekly, if not daily, in my cooking. I grow them on my kitchen windowsill in the Winter, in the outdoor kitchen/herb garden in the Spring, Summer and Autumn. One problem I have, especially with the smaller leafed herbs, is removing the foliage from the stem without driving myself batty. When I cook up soups/stews the stem is fine for adding to the broth, it can easily be removed when the stewing is complete, but I don’t want to have pieces of stem in salad dressings and other non-cooked foods. This small gadget perfectly strips leaves away from the stem and drops them in the bowl of the spoon, or as in the case of the…

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Black Cumin Seed Oil – Skin and Health Benefits – Why you should be using this oil

Black Cumin Seed oil – anti-bacterial, anti-aging, anti-microbial,anti-inflammatory.



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Skin & Health Benefits

Black Seed Oil

Where to buy & uses of Black Cumin Seed Oil

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I know I talk about coconut oil for health a lot & I do talk about other great oils like olive oil, sesame oilPalm Shortening & Palm oil etc. But I do love Black Cumin Seed Oil or Black seed oil as many call it & I do recommend it when a question that arises with it as the answer. Somehow I have written this many blog post & not done a post on one of my favorite oils, Black Cumin Seed Oil, so today I am correcting that & telling you about this amazing oil for skin & health you just might not know about, so sit down, get a1comfortable & enjoy!

Now through August 14th 2014 you can purchase high quality Black seed oil from Tropical Traditions for 30% off…

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Oregano by Arlene at Gardens and Empty Spaces in the Philippines.

Gardens and Empty Spaces

I am thinking of re-planting the row of oregano we have in our small garden. Some of the branches have grown so tall and they need to be trimmed before the rainy months set in for good. They are mixed with a few bulbs of caladium. The latter are now beginning to show new shoots. This is the best time for these caladium plants to be cultivated in areas where there is morning sun. I like them interspersed with the oregano though, they make an interesting sight, pure golden shade of green and the pinkish and white hue of the caladium.

Oregano wine, oregano juice, oregano tea, oregano vinegar. These are the potential products that can be derived from the Philippine oregano. Coleus Aromaticus is the common variety which is usually found in the Philippines. It is not commonly used in cooking but it is considered as a primary medicinal…

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Cannabis, Weed, Herb, Marijuana, Mary Jane, Pot: friend or foe




It’s an amazing plant.






Dr. Sanjay Gupta has done some excellent documentaries on the use of marijuana. He was honest enough to change his mind after, at first, being against it for medicinal purposes.



Why are we so afraid of this plant? God gave us herbs and every seed-bearing plant for food. Cannabis is totally natural: a green plant. Yet the medical community wants to instill fear in the public about it. Children are being healed of seizures with it, but they can’t get it because the law prohibits the sale of it. That’s really sad and stupid.



How many prescription drug overdoses kill people every year? I haven’t ever heard of anyone overdosing on Marijuana.  Come on people now. How many millions of dollars do we spend trying to deal with the drug problem? It’s more dangerous trying to catch the criminals selling it than  taking the drug. It’s the leftovers of the women’s temperance movement that keeps the stigma on drug use.


If they legalized drug use and put all of their law enforcement budget into drug rehabilitation, wouldn’t that make more sense? If an adult person chooses to take a substance why should anyone have a say about it other than that individual? Why should the government have control over what a person puts into their body? People will use the drug whether it’s illegal or not. It makes me so angry that the medical community is allowed to give drugs which have terrible side-effects and even kill people, but when a natural remedy is available the message is always ‘oh no, we need to do more research on this, it could be harmful’.



Bob Marley said herb can heal a nation.



I know several people who say they smoke a joint rather than drink alcohol because they get too angry when they drink where marijuana mellows them out. Good. It always just made me want to sleep. I don’t advocate smoking and I don’t smoke pot myself anymore, but I think people should be allowed to choose what they do with their bodies. The government should educate and give treatment for people who want help with substance abuse, but the choice to take or not should be up to the individual. What about cigarette smoking? It’s a terrible habit  that causes lung cancer. They’re not outlawing that. What about alcohol? It causes health problems too if not taken in moderation.

What do you think? Shouldn’t all recreational drugs be legalized with government oversight as is done with cigarettes and alcohol?









Uses for Marijuana



Welcome to ROSH blog


National Flower of South Korea

The Rose of Sharon

R.O.S.H. is an acronym for Rose of Sharon Healing. Originally, I called this blog Rose of Sharon Herbs, but I soon found I wanted to write and explore beyond just herbs. I study about all kinds of healing: spiritual, physical, emotional. Within the physical, I’m keen to learn about natural ways to heal the body, herbs being one of the ways. In addition, I’m interested in healing for the nations. I love learning about other countries. I’m particularly interested in those countries which are struggling for democracy and to look after their own people. I’m especially concerned for children in countries where they are being exploited in all kinds of ways.

Since I was 5 years old, if I was asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, I answered ‘I want to be a teacher’. In grade 3 I wrote my diary:

My Little Dairy (hehe)

Help mom in the morning

Help dad in the afternoon

Help everyone

That was my mantra: Help everyone. I remember having the neighbour kids over to help them with their homework. I so wanted to encourage them to get it done. They wanted to give up, but I made sure they didn’t. I had them trapped like rats and wouldn’t let them go until they had finished. I hoped they would feel more confidence after completing the task. I still enjoy the feeling of making a student do something they don’t want to do!

In 6th grade I read the book Go Ask Alice and another book about an inner city teacher and her experiences with children who were abused. These books fascinated me and it was an impressionable time of my development. I wanted to help children who struggled. I always said I wouldn’t have my own children since there were so many out there that didn’t have anyone to care for them already. This interest in children led me to the School of Child Care at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C. I didn’t go into education because I wanted to work with kids and their families who were having difficulty rather than being in a classroom all the time. At the end of my 4 years study at the School of Child Care we had a job fair. They asked where we saw ourselves working in the future. I chose International Child Care. Now here I am in Korea teaching children English. Before this I spent 12 years as a social worker in Penticton, B.C., part of the time as an adoption worker.

The Rose of Sharon is Korea’s National Flower, the Moo goong Hwa. Korea is a special country. The Korean people have overcome so much as a nation and fought through for their freedom. They continue to do so with half of their country still in bondage. They are leaders in healing national wounds. They now offer what they have to help other nations. I hope to write about Korea and how my life has been impacted by this country.

What you can expect to find here?

Stuff about:

  • health and natural healing.
  • Korea and our experiences here.
  • other nations who are struggling.
  • children who are being exploited.


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References for uses of the Rose of Sharon as an herb:


Rose of Sharon Acres – natural homemade body care products