Herbal AfterShave Lotion Recipe

  This recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs is definitely a men's herbal aftershave recipe because once you see the ingredients the man of your life will be confused on whether to splach on face or drink it!!!

Rose - 2012 Herb Of The Year

    Most folks do not think of roses as herbs but when we remember an herb is a beneficial weed we have to include roses.   Not only for the beauty of the rose, but also the delight of the fragrance, the taste of an edible flower and the benefit of attracting bees to our gardens.

   Below is a video on how to make a rose salad by Jim Long of Long Creek Herbs.  Please note the cautionary statement of not using roses from florist, or hybrid roses requiring the constant use of pesticides to keep the rose bush alive.   The chemicals used are absorbed by the flower and your consumption of that rose petal includes those same chemicals used to preserve the plant.

Coriander plant image

   Coriander (Coriandrum sativum, Linn.), "a plant of little beauty and of easiest culture," is a hardy annual herb of the natural order Umbellifer√¶. The popular name is derived from the generic, which comes from the ancient Greek Koris, a kind of bug, in allusion to the disagreeable odor of the foliage and other green parts. The specific name refers to its cultivation in gardens. Hence the scientific name declares it to be the cultivated buggy-smelling plant.

(If history was this interesting at school I would have studied harder)

"The history of the middle finger"

The History of the Middle Finger


Well, now......here's something I never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified. Isn't history more fun when you know something about it? 

Before the Battle of Agincourt (pronounced a zhin kuhr) in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as "plucking the yew" (or "pluck yew").

Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew! Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute! It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as "giving the bird."

And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing


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