Celebrate Your Senses: An Evening Scented Garden

Written by Carolyn Beale

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For those who are new torepparttar 116274 pleasure of growing, welcome. My fellow Northern-hemisphere gardeners are celebratingrepparttar 116275 promise of spring on our doorsteps...

"Before me, may it be delightful. Behind me, may it be delightful. Around me, may it be delightful. Below me, may it be delightful. Above me, may it be delightful. All, may it be delightful." -- Navajo prayer

This is an ideal time to curl up with some full-color seed catalogues (virtual or real) and create your "ideal garden" plan forrepparttar 116276 year. And don't let small spaces constrict you - there are abundant options for container gardeners as well! If you're someone who's most often home inrepparttar 116277 evenings, why wait untilrepparttar 116278 weekend to enjoy a fragrant garden? Consider planting evening scented blossoms to enhance your personal space. This spring I intend to reinvent my evening scented garden. I'm primarily a container gardener, so I know thatrepparttar 116279 following plants can be grown small-scale on a balcony or patio. Gardening is quite simple; all it requires is awareness ofrepparttar 116280 plant's soil, temperature, moisture, and light preferences, and then providing as close to ideal conditions as possible. Different varieties ofrepparttar 116281 same plant may have unique preferences, so be sure to double check this information which is readily found on most seed packets (or plant ID tags if you're purchasing plants from a retail nursery.) Check out our Featured Products page at www.SerendipitysGarden.com for online recommendations soon! Imagine returning home in early evening, relaxing onrepparttar 116282 deck with a cool drink after an energetic, serendipitously productive day, putting your feet up and inhaling intense, lovely floral notes from your evening scented blooms. It's wonderful! Here are my "tried and true" picks: 1.Summer Phlox (Phlox peniculate) Regular watering in a sunny location suits this plant, though it will also tolerate light shade. Prefers northern over southern climes. White, lavender, pink, rose, and red 2-5" blooms, some with a contrasting eye. Plants can grow 3-5' tall and 2' wide, with leaves tapering to a slender point.

Balm of Gilead

Written by Judi Singleton

Balm of Gilead (Cedronella canariensis)

Jeremiah 46:11 Go up to Gilead and take balm, O virgin,repparttar daughter of Egypt; In vain you will use many medicines; You shall not be cured.

Words & Music: African-American spiritual.

There is a balm in Gilead To makerepparttar 116273 wounded whole; There is a balm in Gilead To healrepparttar 116274 sin sick soul.

Some times I feel discouraged, And think my work’s in vain, But thenrepparttar 116275 Holy Spirit Revives my soul again.

There is a balm in Gilead To makerepparttar 116276 wounded whole; There is a balm in Gilead To healrepparttar 116277 sin sick soul.

If you can’t preach like Peter, If you can’t pray like Paul, Just tellrepparttar 116278 love of Jesus, And say He died for all.

There is a balm in Gilead To makerepparttar 116279 wounded whole; There is a balm in Gilead To healrepparttar 116280 sin sick soul.

Although this herb originates fromrepparttar 116281 Canary Islands, as indicated by its species name, balm of Gilead is now established in may temperate regions ofrepparttar 116282 world. Many plants have been called balm of Gilead,repparttar 116283 common link is that they all have a musky, eucalyptus or camphorlike scent. balm of Gilead[gil´Eud] Pronunciation Key, name for several plants belonging to different taxonomic families. Balm of Gilead is a confusing name. It has been freely applied to trees ofrepparttar 116284 balsam family, trees ofrepparttar 116285 willow family, trees ofrepparttar 116286 poplar family and to at least one shrub found during research on this herb. Care should be taken when a formula or a recipe for treatment is given with an ingredient called "balm of Gilead" inrepparttar 116287 ingredients. Perhaps they are all similar inrepparttar 116288 biochemical makeup. Research further, that is what is recommended here if you have doubts as to which is being referred to inrepparttar 116289 recipe.

For wrinkles: Take barley water, strain, add a few drops of oil of balm of Gilead. Place in a bottle and let stand for 10-12 hours, shakingrepparttar 116290 bottle occasionally untilrepparttar 116291 balsam is entirely mixed withrepparttar 116292 water. This mixture improvesrepparttar 116293 complexion and preservesrepparttar 116294 appearance of youth. If used only once a day, it removes wrinkles and givesrepparttar 116295 skin a surprising luster. Washrepparttar 116296 face before using this fluid.

Buds boiled to separate resin, then dissolved in alcohol, once used as preservative in ointments. Folk remedy (balm) used for sores; tincture for toothaches, rheumatism, diarrhea, wounds; tea used as a wash for inflammation, frostbite, sprains, and muscle strain. Internally, tea is used for cough, lung ailments, expectorant. Inner bark tea is used for scurvy, also as an eye wash, blood tonic. Root tea is used as a wash for headaches. Probably contains salicin, explaining its aspirin-like qualities.

Buds can also be made into an inhalant to relieve congestion inrepparttar 116297 respiratory passages. Their salicin content make them useful forrepparttar 116298 minor pains and aches that aspirin generally relieves.

The historic Old World balm of Gilead, or Mecca balsam, is a small evergreen tree (Commiphora gileadensis, also once called C. opobalsamum) ofrepparttar 116299 family Burseraceae (incense-tree family) native to Africa and Asia andrepparttar 116300 source ofrepparttar 116301 commercial balm of Gilead; it is referred to inrepparttar 116302 Bible in Jer. 8.22. The Ishmaelites from Gilead were bearing balm when they bought Joseph from his brothers.

History---Balm, Baulm or Bawm, contracted from Balsam, may be derived fromrepparttar 116303 Hebrew bot smin, 'chief of oils,' or bâsâm, 'balm,' and besem, 'a sweet smell.' Opobalsamum is used by Dioscorides to mean 'the juice flowing fromrepparttar 116304 balsam-tree.'

Pliny states thatrepparttar 116305 tree was first brought to Rome byrepparttar 116306 generals of Vespasian, while Josephus relates that it was taken from Arabia to Judea byrepparttar 116307 Queen of Sheba as a present to Solomon. There, being cultivated for its juice, particularly on Mount Gilead, it acquired its popular name. Later, it was called Opobalsamum, its dried twigs Xylobalsamum, and its dried fruit Carpobalsamum.

Its rarity, combined withrepparttar 116308 magic of its name, have causedrepparttar 116309 latter to be adopted for several other species.

Abd-Allatif, a Damascan physician ofrepparttar 116310 twelfth century, noted that it had two barksrepparttar 116311 outer reddish and thin,repparttar 116312 inner green and thick, and a very aromatic odour.

The juice exudes spontaneously duringrepparttar 116313 heat of summer, in resinous drops,repparttar 116314 process being helped by incisions inrepparttar 116315 bark. The more humidrepparttar 116316 air,repparttar 116317 greaterrepparttar 116318 quantity collected. Whenrepparttar 116319 oil is separated, it is prepared with great secrecy, and taken torepparttar 116320 stores ofrepparttar 116321 ruler, where it is carefully guarded. The quantity of oil obtained is roughly one-tenthrepparttar 116322 amount of juice. It is probable that an inferior kind of oil is obtained after boilingrepparttar 116323 leaves and wood with water.

The wood is found in small pieces, several kinds being known commercially, but it rapidly loses its odour.

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