Pacific Northwest

August, 2004
Regional Report

Web Finds

Everything Herbal
If you've ever wondered about the medicinal properties of plants, Herbnet is a good place to start. It has an ambitious inventory of herbs and plant species. The database is straightforward and easy to use. You can search by common or Latin name and learn the herb's claimed attributes, historical uses by cultures throughout the world, ailments, and range of uses. The site sources are the three largest U.S. government ethnobotany databases, plus the U.S. National Park Service plant inventory lists.

Recipes

Lavender Potpourri
To make a wonderful mixture to give to friends or keep for yourself, here's what you'll need:

Ingredients
1 cup lavender buds
2 teaspoons dried patchouli leaves
1 cup pink statice
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 cups dried burgundy colored flowers
1 cup dried blue flowers
1 cup dried pink flowers
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
2 teaspoons dried peppermint leaves
1 cinnamon stick, broken
1 cup dried rose petals
6 drops of cinnamon oil

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a large, zippered, plastic bag. Shake to mix. Let this mixture cure for at least two weeks, shaking every other day to combine the scents.

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