Tuesday, February 14, 2012


“When words escape us, flowers speak” 
Bruce W. Currie

The language of herbs is a great way to send a thoughtful gift with a message to someone special. The third week of February is International Friendship Week, so here’s a recipe for a Friendship Potpourri. Package in a pretty tin or jar and don’t forget to include a note with the meanings for each of the herbs.

1c Red Roses for Love
1/2c Lavender for Devotion
1/2c Calendula for Good Health
1Tbs Ginger root for Strength
1Tbs Jasmine for Grace
1Tbs Rosemary for Remembrance
1Tbs Chamomile for Patience
1Tbs Mint for Virtue

If you don’t have enough herbs on hand to make the potpourri, why not pick one or two and include in a card for a special message.  You could also purchase an herb plant as a gift. Some of my other favorite herbs to use for friends and their meanings include:

artemisia – always remembered
basil – good wishes
bay leaf – merit & honor
catnip – good luck
heather – admiration
ivy – friendship
marjoram – joy & happiness
pansy – thoughts of you
rose geranium – preference





My command is this:
Love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this,
that one lay down his life for his friends
John 15:12-13

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