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Forgotten herbs

Dried calendula flowers diy for oil infusions and healing herb salve

Imagine your great-grandkid never hearing the words mint or parsley or sage?

Well, in a way, you are that great-grandkid. I am that great-grandkid.

As chain grocers and supermarkets opened stores all across the world, they favored plants that travelled well. Over time, we simply forgot about a large number of herbs and veggies that were so common generations before us took them for granted.

Funnier still, you drive by some of them all of the time and might not know it. Some of those old-time, common plants escaped your ancestors’ gardens and are now called by the same generic term, “weeds”.

clary plant

But, all is not lost. In this series I want to take you back to a time when the herbs mentioned here were well known.


Explore the series on Forgotten Herbs.  I hope you try an idea or two. Each of the pages will provide you with links to buy some seeds of your own. Maybe we can bring back the popularity of some of these herbs.

Forgotten herb: borage
Forgotten herb: nasturtium
Forgotten herb: clary sage
Forgotten herb: calendula
Forgotten herb: chicory
Forgotten herb: balsam apple

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8 thoughts on “Forgotten herbs

  1. I agree many herbs are forgotten but I do think many are enjoying a revival..I love Sage, one of my favourite herbs…We eat a lot of fresh herbs at every meal it is very common to eat veg and herbs with a meal and one which I love and have become accustomed to. Thank you for the follow 🙂

    1. You are spot on about the revival. It’s wonderful to be a part of it. Keep on cooking up those herbs!

      1. Always 🙂 x

  2. […] My third crop of calendula won’t survive the cool weather. It was featured earlier this year as one of my favorite forgotten herbs. […]

  3. You should add plantain to the list. It was used for so many things, but especially healing salves. Now it is relegated to a weed in the yard that needs to be uprooted and removed. Now that I’m thinking about yard weeds, dandelion is another that is edible and healing and considered a pest.

    1. You’re absolutely right! Great ideas. So much potential right under our noses.

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