There are a wide variety of herbs and plants that can be harvested during the summer months. According to the Herbal Academy, “Of all the times of the year we celebrate plants, no other day is quite as magical as the summer solstice.” The solstice occurs annually between June 20th and June 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere, and it marks the first official day of summer, the longest day, and the shortest night of the year. The warm weather, singing birds, and blooming flowers bring hope and joy. “Many ancient cultures have traditionally harvested herbs on this day, believing them to be at their greatest medicinal value.”

Summer herbs for the garden include:

  • Bee Balm (Monarda spp)
  • Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
  • Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
  • Chicory Flowers & Root (Cichorium intybus)
  • Elderberry & Elderflower (Sambucus nigra)
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
  • Lavender: (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
  • Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
  • Mullein: (Verbascum thapsus)
  • Peppermint: (Mentha piperita)
  • Red Clover Flower (Trifolium pratense)
  • Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)
  • St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
  • Thyme: (Thymus vulgaris)
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

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~~ Ginger Winn

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