October has been a great month at the herb garden, our Halloween in Wonderland family event was very well attended and everyone really enjoyed all the games and activities offered. For photos of the event, please check our facebook page.
Now we go back to our usual herbal jobs and creations. We have several new products in the herb shop, such as room sprays with a lovely herbal scent, massage oil and a brand new all-purpose healing salve. We are also working on a range of Christmas/winter products, as well as some lovely bath salts and body scrubs.
Autumn is the season for foraging rose hips, angelica and licorice roots, hawthorn berries and other seasonal treasures to be found in nature. Hawthorn berries are known as mosphila in Cyprus and they are a powerhouse of health for the heart and arteries. We make a heart tonic from them but also a delicious jam, now available in the shop. Hawthorn retains its medicinal properties even as a jam.
In November we will also host a couple of special events:
November 22nd & 23rd: Rosemary Days. A weekend dedicated to one of the most Mediterranean of culinary and medicinal herbs. You can witness the extraction of Rosemary essential oil in our Distillation Room, taste some healthy snacks made with Rosemary, there will be a talk on the uses and health benefits of rosemary at 11 am and 3 pm, and you can take part in a creative workshop where you can make your own rosemary body scrub and rosemary soap with goat’s milk.
The workshop will be held at 11.30 both Saturday and Sunday, and will cost 14 euros. Book your place via email or phone. Handouts with the benefits of rosemary, recipes and tips will be given out, and our kitchen goddess Lisa will cook up some fantastic soup and baked goodies.
November 27th: Harvest Thanksgiving morning. From 10-12 am. Although Thanksgiving is mostly known as an American celebration, we like the idea of giving thanks for the harvest of the past year and for all good things we receive every day. This promises to be a (non-denominational) relaxing morning when you can enjoy our special cakes and tea or coffee, take a stroll around the gardens and try your hand at creating some fragrant Autumn or Christmas ornaments with cinnamon, cloves, orange and essential oils.
One way to express thanks is by sharing and giving. Therefore this is a charity event, aimed to raise money for local charity KEPA http://www.famagustaparentsnetwork.com/kepa-charity-foundation-paralimni/ and is organized in cooperation with Famagusta Parents Network http://www.famagustaparentsnetwork.com/ .
There will be a raffle in aid of KEPA, where you can win some fantastic prizes. You can also bring along any items you wish to donate, such as non-perishable food items, clothing, toys etc.
Entrance, tea/coffee with cakes & savouries is 10 euros p.p. Participation in the creative workshop is 5 euros per craft (fragrant pouch or natural tree ornament with spices). Book your place via email or phone.
Some December dates for your diary:
December 6th & 7th: Christmas wreath making workshops with aromatic herbs and natural decorations.
December 13th & 14th: Christmas Spices weekend. In a warm Christmas atmosphere you can get to know the benefits of warming spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger and star anise. Handouts with information on the uses of Christmas spices, recipes and tips will be given out. At 11 am both Saturday and Sunday a talk on these four spices will be given. You can taste our goodies made with Christmas spices, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and take part in a workshop where you can create your own fragrant Christmas ornaments.
Prices for these crafts vary. Workshops will start at 11.30 and will take an hour to 2 hours, depending on the craft.