Herbs are wonderful plants that have been grown and used in all parts of the world for thousands of years.
They are extremely versatile plants, providing a wealth of different flavours for cooking and have great medicinal and therapeutic qualities.
Not to mention the herbal potpourris, posies and decorative floral arrangements that add fragrance and charm to our homes.
The Queensland Herb Society
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At our last meeting Jackie presented July's Herb of the Month - Chamomile!
The aromatic and therapeutic compounds of both
species are mainly contained within the yellow central
disk of flower-heads or capitula, and the EO extracted
Download the comprehensive Herb of the Month in PDF format here!
One of our favourite nights of the year!
Bring along a pot of your favourite soup, bread for dipping or relish for topping, along with your feasting kit and enjoy the amazingness that is QHS Soup night. For first timers... you are in for a treat!
And don't forget to include a copy of the recipe as well so that others can see what's in it, how to make it and so we can include it in the next Sage issue.
Herb of the Month will be Salad Burnett (Sanguisorbia minor) presented by Sarah Heath.
July's Herb of the Month
Next Meeting - Tuesday 1st August
The Queensland Herb Society meets on the first Tuesday of every month (except January) at 7.30pm
Address: Albion Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Rd, Windsor.
Vistors and Guests Welcome.
Entry Fee: Members $2 and Guests $3
Who is the Queensland Herb Society?
The Queensland Herb Society (QHS) was formed in 1975 to bring together people interested in learning more about the growth and use of herbs.
Our members now extend throughout all areas of Queensland giving you the benefit of a wide variety of wisdom and experience.
The motto of the Queensland Herb Society is "Learning by Sharing" and we do our best to stand by it!
We hold monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of the month (except January) with guest speakers or workshops that cover a wide variety of topics ranging from how to grow to cooking demonstrations, from aromatherapy to organic gardening and edible weeds to worm farming. We even have theme nights such as Thai, Spanish or Hobbit herbs and members dress to suit! You will often find plant cuttings from members’ gardens available to take home. After every meeting we invite you to join us for supper where you have the opportunity to chat and exchange experiences over herbal tea and delicious herb inspired treats made by our members.
Members and guests are invited to join us on periodic bus trips to various places of interest such as herb gardens and nurseries, where you can be inspired by the efforts of others. The QHS also has an extensive library of herb and plant books for members to borrow.
Every three months members receive a copy of our “Sage” magazine containing the latest Society news and events, as well as useful herb and garden tips, recipes and information relating to our meetings. Sage will keep you up-to-date and expands our motto of Learning by Sharing.
Each year, usually at the end of May the Society hold our annual showcase event “Herb Awareness” which promotes the usefulness, joy and wonder of herbs to the community. Generous donations of time, skills, cooking and products from our members ensures the success of this day.
There are a wide variety of herbs suitable for Brisbane and the surrounding areas in South East Queensland that will grow with a minimum of fuss and take very little space. Even if you do not have a garden many can be grown successfully in pots, are quick to grow, and you will be harvesting your herbs in just a few weeks!
We believe that once you become aware of all the amazing plants that are called ‘Herbs’ you won’t be able to resist that desire to delve more and more into our world. So come along to the next meeting, bring your friends and enjoy the experience... you’re sure to find something of interest and your garden will thrive on the know-how and skills of the many people you’ll meet.
So what exactly is a Herb?
And well you may ask...
Botanically speaking, a herb is: “A perennial plant whose stem is soft and dies down to the ground after flowering”.
However, such a narrow definition excludes plants currently considered by many of us to be herbs. For example, Bay leaves are used for culinary purposes and are thought by many of us as a herb, but the Bay is in fact a tree.
And when is something a spice and when a herb? Wikipedia says: “A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetative substance primarily used for flavouring, colouring or preserving food. Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are parts of leafy green plants also used for flavouring or as garnish”.
To many of us, much of the description given here for a spice would also apply to a herb. Even within the Queensland Herb Society we prefer to blur the lines a little and feel that herbs are much, much more than just “leafy green plants used for flavouring or garnish”! Many herbs have amazing medicinal qualities too.
Perhaps a more useful definition of a herb is: a plant whose leaves, flowers, seeds or other parts are used for medicine, perfume, flavouring food or other purposes.
To contact the Queensland Herb Society Inc.
Email: email@example.com (Preferred method)
Post: PO Box 1114, Kenmore Qld 4069
Telephone: President, Bettina 0414 603 837; Vice-President, Cheryl 07 3821 4454
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