28 January 2012
lemon in its many forms
Kwan Yin (the bodhisattva of great compassion) sits peacefully under the Lemon Grass in our garden. At our house Lemon Grass goes into Thai green curry and Tom Kha soup. I understand it can also be cleansing and a very effective anti-inflammatory tea. Applied externally, it's a natural insect repellent, and was a good friend to me in Vietnam.
This Lemon Grass lip balm was made (in a bottle cap!) at Honeyfest, a weekend of community events to raise awareness about the global implications of the dying honeybees, and benefiting Grow Strong, an organization that promotes self-sufficiency in rural Kenya.
Lemon Verbena grows just out the back door.
Drying Lemon Verbena, soon to be enjoyed as tea. That's Oregano on the right.
Meyer Lemons from a neighbor. A key ingredient in coleslaw dressing.
Even more Meyer Lemons from another kind neighbor! Fresh-squeezed lemonade anyone?