Aldersgate Garden Club has program on herbs
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Aldersgate Garden Club
THE ALDERSGATE GARDEN CLUB met Aug. 24 at the home of Margenia McKissic, who discussed the value of herbs at the meeting with a display board showing herbs she has grown.
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The Aldersgate Garden Club met on Aug. 24 at the home of Margenia McKissic, hostess for the meeting. Billie Blair, president, opened the meeting with devotion and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The minutes and treasurer’s reports were omitted. Blair conducted the business meeting and reminded everyone that the club had been asked to participate in the 100 Black Men of Bradley County Inc. Health Fair on Sept. 29 at Bradley Square Mall.

The hostess gave a very informative program on “The Value of Herbs.” She began by discussing the educational display she had prepared for the program. The information was broken down into three different categories: (1) How Herbs are Used, (2) The Value of Medicinal Herbs and (3) How We Use Herbs.

Herbs have been found to be used for sacred, culinary, medicinal, cosmetics, landscaping and domestic purposes. Some of these herbs overlap in other categories. Some of the more common sacred herbs used for spiritual purposes are myrrh and frankincense. Poplar culinary herbs used in cooking are parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary and sage to enrich the flavor in some of our foods.

McKissic talked about the value of medicinal herbs, which are believed to aid in ailments associated with the respiratory, digestive and nervous system, skin conditions, musculaskeletal and cardiovascular system, and women and men’s health. Some of the herbs used are sage, lemon balm, St. John’s wort, tomatoes, garlic, lavender oil, rosemary and dandelion.

Herbs are put to use in a variety of ways, including our gardening, herbal medicine, natural beauty, around the home, in crafts, in cooking and for domestic purposes. McKissic displayed various containers of herbs that she had grown in pots, including sage, rosemary, parsley Italian and curly), lavender and mint.

The members enjoyed a centerpiece arrangement of herb plants and mums on the dining room table while enjoying their refreshments. Two containers of mums were given away to Sheryl Gash and Charlotte Timberlake, who were the members who arrived first and last at the meeting.

Thanks was given to the hostess by Regenia Piersaul. Others in attendance were Kay Cox, Charlotte Scott, Jackie Westfield, Lelia Ware and Dorothy Keith.