The mission statement of the Herb Society of America is to "promote the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research and sharing the experience of its members with the community".

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   The Motto of the Society is taken from the herbalist, John Parkinson: "For Use and Delight"

Program Info

April Meeting: "The Beauty of Wildflowers" Presentation and Herbal Shoppe
When: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
10 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Wimberley Presbyterian Church
956 FM2325, Wimberley, TX 78676
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2023-2024 Calendar of Events
Herb of the Month - April 2024
(Click on the image below for recipes)Herb of the Month

Dill (Anethum graveolens)

  The earliest known record of dill as a medicinal herb was found in Egypt 5,000 years ago when the plant was referred to as a "soothing medicine".

  Gladiators were fed meals covered with dill because it was hoped that the herb would grant them valor and courage.

  Dill seeds are often called "meetinghouse seeds" because they were chewed during long church services to keep members awake, kids quiet, freshen breath and quiet noisy stomachs.

  Likely due its strong smell, dill was believed to provide protection from witchcraft.

  Dill was often added to love potions and aphrodisiacs.

  In Germany and Belgium, brides would attach a sprig of dill to their wedding gowns or put it in their bouquets in hopes that happiness would bless their marriages.

  Dill is a host plant for butterflies, providing larval food and protection.

  Dill has been associated with being an effective remedy for flatulence, a digestive aid and a cure for hiccups.

  The Greeks used dill as a sleep aid, covering their eyes with the plant while they slept.

  Dill grows best in full sun and in cooler weather. Hot weather promotes flowering which also causes the plant to stop producing leaves.

  Sow seeds directly in the ground or container outdoors. Harvest seeds when they turn tan by cutting the flowerhead and hanging to dry upside down. Attach a paper bag to collect the seed as it dries.

  Oil from dill foliage is used in the food industry for flavoring while oil obtained from the seeds is used to produce soaps and perfumes.

  Dill contains anti-inflammatory properties as well as detoxifying compounds.

Web Links of Interest:

  Herb Society of America
  Austin Herb Society
  North Texas Herb Society
  South Texas Herb Society
  San Antonio Herb Society

Member Benefits:

  Free or discounted admissions to participating gardens and arboreta nationwide though AHS Reciprocal Garden Program

  Specialized district and annual meetings

  Connection to fellow herb enthusiasts through the exclusive, online HSA Membership Directory

  Subscription to the annual journal THE HERBARIST as well as national and district newsletters

  Admission to the members-only section of HSA's website, which includes special educational programs