Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Holiday Luncheon

Hello Herbies!

After talking to Cindy Meredith the other night, we decided to inform you all that after our terrible experience with Hurricane Harvey destroying so much of Rockport, that it’s time that we need to regroup.  So Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at noon, we will have our Holiday luncheon at my office.   We will have the main dish, probably ham, drinks, and everyone else is asked to bring a side dish like we did last year.   Also we are asking everyone to bring in a jar of peanut butter and jelly for Good Samaritans!    


No rush at this time.  Think about it.  If you are interested, then please RSVP no later than Monday December 11, 2017 either by replying to this email or call 361-729-6037

We are open to anyone that wants to know about herbs and their many uses!  We have no rules, no dues and we are a relaxed group! So come on by for a fun time with lots of good food!

Linda T. Collins

Mission Statement:
The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to increasing public knowledge and awareness about herbs and roses.
Come and learn everything you ever wanted to know about herbs. Do you know that there are over 2,000 herbs and that roses are herbs too? Do you know that many of our Texas Native Plants are also herbs? Herbs are used not only for culinary purposes, but also for medicinal, cosmetic and craft purposes.
We meet the second Wednesday of every month at the ACISD Maintenance Department Formerly Rockport Elementary, 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, Texas at 10:00 a.m. to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs including the historical uses of the herbs and tips for successful propagation and cultivation.
We are open to the public. Some members of the group are available as speakers to other audiences.

Gay Hejtmancik

Linda, Gay Hejtmancik passed this morning.  Please let the Herbies know.  That's all the info I have at this time.  We'll all miss her sweet soul.  Barb

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

No October 11 Meeting

No meeting October 11, 3017.  We talked about it, Ruth, Mimi, Cindy and I, but I don't think we have the energy.  I don't even know if the school is open.  BTW we lost our house.  It's being demolished this week.

Our group is open.  I'm not up to organizing a meeting, but feel free to have one without me.  I probably won't be very active in the next few months.

Hope you survived Harvey!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Creating a Water Garden: Do's and Don't's August 9

The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group will present the Program "Creating a Water Garden: Do's and Don't's" which will be presented by Cindy Meredith on Wednesday, August 9 at 10:00 at the old Rockport School 106 Live Oak room 14. 


Click on the following link to see Cindy's Water Garden:


Friday, July 14, 2017

I was sent this article from BioClarity on herbs you can grow that are good for skin care. It's a nice article, well written and informative. Some of the herbs will even grow in Rockport! I'm including a sample from the article as well as the link.


Next time you’re chopping up cilantro for your favorite guacamole or salsa recipe, consider the benefits this herb offers for your skin. Eating cilantro provides plenty of health benefits, including decreased cholesterol and digestive issue relief, but it can also pack a powerful punch when it comes to skin care. Cilantro is jam-packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals, and provides a potent dose of Vitamin C. Cilantro has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and can help soothe inflammation for those with acne-prone skin.
Ingestible Benefits: Throw cilantro into your favorite salad or dish to soothe your digestive system and decrease high cholesterol levels.
Topical Benefits: Grind coriander seeds and mix the powder into your favorite DIY mask to take advantage of its soothing, anti-inflammatory benefits.
Growing Tips: This aromatic herb does best in sunny or lightly shaded areas in southern zones. Make sure your soil is moist and well-draining. As you begin to plant, be sure to leave around seven inches between each seed; if you want to maintain your fresh cilantro, sow them every two to three weeks.

Bay Leaf

Bay leaves can help detoxify the body, minimize the effects of aging on your skin, combat bacterial infections, reduce inflammation, and speed up healing. This wonder leaf deserves a spot of honor in your botanical skin care solutions. True bay leafs come from the Laurel tree and can be ground into a fine powder for use in home skin care remedies.
Ingestible Benefits: Toss a few bay leaves into your favorite soup or stew and take advantage of its ability to soothe an upset stomach, facilitate efficient digestion, boost heart health, and regulate blood sugar levels.
Topical Benefits: Grind up a few bay leaves and apply topically with your favorite moisturizer. Bay leaves contain unique phytonutrients that can reduce irritation and alleviate joint pain when applied topically. Apply bay leaves topically to blemishes and skin lesions to encourage healing and get smooth radiant skin.
Growing Tips: You can actually grow bay laurel in a pot, just be sure it gets enough sunlight and is planted in a well-draining container. Be sure to water your laurel deeply, less frequently—the soil should dry out a little bit in between waterings.


Fresh cucumbers contain plenty of antioxidants, helping you combat wrinkles and prevent sun damage. Cucumbers contain important compounds called cucumerin and cucurbitacins that can help fight inflammation and minimize the effects of aging. They also pack a mean punch of Vitamins C and K, antioxidants that can help fight dark circles under your eyes. The Vitamin B5 found in this crunchy produce helps the skin retain moisture, while silica found in cucumbers promotes collagen production, which can help combat wrinkles.
Ingestible Benefits: Chop up cucumbers in your favorite salad and munch on this crunchy fruit to take advantage of numerous benefits. Eating cucumbers can relieve heartburn, flush out toxins, and nourish your body with plenty of immunity boosting Vitamins, including A, B, and C.
Topical Benefits: Head to any local spa and you’ll find a cucumber-based treatment. Make your own resort spa experience at home by using cucumber juice in your favorite DIY masks. Throw a cucumber in a processor and mix with some lemon juice and sugar for an at-home scrub.
Growing Tips: Cucumbers are easy to grow, even for novice gardeners. Plant your cucumbers in an area that receives full sun, keep the soil moist, and voila—you’ll have the perfect addition to a summer salad and your next at-home skin care treatment. Cucumbers require steady watering, and using compost and nutrient-rich fertilizer will help yield some delicious produce.