The Herb Society Meet monthly at the Avice Hill Craft Centre

Craft Room, Avice Hill Craft Centre, 395 Memorial Avenue
parking available

Daytime Meetings are 10am-12pm on the 4th Thursday in even months

Evening Meetings are at 7pm on the 4th Thursday in odd months

The Library is open on the 2nd Thursday of every month 12 – 2pm and half an hour before each meeting

Display Garden: maintained by members – open to the public

Subscriptions to the Herb Society are $15 ( due February)
Visitors Welcome: $2 per meeting

2018/19 Programme

Daytime Meetings 10am

October 25
A Day Out.
Details to come

December 13
(N.B. the 2nd Thursday in December at 6pm)
Christmas Themed
Bring a suitable hat to decorate. Have fun with a Xmas quiz.
Bring a salad or dessert. All else provided.

Evening Meetings 7pm

November 22
Making Dips for use at Christmas
Herb of the Evening: marshmallow
Tasting: Please bring crackers with a difference

January 24 at 6pm – 2019
Come share an evening meal and join in the Annual General Meeting –
Please bring salad or sweet.
All else provided.


Herbs of the Bible
27 September 2018

What is Frankincense?
Frankincense is the aromatic resin used in incense and perfume obtained from five trees in the genus Boswellia.

The Frankincense or Olibanum trees have a papery bark, sparse branches, paired leaves and white flowers with yellow or red centres. They are native to the arid stony dry lands of the Arabian Peninsula – Oman & Yemen, and to N.E. Africa – Somalia. When these scraggy hardy trees are 8 to 10 years old, all species are tapped three times a year to bleed drops of resin. The third tapping of each year produces the best quality. One species even grows in rock and has a bulbous disk-like swollen trunk which stops the tree from blowing over!

In ancient times the resin was more valuable than gold and a huge trade grew using camel transport. Frankincense was highly valued as far away as China. It was known to the Greeks. The fragrance is released by burning at very high temperatures. The Egyptians used the burnt fumes to purify the body cavities of mummies. Fumes from burning are still used today as incense in Catholic churches and in some Jewish ceremonies for meditation and to purify the air.

Today essential oil obtained by steam distillation is used in perfumes, for skin care by physiotherapists, for rubbing on new born babies and orally in medicine for diabetes and as an anti bacterial. There are now fewer trees as land is being cleared and burnt for grazing. Longhorn beetles are destroying the trees and heavy tapping is leading to poor seed production.

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August – September 2018


Hi Everybody,
Wasn’t the weather in July lovely. Hard to believe it was the middle of winter. There is a red rhododendron in my front garden that is in full bloom and looks lovely. I have been busy in my garden trying to get it weeded and tidied before I go away for six weeks in August and September. Unfortunately I have not managed to get the garden at the Craft Centre finished.
We were all sad to hear that our very long time member Phyl Williams had died. She did a lot of work for the society and always brought a lovely vase of herbs and flowers for the supper table. (See next N/L. Ed.)

Our June meeting went off well with a lovely “high morning tea” to celebrate 50 years of the Canterbury Herb Society. Plenty of lovely food. Even cucumber sandwiches. In July we had fun learning about “fudge sticks” and everyone was able to make one for themselves. It is good to learn how other cultures use herbs. I found it very interesting doing the research. Some groups used small feather fans to move the smoke around and some of these fans were beautiful.


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