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Karon Grieve has always been a keen herb grower, but it wasn’t until her career in equine sculpture was cut short that she had the idea of turning her interest into a successful business.
The entrepreneur launched Dream Acres in 2004 and turned her very modest herb garden into something bigger by the day. Herbs took on a whole new meaning and Karon used them as often as she could. From scenters for the wardrobe to soaps for the bathroom and candles for the living room, herbs were used everywhere.
Karon, who lives in Ayrshire, started selling her herbs at village fetes and charity fairs, and over the years Dream Acres goodies have featured in several home and lifestyle magazines including Country Living, BBC Good Homes and House Beautiful.
The keen herbalist lives in a 200-year-old cottage with her daughter and works in a log cabin in her garden surrounded by herbs and flowers. She had the idea of writing a back to basics guide on herbs in light of the credit crunch. So Easy Herbal shows you how to use and grow 10 herbs to save money on life’s little luxuries.
Karon said: “I am a great believer in keeping things simple, interesting and enjoyable. With only 10 herbs you can create a whole host of goodies from sleep pillows to delicious herbal teas, bath oils to mole chasers and from culinary blends to fabulous drinks.”
The 10 herbs used – basil, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, sage and thyme - are accessible to everyone and can be bought cheaply from garden centres. They can be grown in window boxes or planters if you don’t have access to a garden and are very easy to use:
“Herbs aren’t just for old hippies with dreadlocks or ladies with tweeds with a big garden in the country. They are for everybody,” Karon said.