Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Helpful Herbs

Spring is a time for planting, and some of my favorite things to plant are herbs. I especially enjoy mints like chocolate, English, lemon, pineapple, and more. But stevia, sweet basil, sage, rosemary, bee balm, and tarragon and others are planted alongside and appreciated all summer long. Autumn is the time for harvesting herbs, drying them, and putting them into fragrant and helpful use. Most of mine are dried and stored for culinary use. Sometimes I make potpourri, herbal teas, and sugar scrub. And recently I have been learning how to make salves, balms, and lip protector. It's been fun and amazing to see how simple it is!

This autumn I joined in a project with a lovely group of women who grow and create with herbs. I've learned so much about using the natural remedies of the Creator from this group! They conducted a swap where items created from their herbs grown were shared. My box arrived in the mail yesterday and its fragrance exuded from every corner and crack! Upon opening, I was delighted to discover so many wonderful things! I'm amazed at the talent of my swap partners!

Elderberry Elixir to be used at the first sign of a cold or flu. Wild Cherry Syrup for coughs. Cucumber-Mint Toner for skin care. Herbal Healing Balm. Comfrey Salve. Cucumber and Aloe Cream Soap. Luscious Lemon Sugar Scrub. Cool CukeAloeMint Soap. Mango Peach Soap. Melissa Aloe Soap. Propolis and Myrrh Lip Balm. Lavender Sugar with a recipe for Lavender Lemon Sugar Cookies. Sweet Dreams Tincture of Hops, Valerian, Chamomile, and Passionflower. Lavender-Calendula-Chamomile Bath Tea and Soap. Herbal teas of herbs like holy basil, rose petals, lemon verbena, and elderberries.

Such fragrant treasures! Such helpful tools for a healthy winter. Thank you for the wonderful herbal gifts!

7 comments:

  1. What a wonderful selection. I've been going to try making a salve, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Some of those beauty products really sound yummy. Linda

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  2. What wonderful treats! I so often have touched on getting involved more with herbs, but then get too busy with other things. Herbs are so fascinating. I think there is so much to learn about them.

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  3. what group have you joined hon?

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  4. Yje lovely things about herbs, is they are both good for you and taste good xoxoxo Clarice

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  5. This is an arena I am not knowledgeable about...but my daughter-in-law is. I do need to learn more as right now I only use herbs from my garden for cooking.

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  6. I am learning about herbs also. One day I hope to have a special herb garden. I tried my hand at homemade soap once for christmas...Thanks for this post.Please visit my blog! http://ofgraceandpearls.blogspot.com/

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