Get Creative With Herbs This Summer
Herbal Tea- This may seem like an obvious one, but herbal tea is a convenient way of adding herbs to your diet and staying hydrated. Steep a tbsp of fresh herb in boiling water for 2-10 minutes. Some common herbal teas include chamomile, lavender, and ginger tea.
Tincture/Extract- Although making a tincture may seem like a lengthy and involved process, they remain popular today for their potency, fast-acting properties, and long shelf life. Here's a great link that explains the best way to make, bottle, and label tinctures: https://blog.mountainroseherbs.com/guide-tinctures-extracts
Herbal Poultice- A poultice is a paste made of herbs and other plants with healing properties that can be added directly to your skin. Some of the best herbs to use in a poultice are turmeric, dandelion, and cat's claw. Try mixing turmeric with honey or milk instead of water to cancel out staining.
Culinary- Many people already use herbs such as basil, oregano, and thyme for cooking. But did you know that there are many uncommon cooking herbs that you can use for added flavor and benefits? Try adding lemon verbena to your meal for a citrus flavor and improved digestion.
Decoction If you want to get the most out of your herbs, try a decoction. Make a decoction by boiling down your smashed or diced herb, root, or bark. Let it steep for an hour. It's basically a tea, but much more potent!
Herbal Steam- Herbal steams have many benefits, including removing toxins and boosting the immune system. This link provides all the information you need to create your own herbal steam at home: https://www.yinovacenter.com/blog/diy-v-steam/
Infused Lotion, Salve, or Balm- Infusing one of your favorite lotions or balms with herbs can be an extremely convenient way of using herbs, by making them portable and easy to use wherever you are!
Herbal Bath- There are many herbs you can add to your bath for increased health benefits and relaxation! Try a mix of chamomile, lavender, and rosemary in your bath before bed to promote restful sleep.
Innovative & Fun Herbal DIY Projects.
Herb Infused Ice Cubes- place chopped herbs into an ice cube tray, add water and freeze. Add the ice cubes to your water to increase flavor and health benefits! Sage, rosemary, basil, thyme, rose hips and lavender are all great summer flavor infusions!
Lavender Pillow Diffusers- Having trouble sleeping? Try this fun project: https://www.nectarherbandtea.com/upcycled-pillow-diffusers/