Spring is coming. It’s a very exciting time of year.
It is a great time to start an herb garden. Herbs are used for medicinal and culinary purposes. You can also make great soaps, balms, bath salts, lotions and more.
When people think of herbs, they think of cooking and how to incorporate them into making food taste better. The most popular herbs: Rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, basil, tarragon, chives, and mint. But there are many other herbs that can really help boost our immune system. Herbs can be grown indoors and used all year.
If you are new to growing herps, some of the easiest to start with are: Sage, thyme, oregano, mint, and lemon balm. These plants are very hardy and easy to grow. Mint, Lamiaceae, is particularly easy and if you grow it may take over the garden! Some of the more beautiful herbs are echinacea, calendula and St. Johns Wart. St Johns Wart is a pretty yellow wildflower and has many healing powers, including relieving mild to moderate depression. It has been around since the medieval Europe first discovered its medicinal powers. Externally it can also be used for scrapes, and burns.
Echinacea has a beautiful pink bloom is known for its powerful immune building properties. It is used in fighting off the common cold by stimulating the white cells and this helps us fight off viral and bacterial infections. It is also used to calm conditions such as acne and eczema.
Lavendar is another herb. It has a beautiful purple bloom, and fragrant, that soothes, calms and strengthen our nerves.
You can have lots of fun growing herbs and using them for cooking, savory and sweet dishes. You can also make saves, tinctures, oils, bath salts and aromatic tub baths that will wash away the day.
Forget about the bubble bath, here is a good way to relax in your tub.
Directions: Put a handful of herbs in an old clean sock, or a muslin bag and drop it into your bathwater. Let it steep, like you would a tea bag for a few minutes, before you get in.
Here are some herbal combinations: Lemongrass and Rosemary
Lavender and Basil
Mint and Thyme
All of you ladies out there will like this Sugar Scrub. It will be great to use to get your arms and legs looking great for summer.
1 1/ cups organic cane sugar
1/2 c coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoons dried rosemary powder
10 drops of lemongrass essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops vitamin E oil
Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler. Then add organic cane sugar, dried rosemary, lemongrass, and rosemary oils and vitamin E oil. Mix together well. Scoop into Mason glass jars with lids. Makes 3- 4 oz glass jars.
Use as a scrub on your legs and arms, then wash it all off in the shower. Your skin will feel amazing.
Relax and enjoy! Treat yourself well, you deserve it.
“Remember to make a memory each day, and don’t apologize for who you are”…..Rebecca