Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gardening and Herbal Gifts

Yesterday, Grandpa came over to our house for a Father's Day present from me. I gave him some radishes that I had especially grown for him. I also supplied him with some leaf lettuce for his neighbor and himself. We have had a lot of leaf lettuce with all the rain we have been having. Plus, we started getting some butter crunch head lettuce, which is Daddy's favorite.

Besides giving away fresh produce, you can also give away some herbal gifts from your garden. Remember how I had talked about drying oregano? I found some things that you can use dried herbs for-not just cooking. I thought that these two were very interesting for presents.

Herbes De Province
I thought that this one might be like Mrs. Dash®, a no salt seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried marjoram
  • ½ Tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon dried summer savory
  • 2 Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoon lavender flowers
  • 1 bay leaf
Mix together and store in an airtight container.

Dried Flower and Herb Sachets

This would be good to scent clothes or beds...
  • Make a small bag with a somewhat open weave. Leave one side open to stuff the herbs in.
  • Mix together enough dried herbs or flowers to fill the bag.
  • To enhance the scent, a few drops of essential oil can be added.
  • Fill the bag with the flowers or herbs.
  • Sew the bag closed, or tie the end tightly with ribbon or string.
  • Gently rubbing the bag will crush the herbs and make them release their fragrance.
Tips and Ideas
  • Good, strong-scented flowers and herbs to fill the sachets with: lavender, lemon balm, lilac, mint, rosemary, roses, scented geraniums and thyme.
  • To scent the bathroom: Let them float in the bathtub or tie a string just long enough to hold them under the faucet.
  • Holiday and seasonal fabrics help turn this simple sachet into a thoughtful gift
On a future post, I will give some gift ideas for using fresh herbs. It is a joy to share your harvest with family and friends!

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