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Whether you’re looking to spice up your potatoes or make a fragrant scented spray to give as a gift, herbs are your best friend.
Log in below for some great suggestions on how to use herbs this holiday season.
A few suggestions:
- Mix a selection of herbs and spices into plain yellow mustard for a tasty dip. Package it as a gift or serve it at a holiday party. For a spicier flavor, add cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper and Tabasco. Have fun experimenting.
- Add rosemary to a boiling pot of potatoes, but be sure to drain the sprigs out.
- Buy inexpensive apple or pear jelly at the store. Mix it with mint, lemon balm or other herbs. Heat it in the top of a double boiler until the flavor of the herbs is extracted (herbs will wilt). Strain and put back in the jar. You can make a new label identifying it as apple/mint jelly.
- Mix lavender essential oils with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Mix with water and put in a spray bottle for a scented room spray.
- Mix fragrant herbs (such as lavender and hops blossoms) in a gossamer bag for a relaxing sleep pillow.
- Mix equal amounts of Epsom salt with sea or kosher salt. Add herbs such as mint, lavender, lemon balm, wormwood, rose petals or oranges. Pulverize it in a blender, and add a few drops of food coloring to make a re-hydrating bath salt for silky, smooth skin.
- Make little packets of a mix of herbs and spices. Attach a recipe to make garlic herb butter. Here is a sample recipe.
Garlic Herb Butter
6 ounces butter or margarine, softened, not melted
4 gloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped bay leaves
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix together basil, garlic, parsley and chives with softened butter. You can mix any assortment of fresh herbs with the butter.