Herbal Hydration!

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As summer heats up, so does herb garden abundance. Harvest fresh herbs and make some herb-flavored hydration!

Herb Infused Water
Why buy flavored waters when you can make your own? Cool, herb-infused waters are a healthy alternative to sugary or caffeine-laden drinks. Use fresh summer herbs from the garden with fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh-made herbal waters are a great way to stay hydrated through the day with some micro benefits from the fresh herbs.

cucumber lime mint in web water bottle water bottle IMG_7218 needs captionCucumber Lime Mint
1 cucumber, peeled and cut into thick, chunky pieces
8 to 10 whole fresh mint leaves
Juice of 1 small lime

Add sliced cucumber to a half gallon-sized glass jar. In a separate small glass bowl, pour in about ½ cup of water. Add the mint leaves and muddle them into the water. Pour muddled mint water over the cucumbers. Add lime juice, and more mint leaves. Fill the jar with water…

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Pot Marigold (Calendula)

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Recently on one of my evening walks around the neighborhood, I came upon a  patch of Calendula. The bright orange flowers boldly showing off  that they had snuck under the fence and into the crack in the sidewalk.  These sweet little escapees seem ordinary and simple to some, but immersed in those flowers are amazing healing powers.

Calendula healing teaCalendula Healing Tea: Make an infusion from the flower petals of Calendula to use it’s calming healing qualities to soothe a sore throat or mouth sores.  Add extra healing by adding raw honey to sweeten.   To make- add petals (dried or fresh, gently pull the petals form the base of the flower) of 2 to 3 flowers or about a overflowing tablespoon to one cup of very hot water. Allow to steep in the water for about 15 minutes.

Healing  Oil: Calming and softening to sunburn or dry skin. I use it to…

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Easy Herbal Hair Rinse!

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herbal hair rinse LOW MG_9943It’s spring! Pick a small bundle of newly emerged perennial herbs and try this easy, refreshing recipe for a clean, healthy shine to freshly washed hair.

2 cups of boiling water
Plus
A large handful of fresh-cut herbs
Try:
Rosemary- good for brunettes, adds shine and enhances hair color
Mint- tingly to the scalp and refreshing and cleansing
Sage- enhances color of dark hair and adds shine and softness

Place herbs in a glass jar. Pour hot water over the herbs until they are completely submersed in the water. Cover and allow to steep for at least 15 minutes. After steeping and the water smells strongly of herbs, filter the water through cheesecloth or a strainer to remove all the plant material. Toss the herbs in a compost bin and use the fresh herb water to rinse just-washed hair. No need to rinse the herb water out.

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Upcoming Workshop!

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IMG_8517 smoked rosemary saltSeasoning from the Garden

Herbal Workshop with Sue Goetz
Saturday May 4th, 2019 10 am
at the WW Seymour Botanical Conservatory
316 S G St, Tacoma, WA 98405
Grow Flavor! Create herb seasoning salt mixes using herbs from your garden. Shake them on a fresh leafy salad or flavor up a marinade for grilling meats. Stir them into olive oil to add zing to fresh tossed pasta. Add herbs from the garden and flavor your culinary dishes in a whole new way. Sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, French grey…which one to choose? We will talk about different salts and why to choose them, what herbs to use and how to harvest herbs in your garden for the freshest flavor.

Plus…Make your own seasoning blend!
Create a dry seasoning mix from a selection of herbs. We’ll talk about what herbs combine well together plus added ingredients like garlic and lemon to…

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Do You Need a Moment?

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Remember time out as a kid or sending your children to “time out.” It was all about taking a moment to stop, get in a better mood…or get an attitude adjustment.
Now as an adult, time out sounds good to me. There are days when it would be nice to stop the chaos that swirls around in a busy cell phone ringing, electronic calendar dinging world.
Defrag my brain, please…
Maybe it’s time to give yourself a moment- an herbal moment with these mini spa ideas.

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An Off Your Feet Moment
Peppermint Foot Soak (page 119 of the Herb Lover’s Spa Book)
Towels
Tub of warm water
Grab a towel, small tub, the peppermint foot soak and a book to read.
Find a quiet spot in the garden or your favorite chair.
Fill the tub with warm water and pour in two tablespoons of peppermint foot soak.
Set feet in…

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Rose Petal Sugar Scrub

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rose petal sugar scrubTreat Your Valentine to a  Relaxing Foot Massage
Prepare a tub of fresh, warm water and set aside. Lay out a towel on the ground. Massage a generous scoop of Rose Petal Sugar Scrub to clean bare feet for about 5 minutes per foot. Gently massage and work through toes and all over the bottom of the feet. Scrub more vigorously on rough skin at the heels.
Rinse and allow feet to rest in the tub of water for another 5 minutes.
Place feet on the towel and wrap around to bundle up both feet and hold in warmth. Relax and enjoy.

Rose Petal Sugar Scrub
1 cup organic sugar
½ cup organic coconut oil
1 vitamin E capsule
1/3 cup fresh or dried organic rose petals (Use rose petals from organic roses that have just begun to open. The more fragrant the petals, the stronger the scent and healing…

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