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gwathir:

Herb syrups are wonderful flavor essences. Add them in place of the liquid in cakes, pie fillings and sorbets, or drizzle on fruit. Brush them on pound cakes, cupcakes, muffins or breads just out of the oven. 

 1 1⁄2 cups water 1 1⁄2 cups sugar About 8 to 10 herb sprigs or a large handful of leaves

Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Place over moderate heat and bring to a boil; stir to dissolve sugar. Add herbs, bruising the leaves against the side of the pan with a spoon. Cover, remove from heat and let stand for at least 30 minutes.Remove leaves and squeeze them into the syrup to extract their flavor. Pour into a clean bottle or jar and label. This syrup can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for about 4 weeks.If you want to keep the syrups for a while, pour them into jars or bottles, leaving at least an inch of headspace, place on the lids, and label. We freeze them for up to 1 year. Remove from freezer the night before using and allow to thaw, or place the bottle in a bowl of warm (not hot) water to thaw more quickly. The syrup can be re-frozen if you don’t use it all.
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honeysuckle cordial: honeysuckle biscuits with sea salt peach butter + honeysuckle mint vinaigrette
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greenmerlox:

Before you throw away that orange peel remember this.

When you peel an orange remove the pit, white layer between the fruit and peel.

Sun dry the peels in a window seal. (may take up to 6 days)

Grind the dried peels into a powder

Mix the powder with honey and water to make a facial mask.

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greenmerlox:

mix together

1/4 cup sea salt

1/3 cup Epsom salt

1/8 cup baking soda

1/4 cup dried mint leaves

in a gallon of warm water (not quiet boiling, the feet are more sensitive to heat) let steep and soak feet for 10-15 minutes

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gwathir:

Violet Jam

In a Blender: 


1 cup of tightly packed Violet Flowers – (mine was heaping)3/4 Cup WaterThe juice of one lemon2 1/2 cups of  sugar

Blend until smooth. Slowly add cups of  sugar and continue to blend until mixture is smooth/sugar is dissolved.


In a saucepan - 


Stir 1 package of powdered pectin with one cup of water. Bring to a full boil and then let full boil roll for one minute – stirring continuously.

Pour the cooked pectin into your blender mixture and blend for another minute until smooth. Pour into pint jars — will set as it cools.  Store in the refrigerator or freezer.  Makes about 2 pints and will keep in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.
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gwathir:

Peach & Rosemary Blossom Lemonade


6 cups water1 cup honey4 ripe peaches, cut into 8ths 1 and 1/4 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice1/4 cup rosemary blossoms, plus a few rosemary sprigs for garnish


Simmer the water and honey with the peach slices over medium low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the rosemary blossoms. Set aside to cool completely. Once cooled, stir in the lemon juice and pour into the serving vessel. Garnish with the rosemary sprigs and refrigerate until serving time.
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star anise herbal tea
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swampseer:

Before seeing for a client or if I just want to have insightful dreams, I make tea. It’s really not fancy but it’s yummy and can also help you sleep!

Ingredients:

  • A bag a mint tea (preferably spearmint, but other mints work too)
  • A bag of green tea
  • 1 tsp mugwort (some people use more but this is all I can take without immediately passing out)
  • 1/2 tsp wormwood
  • At least 8 oz hot water
  • 1 tbsp Honey/to taste (or another natural sweetener)

Boil the water. I usually just fill the mug I’ll be drinking out of and dump it into the kettle. If you don’t have a tea ball (they’re super cheap on Amazon or eBay), you can use a coffee filter or cheese cloth to make a little bag for the mugwort and wormwood. Make sure it’s tightly closed so the little bits don’t escape into your water.

Before adding the water, put the honey in. Add the hot water slowly and stir so the honey actually melts into the water. Add the tea bags and tea ball next. Let steep for about 6 minutes and remove all the teas. Sip the tea.

**Note: I am not a doctor, a chef or any sort of authority figure. This is how I do it, I don’t know if it will work for you. Always research your herbs before using them! If you start feeling really off, consult a doctor! It should make you sleepy but not deathly. 

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lacoumeille:

Another new tea. Blackberry leaf, red clover blossom and mint blended with toasted lemon and fennel seed. Immune system support, anti-inflammatory, allergy relief, a digestive and mildly antiseptic. It’s got it all going on.
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How to Brew Fresh Herbal Tea in your Coffee Maker