Crafting with Herbs
Earlier this week, we talked about some herbs you can grow in your garden or in indoor containers that have uses in the kitchen as well as folk uses for things like calming nerves or protecting you from negativity. Something about autumn (hello from the northern hemisphere) just makes us feel crafty, so today we wanted to take a look at a few fun, crafty uses for your homegrown herb harvest!
Sachets: Sachets are an easy craft that can be made with the most basic sewing skills. All you need are a couple of squares of your favorite fabric, thread, some ribbon, and your favorite mix of herbs. If you don’t feel up to sewing, sachet bags or small gift bags are readily available, making this project even easier. Keep a lavender sachet under your pillow for soothing sleep, or dry some rose petals to scent your drawers or closets.
Garlands and wreaths: This is an especially good project if you want to use dried flowers from your garden as well as greenery, herbs, pinecones – whatever you want! You can find grapevine wreath bases at most craft stores, and then all you need is a hot glue gun and your favorite foliage from the garden. You may also want some floral wire and picks to help hold things in place. Some of our favorite herbs and flowers are said to have protective qualities, so if you’re looking to keep out the bad vibes check out this list for some ideas to weave into your wreath!
Soaps: Soap making is another great way to get the most out of your homegrown herb harvest! You can find melt-and-pour glycerin soap base and whimsical molds at most craft stores or just use a muffin tin, making this project a snap and safe to do with children. Add herbs whole, minced, or pureed to mix into the whole bar of soap – whatever you fancy!
Bath salts: This is a great way to relax and unwind with help from your own garden. You’ll need coarse sea salt or Epsom salts and your favorite blend of dried herbs, and an airtight container for storage. Simply mix your herbs and salts in an airtight container – lavender is great for baths. Some people use essential oils or food coloring in their bath salts – be careful because oils can irritate your skin, and you don’t want to end up dying yourself blue.
Bath sachets: Alternatively, if you want to keep bits of leaves and flower petals out of your tub and drain, consider creating bath sachets. They can be as simple as an old stocking filled with herbs, or specially made sachets. Remember, if you choose to use essential oils in your sachet less is more – you don’t want to irritate your skin.
Floral or Herbal water: This simple project produces scented water that you can use as a refreshing mist for yourself, or a spray to use on your linens before bed. One of the most popular is rose water, and all you need is rose petals (dried or fresh, your choice), distilled water, a saucepan, and a strainer. Simply simmer your rose petals until the color is gone, strain, and bottle your newly-infused rose water! There are more complicated ways to create infused water, but this is an easy way for beginners to experiment with their favorite floral and herbal scents.