Over the summer, I dried a goodly amount of our homegrown herbs. I did this for own winter cooking and medicine making needs. These herbs are versatile and make great gifts. If like, me you have jars of dehydrated leaves and flowers, consider making these easy homegrown herbal gifts.
Substituting Dry Herbs for Fresh
Dried herbs are more potent than fresh but can be used in place of fresh. For any recipe that includes fresh herbs, use 1/3 the amount of dried. For example, 1 Tablespoon of fresh herbs equals 1 teaspoon of dried.
There’s nothing quite like a warm bath full of herbal goodness to make someone feel relaxed and pampered.
- Put dried herbs into muslin bags for bath teas that relax and rejuvenate.
- Combine herbs with oil, salt, and sugar for a scrub that exfoliates and moisturizes.
- Lavender cleansing grains clean the face gently and offer some aromatherapy too.
- Soak the muscles in some herb infused Epsom salts.
Herbal Skin Care
Provide a nourishing and soothing gift of herbs for the skin that can skip harsh chemicals and perfumes that many are sensitive too.
- Soothe dry skin with chamomile lotion bars
- Make herbal baby powder to soothe, cool, and dry the skin
- Treat aging skin to herbal care in a luxurious cream
- Keep baby and everyone else natural with herbal baby oil
- Help teenagers fight acne naturally.
Give loved ones the gift of good health and natural remedies with these homegrown herbal gifts:
- Make a stress relief syrup to help everyone stay calm.
- Homemade cough drops are a great way to express care
- Elderberry syrup is tasty and boosts the immune system
- Use peppermint and pine for a headache-relieving salve
- Give drawing salve to help with splinters and more
- Provide restful sleep with herbal dream pillows
Naturally, these tasty plants give us ample culinary applications for great gift giving.
- Infuse herbs in vodka for a tasty adult drink
- Mix dried herbs with salt for unique blends
- Pound dried herbs with sugar for the bakers
- Make an herbal extract for cookies and cakes
- Put dried herbs in pretty containers for cooks to stock their spice racks
Packaging Homegrown Herbal Gifts
What’s your favorite way to give homegrown herbal gifts?