One Thousand Ways to Enhance Your Life with Herbs!
At the end of my fourth session of Enhancing Your Life with Herbs workshop I asked my participants how many ways they could list to enhance their lives with herbs. Dorothy Levinson, who inspired my Haunting Herbs e-book responded, "One thousand!" .
Yay for Dorothy - she is such a creative thinker! And yes, one thousand. Easily! I'm working on a handout on the ABCs of using herbs. Dorothy has inspired me once again!
A is Any Herb.
We'll use Basil as an example.
Basil - herbal vinegar, herbal oil, pesto, Bacon, Basil and Tomato Sandwiches, add fresh leaves to a salad a tossed salad, make a salad dressing using basil, make a spread using basil - use butter, cream cheese or cottage cheese base. Drink 1/2 cup basil to remain upright on a broomstick, hand basil to someone you are attracted to and . . . see what happens, make a basil rub for chicken or pork with basil, rosemary and garlic, layer with tomatoes and mozzarella. carry it in your pocket to attract money, grow in a place of business to attract customers, use in the room of a person who is ill to purify the air, give as a gift to bring luck to a new home.
Go on line and look up basil recipes. You’ll find 10,500,000 results. Really, do NOT go on line and find recipes. Use your imagination! Make up your own! Make a 'walk around' salad, using what you find in the garden or grocery store. Use what is fresh and fabulous right now!
That is one herb. There are hundreds (I've illustrated and presented over 200 for the course so far). You could do an entire alphabetic exploration of individual herbs!
B for Bouquets - from victorian Tussie Mussies, symbolism including color and design, and the language of flowers, bouquets for the bath, cooking - pick a cuisine - Thai, Italian, Chineses, herbs as garnishes for place settings - can be seasonal, symbolic, they can encourage, protect, celebrate - endless! I haven't even begun to list all in the possibilities using bouquets!
And then we have the herbal Butters!
I can hardly wait for next weeks class!
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