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Uses for various herbs. Recipes.


NOTE: See also the files: herbs-msg, spices-msg, p-herbals-msg, garlic-msg,  hemp-msg, lavender-msg, woad-msg, seeds-msg, rue-msg, saffron-msg.





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Thank you,

    Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

                                          Stefan at florilegium.org



Subject: Fw: HERB - Resins

Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 01:46:28 -0500

From: "Philippa Alderton" <phlip  at bright.net>

To: "Stefan" <stefan  at texas.net>


: So, has anyone tried to make incense or something similar (smudge pots, etc.)?

: I haven't found a good description of how to do this yet, and I'd really like

: to try it.


: Raisya


The easiest way to make incense or smudge pots is to go to your local

church supply store, and get a package or three of the little charcoal

disks that the churches use to burn incense- just light them up, put your

herbs on, and enjoy. They also have bundles of herbs that you can use- one

is labelled frankincense, and they'll also have censors of various sorts-

generally, fairly inexpensive.



Caer Frig

Barony of the Middle Marches

Middle Kingdom



[submitted by Philippa Alderton <phlip  at bright.net>]

From: Gaylin Walli <g.walli  at infoengine.com>

To: herbalist  at Ansteorra.ORG

Subject: HERB - RECIPE: Jasmine's Herbal Sniffy Bags (long)

Date: Wednesday, November 04, 1998 9:56 AM


My husband saw me making these last October for Christmas

presents (I have 7 siblings all in different countries; I start

very early). Innocently, he asked when we were going to be able

to keep some. I told him we could have whatever was left over

when I was done packaging up the gifts. At one point during

construction of the packages, I got up to go change laundry in

the basement.


Came back, didn't really think much of the rearrangement of

my finished bags (I have cats), and continued. The next

morning I spent 20 minutes in my walk-in closet trying to

figure out why all the clothes smelled like the Christmas

presents. I suspected it was the work shirt I had been

wearing, but it turned out to be the bags my husband had

snitched out of the pile because he was afraid I'd give them

all away without sharing some with him. Goof.


So, the reason these are called "sniffy bags." The herbs that

are in them have been used traditionally throughout history as

treatments for colds, to repel bugs, or in some other form as

antiseptics. I actually keep one of these in my drawer at work

and "sniff" it any time I'm feeling particularly stressed or

just generally yucky. Any standard herbal book can probably detail

the herbs' qualities pretty well, so I'll leave it up to you to

look them up on your own. And I highly recommend you research

anything on herbs I post! Don't trust me. I'm no expert!.


Enjoy -- Jasmine, jasmine  at infoengine.com or g.walli at infoengine.com


PS: If anyone needs supplier names for sources of equipment or

herbs in general, I'll happily provide them privately. E-mail me.





Jasmine's Clothing & Sheet Herbal Sniffy Bags



Equipment for one sniffy bag:


   a 3x5 muslin drawstring bag

   a tablespoon measure

   a mixing bowl (optional)



Common sense equipment suggestions:


   hospital gloves -- these are helpful if you feel you might be

        allergic to any of the herbs you work with. I nearly

        always use the hospital variety because they give me

        the best dexterity. Look for these gloves in bulk at

        you local drugstore or medical supply warehouse.


   breathing mask -- highly recommended if you're working with

        large quantities of herbs that you might be allergic to.

        Drywalling masks are cheap and easy to obtain at any local

        hardware store.


   safety glasses -- with cats in my house, I never know when a

        major race through the house will occur. Rather than be

        sorry later, I wear safety glasses to avoid any "upsets"

        if the "Kitten 500" comes racing past the kitchen table

        when I least expect it.


Dried Herbs to fill one muslin bag:


   ~8 tablespoons of any dried herbs that suit your purposes


   I use the following combination for scent, antiseptic, and bug

   repellant properties (and cause my husband likes them)...


   4 tablespoons dried lavender blossoms

   2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves

   2 tablespoons dried lemon balm leaves


Hints & Tips:

   Increase the amount of herbs as necessary to make however many

bags you need. Approximately 8 tablespoons of cut and dried leaves

will fill a standard 3x5 muslin drawstring bag to the top, with

only a little amount of compaction necessary.

   If desired, mix the herbs in a mixing bowl prior to placing

them in the muslin bag. I sometimes just scoop the herbs right into

the bags from their shipping containers, but some people like to

mix the herbs up a little more.

   Remember to use dried herbs that have been stemmed and crushed,

especially if they normally come in large pieces (for example, my

home-grown lemen balm or wildcrafted catnip). Do not use herbs that

are powdered or otherwise so finely cut that they would sift through

the fabric of the bag.

   Tie the bag's drawstring tight, but not in a knot. I try to

replace my herbs every 12 months. Instead of throwing away what's

in the bags or composting the ingredients, I lock my cats up,

strew the herbs on the carpeting, put on some old tennis shoes,

and walk around on the herbs for a little while. Then I vaccuum.

This keeps my vaccuum smelling fresh and my capret and house smelling

wonderful. I can also reuse the bags.



[submitted by Philippa Alderton <phlip  at bright.net>]

From: Gaylin Walli <g.walli  at infoengine.com>

To: herbalist  at Ansteorra.ORG

Subject: Re: HERB - adding oil to powder

Date: Wednesday, November 04, 1998 9:04 AM


Yvette Royd asked:

>Please excuse my ignorance as I am very new to all this.... Does the powder

>not clump when you add the oils?  Sounds like a wonderful project I'd like

>to try sometime!


To fragrance powder like this you need not add large amounts of

essential oil (or whatever liquid you add for fragrance). Last

year when I made bath salts for the first time I was suprised at

how little scent you actually need. When you add the oil, you're

adding a matter of DROPS, not teaspoons or cups, in my experience.

With this small amount, I've found it's not been too difficult

to shake the clumps out and continue shaking until the scent is

reasonably evenly distributed.


Jasmine de Cordoba, Midrealm, g.walli  at infoengine.com



[submitted by Philippa Alderton <phlip  at bright.net>]

From: Gaylin Walli <g.walli  at infoengine.com>

To: herbalist  at Ansteorra.ORG

Subject: HERB - RECIPE: Skin Softening Wash Bags

Date: Thursday, November 05, 1998 9:12 AM


I forgot about these in the list of things I did. These

are probably the easiest thing I make for holiday presents.

You can use them a couple of times each. I've successfully

taken these to weekend camping events. The recipe I usually

make doesn't contain herbs, but they're easily added,

especially to take advantage of some of the antiseptic or

skin protection properties of certain plants.


I plan to make a bunch of these for our Queen's bribe...ahem,

war chest. If you come up with your own combination, I'd love

to hear from you! I'm always interested in new twists on

this recipe. -- Jasmine, jasmine  at infoengine.com or g.walli  at infoengine.com







   something to grind with, preferably a food processor

   measuring cups and spoons

   a bowl

   3x5 muslin drawstring bags


Possible Ingredients:


   Nut or grain meal. Some good choices include: almonds, sunflower

         seeds, and oatmeal.

   Powdered milk. Some good choices include: powdered cow or goat

         milk and powdered buttermilk.

   Dried herbs, stemmed and sifted. Suggestions: lavender, sage,

         chamomile, peppermint, thyme, or lemon balm.


Ingredient Notes:


   Ground meal and ground nuts have traditionally been used to

treat a variety of skin ailments. In combination with herbs they can

afford relief to many troublesome skin conditions, including sunburn,

leprosy, and exczema. As with all kinds of home rememdies, it's

common sense and a good idea to talk with a trained professional

first before resorting to this kind of a treatment for a susepcted

or known conditionor problem. However, as a nice treat to the body and

senses, I highly recommend this as the perfect way to spend some

time in the bathtub.


Grinding Notes:


   Making ground meal and ground nuts requires a little planning.

The raw measure does not equal the ground measure. That is, you

can't measure out 1.5 cups oatmeal and expect to get 1.5 cups

ground oatmeal. Here's a little guide for the ingredients I use

most often:


     1 cup whole oatmeal = 1/2 cup ground oatmeal

     3/4 cup sunflower seeds = 1/2 cup ground sunflower meal

     50 large, whole almonds = 1/2 cup ground almond meal


I've found that you can sometime find these preground in bulk

at bulk food service stores (in Michigan, I would buy them at

Gordon's Food Service).


Preparation Notes and Suggested Starting Recipe:


   Roughly 7-8 tablespoons of mixture will fit, depending on you

ingredient choices, into a 3x5 drawstring muslin bag. Using this

number, you can calculate the mixture you would like to use

in your bags, in quantity. Here is the mixture for one bag, which

I made up in the last batch I created:


   ~ 3 tablespoons ground oatmeal (groats, not the quick-cooking kind)

   ~ 3 tablespoons ground sunflower seeds (raw, unsalted, unroasted)

   ~ 1 scant Tablespoon buttermilk powder (look in the baking aisle)

   ~ 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers


Play with the mixture a bit to see what you like best. The first

mix of this I ever made contained simply 1/4 cup ground oatmeal

and 1/4 cup ground sunflower seeds. For a simple, skin nurturing

bath, this is still my favorite mixture. Store these in an airtight

container until you're ready to use them (make sure it's waterproof

or safely stored, too).


Usage Notes:


   I wet these bags down and used them like a bar or soap when I'm

in the bathtub. It's a great treat after a tough day. It's also quite

convenient for a nice little pick-me-up at a camping event. The slight

roughness of the muslin acts as a nice exfoliating agent and the rest

of the ingredients soothe your skin quite nicely.

   The bags I usually buy measure 3"x5" and hold a considerable amount

of mixture. You can use these bags several time before they lose their

"oomph", but beware of a few things. First, milk powder will often

start to fester in the heat of the day. If you plan to make these for

camping events, don't add any milk powder and expect to be able to

use the bag again. Second, if my cats are any indication, felines

REALLY like these little bags. Keep them out of reach of kitty and

you'll be thankful. They make an awful mess when one of your cats

decides to either suck on one or tear it apart to get inside (yes

this is the voice of experience).


Selected Suggested Reading:


Culpepper, Nicholas. _The English physitian: or an astrologo-physical

discourse of the vulgar herbs of this nation_. London: Peter Cole, 1652.


   Facsimile copies and various editions of this reference abound.

   Check your local bargain bookstore for copies.


Grieve, Maude. _A Modern Herbal: Vols. 1 & 2_. 1931.


   Both volumes have been bound into one copy that can easily be

   obtained at bargain book stores. This herbal, while out-of-period,

   is America's first modern, researched herbal, often containing

   recipes of neccessity from the time of the War.


Tourles, Stephanie. _The Herbal Body Book_. Pownal, Vermont: Storey


1994. ISBN: 0882668803


   Although non-historical in nature, this is a good place to start

   when creating your own toiletries from scratch. Use this as a

   recipe reference in combination with your period sources.



[submitted by Philippa Alderton <phlip  at bright.net>]

From: RAISYA  at aol.com

To: herbalist  at Ansteorra.ORG

Subject: HERB - Re:  Jasmine's recipes

Date: Thursday, November 05, 1998 9:59 AM




Mmm, looks like I'm going to be trying several of your recipes <G>.  The bath

bags sound like a lot of fun.  I came up with a pretty similar filling for my

herbal moth bags, 2 parts lavender to 2 parts rosemary to 1 part thyme. I'm

not crazy about the scent of lavender, but I've noticed when it's mixed with

rosemary, I like it much more.



[submitted by Philippa Alderton <phlip  at bright.net>]

From: Gaylin Walli <g.walli  at infoengine.com>

To: herbalist  at Ansteorra.ORG

Subject: HERB - RECIPE: Eye Compresses for My Mother

Date: Thursday, November 05, 1998 5:52 PM


Last year I made eye compresses for my mother because of

her allergies because her eyes often get quite puffy. Up

until very recently, she also had a stressful job and

needed something that would help out with the stress

to her eyes. This recipe is the result of my research

and experimentation. I've taken these to Pennsic with

me to combat the morning after effects of too much

ground smoke and too little sleep. I cannot use them

any more personally, however, because I've developed

an allergy to chamomile; hence, the common sense cautions

listed below. Enjoy! -- jasmine, jasmine  at infoengine.com





   measuring spoons

   a small mixing bowl

   heat-sealable tea bags (large)

   an iron


Common sense equipment suggestions:


   hospital gloves -- these are helpful if you feel you might be

        allergic to any of the herbs you work with. I nearly

        always use the hospital variety because they give me

        the best dexterity. Look for these gloves in bulk at

        you local drugstore or medical supply warehouse.


   breathing mask -- highly recommended if you're working with

        large quantities of herbs that you might be allergic to.

        Drywalling masks are cheap and easy to obtain at any local

        hardware store.


   safety glasses -- with cats in my house, I never know when a

        major race through the house will occur. Rather than be

        sorry later, I wear safety glasses to avoid any "upsets"

        if the "Kitten 500" comes racing past the kitchen table

        when I least expect it.




All ingredients are dried, not fresh.


Chamomile flowers -- this herb is an excellent plant for all manner of

things. Be aware, however, that it is a common allergin for many

people. If you already have allergies to ragweed and similar

plants, you should find a substitute for this ingredient.

     The volitile oil of chamomile is an anti-inflammatory. In

ancient Egypt, chamomile was ised to treat malarial chills. The

old herbalists Pliny and Dioscorides recommended it to relive

headaches and calm the nerves. In medieval England, the plant

was popular as a strewing herb, possibly because of its fresh

apple smell. In Spain it was used to flavor very fine sherry.

Before refrigeration, a tea of chamomile was used to soak away

the smell of early spoilage on meat.


Catnip leaves -- this herb is extremely old. An old Middle English

herbal known as the "Agnus Castus" recommends catnip for "evils that

a man has about the throat." This holds with common day use of catnip

as a tea to sooth coughing and congestion. In more modern medicine,

catnip is known to be a mild sedative due to its volatile oil,

cis-trans-nepetalactone. This ingredient is one of the main sedatives

in the Valerian plant as well. Catnip often calms mild stomach

upset. Catnip is used in this mix because of its efficacy in treating

congestion of the sinus passages that comes with allergies.


Elder flowers -- the cross of Jesus of Nazareth was supposedly

constructed from and elder tree. The goddess Freya supposedly made

her home in an elder tree. In the 1600's, it was popular to gather

elder on the last day of April and place it at windows and doors

to ward off the evil of witches (presumably because of it's virtue

in having been good enough to support the weight of Jesus's death).

     The roots, stems, and leaves should not be ingested. The ripe

cooked berries, however, are a popular jam ingredient. The flowers,

which I used for this recipe are a mild stimulant and diaphoretic.

They have popular in bathing and home cosmetics for an extremely

long time.


Preparation notes:


You'll notice I give no amounts in the ingredients section. I use equal

parts of each dried herb and mix them well in a bowl. I've not settled

on an amount best suited for the tea bags. The amounts will vary


on the quality and condition of the herbs you get. I've not found a

consistent amount that works with a wide variety of herb quality.

     Try using a smaller amount than you think you need. Fill the tea

bag so that none of the herb mix falls out when you lay it down to

iron it shut. Then remove about a teaspoon or two more. I suggest

this because of the swelling that occurs when you wet down the tea

bags for placing on the face. If the bags get too full from the

swelling herbs, they will break open and herbs will potentially enter

the eye. This is bad. :)



batches of these eye compresses to cats. The first time the compresses

were stored in a double layer of zippered plastic bags and wrapped

in tin foil. The second time they were also placed inside a duct-taped

box. Neither efforts hindered my cats' abilities to get at them and

spread them throughout three rooms in my apartment.


Using the compresses:


Run the tea bags under very warm water. If necessary, use tongs to run

them under hot water. Set the tea bags aside until they are cool enough

to touch the most sensitive areas of your skin. If it's too hot to touch,

it's too hot to put on your eyes.

    When cool enough, lay down or tilt your head back comfortably and

relax with  the tea bags covering your eyes for at least 10 minutes.

Lock up your cats so you don't have to fight them off your face. :)



[Submitted by: "Philippa Alderton" <phlip  at bright.net>]

From: Gaylin Walli <g.walli  at infoengine.com>

To: herbalist  at Ansteorra.ORG

Subject: HERB - RECIPE: Juniper Berries in Oil

Date: Friday, November 06, 1998 6:37 PM


I have to admit, I don't fully understand why this works the

way it does for the purpose I make it. You see, *blush* I

need to use it every month or I can't run up stairs. Or wear

lingere. Or have any pressure on my chest at all. I swell like

a balloon. *blush* So I was over at a friends house last year

and just turned pasty white when someone ran into my front at

the wrong time. Ow ow ow ow. And when I explained to her what

the problem was, she ran to her medicine chest and pulled this

out, shoved me into the bathroom, and said "try this, you'll be

completely amazed."


So I did. And you know what? She was right. So I immediately set

to work finding out the why's of swelling reduction and the use

of juniper berries. Let me geek on you here for a minute the

principal constituent of juniper berries is the volatile oil

(the trade name of it is called Junol). Sometimes you'll here

people call it Roob or Rob of Juniper. This is from the practice

of mashing up the just ripe berries (they're bluish) in water and

then extracting out the oil via distilation (actually, the oil is

considered a by-product of the distillation if I understand the

chemistry of the process correctly).


So, about juniper oil itself. Well, it's kinda neat. In nearly all

the cultures that I've found that use it, even back in history,

the fruit has been used to treat symptoms requiring a diuretic.

Most of the reading that I've found that even mentions this in

period calls the condition "dropesie" or "ydropesie." Now both

of these are the roots for the semi-modern word "dropsy" which you

and I would probably call "edema." And all of them are just confusing

substitutes for "an excess of fluid where it's not supposed to

be" (that's really an oversimplification, but the technical details

are mind-boggling for me, so that's the easiest way I can explain

it without stumbling).


Have I muddled the works too much or misinformed? Someone stop

me if I have. In any event, the juniper oil that you get from

ripened and ripened dry berries is strong enough to reduce

swelling. You need to dilute it a bit (i.e. you can't use it

neat, as far as I know), but in the end, the results are amazing

if only for me.


Here's what I make for my house, pretty much for me when I need to

reduce my, ahem, "top-heavy load" (though we've been known to

use it as a leg massage oil after a day of hiking around camp).

-- Jasmine, jasmine  at infoengine.com


PS: Do I need to remind everybody about doing a patch test before

you try out a new toiletry item you've never tried? That may be

appropriate here too if you have a history of allergies. :)







   a saucepan with a lid

   a non-reactive metal spoon (not wooden!)

   a food processor or spice grinder (preferred) or a mortar (adequate)

   a fine mesh strainer

   a bowl

   a small bottle with a sealable, non-reactive top (squeeze-type preferred)




   1/2 cup dried juniper berries

   1 cup light oil (good: canola or almond)




In a food processor or spice grinder, grind the juniper berries into

very small pieces, larger than powder but smaller than cracked bits.

Into your saucepan, add the oil and the ground berries. Cover and heat

the berries and oil on low or medium-low until small bubbles form at the

edges of the pan (don't boil this). Let it bubble for 10-20 minutes.


     Turn off the stove and let the mixture cool for about 15 minutes.

Repeat the heating and cooling process twice more, then turn off the

heat and cool completely. Using your strainer, pour the oil from the

juniper sludge through the strainer and into the bowl. Once filtered

from the oil, place the juniper sludge in the strainer, hold it over

the bowl, and press the sludge carefully with the back of the spoon to

get the remaining oil that has soaked into the berries.


     Bottle and enjoy. This oil keeps for roughly one year, though

that time may be shortened as you use more fragile oils (e.g. almond)

for the base. While using cold oil on your skin is not a great idea,

you may store the oil in the fridge to make it last longer. Before using,

however, you should be sure to let it warm up to room temperature.


Alternate prepartion:


Place the oil and the ground berries in a slow cooker and heat on low

for several hours until fragrant. Filter oil from berries as suggested




Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 23:45:06 EST

From: DianaFiona  at aol.com

Subject: Re: SC - Clove oil


tyrca  at yahoo.com writes:


I came back one time, and found a small corked bottle with clear

liquid.  No one was there to offer explanation, so I opened it,

smelled it (no real appreciable smell) and then tasted it.  It was

clove-infused oil.

This is really a wonderful gift, but I have no clue what to do with

it.  Any suggestions?


Tyrca >>


        How lovely! And I can imagine many different things to use this

for/in......... The obvious one for a cook is of course as a flavoring oil--in

cookies, cakes, even a bit in spiced drinks, you name it! But it would also be

a good addition to a massage oil mixture--clove is a effecive topical

painkiller (Clove oil was a standard treatment for a toothache for many years,

after all.). I might well put a bit in a healing salve for similar reasons.

Take a look in a good herbal under "Cloves" and you'll probably come up with

a number of ideas of your own! :-)


                Ldy Diana



Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 11:56:08 EST

From: kathleen.hogan  at juno.com (Kathleen M Hogan)

Subject: Re: SC - Clove oil


It is wonderful for toothaches! (just use a very little bit).  Clove oil

is also an anti-bacterial and can be used for small cuts, cold sores,

etc.  It can be used to flavour a candy for freshening breath.


Caitlin NicFhionghuin

House Oak & Thistle



Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 22:29:03 EST

From: Mordonna22  at aol.com

Subject: Re: SC - Clove oil


First thought that I had was to warm it to blood temperature and put in in

the ear of someone with earache.





Date: Mon, 6 Sep 1999 09:20:46 EDT

From: Seton1355  at aol.com

Subject: SC - grain storage & another topic: head lice


I got a reply about rice and lentils from my Jewish list. I am passing this

letter along becauce I think it has some very good advice about foodstuffs

storage AND lice...read second half of letter.



<snip of rice and lentils info>


On the same subject, while we are being gross, in Israel in the last years

kids have a lot of head lice (and from what I know also in other countries).

As a pharmacist it is my duty to inform you that all the products in the

market are offensive (to the human being this time) and effective only for

the very short term.

HOWEVER the lice dislike the smell of rosemary - therefore the prudent

parent will drop every now and then a few drops of rosemary oil behind the

ears of his/her long haired daughter (with sons the suggestion is to make a

marine-style haircut).


If the lice do appear - do not run to your neighborhood pharmacist to buy

those strong medications and shampoos.

First - shampoo (prefer a shampoo that contains rosemary oil).

Comb wet hair first with regular and then with a fine tooth comb.

Now apply a very generous amount of a conditioner that contains rosemary oil

(the purpose of the conditioner it to loosen the glue that sticks the eggs

to the hair) and again comb with a fine tooth comb.

Repeat frequently, first once a day, then twice a week and then for

prevention at least once a month.


My Grandmother Says Corner: at my grandmother's time - of course no such

things as conditioners were available - so she used to put MAYO on the hair,

again as a lubricant to loosen the glue of the eggs. And also margarine or

oil can be used.

But then you need to shampoo again to remove the margarine from the hair.


All things in this letter have been checked by me personally. What can I

say, I feel now like I am a descendant of the Adams family or a relative of

Freddie Kruger.





From: "ariann" <ariann  at nmia.com>

To: <sca-cooks  at ansteorra.org>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] a herbal related question

Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 09:27:55 -0600


1 - You can make kitchen herb wreath gifts from contrasting stalks of herbs.

From your list I would use: sage rosemary parsley, and basil.  You could

also add lavender just for the color and fragrance.  The stalks need to be

6-8 inches.  Use rosemary as the base of your wreath, because it's strong,

flexible and doesn't shrink when it dries.   Tie 6-7 rosemary stalks

(branches) in a circle, attaching them (on the bottom) at 3-4" intervals, so

the final circle looks like a pinwheel with 3"-4" of each stalk/branch

pointing out from the circle.  Attach your other herbs to this pinwheel-like

circle.  When you stagger the placement of each type of herb around the

circle, it makes a flat wreath.  You break off what you want for cooking.


I use different size cords and ribbons for effect, but nothing smaller than

#10 cebelia crochet or it breaks the herb stalks after they have dried.

About the second day of drying the herbs have shriveled and are loose. Wrap

a thin, colorful ribbon around the wreath to hold down the loose herbs and

hide the construction threads.  You can finish it with a bow.


These wreaths tend to get dusty, but you can remove the dust using the same

compressed air used for cleaning PC keyboards.


2 - Another easy way is to make herb bags from small netting or muslin, pink

the edges and tie off with white cotton cord.  I crochet, so this is one way

I use up all those little scraps of thread.  Place them in a clean jelly/jam

jar.  Put a label on the lid, so you know what's in them.  If it's a gift,

glue a circle of wrapping paper to the lid and put the herb contents label

over that.  They're pretty decorative on the countertop and I find I

actually use them more, than when I put them in the cupboard.  They last 8

months to a year before they start to lose flavor.


Aside, if you pick the lavender before it flowers, you can make lavender

wands as fragrant non-edible gifts.  They are non-period, but fun and easy

to make.  The instructions are in most newer herbal craft books.




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