The garden is overflowing with fresh herbs for the pickin', so I grabbed a few to hang up to keep them handy in the kitchen when I need them. Plus, it's a great way to reserve those great benefits and flavors when the summer season has passed.
All you need to hang and dry herbs is some string (I used natural twine), a few minutes of your time, and a place to put 'em. I use two nails on either side of my window so that I can change the string/herbs as needed. Make sure to wash your herbs in clean water with a splash of vinegar to rinse away anything you don't want going in your food! Try to avoid trying over leaves when possible, as those will have a harder time drying out. A lot of herbs have antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties that can be used for skin irritations like insect bites, rashes, infections, eczema, and surface wounds. Herbs add tons of flavor plus internal benefits to food, so don't skip when you're in the kitchen! Even a little thyme and parsley go a long way. Plus, they make pretty darn cool window decoration.
Dry herbs can be steeped into oils for using on the body and face to utilize their many benefits. Use the power of the sun to strengthen your brew - steep in sunlight for a few days for a more potent infusion. You can also make an herbal toner with fresh or dry herbs, just brew them like tea in a concentrated bath, strain, and cool // apply this toner to skin with clean cotton, leave on 5-10 minutes, and rinse clean if desired. Herbs can also be used as packs or poultices, mixed with blends of oils and clays, to alleviate different external and internal symptoms. Use the search box below for a specific ingredients or a specific irritation to see how foods can help.