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How to Use Herbs From a Herb Garden

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Overview

Herbs grown in the garden are used for more than just cooking and home remedies. Many things can be done with them, whether they are fresh from the garden or dried for later use. Herbs can be used in cooking and in decorating. You can make crafts, and share the herbs as gifts. A lot can be done with them, so growing many different kinds in the home garden is always worthwhile.

Herb Use

Step 1

Snack on some herbs straight from the garden. Use herbs like parsley, which helps to freshen breath, for this purpose. Chives are also good when eaten straight from the garden. Make homemade herbal teas using fresh or dried herbs. Try using chamomile to help with sleep. Use lemon balm, lemon verbena and mints in teas as well. Use fresh herbs sparingly when cooking. Make muffins, desserts and salads using fresh or dried herbs. Try them added to stews as well. Create herbed oils and vinegars as well. Place bay leaves in flour and other food containers to prevent bugs. Put them in cupboards as well for the same purpose.

Step 2

Create things using dried herbs. Use them to decorate a home or to give as gifts. Make an herb arrangement by placing dried herbs into a vase. Tie a ribbon around the neck of the vase. Make pillow ornaments for the holiday tree by sewing three sides of two square pieces of fabric wrong sides together. Turn the fabric right side out and fill with dried herbs. Sew the last side closed and attach a hanger. Create a potpourri of dried herbs. Place them in small bowls to place around the home. Simmer fresh herbs on the stove in a pot as an alternative.

Step 3

Give items made using herbs as gifts on holidays or other occasions. Place separate dried herbs in small canning jars. Cover tightly and add a ribbon to the top of each jar. Create a sticker or a tag to add to the jar as well. Create herbal beauty products for gift giving. Make soaps and lotions, as well as other products. Wrap soaps in tissue paper and tie with a ribbon, or place them in small drawstring bags. Put the lotions into small, wide-mouthed canning jars. Attach a tag using ribbon. Create bath bags by placing an assortment of herbs into small drawstring bags as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Chamomile
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Mints
  • Dried herbs
  • Vase
  • Ribbon
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Fabric
  • Bowls
  • A pot
  • Small canning jars
  • Blank stickers
  • Blank tags
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Ink
  • Tissue paper
  • Small drawstring bags

References

  • MotherNature.com: Bad Breath
  • Essortment: Chamomile Tea is Great for Relaxation
  • Culinary Herb Guide: Using Herbs in Cooking

Who Can Help

  • Pioneer Thinking: Bath Recipes
Keywords: use herbs, herb garden, cook with herbs

About this Author

Shannon Buck is a freelance writer residing in the small town of Milford, Maine. Her work has appeared on several sites including GreenandSave.com, where she writes The Green Mom column. She has written on many subjects, including home improvement, gardening, low-income living, writing and homeschooling.