7 Fun Ways to Put Your Fresh Herbs to Good Use

So you have some beautiful, sweet-smelling herbs in your kitchen? Now what? It’s not hard to grow herbs, but figuring out what to do with those attractive plants when they’re ready for harvest can be a challenge.

Fun ways to put your homegrown herbs to use around the house

Here are five of my favorite ways to use the fresh herbs I grow at home.

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Brew Your Own Tea

A hot cup of herbal tea is an easy-to-imagine use of fresh herbs. Mint, lemon balm, sage, and lavender make very soothing cups of tea.

Using Home-Grown Herbs To Make A Herbal Tea

My favorite is mint tea. The menthol in mint is what gives your throat that cold sensation as you breathe in. Fresh Mint has long been used for its beneficial properties in easing head and chest congestion.

A steaming cup of mint tea not only soothes a sore throat but opens up your nasal passages as you inhale the minty steam. Mint can also be used to settle an upset stomach, diminish nausea, stop hiccups, and soothe sunburned skin.

Relax in an Herbal Bath

Have you ever considered tying up a bunch of fresh herbs and running them under hot bathwater? Soaking in a tub full of fragrant, steaming herbal water (or just soaking your tired feet) is a great relaxation technique!

Draw A Herbal Bath Using Your Own Home-Grown Herbs

Take on Cold & Flu Season

Lemon Balm is my favorite herb to have on hand during the cold season.

Fight The Flu And Cold Using Your Own Home-Grown Herbs

Lemon balm tea with a touch of lemon juice and honey makes our family’s favorite herbal remedy for sore throats and coughs. Lemon balm also makes a delicious ice tea when blended with mint!

Cook a Delicious Dish

For me, merely brushing up against a fragrant basil plant propels visions of fresh Italian pasta. The other day I was assembling a dish of manicotti and I snipped a bit of fresh sage from a pot on the front porch and then pinched off a big handful of basil from a planter mixed with nasturtiums and herbs.

The smell in the kitchen of blended savory herbs simmering in tomato sauce made me feel like I was in a little family diner in Italy.

Here are my favorite ways to use herbs in the kitchen:

Cook A Delicious Dish Using Your Own Home-Grown Herbs From Your Garden

Make Your Own Herbal Oil Infusions

Why pay top for a fancy flavored oil again when you can make one yourself? Making an herbal oil infusion is fairly easy.

Just follow these steps and add them to your favorite oil diffuser.

Make Your Own Herbal Oil Infusions From Your Herb Garden

Herbal oil infusions can be used for a variety of purposes, including cooking (drizzle on meat, seafood, or a good bread) for making your own lotions and lip balms, putting in a diffuser, or using as a massage oil, insect repellent, or ointment.

My favorite: Lavender Oil

Probably the most reached for a little bottle of awesomeness in the medicine cabinet is lavender oil. This fragrant oil is safe to apply directly on the skin and it quickly takes the sting out of insect bites and burns.

I use the lavender I grow more as an addition to bouquets and sachets but it would be wise to consider adding a high-quality lavender essential oil to your medicinal quick grabs at home.

Lavender oil added to a heated pillow pairs the soothing combination of heat and smell that can make sleep arrive just that much easier after a rough day.

Decorate a Gift Package

As you are wrapping up brown paper boxes with garden twine for the plant lover in your family, why not clip a few fresh herb sprigs and tuck them under the string?

Create A Decorative Gift Package For Friends Or Family Using Your Home-Grown Herbs

This adds a very personal touch to any gift package and sends a message to the recipient that you care enough to add a personal touch.

Make Beautiful DIY Cards

Clip off some favorite green leaves and tuck them in a big book. A few months later you will have beautiful pressed herbs to use as card decorations.

Make Beautify DIY Gift Cards Using Your Home-Grown Herbs

Gift cards to stores make great gifts because they allow the recipient to choose a gift that matches their taste. However, they can feel a little impersonal, so add your private touch to the envelope with a sprig of an herb from your personal garden.

I hope you have enjoyed these fun ways to add herbs that you have grown to everyday life. Whether it’s gift-giving, reducing stress, adding flavor to food, or even fighting off illness, herbs have a lot of different uses around the house.

Have a favorite use for your home-grown herbs? Be sure to share them in a comment!

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