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Garden Aromatherapy

peppermint
peppermint

 

Top on my list of “To-Do’s” today: harvesting Mint. I love Mints and grow several different varieties.

Or you might say, the Mints grow themselves. Mint is famous for overrunning its allotted garden space. I tried containing it, first edging it with slate and later growing it in a container, but Mint finds its way up, over, under, and around all barriers.

(This habit has actually endeared Mint all the more to me- I adore vibrant, enthusiastic, abundant plants!)

So now I let the Mints run wild, which gives me lots to harvest and share. It’s also recommended as a companion plant in the garden, repelling pest insects and attracting beneficial ones.

Taking cuttings of my growing collection of Spearmint, Peppermint, Mojito Mint, Orange Mint, Chocolate Mint, and (new to the garden this year) Ginger Mint is such a joy! It scents the air and my hands with an unbelievably delicious, invigorating fragrance.

It’s aromatherapy for gardeners 😉

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D.I.Y. Herbal Spa Meetup

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"The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day." -Hippocrates

 

BIG THANKS to Jennifer Goodheart at Acadia Herbals, Brittany Wood Nickerson of Thyme Herbal, and everyone at the “D.I.Y. Herbal Spa Meetup” on Sunday! SO much fun to relax and swap tips and recipes with other bathtub goddesses while sipping Jennifer’s delightful Jasmine-Lemongrass tea 🙂

(Join our herbal group at Meetup.com if you’d like to catch the next meetup!)

Brittany advocates using salt scrubs to keep skin exfoliated and moisturized for its optimal health, and explained how this also supports our lymph and nerves.

She demonstrated an easy-to-make recipe that I know will leave you feeling just sparkling:

  • 1 cup finely ground sea salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. lemon peel powder
  • add a few drops of lemon, sweet orange or grapefruit essential oil if you’d like to make it aromatic

I talked about my great love for tub teas (of course!) and all my favorite ingredients for a bathtub spa including salts, baking soda, oatmeal, and apple cider vinegar.

Vinegar restores skin and scalp’s natural pH and is said to draw pollutants out of the body. A soak in a bath with a little vinegar can help relieve sore muscles, itchy skin and sunburn (*but be aware that vinegar can irritate open sores and sensitive skin).

Herb-infused vinegars are really simple to make and make a fabulous addition to your herbal pantry. Some of my favorite blends are:

  • 3 parts rose petals, 1 part spearmint
  • 1 part rosemary, 1 part lavender
  • 2 parts lavender, 1 part lemon balm,  1 part lemon peel

All you need to do is add 1 oz. (weight) herbs to 2 cups apple cider vinegar. Let it steep for 1 – 2 weeks, then strain.

To use, add ½ to 1 cup of vinegar to the tub when it’s filled. Makes a great salad dressing too!