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Easy Herb Breads for Dinner

Quick breads are easy to make and wonderful served with soups or stews,
especially on cold winter evenings. Today I have a few simple recipes to
keep in mind when you need a quick bread for dinner.

Herb Rolls

Ingredients:
2 tubes butter flake rolls
1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
2 tbsp. dried minced onion

Line a greased loaf pan end to end with two rows of dough. Peel apart
slightly. Bring the butter with herbs to a very low boil while stirring.
Pour over the bread. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes. Read more... )
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by Scott Cunningham

Herbal sachets, or charms, consist of herbs and other
materials tied-up in bits of cloth. Some sachets ward
off certain energies or disease; others draw specific
situations or powers to you.

Easy to make and pleasing to the nose, sachets are a
distinctive and aromatic gift for the holidays.

Items needed:

7 parts Juniper
4 parts Cinnamon
4 parts Allspice
4 parts Ginger
4 parts Caraway
2 parts Nutmeg
2 parts Rosemary
2 parts Lemon peel
2 parts Orange peel
1 part Clove
1 part Bay
2 pinches Orris root

Tie up in a green or red cloth and give as a gift
on Yule or Christmas.


"The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews",
by Scott Cunningham
[identity profile] mysticmirth.livejournal.com
Sweet Health

Ingredients
1-cup orange juice
1-Tbsp. rosemary
1-tsp. vanilla
2-Tbsp. whipped cream
1 slice of orange (garnish)

Method:
Make a warm tea of the orange juice, rosemary and vanilla, then strain. Serve slightly warm with 1-Tbsp. whipped cream blended in, and one on top for garnish with a slice of fresh orange.

History/Lore:
While many people think of rosemary in terms of remembrance, in the Middle Ages it was lauded as having many restorative qualities for health. The high content of Vitamin C in oranges aids this feature.

Alternative:
This is also good cold, served over chipped ice with a mint leaf for extra energy.

from Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions, by Patricia Telasco
[identity profile] myfanwy-65.livejournal.com
Bee Balm can be added to fruit salads, pork recipes, punches and other
beverage recipes plus it can be substituted for mint.

Summer Punch
Ingredients:
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup Bee balm leaves
1/2 cup raspberries
2 cups cranberry juice
1/2 cup mint leaves (any variety)
1 47 ounce can chilled pineapple juice
3 liters of ginger ale
In a sauce pan dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice, over low heat. Add
the bee balm and raspberries. Bring to a simmer, stir to break up the
raspberries. When the sugar is dissolved, strain leaves and berries out
of the liquid. Add cranberry juice and mint, stirring well. Chill up to
24 hours. When ready to serve, pour into a punch bowl and add pineapple
juice, ice and ginger ale.

Bee Balm Iced Tea
Ingredients:
1/2 cup Bee Balm flowers and leaves
8 cups boiling water
Pour the boiling water over the Bee Balm. Cover and steep until cool,
about an hour. Strain and discard flowers. You can sweeten with sugar if
desired. Chill until ready to use and serve over ice.
Bee Balm Tea: Pour one cup of boiling water over 1/4 cup fresh leaves
and allow to brew for 5 minutes. Strain and sweeten if you wish before
serving. To use dried bee balm pour one cup of boiling water over two
teaspoons of the dried leaves. Brew the same and strain.

Summer Tea Blend
Ingredients:
3 tbsp. dried chamomile flowers
1 tbsp. dried bee balm leaves
2 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tbsp. apple or pineapple mint leaves
Mix all the dried herbs together in a jar. Use 2 tsp. of the mix per cup
of tea. Steep for 5 minutes and strain. Sweeten with honey or sugar if
you wish.
[identity profile] mysticmirth.livejournal.com
The basic ingredient for these recipes is olive oil, with varied additions to produce different flavorful delights.

In every case, whisk the ingredients together and allow vegetables to soak in the resulting marinade for at least 30 minutes before grilling. Each recipe may be doubled or tripled as needed.

Hot Mama Marinade
1/3-cup tamari or shoyu
1/4-cup olive oil
1-tsp. dried mustard
1/2- to 1-tsp. cayenne pepper (or more, depending on how hot you like it)
1-Tbsp. Tabasco sauce (optional)
2 or 3 garlic cloves

Sweet & Tangy Marinade
1/3-cup tamari or shoyu
1/4-cup olive oil
1/4-cup maple syrup or honey
Juice of 1 lemon

Herbed Red Wine Marinade
1/2-cup full-bodied red wine
1/4-cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1-tsp. sea salt
1/2-tsp. each of any of the following dried herbs (or 1-tsp. each, if fresh; or place whole sprigs of fresh on vegetables as they grill) – choose from: rosemary, marjoram, thyme, oregano, basil, sage, or any combination of these

from Witch in the Kitchen by Cait Johnson
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1 teaspoon French green clay powder
1 teaspoon honey
1 drop lavender oil
1 drop rosemary oil

Blend all the ingredients together into a paste in
your palm. Massage the paste into your skin until it
feels clean. Rinse with warm water.
[identity profile] i-feelfine.livejournal.com

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1-cup cornmeal
5 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2-teaspoon salt
1-cup milk
1/3-cup canola oil
1 large egg, slightly beaten 
1 tablespoon (more or less if you want) fresh rosemary

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease and 8 or 9-inch square pan.

Sift dry ingredients into mixing bowl. Form a well in the mixture and add the milk, oil, and egg. Stir just until everything is combined – there should still be scattered clumps of flour, about the size of baby peas or BBs. Add rosemary.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 24 to 30 minutes, until the cornbread is starting to brown slightly (especially at the edges) and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Serve hot.

[identity profile] myfanwy-65.livejournal.com
Lemon balm is an easy to grow perennial that grows
similar to mint. It likes some shade during the hot part
of the day or it will wilt slightly. I find it very drought
tolerant and rarely give it extra water unless we go
quite awhile without rain. In fact, it doesn't like wet
feet, and prefers a loose, fairly fertile soil. It will
tolerate dry soil as well. I harvest my plant at least
3 times each summer and still have more than I
can use with just one plant. It can be harvested
within 2-3 inches from the base of the plant each
time and it comes back with vigor! I've read that
in some parts of the United States it's becoming
known as a pest, but I've found that if you keep it
harvested and don't allow it to go to seed it stays
under control.

You can divide lemon balm in the spring or fall. You
can also take cuttings in midsummer to bring in for
the winter. It can be grown from seed in the spring,
or started indoors in late winter and transplanted.

Lemon balm is not considered an ornamental herb,
but I think the leaves are pretty, and I can't resist
grabbing one each time I pass it to smell the lovely
lemon scent. My daughter is three and it's her favorite
plant. I have mine located next to my sage plant, which
is great for snipping both herbs quickly to stuff the cavity
of a roast chicken before cooking. I use it in my herbal
vinegars and teas as well. Cut the whole stems within a
few inches of the base of the plant, gather into groups of
5-6 stems, tie and hang in a warm, airy location. When
dry, strip off the leaves, store in a covered container
and use as needed.

Roasted Lemon Balm Chicken

Ingredients:
Handful of fresh lemon balm leaves, stems removed
1/4 cup or so of fresh sage leaves
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 large roasting chicken
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°. Trim herb leaves from stems; wash
and pat dry. Set sprigs aside. Chop two-thirds of the leaves,
and combine with the butter, salt, and pepper. Rinse chicken
and pat dry. Loosen the skin in several places and insert the
herb butter underneath. Rub chicken with salt, pepper, and
garlic powder. Insert the remaining herb sprigs into the cavity
of the chicken. Place breast-side-down in a roasting pan. Bake
30 minutes, then turn chicken over. Bake about 20 minutes
longer. Makes 4 to 6 servings

Lemon Lovers Tea

Ingredients:
1/4 cup dried lemon balm leaves
2 tablespoons dried lemon thyme leaves
1/4 cup dried lemon verbena leaves
1/4 cup dried lemon geranium leaves
2 tablespoons dried lemon grass leaves
1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms

Mix all together and use a tsp. or so per
cup of boiling water. If you are missing any
of the lemon herbs, just use more of the
ones you do have.

Lemon Mint Sun Tea

Ingredients:
1/2 cup mint
1/2 cup lemon balm
1/2 cup chamomile flowers
3 black tea bags

Place in a gallon container and add cold water
to fill the jar. Set in the sun for several hours.
Strain our tea and herbs. Pour over ice and
refrigerate the leftovers. Sweeten with honey
or sugar if desired.

Rose and Herb Tea

Ingredients:
1/2 cup dried red rose petals (make sure no sprays were used)
2 tablespoons dried lemon balm
1 tablespoon dried rosemary

Mix well. Use 1 teaspoon for each cup and
pour boiling water over the herbs, then strain
after 5 minutes or so. Sweeten as desired.

Lemon Balm Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons light olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
6-8 leaves lemon balm
Fresh black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons wine vinegar


Stack the lemon balm leaves together and
roll, then with a very sharp knife cut thin strips,
and then chop finely. Combine with the other
ingredients and serve with steamed vegetables
or mixed salad greens.

Lemon Orange Cheese Spread

Ingredients:
2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. orange marmalade
1 tsp. orange zest
1 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh lemon balm

Blend the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Mix in the other ingredients. Chill overnight and
serve at room temperature.

Lemon Astringent

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon balm
1 cup witch hazel

Combine the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Allow to steep for 1 week. Strain. Use 1 teaspoon
per application with a cotton ball. Refrigerate if you
wish.
[identity profile] myfanwy-65.livejournal.com
Cucumber Milk
4 ounces oil of sweet almonds
10 ounces juice of fresh cucumbers
3 ounces essence of cucumbers
1/4 ounce white Castile soap, powdered
2/3 drachm tincture of benzoin
The juice of the cucumbers is made by boiling the slices in a very little
water, strain through a fine cloth. Make the essnece by mixing 1 1/2 ounces
of the juice with 1 1/2 ounces alcohol (in this case, use strong vodka).
Dissolve the soap in the essence, add the juice, shake well until thoroughly
mixed; pour into a bowl and add the oil and the tincture, beating well until
you have a milky liquid. Bottle. (I would keep this refrigerated)
She states that this lotion is a specific for sensitive skins, redness,
sunburn and roughness.

For Summer Rash (prickly heat rash)
7 ounces elder-flower water
1 ounce glycerine
1/2 drachm borax
Apply night and morning.

Vinaigre des Quatre Voleurs
1 ounce lavender flowers
3/4 ounce each of: rosemary, thyme, rue, sage, wormwood, mint
1 drachm each of: calamus, nutmegs, cloves, cinnamon
1 drachm camphor (not mothballs)
2 ounces alcohol
1 quart strong wine vinegar
Dissolve the camphor in the alcohol, then add the herbs, spices and vinegar;
let stand 10 days, strain.

Aromatic Toilet Vinegar
1 pint spirits of wine (substitute strong vodka)
1/2 pint strong vinegar
1 1/2 ounces gum benzoin
1/2 ounce balsam of Peru
1/2 drachm oil of neroli (orange flower)
1/2 drachm oil of mace
Steep 1 week, then filter.

These vinegars were used as refreshing toners, by adding a few drops to a
glass of water to rinse the face, or by saturating a cotton wad and
inserting in a "vinaigrette", a small glass flacon carried and smelled when
one was feeling faint or to relieve a headache.

from "The Woman Beautiful" by Ella Adelia Fletcher, circa 1901
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Cocoa Butter Eye Cream
2 tbsp petroleum jelly
2 tbsp cocoa butter
2 tbsp coconut oil

Mix all of the ingredients together in an ovenproof glass container.
Heat gently in the microwave or in a water bath (place the glass pitcher
in a pan with 1 or 2 inches of water and heat).

Pour into a clean container and cool completely; the mixture will
solidify as it cools. Use nightly around your eyes. Yields 3 oz.

(The sensitive skin under the eye needs extra care and conditioning.
Cocoa Butter has been used for years to treat age lines around the eyes
and mouth. It helps soften and protect delicate skin. This eye cream is
rich, so a small amount is all that is needed nightly)

Lanolin Lip Balm
1 tsp lanolin
1 tsp grated beeswax
1 tsp petroleum jelly

Melt the lanolin, wax, and petroleum jelly together over medium heat in
a glass measuring cup in a pan of boiling water (water bath technique).
Pour the melted mixture into a lip gloss container or clean pillbox.
Cool completely, until cool to the touch, approx. 20 minutes. Rub into
lips and enjoy. Yields 1/2 oz.

Basic Shampoo A
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup liquid soap (castille or one for sensative skin, etc.) 1/2 tsp
light vegetable oil (if you have oily hair, then omit oil)

Mix together all the ingredients. Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze
bottle or empty shampoo bottle. Shampoo as normal and rinse well with
cool water.

Basic Shampoo B
1 cup water
1/2 cup liquid soap or inexpensive shampoo
1/2 cup glycerine
1/4 cup borax powder

Mix all the ingredients together. Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze
bottle. Let the mixture sit overnight to thicken. Shampoo as normal
and rinse well with cool water. Yields 16 oz.

Herbal Shampoo
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp dried or 1/3 cup fresh chamomile, lavender, or rosemary 1/2 cup
Basic Shampoo (either one - it's your choice) 2 tbsp glycerine

Mix together the water and herbs and heat gently to make a strong tea.
Let the mixture steep for at least 20 minutes. Add the shampoo and
glycerine to the herbal water mixture and stir well.

Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze bottle. Let the mixture sit
overnight to thicken. Yields 8 oz

(Chamomile makes a mild shampoo that is perfect for fine, light-colored
hair; the flowers have a mild bleaching effect. If you have dark
colored hair, use rosemary or lavender to enhance your own natural
color)

Desert Wonder Shampoo -this shampoo is great for people who live in dry
areas -
1/4 cup Basic Shampoo
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1 tsp glycerine
1/2 tsp avocado oil

Mix all of the ingredients together. Pour the shampoo into a container
with a tight fitting lid. Shampoo as normal but leave on an extra few
minutes. Rinse with cool water.
*note* this shampoo may separate; always shake well to remix before
using.

The aloe vera plant is sometimes called the "wonder of the desert"
because of it's many uses, especially as a moisterizer for the skin and
hair.
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Cornmeal-Rosemary Foot Scrub

1/4-cup rosemary infusion (tea)
2-Tbsp. ground organic rolled oats
1/2-cup organic cornmeal
2-Tbsp. Olive oil or Almond oil
1 nonmetal bowl

Brew a strong tea, pouring 1/4-cup of boiling water over 1-cup of fresh rosemary, cover and steep for 15 minutes. Powder the oats, using a coffee or spice mill or a food processor. Combine cornmeal, powdered oats and oil in a nonmetal bowl. Add rosemary tea, 1-Tbsp. at a time, until a smooth paste forms. Massage each foot with the paste, scrubbing rough areas. Rinse (using the remainder of the rosemary tea in the rinse water, if you like) and pat dry. Finish by applying a moisturizing cream mixed with a few drops of rosemary essential oil.

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