Herb Drying at Home

It’s harvest season and that means drying herbs! There are some great drying racks on the market, but you can also dry herbs at home, here are a few hacks I use:

Lay on wire racks:

Search your home for wire racks to use, I’m using racks from my power air oven. You may also consider wire shelves, dish racks, etc., Clean & disinfect the rack & lay herbs flat onto it, then store in a cool, dark place & make sure they receive good ventilation.

Hang to dry:

Tie small bundles with twine & hang upside down to dry. Leave enough string to hang or you can use clothespins or chip clips. Keep out of sunlight to preserve flavor & hang in a dark, dry spot. I have mine in my pantry closet.

Hang in a bag

Place herbs upside down in a mesh or paper bag and hang to dry.

Or, you can dry in a basket, a food dehydrator, or an oven & microwave.

You can also find many DIYโ€™s online to make your own drying rack.

Happy Harvest & Herb Drying!๐Ÿ’š

Hangin’ w/ Greek Mullein

Hanging with my ancestral plant ally, Greek mullein (Verbascum olympicum), Native to Southern Greece and the Olympus Mountains in Turkey.

This is its second year and sadly will die after this season. In the first year, Greek Mullein begins as a rosette of large, pointed, slightly fuzzy leaves, and in the second rises up to an impressive height and flowers galore! These lovely yellow flowers attract many pollinators, including bees and butterflies. Greek mullein has several stalks of flowers as opposed to one single stalk of the Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) and resembles a large candelabra.

Medicinally Greek mullein and Common mullein are used interchangeably.

Herbal actions: expectorant, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, vulnerary, emollient, astringent, & mild diuretic & sedative.

This statuesque beauty can aid us in so many ways with all of its parts.

The flowers can be infused with oil and used to treat ear infections.

The leaves can be smoked, tinctured, or taken as a tea for respiratory issues.

The root is harvested in the first fall or early second summer, and can also be used for respiratory tract and can treat back pain & urinary incontinence.

Mullein can treat cough, cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, earaches&infection, toothache, fever, allergies, tonsillitis, sore throat, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, colic, bruises&wounds, gastrointestinal bleeding, urinary issues, migraines, joint pain, back pain, and gout.

Summer Skincare Tips

A long weekend is upon us and summer is in full swing!

Before you head to the BBQs & beaches, double-check that youโ€™ve packed your self-care essentials, & remember skincare is self-care, so nurture the skin youโ€™re in & check out these summer skincare tips!

~Wear Sunscreen

SPF 30 and above works to protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays that damage skin cells, which can cause sunburn, aging & skin cancer.

~Drink lots of water

It’s important to up your water game during the summer. Our bodies are trying to cool down by sweating more, which causes dehydration. Drinking lots of water and consuming hydrating foods can not only prevent heat illness but keep your skin looking plump and hydrated.

~Cleanse & Tone

Cleansers should be gentle so not to strip skin of its natural moisture&double cleanse in the evening to break down dirt, make up&sunscreen. Toners help cleanse, tighten & hydrate pores. Use face mists throughout the day, like rose water or green tea.

~Moisturize

It’s tempting to skip this step as our sweat glands are producing more oil, but even if your skin feels oily, it’s necessary, as it helps lock in moisture and creates a protective barrier against the elements. Opt for a lightweight moisturizer or gel.

~Exfoliate

Because we are producing more oil in our skin, we need to exfoliate to remove build-up and unclog our pores. Exfoliating helps smooth skin tone, prevents acne & boosts circulation & lymphatic drainage.

~*Bonus Tips*~

Look for these ingredients in your sunscreen, cleansers & moisturizers: Zinc Oxide, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid & Glycolic Acid & Alpha Hydroxy Acids.

Grab some Aloe! Aloe vera is such a great ally in the summer (or anytime!) It contains allicin & antioxidants that penetrate deeply into the skin & replenish lost moisture & improves collagen. It also has cooling properties that soothe sunburn, irritation, cuts & scrapes. So go grab you some!

Donโ€™t forget!

Your Sunglasses! They help protect your eyes & surrounding skin from the sun & help prevent crowโ€™s feet.๐ŸŒž

SMILE! You will look healthier, feel better & it’s good for your cheeks! ๐Ÿ™‚

Every body is a beach body, so hold your head high & be proud of the skin you are in! ๐Ÿ’›