I’ve often been asked about uses for herbs, since I love to grow them. I love them for the fragrance primarily.
But I will often step out the French doors and snip chives for soup, a baked potato or a salad.
But there are many other uses for herbs that don’t include food. For instance, did you know you can clean your toilets with thyme?
Did you know you can freshen your floors with lavender?
Lavender: In Medieval times lavender was used to refresh stale or sickly air. You can use it on carpet for bad odors and to fight bacteria.
Make your own floor deodorizer with 8 drops of lavender oil to 1/2 cup of baking soda. Sprinkle it over your carpet. Let sit for a few minutes and then vacuum.
Did you know that rosemary deters mosquitoes?
Rosemary: Rosemary can be used to keep mosquitoes at bay, and it can also be a hair rinse.
To strengthen your hair and eliminate dandruff, rinse your hair in a cooled solution of boiled rosemary leaves and water.
Did you know that lemon balm is a great all purpose cleaner?
Lemon Balm: Lemon balm makes a fantastic homemade all purpose cleaner. It is both antiviral and antibacterial.
Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a glass bottle with a few drops of lemon balm essential oil to clean.
Did you know that peppermint can soothe your headache?
Peppermint: Peppermint is a popular herb used in aromatherapy to sooth headaches and relieve tension.
To sooth a pounding head, add 5 to 7 drops of peppermint oil to a small bowl of ice water. Dip a washcloth in the mixture, wring in out, and then apply the washcloth to your forehead for 10 to 15 minutes.
You could also put several drops of peppermint oil on a washcloth and bring it in the shower with you for a minty steam.
Did you know that basil can be used as an anti-bacterial and acne treatment?
Basil: Basil is great for treating acne and other infections because of its antibacterial and ant-inflammatory properties.
Below I have lemon basil along with pineapple sage and lemon verbena, my two favorite scented herbs.
Charlie loves to snack on pineapple sage when his tummy is upset.
For a natural acne treatment solution, simply soak fresh basil leaves in hot water for 20-30 minutes. After the water has cooled, apply the liquid to problem spots using a cotton ball.
Did you know that thyme is a natural disinfectant?
Thyme: Thyme is a natural disinfectant and antiseptic due to the oil called thymol, which it contains.
Rather than using harsh, toxic chemical cleaners around your house, try using thyme instead.
Simply add fresh thyme to boiling water and then mix with a light, vegetable-based soap. Pour the solution onto a spray bottle and use it to clean hard surfaces in your bathroom, kitchen, or other areas of your house.
Did you know that parsley can remove dark circles from under your eyes?
Parsley: Parsley is often added to beauty products. This is because it contains vitamin K, chlorophyll, vitamin C, and other active compounds that help to lighten and tighten skin.
It also works great as an anti-inflammatory agent. Next time you have dark circles under your eyes, try spreading crushed parsley on your skin.
Did you know that mint will keep mice away?
Mint: Although most humans love the smell of fresh mint, mice absolutely hate it. Keep mice away from your home by scattering crushed mint or mint oil around problem areas of your house.
I’ve used mint essential oil dabbed on a cotton ball, which I then put under the kitchen sink. It will dry out, so I have to keep reapplying the oil.
How do you use herbs?