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Got Herbs? Here's How You Can Use Them!

By Donna Stark

Do you like the idea of having access to fresh herbs but aren't sure you will actually use them all if you grow your own at home? Well, you certainly don't have to worry about that! From the kitchen to the bathroom to the laundry room to your makeup tray, herbs can be used in so many different ways. But the best part about using them? They are completely all-natural! Let's take a look at some of the most creative uses below.

Cooking With Herbs

Cooking with anything other than salt and pepper may seem a little intimidating, but you really can't go wrong when you use fresh herbs in the kitchen! Add some fresh basil and oregano to your spaghetti sauces, chop up some dill and toss it into your chicken salad, or make a fresh loaf of focaccia with that sweet-smelling rosemary. No matter what type of herb you choose to cook with, you can count on it being packed with plenty of nutrients and vitamins.

Cleaning With Herbs

Yes, you read that right. Herbs are full of amazing cleaning and antiseptic properties. Make yourself a natural all-purpose cleaning spray by tossing in some rosemary, sage, thyme, or mint with equal parts of water and vinegar. Add a couple of lemon slices for an even more unbelievable scent! Or teach yourself how to make homemade soap and toss some of those freshly cut herbs into the mixture. Imagine waking up and taking a shower with the all-natural goodness you specifically created with the herbs from your garden.

Drying Clothes With Herbs

Did you know you can infuse your clothes with fresh herbs too? You do now! Fill some muslin sachets with the herbs of your choosing (lavender or a blend of lavender and rosemary work great for this), tightly seal the sachets so they won't open, toss in with your wet clothes, and turn the dryer on. You won't believe how fresh and clean your clothes will smell! You can also keep a sachet in each of your dresser drawers to keep the scent lingering.

Beautifying Yourself With Herbs

Now that you have treated your entire home to the benefits of herbs, don't you think it's time to treat yourself as well? There are tons of online recipes for herbal facial treatments, lotions, body scrubs, and milk baths. Who knew it was this easy to feel renewed and refreshed? The best part, though, is that you can reduce a lot of your exposure to the toxic ingredients found in commercial products.

Start Using Your Herbs!

Don't worry about the herbs from your garden going to waste. With the suggestions above and with what you can find online, you may end up not having enough! And if that's the case, there is always room to grow more, right?

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