Summer – making herbal magic

Posted on August 8, 2014. Filed under: Nature, Random Musings |

Yes, it’s August and September is peeking around the corner, but, for now, it’s still summer and definitely time to squeeze that extra bit of fun out of life.    And, of course, out of your herbal life too!

Some fun things I like to do in the summer time is create things that combine the playfulness of summer treats with the magic of plants.  So I thought I share a couple of things that I love doing this time of year.

Herbal Pops!

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Herbal pop magic (Image by Michael Blackmore – Mad Crow Herbalism)

Make your favorite herbal tea blend and combine it with your most loved sweetener – in my case local honey from the farmers market and put it in dedicated pop molds or ice cube trays will work just dandy and put them in the freezer for the day or overnight.

One handy tip is a bit of acidity helps them set, so if there aren’t berries involved in the tea (which often have just the right amount) then try adding a little fresh lemon or lime juice.  This also enhances the flavor in just the right amounts.   Berries like Hawthorn, Elder or Schzandra are most awesome here.  I also like the light summer feel of Linden or aromatic flowers like Rose or Jasmine.  And don’t forget flavor enhancers like Cinnamon and Licorice!

Other than that experiment and enjoy!

Lemonade

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Lovely lemonade (image by Michael Blackmore – Mad Crow Herbalism)

It’s so easy to forget that lemonade can be so much more fun than that powdered nonsense sold in stores.   If you don’t already, the pleasure of discovering its magic lays ahead of you!

In the same vein as the herbal pops, make your favorite herbal tea blend and add some freshly squeezed lemon juice.  Or even better in my view lime juice!  And a touch of your favorite sweetener.  Throwing in crushed slices of your favorite fresh berries like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries is magic as well!

Things like Basil, Lavender and Sage are awesome.  I have some special affection for Nettle lemonade as well as Red Clover.

Be inspired by the plant bounty all around you.

The Most Important Thing – really!

But the most important thing for true summer herbal fun – is to remember to get out in nature while the weather is so awesome with many new and old plant friends are abundant and dying to meet you!

Remember winter is coming.

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Winter Wonderland (image by Michael Blackmore – Mad Crow Herbalism)

Seize the magic while you can!

With apologies to the musical Grease…

“Summer herbing,
Had me a plan…”

🙂

 

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