August 27, 2013

In the Herb Garden

Our small herb garden is overgrown in summer's fullness. The Lemon Balm has spread through the grass, fragrant when crushed underfoot. The Peppermint is home to spiders' feathery webs; its purple puffball flowers are diminutively lovely next to the proliferating Lavender.

Armed with scissors and equipped with a basket, Evelyn and I head out. This is just a little harvest. Mama's plotting soap. Here's my inspiration. I'm making infused oils to get ready for fall soapmaking, and when I make soap, don't worry I'll tell you all about it!

I decided to harvest Lemon Balm, Peppermint, and Lavender for my infused oils. The scent of the lemon balm lifted me right out of my self and into a calm sweet green fragrance haven. Combined with the lemon verbena I bought dried, I hope to carry that wholesome scent with me into the dark days of winter, cleansing my skin with it's sunshiny fragrance.

What are your favorite herbs?

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