Ever wonder what on earth to do with all of the herbs you grow?

We get it.

So here are a few ideas of delicious, creative, and nose-pleasing ways to use your garden herbs:

 


1. HERB BUTTER

This one is amazing over oysters

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (packed) fresh herb leaves (such as flat-leaf parsley, chives, and tarragon)
  • 1/2 small garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

Preparation

  • Pulse herbs and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Add butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice and process until smooth; season with salt and pepper.
  • DO AHEAD: Butter can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before using.

 2. HERB ICE CUBES

Combine fresh herbs and agave syrup or water to make a fragrant herbal brew. Freeze it and serve the cubes with lemonade or cocktails.


3. HERB SALT

Great options include basil, or lemon verbena and rosemary salt

  • 1/2 cup of coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of herbs
  • 1 cup sea salt

Combine 1/2 cup of salt and herbs in food processor, and pulse until fine.  Add one cup of sea salt and pulse just to combine.


Spread out on a baking sheet and let air dry for at least two hours before pouring into cute jars!

4. LAVENDER ROSEMARY SOAP

Ingredients
• 3 cups glycerin soap base
• 1/4 cup herbal infusion (see below)
• 1 1/2 teaspoons lavender oil
• 1/2 teaspoon rosemary oil
• 1 teaspoon pulverized dried rosemary

. To make an infusion, pour one cup of steaming hot water over three tablespoons of dried or fresh lavender flowers and rosemary leaves (proportioned as you like) and steep for ten minutes.

Combine melted base and herbal materials. Stir until blended, then pour into molds and cool. This soap is very pleasing—so try not to give it all away! Store some in a linen closet for yourself and your family.


5. ALL-PURPOSE HERBAL HOUSEHOLD SPRAY
  • 1/2 cup Warm Water
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Dish Soap (just a drop)
  • Sage (or your favorite herb)

Put your leaves in a spray bottle and muddle them with a wooden spoon handle. The herbs will permeate the mixture with its oil. Sage is a great option here: not only does it help cut the alcohol and vinegar scent some but Sage oil also acts as a natural antibacterial component.
(You should discard this mixture after a couple days. Otherwise it will begin to smell like pickles.)