Plants for DIY recipes:
- Lavender — an exfoliant in cold-process soap
- Rosemary — for shampoo (for people and pets), foot soak and mouthwash
- Peppermint — also for shampoo
If you could grow only one herb, what would it be?
Peppermint! It aids digestion and treats nausea and headaches. You can use it in teas, tinctures, compresses, poultices, salves, syrups and in water.
For example, combine peppermint with elder and yarrow to treat fevers. Or use as a cold tea for a compress to relive puffy or swollen eyes. (Lindsay: I've used it to treat sunburn!)
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Which herbs grow best in containers?
Try chives, dill, peppermint, parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme, sage, lemon balm, cilantro and lavender.
Which herbs are easy to forage?
It depends on where you are and the time of year. Try dandelion, chickweed, fireweed, lamb's quarters, shepherd's purse, plantain, and nettle shoots or leaves. Buy a book!
Is it better to grow herbs from seed or plants?
Some herbs are easy to start from seed. Others take long to germinate and grow. Plants from seed tend to grow stronger but need more time and effort.
Try basil, borage, calendula, chervil, coriander, dill, lemon balm, parsley and sage. Before you start, always check the seed packet for germination requirements.
What else should herb growers ask of their garden stores?
Choose non-GMO and medicinal-grade seeds guaranteed to be fresh. Freshness will be better from retailers that specialize in seed sales.
Share your DIY garden herb recipe in the comments to win a Rocky Mountain Soap Company prize package. (Draw date: August 15.)
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green