Herbal honey makes for a gorgeous and unexpected party favor, and it couldn’t be simpler to whip up! Weck jars turn them into pretty packages.
You will need:
- Various organic dried floral herbs: we like lavender, hibiscus, chamomile, rose
- 8 oz Raw honey
- 8-oz jars with tight-fitting lids
- Spoon for stirring
- Stainless steel mesh strainer
- White sage bundles/smudge sticks (find online at mountainroseherbs.com)
- Various dried herbs: we like lavender and rosemary
- Various fresh wildflowers: try daisies, clover flowers, dandelion, whatever you can find!
- Cotton kitchen twine
Fill your jar about one-quarter full with dried herbs (go for a single herb or try a blend) and pour raw honey over top. Use the spoon to gently stir the honey so that the herbs are fully coated. Cap the jars with tight-fitting lids and place the jar in a sunny windowsill to infuse for one week. Turn the jar upside down daily so that the herbs remain submerged in honey. Strain the infused herbal honey through a fine mesh sieve and rebottle.
Uses: Stirred into tea, drizzled on scones, ice cream or toast, added to smoothies or granola recipes.
If we’re being honest, there are precious few things that beat gallivanting around outdoors in a floral halo.
You will need:
- Floral wire
- Various fresh flowers, in a range of sizes, colors and textures. Pick some bigger blooms like poppies or ranunculus and along with some filler flowers, like yarrow, small daisies or baby’s breath. Use the greens, too!
- Floral scissors
- Floral tape
- Needlenose pliers
Use the wire to form a semicircle headband. Pick 2-3 blooms/greens and cut the stems to about 2 inches. Gather them together and use floral tape to wrap the stems onto the wire headband. Pick another tiny group of flowers, trim the stems and layer them next to the first group, like you’re making a wreath. Keep layering tiny bunches of flowers and greens around the length of the wire. You should have a full semicircle. Use the pliers to twist a loop at each end of the wire and thread a length of twine through to complete the headband. Tie the twine to fit the circumference of your head. It should rest on top like a crown.
Uses: Wear immediately, and let the selfies begin!
Wildflower Fire Starters
Pack these herbal bundles for your next glamping trip. White sage has been traditionally used for energy cleansing and gives off negative ions for a positive vibe.
You will need:
White sage bundles normally come pre-wrapped, and you’ll need to cut them to break apart the bundles. Break the bundles in two, then use one half as your base for your fire starter. Pile on some of the dried herbs and some of the fresh flowers to make a new bundle. Using the twine, tie a knot around the base of the bundle and wrap the twine around length of the herbs at least twice, making a cone-shaped bundle. Tie another knot to secure and hold everything in place. Trim the edges.
Uses: To give a fragrant start to your next campfire, toss the bundle in with the kindling and light with a match.