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Life is Better with Herbs

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Have you checked out the communal herb garden yet? Along the main entry path and across from the pavilion lies our shared herb garden—a treasure trove of plants in pots and raised beds that can enhance your life in several ways!

You’ll find different herbs throughout the year, and many grow even in the hottest months of the summer. Herbs provide health benefits in addition to adding flavor and aromas. Check out these ideas for incorporating herbs into your routine:

Add some flavor to a recipe: There are many ways to incorporate herbs into your cooking. Basil, oregano and parsley can be incorporated into sauces and stews. Cilantro makes a great garnish for taco night. You can also incorporate herbs like lavender and mint in cookies, cakes or other baked goods. Finally, you can make and freeze compound butter to use when sautéing meats or veggies. Choose a variety of herbs like parsley, rosemary and thyme. Place fresh herbs in ice cube trays. Fill the tray with melted butter and freeze for later use.

Make a fresh tea: This is a great way to get the health benefits of herbs in your daily

diet. Choose any combination of herbs from the garden. Mint is a favorite, but lavender, camomile, basil and fennel also make great tea. You can put the herbs directly into a mug and steep in hot water or add them to a sachet for easy cleanup. Add ginger and honey for more flavor

Enjoy some aromatherapy: Collect herbs and place them into a cloth sachet. Lavender and rosemary tend to be the best choices for aromatherapy, and crushing the herbs a bit will help. Draw a warm bath and place the sachet in the bath for some fragrant relaxation.

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