Medicine Making

I've cut the purple basil to make more basil vinegar, lemon balm and yarrow for tincturing, and comfrey for salve making and drying.  

Herbal Salve Recipe

Lemon Balm Tincture

Lemon Basil

Basil is probably my favorite kitchen herb.  I have come to especially love the sweetness of lemon basil.  This will be washed and hung for drying for winter cooking.

We harvest just before it blooms.  Just cutting it to the stem buds so it continues to grow.  

Purple Basil

It reseeds every year.  I enjoy it's color, but have never used it much in the kitchen.  

This year, I've decided to use it in the kitchen.  The flavor is milder, but it makes a beautiful herbal vinegar for salads and other dishes.

Purple Basil Vinegar Recipe

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Chamomile

Today's harvest of chamomile flowers - heading in to begin drying for winter teas

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