10 Jan Sue Goetz’s Herbal Wonders
Our ‘Fresh from the Garden’ recipes have been very popular as more and more people seek to grow their own edibles and prepare them in delicious and nutritious ways for their family. But herbs can be used in more ways than in cooking, and designer Sue Goetz shows you how.
Sue has created many award-winning show gardens, but this year she is embracing a wonderful and unique challenge – Sue is mentoring her 17-year-old daughter Courtney Goetz as a first time Garden Creator. Courtney’s garden, “Paradise (to be) Regained” borrows from Henry David Thoreau’s book of the same title. Like many of her generation, Courtney is concerned about the Earth, and wants to create a garden that shows how sustainability can also be beautiful. She aspires to move beyond recycling. To Courtney, in everyday life, we throw something in the recycle bin to be taken away. It goes somewhere else to be processed into something else. You don’t actually see the effects of your efforts. As Courtney explains, “To recharacterize is a verb [re-kar-ik-tuh-rahyz]. To re-characterize is a more personal approach than recycling. It is a second chance to take something in your hands and make it useful. Give it new purpose, life, distinction (character!) The best part of re-characterizing… finding ways to make it cooler than it was before.” That is what Courtney’s and Sue’s show garden will try to achieve.
Sue will be speaking at the show on “Herb Garden Favorites” talking about the secrets to growing fresh herbs and some wonderful herbal recipes for both cooking and for household products. Why settle for store-bought products that are filled with strange chemicals, when you can make your own herbal remedies? Don’t miss Sue’s seminar on Thursday, February 24 at 4:15 pm on the DIY Stage. And visit her website at www.thecreativegardener.com for more herbal inspiration.
Toners are used after a facemask or cleansing to tighten pores and soothe skin after scrubbing. Making our own herbal products gives you quality control and the ability to personalize blends with your favorite herbs from the garden.
1 Tablespoon crushed dried or fresh herb
Try organically grown:
Rose petals: Skin softening and aromatic
Lavender buds: Healing. Nice for troubled skin
Chamomile blossoms: mildly astringent and soothing
1/2 cup distilled water
1/2 cup Witch Hazel extract (Available in heath food markets, look for blends with a low ratio of alcohol)
6 drops of essential oil, if desired
Boil water in a glass pan. Turn off the heat and add the herb. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain out the herbs with a fine cheesecloth. Add the herb infused water to the witch hazel. Pour the mix into a sterilize glass bottle. Add essential oil if desired and shake well. Store in a dark cabinet or refrigerate. Use within 3 months for best freshness. To Use: Apply over face and neck with a cotton ball to refresh skin.
HERBAL LINEN SPRAY
1/2 cup of herb
Try organically grown
Lavender buds: refreshing and antiseptic
Rosemary: Deodorizing with an earthy fragrance
Peppermint: fresh, clears the air of mustiness
1 cup distilled water
Boil water in a glass pan. Turn off the heat and add the herb. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain out the herbs with a fine cheesecloth. Pour into a glass spray mister and add 5-10 drops of an essential oil to enhance the aroma (if desired). Shake well before each use. Mist the air, spray throw pillows, and carpets. Use to refresh linens and pillowcases or lightly mist towels before use. Test fabric before spraying, as essential oils may stain.