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Butterfly Botanical Baths – Bath Blends, Bulk Herbal & Floral, Fragrance For Women

Butterfly Botanical Baths – Bath Blends, Bulk Herbal & Floral, Fragrance For Women.

Recipe – “Tomato and Basil Salad”

 
“TOMATO AND BASIL SALAD”
“A Culinary Guide to Herbs, Spices and Flavorings”
By Arabella Boxer, Jocasta Innes, Charlotte Parry-Crooke and Lewis Esson
 
1-1/2         large ripe tomatoes, sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2            teaspoon sugar
3                Tablespoons olive oil
1                Tablespoon white wine vinegar
2                Tablespoons fresh basil, cut into thin strips
1                sprig basil, to garnish
 
*Arrange the tomato slices neatly overlapping on a large flat serving dish.   Season with plenty of pepper and sprinkle over with the sugar.
**Combine the oil and vinegar and spoon evenly over the tomatoes.  Leave to stand for 1 hour.  Just before serving, scatter the basil over the tomatoes. 
Serve garnished with basil sprig.
Prep – 10 minutes

Recipe – “Cheese Muffins”

“CHEESE MUFFINS”
“A Culinary Guide to Herbs, Spices and Flavorings”
By Arabella Boxer, Jocasta Innes, Charlotte Parry-Crooke and Lewis Esson
 
12         oz. Plain flour
1            teaspoon cayenne pepper
1            teaspoon English mustard powder
4            teaspoons baking powder
1            Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or chives
              Salt
              Freshly ground black pepper
2            eggs
6            fl., oz. Milk
4            oz. Mature cheddar cheese, grated
 
*Sift the flour into a mixing bowl with the cayenne, mustard powder, baking powder, parsley and salt and pepper.
**Make a well in the center and break in the eggs.   Using a wooden spoon gradually draw the flour into the eggs, beating all the time.  Gradually add the milk, beating well between each addition.  Stir in the cheese, to form a soft, sticky dough.
***Turn the dough on to a lightly floured board or surface and with floured hands shape into 2 inch rounds about 1/2 thick.
****Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake in a preheated hot oven for 10 to 15 minutes.  Serve immediately, split and buttered.
Prep – 15 minutes
Cooking – 15 minutes
Oven – 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Makes about 20 to 25

Herbal scents from your garden

Botanical Herbs

ROSEMARY – Rosmarinus officinalis

   (Mediterranean, also a evergreen with slim narrow leaves and blooms a light blue flower.  This plant is both medicinal and culinary and to obtain the essential oil both the leaves and flowers are used.   Also antifungal, antibaterial, digestive, stimulant and anti-inflammatory.    Many uses for this herb – digestion, improves memory, muscle pain, depression and constipation).

MELISSA –  Melissa officinalis

   (Fragrance – Lemon scent– Another name is – “lemon balm”, the flowers are white and tiny, grown in Europe.   Lemon Balm tea is known for long life.   When it is distilled the oil is very pale.    Some of the uses are: hysteria, anxiety, headaches, menustration and indigestion).

FENNEL – Foeniculum vulgare

   (Fragrance – like aniseed (licorice) – grown in the Mediterranean, produces tiny yellow flowers and the leaves are like thin ferns.   Some of the uses are:  self-espression, courage, uplifter, ovary problems, menopause).

BASIL – Ocimum basilcum

   (Fragrance – Refreshing and sweet. – When distilled the whole plant is used.   This plant is culinary and can also be drank as a tea.  Some of the properties are: purifier, expectorant, antiseptic,  analgesic and digestive tonic.  Can be used for fear, indecision, sinus congestion, arthritis and can be spirtual).

MARJORAM – Origanum marjorana

   (Smells sweet – Long life and also a culinary herb, grown in the Mediterranean.   A range of pink and white tiny flowers and once distilled both the flowers and leaves are used.   The properties of this plant are: calming, intestinal spasms, antibacterial, anti-infectious.  Many of the uses are for sprains, colic, coughs, heartburn, moodiness, anger and inner strength).

PEPPERMINT – Mentha piperita

   (This plant is part of the mint family, tiny purple flowers and serrated dark leaves.  All is used for distillation and the essential oil is also used for first aid purposes.  Many properties – insect repellant, antibacterial, analgesic, antimigraine and reproductive stimulant.  Some of the wonderful uses are for travel sickness, bronchitis, diarrhoea, sinusitis, apathy, depression and mental fatigue).

Reference:  “Nature’s Scents” by Raje Airey

Herbal Spearmint

Spearmint – (Mentha Spicata)

   Both the flowers and leaves are generally used either on their own or blended with other herbs or teas.  Part of the Mint family. Research:  “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health” by Rosemary Gladstar’s

 

 

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