Herbs for Authors by Kathy Stevens
Last month I shared a favorite recipe of mine with members of the Tulare-Kings writers. We made this recipe during our meeting so that everyone could take some home.
I hope they will find inspiration for their writing projects as I have.
An Herbal Recipe for writers
In the early days of our country, the colonists knew that mint “cleared the head.” They placed a mint blend in a decorative jar and used it as a desk accessory. Whenever they felt the need to freshen their minds, they shook the jar, then opened it, and enjoyed the lively scent.
This is a version of the recipe they used:
2 parts dried peppermint, spearmint, and lavender
1 part dried thyme and rosemary
A pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Instructions: Toss all the herbs together. Leave them to age in a closed container for 24 hours. Spoon into small glass jars with lids.
I keep a jar of this by my computer. When I am writing a chapter in my next book or doing a bit of editing, this recipe is a winner. I shake the jar, remove the lid, and take a few whiffs. You can also leave the lid off for an hour or two, occasionally rubbing some of it between my fingers.
This recipe and 54 others are in my book, The Herb Garden Club. Now a retired teacher and certified master herbalist, I enjoy learning and writing about herbs. To learn more about the work I do.