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Don’t Waste Wilted Herbs–Make Sachets!

Don’t Waste Wilted Herbs–Make Sachets!

It happens all the time. For those of us who don’t have kitchen herb gardens, we get our herbs at the store, and that often means having to buy more than we need. But don’t fret the wilted stuff. There’s a great use for the herbs left over from last night’s dinner. Make scented sachets!

What You Need:

  • Draw-string pouches; or squares of cotton, linen, hemp or similar fabric along with lengths of scrap ribbon. Old pillow cases, napkins or similar fabrics work great.
  • Dried herbs

What To Do:

Gather up the unused herbs from the week’s recipes, or take clippings from the garden. Mints, rosemary, lavender, thyme, sage and similar herbs are all fair game. Hang them upside down in a dry place (near the heater works best) for a few days so they dry completely. Here are a few tips for drying herbs. Once the herbs are dry, strip the leaves from the stems. You may leave whole, or gently crush the leaves.

Place the leaves in your sachet, or place in the center of a square of material, gather the edges, and tie with ribbon.

These can be placed in drawers, closets, cars, or given as lovely gifts.

If the scent starts to diminish, simply give the sachet a shake or a gentle crunch to release more scent.

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By Jaymi Heimbuch, Planet Green

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2:07PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:22AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

thanks for sharing

3:02PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Choose well the place which smell will dwell.

6:25PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

Good idea.

2:42PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Thank you

6:44PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

thanks

12:37PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Great idea - something so easy! .. but I never thought of it. Thank you.

12:14PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Thanks.

4:06PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

Thanks for the article

4:10AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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