Program Recipes

This page will feature recipes and "extra" recipes from recent programs I have presented through the Backyard Patch.  My most recent programs will be at the top, but do not be afraid to scroll down for other programs and different recipes and handouts.  For information on programs available, check out My Program Listing.

Be An Herbal Gourmet 
          This link will give you recipes to use with your Sweet, Savory and Pungent combinations

INFUSION 
     If you received the single page infusion handout, this link will take you to the full 10 page handout.

Edible Flowers 

   The detailed chart here tells you which flowers are edible and how to use them best.

Here is the recipe for the Brownies made with herbal sugar:


Lavender Infused Brownies


1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
3 tsp lavender flowers (dried)
1 cup cocoa powder
2 cups herbal or regular sugar (lavender sugar is amazing in this!)
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Optional 1 cup chopped nuts

Directions
Pre-heat oven to 350 F.  Either line bottom and sides of 9x12 baking pan with parchment or line mini muffin tins with papers. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside. Melt the butter in a small pot over very low heat. When melted, add the lavender flowers. Stir gently to cover all flowers. On very low heat, allow the flowers to impart their flavor into the butter.  After about 8 minutes, remove the pot from the heat. Strain the butter into a medium sized bowl, removing the lavender. Stir in the cocoa. Blend in the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients (and nuts if you decide to use.) Blend all together and spoon into the muffin tins (or the 9 x 12 pan) Bake in the oven for 20 minutes for the small bites (or 30-35 for larger pan.) Makes about 45 mini muffins.

Unique, Exotic and Medicinal 
     Here is the full handout of these unusual herbs.

Plan an Herbal Tea Garden 3/23/19 Morton Arboretum
  Here are some tea recipe to enjoy

Lavender and Lemon tea

1 part Lemon verbena, chopped

1 part Lavender buds


Nerve Soothing Tea
This was among my first 6 blends when I started the Backyard Patch back in 1996 it has chamomile for reducing or handling anxiety, thyme for its medical cold overpowering properties and digestive help, marjoram for the cough and cold fighting abilities and sage to cool illness, anxiety and stomach issues so you can just relax.

1 part chamomile
1 part thyme
1 part marjoram
1 part sage

Headache Tea
This was my first headache blend, crafted with only three herbs so the flavor of each shines through it has Lavender for stress headaches, rosemary of digestive issues and anxiety and thyme for cold related headaches.

1 part lavender
1 part thyme
1 part rosemary

Mint Merriment
This blend contains apple mint for anti-inflammatory attributes and wonderful appley flavor, catnip to help with sleep and anxiety and rosehip for vitamin C, coughs and inflammation control.

4 parts apple mint (or peppermint)
2 parts catnip
1 part rose hips

DIY Natural Gifts and Edible Gifts week of Nov 5, 2018

If you want details on Sweet, Savory and Pungent herbs, see this blog post.

PROGRAM - NATIVE AMERICAN HEALING HERBS -
             Dist 128 and Dist 214

Disclaimer:  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and we make no medical claims, nor intend to diagnose, treat, or heal medical conditions. Women who are pregnant or nursing, or persons with known medical conditions should consult their physician before taking any herbal products.

Making Teas
When brewing a tea (tisane) you need to realize that unlike black tea a brewing time of 2 minutes is not long enough.  If you use a root, like Echinacea, you may need to steep as long as 15 minutes to extract the medicinal properties and flavors. Generally 5 to 7 minutes is needed but up to 10 may be required. Different palates also demand different strengths so when trying a new herb, sample it after just a few minutes of steeping. It can always be diluted if it gets too strong. The standard formula is one teaspoon of herbs for each eight ounces of water.   

Soothing Throat herbal tea
Linden flowers
elder flowers
rose hips
plantain
marsh mallow flowers

Combine herbs in equal amounts in an airtight container.  Use 1 to 2 tsp. per cup pf hot water and steep for 7 to 10 minutes.  This blend is perfect for sore throats and as a boost in immunity.

Plantain tea
2 cups water
2 Tbls. fresh cut up plantain leaves

Bring water to a boil and then add cut-up, fresh plantain leaves. Cover and steep for five minutes. Sweeten with honey if needed. Sip tea throughout the day to fight congestion and other symptoms of cold and flu.

Plantain Salve
If you would like to use plantain year-round, your best bet is to make a salve.

1 lb. plantain leaves, fresh, cut up
1 cup olive oil or coconut oil

Place one pound of fresh cut-up plantain leaves in a large non-metallic pan. Add olive oil or raw coconut oil. Put the lid on the pot and cook on low until all the leaves are soft and mushy and the oil looks green.

Then strain the leaves out of the mixture while the oil is still warm.  The salve will form as the oil cools.  Store the store it in an airtight container. Add a drop or two of essential oil after the mixture has cooled, if you wish to have some scent. You can use the salve on bug bites, skin conditions, burns and wounds. You also can use it as a moisturizer cream.

Medicinal Tea Mixture for Cold Prevention & Relief
1 1/2 ounces rose hips
3/4 ounce marshmallow root
3/4 ounce mullein flowers and leaves

This tea stimulates the immune system, loosens bronchial mucus and makes coughs more productive. For a cup of tea, use 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of the tea blend.

Medicinal Tea to Relieve Gout & Kidney Gravel
1 1/2 ounces rose hips
3/4 ounce nettle leaves
3/4 ounce goldenrod leaves
3/4 ounce horsetail leaves


This tea flushes gravel from the kidneys, combats chronic urinary-tract infections and helps eliminate uric acid assisting gout patients. For each cup of tea use 1 cup of boiling water and 2 teaspoons of the tea mixture. Strain and enjoy!

Herbs with healing properties for the bath:

To craft an herbal bath, use 3 to 4 ounces of herbs per tub.  Use the herbs to make an extra strong herbal tea; strain and add the tea to the bathwater.  Or you can bundle the mixed herbs in a swatch of cotton fabric and tie it directly onto the nozzle of the tub.  Run hot water through the herbal bundle until the tub is half-filled, then toss the bundle in the tub and adjust the temperature with cold water.  Soak in the bath for 20 to 30 minutes to enjoy the full benefits of the herbs.

Native American herbs for the Bath:

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)- a building immune system herb especially through the rebuilding of bone marrow.  It has been used for preventing and treating long-term infections including colds and flu.  Because it helps regulate metabolism and circulation it is good with dietary sugars and may be used by some to treat diabetes.
Black cohosh - has many estrogen-like qualities and is used often by menopausal women.  It is especially good at relieving the stress and nervous tension that often accompanies the menstrual cycle.  Black Cohosh should not be used during pregnancy.
Burdock -  is used often in tea and tinctures.  In the bath it is great for itchy, irritated skin.
Dandelion – this herb is bitter and not always the best tasting, however it has restorative and rejuvenating properties that you can use in the bath and avoid the bitter taste. 
Mullein – known for its ability to speed healing and ease pain from bruising this can be useful in a bath blend.

Rose petals  - are soothing both for the skin and for the nervous system.



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