|Friday Five: Double Duty Herbs|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Friday, 20 July 2012|
1. Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla )
The aromatic lemon verbena with its citrus-floral scent can be used to add zest to butter or in a simple syrup. Lemon verbena tea helps relax and soothe as well.
2. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia )
Fragrant lavender can be used to make simple syrups or as a dessert garnish. Lavender is also used in aromatherapy, hydrosols, and sachets and is thought to have a calming effect.
3. Mint (Mentha spp.)
Mint is often used as an accompaniment to lamb and Middle Eastern dishes. And of course, there’s nothing like a cup of freshly brewed mint tea after a heavy meal, or a glass of refreshing mint iced tea in the summer after a long day of gardening.
4. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
In addition to being a flavorful addition to meat, potato, and pasta dishes, rosemary works wonders as a refreshing foot soak. Just add a few fresh rosemary sprigs to some hot water, let steep, and soak away tired feet!
5. Chervil ( Anthriscus cerefolium ) Not well known in the US, chervil is a sweeter version of parsley, used to flavor soups, herb butters, and egg dishes. Easily grown from seed, it thrives in shade. The seeds can be chewed to freshen breath.
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