Herb Focus - Pantry Party Posy (Herbus allsorts)
A remarkable moisturiser was made last weekend (25/11) at our inaugural Party in the Pantry, in Armidale.
Attendees, wine glasses in hand (!), were asked to collect a herb from our Armidale garden that they would like to add to the tisane, the aqueous component of the moisturiser we were going to make. And a bit of everything they did indeed gather! The sprigs chosen were:
Elderflower - helps with blemishes and freckles
Lemon verbena - mood lifting, digestive stimulant
Lavender - nervous system soother, essential oil rich
Thyme - anti-microbial, with particular affinity for the throat
Comfrey - wound healer par excellence; for bangs and bruises
Roses, white, red and pink - toner and fragrance provider
Geranium - toning and strengthening
Lambsear - for soothing mucilage and sheen
Love-in-a-mist (Nigella) - brought its wonderful blue colouration
Callistemon (the first time we've ever put it in a cream) - brought simple sugars and its traditional use to cleanse the urinary tract!
We thought it was a lovely example of how we are all different and find merit in different colours, scents and textures. Some of the participants also felt the herb they had chosen, but did not know the qualities of previously, was just right for them - clever girls!
From here the participants chose the infused oils they would like to use (calendula in EVO); the tincture (comfrey root) and the essential oils (lavender, rose geranium and frankincense) and then it was up to Pauline and Carol to get on and make it!