With the heat raging on right now, very few herbs are surviving in the garden. But those that are take on life with all the masculine force of the sun. The thrive in the heat so long as they are watered. Catnip is one of these herbs we are enjoying right now. We just completed our second harvest this year. And it is still going strong. Which is a good thing, because it is one of my favorite and most used herbs. Catnip is ferocious against IBS and any bowel irritation. I love it for this as a tea so some will be dried and some will be tinctured, but I just experimented with some infused vinegars that should be delightful as well. The vinegars also pulling out some fantastic minerals as a nutritive tonic. I can’t wait to try them out. We also use it in my favorite calming tea so a hearty supply is a welcome to us.
It’s rare that the kids aren’t involved when I’m working in the garden. Sevi has her own basket and snips. And knows how to get the just right leaves. She is an eager herbalist already. Sage is always very close by, usually sampling the goods to be sure we’ve selected properly. Working with herbs and the kids has come very naturally for us. They love the nature to be sure, but the aromas and textures of the plants draw them in an even more intimate way. The week of the catnip harvest led to some amazing creations and discoveries. I can’t wait to share more.
For example, these delicious treats came out of our catnip harvest. I’m sure you’re dying to know what they are. But I’m a bit tired today to get into all the details. More soon. Promise. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for Rosemary Gladstar’s book, ends tonight!