Herbal Aromatic Salts

Various forms of smelling salts have been used for generations and for many reasons, not just what they were once popular for which unfortunately included the use of harmful ingredients.

Aromatic botanicals like lavender and eucalyptus were the safer options used in earlier formulas and still stand as great allies to invite into an aromatic blend. There are so many ways that we can make and use aromatic salt jars thanks to the variety of botanical aromatics that we can craft with. We can create aromatic blends to support anxiety, depression, night terrors, grief, and so much more! I like to keep my jar near my bed so I can awaken the aromatics to help me rest or before bedtime. My dreams have been very active recently and I find this bedside approach helps set a dream scene that is more protected and guided.

Below is a guide on how I made my blend that I thought I’d share to inspire you to create your own or to share with your community.

What you need
One package of sea salt, preferably big chunks, and please, not dead sea salt
Aromatic plants of choice, dried
Ethically sourced essential oil, optional
Large glass jar
Smaller airtight jars/bottles

Process
Chop up plants then crush them up to help release their volatile oils (I used homegrown CA Fragrant Pitcher Sage and Hummingbird Sage). It’s up to you how much dried plant matter you would like to add to your blend. I go off of the scent when determining the quantity to add in.

Place the salt and crushed plants in a jar that is large enough for you to shake the salt and herbs together on the daily, you want a lot of space for extra movement and releasing of the aroma within the jar.

Let infuse for 3-4 weeks, or for a full moon cycle.

If you want you can also add a few drops of an ethically-sourced essential oil, you only need a few drops for this, you can easily go overboard here so remember to use some caution and build instead of flood your aroma.

Now, store the finished salts into an airtight labeled glass bottle/jar for use, leave space at the top so you don’t spill any salt while opening your container.

To use, shake your airtight bottle, carefully remove your lid and let your jar sit open to allow the scent to fill the room or you can smell the salts for a more potent experience.

Remember to always close your bottle/jar, the sooner you do the longer your scent will last. You can then use the salts in a bath or foot bath once you feel you are done using them as herbal aromatic salts.


As mentioned, I want to emphasize that you can successfully craft this without the use of essential oils. You just need to ensure you are using highly aromatic plants. I hope you enjoy this fun, easy, and accessible herbal craft and remedy!

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Chickweed & Pistachio Pesto

As the season begins to turn, I enjoy making recipes that sing in spring from the garden! They help wake up my senses from hibernation and invite me to tune into the cycles of nature. This is the first recipe that the garden guided me to craft and share with you all. You can change up your green options, however, I really like the way this exact recipe turned out, especially when introducing a variety of weeds to palates that might be new to them. The recipe below was inspired by what I had available and I must say that the olive oil played a great part in flavor thanks to the depth of the oil’s flavor along with fresh fruity notes.

Ingredients
1/2 cup of pistachios
2-3 garlic cloves
2 cups chickweed loosely packed (you can substitute with various greens like blanched nettles, nasturtiums, and/or mallow)
1 cup of basil loosely packed
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Process
Place all ingredients in a food processor. I like to slowly add in the olive oil to achieve the consistency I desire.

Once blended you can sprinkle edible flowers on top, I invited some dandelion petals into this recipe.

Store in airtight container and keep in refrigerator. Enjoy within 2-3 days or you can freeze for later use. I like using this pesto on slices of sourdough, fresh pasta, and to mix into a soft cheese for a creamy spread.


Enjoy the season guided ones!

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