Herbs A-Z: ‘D’ herbs

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CHICOPEE, Mass (Mass Appeal) We’re taking a tour of herbs through the alphabet with Carol Joyce from White Buffalo Herbs in Warwick.

“D” is for herbal DELIGHT !

What to do with Dandelion, Damiana, & Dill

Check out Herbs that start with ‘A’ and Herbs that start with ‘B’DANDELION Root Extract

A helpful spring tonic

  • ¼ cup Dried Dandelion Root
  • 1 cup 100 proof vodka
  • ½ pint canning jar
  • label/indelible marker
  • 1. Put dry root in jar (ratio 1 part dried herb to 5 parts 100 proof vodka)
  • 2. Pour vodka over to top of jar
  • 3. Cover & label with name & date.
  • 4. Steep in cool, dark place for 6 weeks.
  • 5. Strain.
  • 6. Decant into dropper bottles. Take as directed.

“DILLY” 

Mayonnaise
  • Handful fresh dill sprigs
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1. Chop dill.
  • 2. Add to mayo & stir. Chill 1 hour before adding to favorite potato salad recipe (in lieu of usual spices & mayo).
  • 3. Hint: Tastes great ladled over broiled salmon or other fish. Keep in fridge.

DAMIANA CORDIAL

For use in herbal recipes

  • 2 Tablespoons dried DAMIANA leaves
  • 1 Vanilla bean (chopped)
  • 2 cups Brandy
  • 1.5 cups boiling Spring Water
  • 1 cup Honey
  • Sterilized canning jars
  • 1. Place damiana & vanilla bean in pint canning jar.
  • 2. Pour over Brandy to top of jar. Cover & label.
  • 3. Set aside to steep for 1 week.
  • 4. Soak the dried damiana leaves & chopped vanilla bean in brandy for 1 week.
  • 5. After 1 week, Strain, separate, & set aside flavored brandy in air tight container.
  • 6. Place spent herbs in a heat proof jar. Pour over boiling water.
  • 7. Stir & steep 3 days.
  • 8. After 3 days: Strain & put flavored water in fresh container.
  • 9. Warm the flavored water & stir honey into it until dissolved.
  • 10. Mix this into the alcohol extract & stir well.
  • 11. Pour into sterilized jars or bottles, label, & let age for at least 1 month.
  • 12. Open & enjoy!

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