The use of lavender, a flowering plant that is part of the mint family, dates to ancient Egypt, when it was part of the mummification process. Records indicate lavender was also used as a bath additive by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and throughout
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Himalayan salt, a type of rock salt that comes from Pakistan, is popular to use as a food additive and for cooking; though it is sometimes used for bath salt, spa treatments, and other applications. Mined from a salt range near the Himalayas,
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When you think of the holiday season, you probably conjure up warm memories infused with aromatic experiences from family meals. There’s a good reason for that! Our sense of smell is strongly linked with memory — and the holidays are chock-full of memorable scents. To prepare for the upcoming season, we’ve selected the top ten holiday spices you probably already know and love and listed a few of our favorite recipes that feature these flavors.
Read on to start preparing for your upcoming holiday feasts, and maybe gain a new favorite recipe while you’re at it.
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You’re not alone if your answer is simply “cats.” Despite the herb’s popularity among our feline friends, we humans may not know very much about catnip and its uses.
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There’s nothing quite like the fresh, citrusy aroma of oranges. It’s no wonder dried orange peel is commonly used in a wide array of applications from cooking to crafting.
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Regardless of whether you buy your spices in bulk or in small containers from your grocery store, understanding how to store them the right way will help preserve their flavor longer.
Before putting your favorite go-to spices above the stove next to the salt and pepper shakers, read on to learn how to keep spices fresh by adopting these proper storage practices.
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Essential oils go back as far as ancient Egypt. It’s believed they were used by priests in rituals and as perfumes. In fact, archaeologists are still finding traces of the oils on mummies. The Greeks adopted aromatic oil use from the Egyptians, and soon it spread across Europe.
Today, essential oils are being used more than ever, with people incorporating a vial of liquid feel-good into their everyday routine.
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When it comes to distilling with botanicals, experimentation is king. If gin jumps to mind when you think of the use of botanicals in distilling, you’d be right!
Defined by its distinct juniper flavor, gin is made with a neutral base of pure grain spirit (like vodka) and then steeped with juniper berries and other botanicals. Because this type of gin is essentially flavored vodka, you can easily create your own variations at home.
Here, we’ll give you the flavor profiles of the most popular distilling botanicals used in gin making, and some ideas on how to use botanicals that will have your cocktails packed with complex flavor.
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Prized for thousands of years for its alleged healing powers, lavender lives on as a popular herb both for its notable scent and for its practicality. Dried lavender buds can be used in a variety of ways, from crafting to baking. If you’re wondering how to use dried lavender buds, here are some ideas to help get you started.
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