I saw a really neat hack for removing leaves from mint stems this morning and wanted to share it with you all! I was scrolling through Instagram this morning and saw a post by Prue Leith (from Great British Baking Show) where she shared that if you stick the stem of mint (or presumably other fresh herbs) down through the holes of a colander or steaming basket insert from a cooking pot, and then pull on the stem from the other side, it strips the leaves off the stem and the leaves are caught in the colander!
If the hyperlink above doesn’t work, please let me know – I still have no idea how to use Instagram haha
Does anyone else have any cool herb hacks you’d like to share?
Now for the update on me As a Kitchen Witch, I’ve always been drawn to herbs, and since I’ve been exploring the plants in my yard, I’ve become obsessed with the idea of also starting to get more into Green Witchcraft. I read Cooling Herbs for Hot Summer Days by the Herbal Academy and fell even more in love with the idea of using herbs not only for spellwork, but also potentially for health and wellness in general.
In addition to the yarrow that I found in my yard, I’ve also found spearmint, horseradish, juniper, sweet Annie, motherwort, burdock, plantain, and catnip!
As a reward to myself for making it through the super intense medical terminology and beyond boring ethics summer courses I’m taking, I decided to treat myself to an introductory herbalism course through the Herbal Academy! (Is more studying really a reward though?? haha)
I looked around at various online herbal courses, and from what I could find, the one at Herbal Academy seemed to be by far the most in-depth and in-line with the topics I want to learn.
I don’t know whether I can recommend it or not yet since I just started, but I’ll try to remember to update y’all on my thoughs once I’m further into the course and/or finish it!
I’m only on Lesson 4 of Unit 1, and I’ve already learned so much – I can’t wait to learn even more and share what I’ve learned with you all!