There's a basic format for each month: Herbal lore in story form about the plant, a poem, some activities, and a bunch of recipes for lotions and potions and food......awesomeness! There's a handy calendar with links to the pages you need, journal pages you can print out, book suggestions, crafts and a coloring page to make it something you can use with all of your children, no matter what their ages. I should note that I am not an affiliate, just a very big fan of this company and all the hard work they've put into their products.
Here are some of the things we learned about Rosemary:
First, we looked at its medicinal properties. Did you know it can help bring down a fever? It's true! It is also a commonly known digestive aid and helps ward off colds and flu. All that and it is delicious as well!
We memorized the poem that helped us remember all this, and we got pretty silly. Imagine a table full of people beat boxing, with one bellowing out the poem out as a rap over all the other noise. We also sang it "opera-style" and "underwater-style" (blub your lips with a finger while singing), recited it in the car for imaginary bonus points, and challenged each other to high-speed recitals at random intervals.
We made pages in our nature journals to help us remember, and for drawing practice. Please excuse the terrible photos! It was such a dark and gloomy day that nothing seemed to help get them more viewable.
We tried the recipes. Here D,7, was making a rosemary infusion and adding castille soap to turn it into shampoo that smells incredible!
We did the activity pages that come with each e-zine: Here are a couple of them.
|Why yes, they are sideways. I'm too lazy to go and fix it now, though.|
Our absolute favourite recipe was the rosemary butter that we used on homemade french bread like we would with regular garlic butter, and we may never go back! The awesome people at Herbal Roots gave us permission to share this one with you to try, so here it is:
ROSEMARY HERB BUTTER, courtesy of Kristine at Herbal Roots Zine & copyright Herbal Roots Zine
2-3 cloves of garlic minced
1 T. fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 t. lemon zest (or orange)
1 T. lemon juice (or orange)
1/4 t. crushed red chili pepper
1 stick butter, softened
Combine all of the ingredients. Make a log by spreading
the mixture across a length of waxed paper. Roll the log
back and forth to make a smooth tube about 1 1/2 inches
thick. Twist the ends and store in the refrigerator or wrap in airtight plastic and store in the freezer.
What I've shown you here is really just the tip of the iceberg - it really is a full month of nature study all put together for you. I have a bunch of photos on my camera for other months that we've done with Herbal Roots and will be posting them every time the internet is strong enough to let me get photos loaded!