10 December 2022 | Botanical Gifts: Culinary & Healing Herbs
Date: 10 December 2022
Location: Savour Headquarters and Garden (aka Chef Wendy's home), 94 Oban St., Wadestown, Wellington
Workshop participants will be making 6 herbal gifts to take away.
Short on time to source the perfect Christmas gifts for friends and family? Skip the stressful shopping trip and join medical herbalist and naturopath Elle Hendriks of Land Natural Health and Savour chef and head gardener Wendy Joyce for a relaxing afternoon of herbal goodness. Wild and cultivated herbs can help build immunity, act as antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents, just to mention a few of their actions. They also taste great! How can we get more in our diet and into our bodies? In this workshop, you'll learn about the many healing and culinary herbs we grow right here in our garden, how to use them for maximum flavour and how to incorporate them in condiments (like herb salt) or blend into bespoke teas for your friends and family.
What to expect on the day:
You'll be greeted with a calming botanical drink made with herbs from our organic garden and some special chocolate biscuits and treats that incorporate herbs and adaptogens known to support resiliency and immunity. If it's a fine day, we'll sit outside on the large garden deck overlooking the harbor. If it's rainy, we'll sit inside where former Prime Minister David Lange once sat (his speech writer and partner Margaret Pope was a former owner of the house!)
We'll head into the garden for a short tour of our established medicinal and culinary herbs and learn about the health-giving properties of each. For those interested in growing their own herbs, Wendy will be able to answer any questions about growing conditions and tips and tricks for drying and storing your herbs.
We'll then head into the kitchen to make our own herbal products tailored to your individual preferences:
1. An herbal tea blend of dried flowers and herbs. Here's your chance to get creative and choose which you put in your blend. Some we'll have on hand: lemon balm, lavender, chamomile, hibiscus, lemon verbena, rose petals..
2. An infused herbal vinegar: herbal vinegars make great gifts to package up for holiday giving and are a delicious way to incorporate herbal flavours in your cooking. We'll supply pretty bottles, different herbs to choose from and recipes. Try pohutukawa for a festive, bright red vinegar!
3. A culinary herb salt: another great way to incorporate herbs into your diet. You can cut down on your salt intake when you add herbs or dried seaweeds, and add more minerals to your diet.
4. Herbal magnesium bath salts: you'll create fragrant, layered epsom salts in a jar with flower petals (lavendar, rose), perfumed with delicate essential oils of your choice.
5. Herbal smudge stick: wonderful, decorative and energy cleansing smudge sticks made from rosemary, sage, and nice ribbon that make great gifts or decorations on your gifts
6. Chocolate resiliency biscuits (due to time limitations, you'll be tasting these and we'll discuss the recipe and give you a gift pack of 5 to take away)
We'll give you everything you need to package up your six herbal gifts to either give away to friends and family or keep for yourself! Plus recipes so you can make these items again and again at home.