It's a very good year for violets here in the western foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains so I gathered a few and made some violet sugar and syrup with them - there are so many ways to enjoy them...
Gathering them is fun and easy; just stoop and pluck them to your heart's content. There's no need to move around much they are so plentiful.
A small nosegay of the blooms and leaves in a tiny bottle is uplifting, also. Violet sugar in a shaker on the right.
To make two cups of violet syrup.
(Note: When I reheated the steeped water to add the sugar it caused the violet water to turn grayish blue so I added a few drops of red food coloring to perk it up a bit. (Ahem, I may have overdone it just a bit. O.O) The syrup can be added according to taste to cold sparkling seltzer water for a light, refreshing summertime drink.
In other herbal news I'm putting together a little first aid travel kit and needed a few small tubes of antiseptic/analgesic salve so I followed these directions...
To make them...
Using a straw and my homemade plantain salve that I use for insect bites and scratches. There are tons of antiseptic salve recipes online. (I don't remember which I used for my salve.:)
Our Confederate Violets wanted to say hello, too :)
Shared at: HomeAcre Hop, Wildcrafting Wednesday, The Maple Hill Hop, Roses of Inspiration