Treat Yourself Herbally

Stuck in quarantine? Waiting for COVID test results? Or simply feeling personally victimized by the year 2020? Take some “you” time by treating yourself to these herbal recipes for pampering. Use herbs from your garden at home or come visit the Community Herb Garden located by the Buffalo Trace District Health Department.

Try a Basil Herb Splash

To make it, add a handful of basil leaves to very hot water. If you like, toss in some rose petals, which are astringent. When cool enough, strain and use on your face, avoiding the eyes. This helps remove environmental toxins from skin.

Sip some Sage and Thyme Tea

Both sage and thyme contain antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, nice for soothing sore throats and coughs.


  • 1 tablespoon each fresh sage and thyme or 1 teaspoon of each dried
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Sweetener to taste
  • Lemon (if you’d like)


Pour boiling water over herbs. Cover and steep 5 minutes. Strain, sweeten to taste and enjoy.

Rub this Mint Sugar Scrub

Mint contains vitamins C and A for skin health and sugar is anti-bacterial.


Start with 1 cup organic brown or white sugar and 1 tablespoon finely crushed dried mint. Add enough jojoba, almond or olive oil to sugar to make a think mixture. Rub on skin, avoiding eyes. Rinse well. Store in the refrigerator or give as gifts.

Brought to you by the Buffalo Trace District Health Department:

Original Recipes by Rita Heikenfeld (Healing Herbs and How to Use Them, May 2020)

This article was written by Samantha Wilson for the Buffalo Trace District Health Department. Published August 5, 2020.