Today was herb day in the garden! The campers started off their morning with a quick guided tour of the herb garden. They tasted, smelled, and touched different herbs and learned about the growing variety of herbs in SLU’s very own garden. Then, the campers were able to use the herbs in making their very own Boo Boo salve, a healing ointment made from oil and beezwax, and herb lemonade! They were also able to plant their very own herbs in planters to take home and use!
How to make our herb lemonade at home:
4 cups water
1/2 cup simple syrup (1 cup sugar dissolved in 1 cup boiling water)
5 fl. oz lemon juice
A large handful of fresh herbs (mint, basil, lavender, etc!)
-Smash the herbs, simple syrup, and lemon juice together to release the natural oils of the herbs using a fork or spoon. Add in the water and ice. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. Strain the lemonade and enjoy!
. Our Boo Boo salve is made from heating oil and herbs on the stove until the natural oils are released into the oil. Today, we used comfrey and calendula, two herbs which are used for healing and soothing skin irritations! Beezwax is then added in to the oil to heat again. Once cool, use the salve on burns or for dry skin.
In the afternoon, the campers went up to the food lab to cook for Campus Kitchens. They prepared cherry lime bread, roasted carrots with a parsley-lemon gremolata, and personal pan cheese-sausage pizzas! It was great to cook for those who might not have access to food.
After a great morning, the campers traveled over to SLU’s recreational pool for some fun in the sun! The campers had a blast playing in the pool.