5 Easy & Creative Ways to Use Your Herb Garden’s Leftovers

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There’s no question that indoor herb gardens are a chef’s dream partner. The culinary uses for herbs are endless (and so delicious), but sometimes we end up with too many leaves to consume.

The good news is that herbs are good for way more than just eating. Here are five creative ways to use your fresh herb gardens.

1. Lime Cilantro Soap

You can never have enough good-smelling things. Perfumes, candles, sprays, soaps…add this lime cilantro soap to your collection of aromatic items. A fresh, light green, this soap is super easy to make, smells divine, and will use up all those extra cilantro leaves!


  • 16 cubes ‘melt and pour soap base’ of your choosing
  • 20 drops of lime essential oil
  • 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro
  • Soap Mold


  1. Place the soap base cubes in a microwaveable bowl, and microwave on high for 30 seconds.
  2. Check on the soap, then microwave for another 10 seconds. Continue until melted.
  3. Add the drops of lime essential oil and fresh cilantro and stir.
  4. Pour into soap mold of your choosing, and let sit for 40 minutes to an hour before removing.

2. Sage All-Purpose Household Spray

Why spend all that money on Clorox wipes when you can make your own household spray using your leftover herbs? Use any herb you like, but we recommend sage. Sage’s leaves cut through the alcohol and vinegar scent. Plus, they have natural antibacterial capabilities!


  • Warm water
  • White vinegar
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • A drop of dish soap
  • Sage (or your favorite herb)


  1. Place leaves—the fresher, the better—in a plastic spray bottle and muddle to release the oils.
  2. Mix one part warm water, 1 part vinegar, and ½ part alcohol.
  3. Add a drop of dish soap to the mixture and shake.

3. Herb Dryer Sachets

Herb Dryer Sheets

Does anything smell better than linen, scented and newly out of the dryer? With these rosemary and lavender sachets, all your laundry will smell divine and fresh. Simply take those extra herbs, dry them, and quickly throw together these fabulous pouches.


  • Heat-sealing tea bags
  • Dried lavender
  • Muslin bags (or the materials to create your own)


  1. Fill each pouch with lavender
  2. Seal each pouch by pressing down on the side with an iron for about 10 seconds.
  3. Place each pouch in drawstring muslin bags.

4. Herb Ice Cubes

Okay, so this is technically consumable, but how could we not share this elegant ice cube recipe with you? Since you’re freezing the herbs you’ll be using to make these ice cubes, they’ll last a long time, and you won’t be wasting any of your fresh herb gardens. Throw these in cocktails or sodas for a beautiful and tasty flair.


  • Mint springs (or any herb of your choosing)
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Fill each ice cube cell halfway with water.
  2. Add your herbs.
  3. Place in freezer for a few hours until liquid has solidified.
  4. Fill the second half of each cell with water. (These two separate steps are necessary if you want the materials in the middle, and not at the bottom.)
  5. Put back in the freezer until completely frozen.

5. Herbal Hair Rinse

Herbs have way more up their sleeves than good taste and aromas—their rejuvenating qualities are really incredible. In this hair rinse, you can use almost any herb you fancy to harness the medicinal power of herbs. Our favorite is a rosemary and lavender rinse. The two herbs complement each other wonderfully, will soothe your scalp, and will increase the shine on your locks.


  • 4 cups of water
  • ½ cup dried lavender
  • ½ cup dried rosemary
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large pitcher
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 pot
  • 1 mesh strainer


  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil.
  2. Turn off heat, add herbs to water, and steep until the water temperature cools enough to handle.
  3. Strain rinse into a pitcher.
  4. Pour herbal rinse over hair so that run-off falls into a bowl placed in the sink.
  5. Repeat.

Try out these fresh ideas to minimize waste and create a more herbaceous and wonderful lifestyle. For even more tips, check out these ways to harness your herb’s natural power and clear your skin.