Herbal Bead Craft
by Faye Sakellaridis
Imbibing herbs may seem like the best way to get to know them, but there’s another way to engage with them that’s fun and creative. In this blog post, Herbal Academy of New England’s Rachel Johnston explains how you can craft beautiful beads from herbs by rolling them like dough. While the beads are fragile, which Johnston sees as a reminder “of the changing nature of Earth,” they can hold up for a long while if treated carefully.
Here’s what you need to make them:
To make herbal beads, you will need the following:
- A variety of powdered herbs
You can powder your own herbs in a coffee grinder or buy them already ground. I have used lemongrass, lemon balm, mint, sandalwood, lavender, and patchouli with good results. If you have an abundance of a certain herb, try it out, as long as it is safe for the skin. If you are making these beads with children, stick with mint and other child-friendly herbs, such as chamomile or lavender. You can also head here
to get more ideas.
Please note: since these beads represent a choking hazard, they are not appropriate for children under the age of three.
The clay is optional, but it will help make the herbal dough easier to work with, especially if you’re making these beads with children. What’s more, the clay will make the beads sturdier. Clay can represent up to 50% of the mixture, and the herbs will still maintain their scent. As you become more familiar with the process, you will find it easier to decrease the amount of clay and use more herbs instead.
- Bamboo skewers, toothpicks, or thin wire
Learn how to transform them into beads here.