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Happy Homemade Holiday!

I’m starting to have a Happy Homemade Holiday.  If you’re like me, you’ve still got a little last minute holiday shopping left on your list. Here’s a thrifty gift idea that is not only unique, but fun and oh-so-aromatic to make. And, let’s face it, we all love it when someone makes something for us.  There’s so much more love in a homemade gift because you know that someone took the time to create something especially for you.  I got inspiration for this idea after visiting L’Apothecary Nature Spa in Sedona.  There, you could design your own bath soak from a wonderful selection of salts and herbs.  So, I decided to bring the idea home with me and share it with family and friends for the holidays.

Homemade Holiday Bath Salts

Homemade Holiday Bath Salts

Here’s the recipe from the soak I made in Sedona:

Natural Bath Soak:

1 Cup Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt

1 tsp Calendula

1 TBS Lavendar

1/2 tsp Peppermint

3-4 leaves of white sage

In order to make large quantities of the bath soak, I marched myself over to the Lhasa Karnak herb store in Berkeley and bought out their apothecary jars filled with sea salt and Himalayan salt (which totaled around 5 pounds, although you could also use Epsom salts that you can find at any drug store. Next, I bought 2 ounces each of the following herbs:  – rose petals  – lavender  – white sage  – calendula  – yarrow  and  – violet.  I also purchased a mortar and pestle to grind the herbs down to make the soak.  You want to start with one herb, then gradually add each herb to grind together.  Once you have a nice mixture going, just add it to your sea salts.  I found that the yarrow was a little too twiggy, so I would recommend using something else.  And, truly just 2 or 3 different herbs in each soak is plenty.  Have some fun experimenting with the different combinations.  You really can’t do anything wrong- there is no bad mixture.  And, your whole house will smell delicious.

You'll need one of these to grind the herbs

You’ll need a mortar and pestle to grind the herbs

The scent of all the herbs was intoxicating

The scent of all the herbs was intoxicating

Find yourself a cute little container

Find yourself a cute little container like these from Ikea

Cut up some pretty thrifted fabric to wrap it

Cut up some pretty thrifted fabric to wrap it and use pinking shears to trim the edges

If you have a pretty glittery name tag, even better

If you have a pretty glittery name tag, even better

And, voila! It's a Happy Homemade Holiday!

And, voila! It’s a Happy Homemade Holiday!


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