Those who know me are familiar with my habit of running just a bit late. (I blame it on the boys. Before I had kids I used to be on time or early – honest!) As we hit the middle of December, I'm still working on presents for friends and neighbors. Homemade jams and jellies, hard lotion bars, homemade perfume, fresh baked bread and homemade fudge and truffles have all been well received. This year I'm mixing things up a little with some herbal recipes from The Herbal Academy of New England (HANE), plus a few of my own. These easy herbal gifts are great for the holidays or any time of year, and quick enough that you may just want to make up extra to keep for yourself.
10 Easy Herbal Gifts
Herbal Gift #1 – Lavender Bath Salts
Relax away all your stress with these DIY Lavender Bath Salts.
Herbal Gift #2 – Homemade Body Butter
Fight winter dry skin with this rich and creamy Homemade Body Butter recipe.
Herbal Gift #3 – Heaven in a Bottle
Pamper yourself with Lavender Infused Oil AKA Heaven in a Bottle. It's great for bug bites, sunburn and skin rashes, but gentle enough to be used for every day moisturizing.
Herbal Gift #4 – Homemade Calendula Sugar Scrub
Sweet Almond oil and calendula combine in this invigorating homemade sugar scrub that exfoliates as it cleans.
Herbal Gift #5 – Berry Jam with an Herbal Kick
For gifting or a quick to fix berry filled treat, try these raw Berry Jam Recipes with an Herbal Kick.
Herbal Gift #6 – Infused Oils
The Herbal Academy of New England Also highlights four different methods to make infused oils, which are great on their own or as a base for healing salves.
Herbal Gift #7 – Elderberry Syrup
Make elderberry syrup to give those you care about a safe, natural option for coughs and sore throat care.
Herbal Gift #8 – Homemade Vanilla, Lemon and Almond Extracts
Herbal Gift #9 – Chocolate Mint Extract
Here's a great add in for hot chocolate – homemade chocolate mint extract.
Herbal Gift #10 – Sweet Orange and Rose Perfume
Finally, this lovely sweet orange and rose perfume combines two of my favorite scents into a bright and uplifting aromatherapy scent.
What is The Herbarium?
A number of you have expressed an interest in more herbal training, but couldn't afford the Introductory or Intermediate Courses, or weren't sure that you wanted to commit to a formal herbal course. Our friends at HANE listened, and put together a beautiful herbal resource called The Herbarium. The Herbarium includes herbal monographs, photographs, thoughtful articles, and educational podcasts, videos, tutorials, and teaching charts. As part of The Herbarium community, you will have all of these resources right at your fingertips, enriching your life-long journey through herbalism.
You research what you're most interested in, when you want to learn about it. The Herbarium is suitable for beginner to advanced students who are seeking quality herbal resources. One year membership to The Herbarium is only $45 – that's just $3.75/month. Members may enjoy up to $55 in discounts towards online courses, plus HANE offer 10% off every local workshop. This makes a great gift for yourself or someone you care about. I am a HANE affiliate, so if you sign up through my website, I earn an affiliate payment at no extra cost to you. Thank you!
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