Botanicals



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Finished Lemon Verbena Soap Last year I planted some lemon verbena in my garden. Normally, lemon verbena is a perennial in frost-free areas. If you have been to Utah than you know this place is definitely not frost free! We have some very harsh winters here in the valley. So when I went out to my [...]

Lemon Verbena Soap


Nutshell Potpourri These days it seems very easy to get lost in the craziness that is Christmas. The hustle and bustle of trying to find last minute presents and attending family Christmas parties. During this time of celebration, remember what exactly you are celebrating. Value, the value of family and friends and those relationships. So when [...]

Nutshell Potpourri



Fat quarters of fabric. Good afternoon everybody! After yesterday’s blog post I got to thinking. What if someone wants to make some Milky Tub Tea for Mother’s Day but doesn’t have any heat and seal tea bags around? So we started brainstorming and ended up with a great idea! I went to our local craft store and [...]

Fun Tub Tea Bags







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I love the cooling sensation of cucumber. I find it particularly soothing in the heat of summer. We are very familiar with putting slices of cucumbers on our eyes but we can use the on the rest of our skin too! I find the best way is to juice the cucumber and wither treat the juice [...]

At Home Spa – Cucumber



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I adore papaya! I love the taste. Wow! Sweet, exotic and slightly tangy. Somedays I can eat papaya until the cows come home! Well, I am pretty excited because papaya can be used on the skin too! Papaya is much like kiwi. It has a large enzymatic profile meaning that the enzymes act as a chemical [...]

At Home Spa – Papaya


Another great item if you want to have an at home spa day is kiwi. Kiwi is fantastic because it smooths the skin through both physical and chemical means. If you mash a kiwi up and gently massage it into your face, the seeds physically remove, dry, rough and dead skin. Kiwis also have lots of [...]

At Home Spa – Kiwi


We have covered this week how to make decoctions, how to use decoctions, and now I would like to cover Storing Decoctions.  You may have noticed, like I did when making the mushroom decoction that I had to keep adding in additional water to accomodate the ever expanding mushrooms. So what happened is that I ended up with some [...]

Storing Decoctions