I recently decided to go a little nutz in the kitchen. I had a special friend that I wanted to create some special gifts for. I have all these lovely tea mixes and ingredients from The Bulk Herb Store just lying around, so I got to work. I wanted to create a nice gift basket which would include a little bit of something for everything a mama could need from shiny hair to bug stings on the kids.
I started with some simple things like premixed bentonite clay in a jar with some printed instructions on how to use. I’ve already written quite a bit on bentonite in my last blog post, and you can find that information in the following link. How to Make a Bentonite Clay Paste
I also made some green salve and some hand cream. I actually just added aloe to my green salve to make the hand cream. I used half olive oil and half coconut oil to make it less greasy and add all the antimicrobial benefits that coconut oil provides.
It’s so creamy and wonderful and smells so Earthy and natural. I love this stuff. I think the hand cream would be good for diaper rashes and a friend suggested it might even make a good balm for cow’s udders.
THANKS, Shoshanna and Practical Herbalism for making this such an easy thing.
Together, these cover a multitude of booboos and problems, but I wanted more variety. I decided to create a clay/herbal facial, a sugar/herbal foot scrub (I’ve made something similar before as gifts with lavender and salts.), and a hair spritz/detangler.
Orange Delight Sugar Foot Scrub
A foot scrub can be made with a selection of salt or sugar, herbs and some kind of moisturizing oil. Table salt is not recommended as it’s drying and harsh to the skin. Sea Salt is full of minerals and is also antimicrobial. It’s great for exfoliation and softening of the callouses on the feet and hands. Sugar is a milder abrasive and works well, but obviously doesn’t have all the lovely minerals that are contained in sea salt, but it adds a bit of sweetness to the fragrance.
I took the herbs and chopped them in my coffee grinder to make a finer powder and mixed in an equal amount of sugar. Then, I added enough olive oil to make it all stick together. Then..just because I could, I added a couple of drops of orange essential oil (optional) because I just love the fragrance of oranges. Put in a glass jar and store on your shelf.
To use this scrub, before or after a bath, sit on the edge of tub and take a small amount in your hand and use to rub circles on the bottoms and sides of the feet. When finished massaging the feet, rinse and dry. Your feet should feel clean, invigorated and very soft. My husband has calloused, tired feet from being in heavy workboots all day. He tested this stuff out for me and actually asked me to make more to keep around the house. He said it made it tired feet feel better.
Ginger Snap Clay Mask
This project was loads of fun and very easy too! I used another of Bulk Herb Store‘s tea mixes and some Bentonite Clay. 1 Tbsp Ginger Snap Tea 1 Tbsp Bentonite Clay 4 Tbsp Purified Water (I love my Berky Light!) Directions: 1. Grind tea mix in coffee grinder to make fine powder. 2. Sift ground tea through a sieve (strainer) to remove larger, unground bits. 3. Mix tea powder and clay together in glass container. (Do not use any metal.) 4. Add water and mix with a wooden spoon or stick. 5. Allow to sit on counter for about 30 minutes to an hour to allow clay to fully expand. 6. Put in glass container with plastic lid for storage.
To use: Spread a thin, opaque layer across the face, avoiding eyes, mouth, nose and hairline. Allow to sit on face for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse with water and/or a soft cloth.
My daughter and I used this mask together. It’s very tingly and might be uncomfortable for anyone with sensitive skin or eyes. It was very refreshing. It tightened our pours and made the skin feel so clean and soft, even the day after.
Cinnamon Orange Hair Spritzer
- 2 T Organic Creamy Pumpkin Pie Tea Mix
- 1 cup Purified Water
- 1/2 cup Aloe Vera Juice Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Cinnamon Essential Oil (optional)
- Orange Essential Oil (optional)
1. Boil tea mix in water until reduced by half.
2. Remove from heat and strain.
I strained this in two steps to make sure that there wouldn’t be any debris in my mix to clog up the tube on the squirt bottle. First I ran it through a wire mesh strainer to get out all of the larger chunks. Then I ran it through a coffee filter to remove the finer bits.
To make using a coffee filter easy, I laid the coffee filter over the top of a canning jar and put the ring on top to hold it in place.
Be careful not to overfill or the tea will begin to drip out the sides.
If the water level is too low, add a bit more water after straining to bring the water back to 1/2 cup.
3. Add other ingredients and mix well. I used a glass jar with a lid and shook it.
4. Place in spray bottle. (I picked up an 8oz spray bottle at Walmart for a buck or you could use an old hair spray bottle.) To use, spritz on hair whenever you want a quick detangle, a bit of shine or even a bit of fragrance for your hair. Orange and other citrus essential oils are very effective at removing unwanted odors from the body and the air.
I also made some sweet and spicy bentonite clay toothpaste similar to that recipe that Shoshanna has written about in one of her past newsletters.
I put all of these lovelies into 4oz jelly (canning) jars along with the squirt bottle and threw everything in a pre-wrapped box with a lid full of pink packing peanuts. This was one of my more fun projects and was very much appreciated by the recipient.
NOTE: I used plastic replacement lids on all jars that contained Bentonite Clay. The metal can react with the clay and the clay will cause a metal canning lid to deteriorate over time.