May is a great time to have a “ladies night out” spa tea party and make several herbal products for a pamper basket to take home. Line the small basket with a washcloth plus include some herbal tea and your guests will be ready to let go of the stress, release obligations and responsibilities and relax in their home spa!
NOTE: Make some of the sugar scrub ahead so they can all try it before they leave! Be sure to purchase essential oils NOT fragrance oils to make these products which will contact the skin. Lavender is relaxing and a combination of rosemary, lavender and peppermint is a refreshing blend, but choose what you like for each.
small jar with lid
2Tbs brown sugar
1Tbs vegetable oil
drops of essential oil
Fill the small jar with brown sugar, add enough oil to moisten the mixture plus the essential oil. Mix with a spoon, cover with lid and allow to set at least overnight. The mixture should look “oily” and moistened.
To use: Scoop a small amount on to your hand and rub your hands and fingers gently with the scrub. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. This leaves your hands soft.
DEAD SEA BATH SALTS
Combine 1/4 cup Dead Sea salt with 1/4 cup Epsom Salt, add essential oil and stir well. (OPTIONAL: Add 1Tbs of a combination of baking soda & citric acid for a fizzy effect) Treat yourself to a nice warm bath with 1/4 cup of the mixture.
First, choose your favorite essential oil, or those oils that combine well together. Add 1/2 oz of Witch Hazel extract (alcohol distilled) into a 4oz spray bottle, fill with bottled or spring water and add essential oil(s). Attach spray pump and shake the container vigorously. The oils may separate a little bit, but if the Witch Hazel extract is doing its job, there should be very little separation. If this occurs, simply shake well before each use.
HERB FACIAL SCRUB
3 bars grated soap
1 1/2c loose leaf green tea
Combine ingredients. Place 1/4c mixture in the center of a washcloth, gather up and tie with a long piece of ribbon. To use, wet and rub over face and skin to remove dead cells and stimulate circulation. Hang to dry over shower head or tub faucet using the ribbon between uses.
SOOTHING HERBAL TUB TEA
1c lemon balm
1c loose leaf green tea
1c rose petals
Just fill a muslin bag with 1/4c tub tea blend and hang on the faucet while drawing the bath water. The soothing aroma will linger.
To complete the evening, serve ice water with a few slices of cucumber along with several varieties of these veggie pinwheels, hot herbal tea plus a few fresh fruit treats and your guests will really feel spoiled!
VEGGIE PINWHEELS : Use a variety of fillings rolled up in tortillas which are refrigerated overnight and then sliced into ½” to 1” pinwheels to serve.
4oz cream cheese with . . .
1/2c golden raisins and 1/2c shredded carrots
1/2c drained crushed pineapple and 1Tbs fresh mint
1/2c prepared pesto and sun-dried tomatoes
1/2c sautéed red & yellow peppers plus 1 clove
crushed garlic and 1tsp lemon pepper
1/2pkg of frozen spinach, thawed & drained and
1tsp herb seasoning
“A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”