Simple Herbal Gifts

Sharing your love of herbs and the bounties of summer’s harvest is one of the pleasures of the holiday season. The following recipes are quick and simple, use readily available ingredients, and can be multiplied to any quantity you please. The mixtures take only moments to assemble, and you can spend as much or as little time on presentation as you like. Shop at your local herb and craft stores (see listing on pages 22 and 23) or check the mail-order sources below and in ads throughout the magazine. Be sure to save enough of the makings to give yourself a little present, too!

Simple DIY Projects:

Sock Drawer Sachet
Tummy Tea
Gingham Dog and Calico Cat Flea Pillows
Herbal Wreath
Citrus Spice Simmering Potpourri
Good Bread Herbs

Selected Mail-Order Sources

Herb ‘n’ Renewal, RR 1, Laura, IL 61451. Catalog $5. Dried herbs in bulk, containers, labels.
Lavender Lane, 6715 Donerail Drive, Sacramento, CA 95842. Catalog $2. Potpourri supplies, tea bags, containers.
Sunburst Bottle Company, 7001 Sunburst Way, Citrus Heights, CA 95621. Catalog $2. Bottles, jars, boxes, and vials of all descriptions.


Boice, Martha, compiler. “. . . For Remember It Is Christmas”: Shaker Herbal Fare. Dayton, Ohio: Knot Garden Press (3001 Catalpa, 45405), 1988.
Campbell, Adell. Herbal Holiday Calendar. Arlington, Texas: Adell Campbell (4022 Woodland Pk. #145, 76013), 1989.
Rose, Jeanne. Jeanne Rose’s Modern Herbal: Practical Uses For Herbs in Today’s Home. New York: Putnam, 1987. Available from the author, 219 Carl Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.
Siegler, Madeleine H. Making Potpourri. Pownal, Vermont: Storey Communications, 1991.

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