Aromatherapy Crafts for the Holidays, Part 1

| 11/27/2013 4:08:00 PM

Tags: Thanksgiving Crafts, Crafts For The Holidays, Bath Bag, Citrus Potpourri, Herbal Blends, Potpourri, Lemon Verbena Lady,

If you are looking to relieve stress during the holiday season, look no further than your herb garden. Even if you don’t have an herb garden, growing potted rosemary, lavender or scented geranium indoors can help you stay stress-free thanks to aromatherapy, the art of using aromatic essential oils. Using scented herbs in potpourri, bath bags or simmering spices can help you boost your energy, keep you calm and relaxed, or get you some rest whenever you need it the most. Here are a couple of the best seasonal scents.

Basil Plant
The scent of basil will help you calm your nerves.

BASIL: Even though it may not be a traditional holiday herb or scent, you can use the fresh or dried form of basil (Ocimum basilicum) to help reduce mental fatigue and clear your mind. Inhaling the fragrance helps you to remain calm and ease your nervousness.

Warning: Do not use basil essential oil internally.

Basil Bath Bag

I found this Basil Bath Bag recipe in The Basil Book by Marilyn Hampstead. It is a great idea to clean out your kitchen cupboards and enjoy an herbal bath in the process. If the flavors of the herbs are not strong, they should no longer be used for culinary purposes, but are still great candidates for the bath bags. She cautions not to use peppers in the blends or turmeric (which is a yellow dye, as is saffron). I personally would not use any herb blends that would have garlic in them, but that’s just me.

• 1 cup crushed dried basil
• 1 cup mixed kitchen herb and spice discards
• 1 orange, or 2 lemon peels
• 18-inch by 18-inch muslin, or large handkerchief
• Rubber band, twist tie, string, or 1 clean knee-high stocking

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