Gifts for Your Afternoon Tea Guests

Foaming Bath Salts

1/2 c. liquid soap
1 T. light oil
Food coloring of choice
6 c. rock salt crystals

Mix together the soap, oil and coloring. Pour mixture over the rock salt in a large bowl. Stir continuously until salt crystals are evenly coated.

Spread the salts out in a thin layer on a wax paper-lined baking s heet. Allow to air-dry (this can take up to 24 hours). Put bath salts into a decorative container when they are completely dry.

To use: Pour 1/4 c. of the salts into the bath under running water. Makes 48 oz (enough for 24 baths).

Lavender Bath Crystals

1 c. sea salt
1 c. Epsom salt
1 c. Kosher salt
36 drops lavender essential oil
2 to 3 drops purple cooring
3 (1/2-pint) jars with lids

Combine the salts in a ziplock bag; add essential oil, shaking bag thoroughly to coat. Add coloring; shake bag to distribute color. Pour mixture into jars. Sea lips; attach labels and gift tags.

Raspberry Bath Salts

2 (4 lb) cartons epsom salt
6 c. sea salt
1/2 tsp. glycerin
14 drops raspberry essential oil
14 drops red food coloring
12 (12 oz) jars with lids

Empty 1 carton epsom salts into a large mixing bowl; add 3 c. sea salt, stirring well. Mix in 1/4 tsp. glycerin and 7 drops oil; set aside.

In separate mixing bowl, combine remaining salts; stir well. Add remaining glycerine, oil and red coloring; stir until completely blended and colored.

Holding each jar at an angle, layer salts in jar, alternating white and colored mixtures. Seal lids and attach labels and gifts tage. Makes 12 jars.

Revitalizing Bath Salts

2 c. Epsom salt
2 c. coarse salt
20 drops green food coloring
12 drops eucalyptus essential oil
20 drops rosemary essential oil
30 drops peppermint essential oil
4 (1/2-pint) jars with lids

Combine salts in large mixing bowl. Scoop out 1 c. salt mixture and place in a small mixing bowl.

To the small mixing bowl, add coloring and oils; mix well.

Pour salt and oil mixture back into large bowl; stir with remaining salt mixture, coating thoroughly. Pour salt into jars. Seal lids and attach labels and gift tags.

Milk and Honey Bath

1 c. oil
1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. liquid soap
1 T. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a clean bottle with a tight-fitting stopper or lid.

To use: Shake well. Pour 1/4 c. into the bath tub under running water. Makes 16 oz (enough for 8 baths).

Lavender Drawer Sachet

2 (5-inch) squares fabric
Dried lavender
2 to 3 drops lavender essential oil

Place right sides of fabric squares together and sew, leaving bottom open for turning and filling.

In small bowl, crush lavender with bottom of a drinking gladd; add oil and toss to mix. Turn sachet so right side is out; fill with lavender mix. Stitch closed.

Lavender Pillows

(The epitome of pampering! They block out light and spread a soothing, gentle weight over and around the eyes. Lavender is a natural anti-depressant, well-known for relieving insomnia, headaches or stress.)

You will need:

* Flaxseed
* Soft fabric (such as silk or muslin)
* Lavender or chamomile flowers, left whole or ground to a powder in a food processor for a softer pillow

Make a small tube-shaped pillow from the fabric. Cut the shape out and sew 3-1/2 sides together with fabric inside-out. Turn right side out and fill loosely with equal part of flaxseed (or non-instant rice) and lavender. Hand-stitch the opening together. Tie off with a ribbon.

Lavender Pillow Must

1/2 c. water
1/2 tsp. witch hazel
4 to 5 drops lavender essential oil

Pour everything into a spray bottle. Close bottle tightly and shake well. Spray on your pillow linen. Crawl into bed and breath in the soothing scent of lavender. Feel your mind, body and soul relax as you drift into a dream sleep.

This natural sedative willhelp you relax and drift off into a deep and restful sleep. But it's not just for night!

Make this with lavender or lemon verbena essential oil and place it in the refrigerator to keep cool. When you come home feeling tired or heated, spritz your face for a cool, refreshed feeling.

Great Expectations Cream

1/4 c. cocoa butter
1 tsp. light sesame oil
1 tsp. apricot kernel oil
1 tsp. vitamin E oil

Place all ingredients in an over-proof glass container and gently heat until the cocoa butter is melted and the oils are well-mixed. Pour into a clean 2-1/2 oz. container. Cool complete before sealing.

Give to mothers-to-be for massaging onto chest, stomach and legs. Keeps skin soft and relieves itchiness. Use after showering while skin is still warm and damp.

Citrus Sugar
(Lemon, lim and orange)

2 c. granulated sugar
Zest of 2 lemons, 2 limes or 1 orange

Place the sugar and the zest of one kind of fruit into food processor. Pulse until well-blended. Spread the mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet for about 1 hour to dry. Repeat wth zest from the other fruits.

Fill diner-style sugar containers with the dried citrus sugars. Tie on co-ordinating ribbons and add labels and instructions.

Can be used in many yummy ways, from a topping on breakfast pancakes to a sugar substitute in a pound cake recipe. Or use as a sweetener for tea.


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