Reader Bonus

Like most authors, I have bonus material that didn’t quite fit in the book but is something worth sharing.  Enjoy!

Herbal Foot Soak

  • 2 ounces of mixed fresh herbs (peppermint, rosemary, chamomile, rose are recommended)
  • 1 tbspn Epsom salt
  • 4 cups of boiling water

Chop the herbs.  Place in a bowl and pour in the boiling water.  Let this steep for one hour, then drain.

Pour the water into a tub or flat bottomed bowl that is large enough to hold both feet and additional warm water to heat it up.  Stir in the Epsom salts.  Soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes.


Bath Cookies

  • 2 cups of finely ground sea salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil

Place salt, baking soda and corn starch in a mixing bowl.  Gently mix with a metal spoon, then add eggs and olive oil.  Next, add up to 10 drops of lavender essential oil.

Using a rolling pin that you do not use for baking, roll out batter until it is about ¼ inch thick and cut with decorative cookie cutters.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes.  The goal is to dry them out.  Cookies will not turn dark brown.

Allow to cool completely before storing.  Cookies must be crumbled prior to use.


Sunburn Soak

  • 1/4 cup of calendula flower, plantain leaf, raspberry leaf and green tea mix
  • 1/2 cup witch hazel
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 tbsn honey
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel (optional)

Place the herbs into one quart of boiling water and remove from heat.  Steep for 30 minutes with the lid on the pot.  Strain and compose herbs.  Add essential oil, honey, baking soda and aloe vera gel to the mixture.

Add the mixture to your bathwater.  Allow yourself to soak for about 15 –  20  minutes.


Amber’s Salt Scrub

  • 2 cups sea salt
  • 1 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 tbsp rosemary, peppermint and lavender mixture

Mix salt, oils and essential oils in a small glass mixing jar, then add herbs.  Mix well with a metal spoon.  Transfer to a lidded container that will easily open in the shower.

To use, gently massage into your skin.  Then, rinse off with warm water.  Important note:  be very careful.  This mixture can make it very slippery in the tub.

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