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Book Recommendation: Secrets of the Spas

Secrets of the Spas

Secrets of the Spas is a great little book by Catherine Bardey that gives you fantastic and easy ways to pamper yourself at home with recipes utilizing herbs, essential oils, and items you probably already have in your kitchen. Why pay to go to a spa when you can do these great recipes at home? Bardley includes natural recipes that are beneficial and healthy for your body, face, hair, nails, and feet. She also includes aromatherapy and skin benefits of essential oils and carrier oils.

You will find recipes for all skin types. You can utilize these recipes depending on what particular aromatherapy or skin benefits you are looking for (either calming, rejuvinating, etc.,)

You will find body scrubs, wraps, herbal bath blends, and milk baths.

body scrubs

bath

You will also find natural recipes for moisturizers, body butter, and massage oils.

body butter moisturizers

Bardley also discusses ways to care for and treat the skin on your face and includes recipes for cleansers, pastes, facial steams, moisturizers, tonics, and masks.

facial masks

You will also find recipes for your hands and nails like hand washes, rubs and moisturizers, nail and cuticle treatments. For your feet, there are foot scrubs, masks, and soaks. There are also recipes for hair treatments, conditioners, and wraps.

hair, nails, hands, and feet treatments

Bardley also includes a section for healthy edible recipes for smoothies, shakes, salads, and more.

food recipes

All in all, this is a great book with many detailed spa recipes you can use to pamper yourself and learn about and enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy, relaxing and detoxifying baths, and much more.

This book is part of my series of out-of-print fragrance crafting book recommendations. There are affordable used copies of this book at the marketplaces of Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and Alibris, and Abe Books. You may also come across copies at used book shops as well.

* The photos in this post are © Copyright Secrets of the Spas, Catherine Bardley.

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Book Recommendation: The Herbal Home Companion



The Herbal Home Companion by Theresa Loe is a handy and delightful book not just for herb lovers and crafters, but for anyone willing to explore the pleasures of herbs. From growing them to harvesting them and using them for cooking and crafts, you will find lots of practical and useful information.


This beautifully illustrated book contains a section with information about 35 recommended herbs to grow in your garden.  This section details the proper growing conditions, physical descriptions, and properties of each herb as well as ways in which they can be used in recipes, decorating, and other crafts.



Loe also provides lots of great and helpful information about growing your own herb garden.  You will find information about planning your garden, choosing the right type of soil and containers; fertilizing and mulching; how to propagate from seeds and cuttings; how to plant theme gardens; and how to harvest and dry your herbs.





 With their wonderful flavorings and fragrances, herbs can give life to any boring recipe.  Loe includes a section filled with mouth watering recipes for seasonings, dressings, butters, chicken, beef, rice, potatoes, salads, breads, and delectable desserts such as tarts, scones, shortcakes, and pudding, among others.




The beneficial properties of herbs make them ideal for use in bath and beauty products.  DIY beauty products are easy and fun to make and if you want to get creative, this book has a section dedicated to herbal beauty recipes such as lotion, cologne, body cream, bath oil, and more.





The unique beauty and fragrance of herbs make them wonderful elements for decorative and fragrance crafting.  This book will give you ideas on how to create and arrange wreaths, garlands, and topiaries, as well as pressed herb crafts. You can also enjoy their beautiful fragrances by making sachets, drawer liners, and closet bouquets. There are many beautiful decorative crafting ideas to inspire you in this book.




The Herbal Home Companion is a very well put together and comprehensive book of the many ways in which you can creatively enjoy herbs in all their beauty, their wonderful fragrances, and their flavors.

This book is part of my series of out-of-print fragrance crafting book recommendations. There are affordable used copies of this book at the marketplaces of Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and Alibris, and Abe Books.  You may also come across copies at used book shops as well.



* The photos in this post are © Copyright The Herbal Home Companion, Theresa Loe.

** I am getting no commissions from this book recommendation.



Book Recommendation: Herb Crafts

 

Herb Crafts is a beautiful book by Tessa Evelegh, a talented and creative crafter and lifestyle writer. This rich and colorful book contains more than inspiring crafting projects with herbs. You will find information about the medicinal properties of herbs and essential oils, and how to use them in aromatherapy. You will also find helpful information about growing, cutting, harvesting, and drying herbs.

 

 

Evelegh also shows very creative and stylish ways to design an herb garden, not only backyard gardens but container gardens as well. She presents so many cute and artistic ideas that you will most certainly want to grow your own fragrant little garden.

 

 

Of course as the title states, the bulk of this book contains crafting projects using both dried and fresh herbs. There are lovely and fragrant decorative projects and bath and body projects utilizing the beneficial properties of various herbs.  All of the crafting projects are accompanied by inspiring color photos.

 

 

Eveleh also includes a section covering herbs used as flavorings for recipes.  This fabulous section includes breads, desserts, cheeses, oils, vinegars, preserves, and drinks, all using exquisite flavorings from the wonderful world of herbs.

 

 

The end of the book includes a directory of herbs and lists on their cultivation and uses in cooking and medicinal properties.

 


This is by far one of my favorite herb books and I have actually done many of the crafting projects, gardening ideas, and recipes.  I have found it very useful and I recommend it to anyone who wants to get creative with herbs.
This book is part of my series of out-of-print fragrance crafting book recommendations. There are affordable used copies of this book at the marketplaces of Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and Alibris, and Abe Books.  You may also come across copies at used book shops as well.





* The photos are © Copyright Herb Crafts, Tessa Evelegh.

** I am getting no commissions from this book recommendation.



Book Recommendation: The Scented Room


Barbara Milo Ohrbach’s The Scented Room is a wonderful book of creative fragrance crafts. Ohrbach had opened up her own fragrance crafts shop in NYC called Cherchez in the 1970’s and her book contains many of her charming and fun crafts.


This book is filled with color photos of beautiful floral/herb crafts and inspiring home decor ideas. She goes into detail about the methods of making both dry and moist potpourri and gives comprehensive recipes and display ideas.



This book also contains ideas and recipes for fabric sachets, bath bags, and scented pillows.


There is also a section that with recipes for floral waters, room sprays, and pomanders.



You will also find gorgeous floral and herb crafts like wreaths, arrangements, and tussie mussies, as well as details about which particular flowers and herbs are best used for crafts, and various gathering, drying, and storing techniques.



What I really love about this book are the stunning color photos which not only show the beautiful crafts themselves but also decorative and display ideas. If you love DIY and crafting, especially fragrance crafting, this book will definitely get your creative juices flowing. The crafting projects are not only gorgeous, but they are also simple and fun.


This book is part of my series of out-of-print fragrance crafting book recommendations that I am making, so you can find very affordable used copies of this book either at the marketplaces of Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and Alibris, and Abe Books.  You may also come across copies at used book shops as well.


You can also get an autographed copy of this book from Barbara Milo Ohrbach’s website http://www.cherchez.com/scented_room.html





* The photos are © Copyright The Scented Room, Barbara Milo Ohrbach.

** I am getting no commissions from this book recommendation.