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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.

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

Nature Crafts – Botanical Bookmarks

It’s great to have a pretty and creative bookmark to keep your place in your favorite book.  Now that Spring is here and flowers and herbs are lush, you can use your creativity to make a lovely bookmark using nature’s bounty.  It’s very simple and fun and if you have kids, they’ll enjoy getting into the project too.


So if you’re an herb and flower lover, here are some easy DIY bookmark projects to inspire you.


















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.