Monday, November 29, 2010

Herbal Gifts for the Holidays

Are you wanting to make herbal gifts for your friends and family this holiday season? 

This blog post will look at a variety of ways you can spread herbal cheer this holiday season. Don't miss the Herbal Winter Tea Coasters at the end!

Herbal Gifts ebook, Second Edition
This fall I did a major overhaul on my Herbal Gifts ebook. The result is almost fifty pages full of new recipes combined with old favorites and beautiful photography. It contains many simple herbal gift ideas from spice mixtures to facial scrubs that your friends and family will love. It's available at or as part of the Wildcraft! sale...

WildCraft! An Herbal Adventure Game
John at is also getting into the holidays by offering his amazing cooperative board game, Wildcraft! for 50% OFF. This board game was create for ages 4 and up and is a perfect game to teach kids about using plants. 

In addition to this incredible sale he is also offering a slew of bonuses including: 

  • My Herbal Gifts ebook
  • 7 hour teleseminar with Herbalist Angie Goodloe on Kids and Herbs
  • A children's herb book you can customize for your own child 
  • and lots more

You can read more about this innovative game that teaches kids (and adults!) about herbs here. Hurry sale ends on December 2nd at midnight. 

Free Herbal Gift Newsletters
Every year around the holidays I do a series of free newsletters for So far this year we've made Bay Rum Aftershave and Vanilla Extract. There are four more newsletters in the series. You can sign up for this for free by signing up for the HerbMentor newsletter at

Here's a excerpt from my Herbal Gifts ebook
Winter Tea Coasters
These coasters are a wonderful gift for the holiday season. When warm cups are placed on the coasters, they release their wonderful scent.
Here’s what you’ll need to make one winter coaster. Multiply by four to make a full set. 
  • 5 teaspoons each of ground nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and cardamon. 
  • two pieces of fabric measuring 4 inches by 4 inches
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Funnel

Begin by placing your fabric together, ugly side facing out. 

Sew 3/4 of the way around the coaster. 

Turn right side out. I use a pencil to get all the corners fully switched.

Mix together your spice powders. 

Using a funnel (or a lot of patience, if you don’t have a funnel leave a bigger opening) fill the coaster with the powdered herbs. 

Once filled, sew the remaining hole shut. 

Now you have a wonderful smelling coaster for all your warm winter teas. 

Here's a look at the table of contents for the the ebook on Herbal Gifts. Happy Holidays!

  • Sections on spices and herbal mixtures
  • Herbal tea blends
  • Vinegars
  • Herbal oils
  • Syrups (elderberry and rose hip)
  • Infused honeys (rose hip, lavender, garlic)
  • Cordials and Elixirs (elderberry, rose petal, pomegranate cordial)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Bee pollen candy
  • Seaweed cookies
  • Herbal butter
  • Tea coasters
  • Bath salts
  • Salt scrub
  • Bath herbs
  • Body powder
  • Bay rum aftershave
  • Eye pillow
  • Herb sachets
  • Sugar facial scrub
  • Packaging ideas
  • Lots more!
You can get your own copy of my Herbal Gifts ebook by subscribing to or as a bonus as part of the WildCraft! Herbal Adventure Game Sale