Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary and Supply

December 2010 Newsletter

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Here at Rebecca's we love this festive time of year and have been busy making sure our shelves are fully stocked with all your herbal holiday needs. We're making our annual gift baskets and have come up with some great little gift bags as well. We have also found some new jars and containers, perfect for packaging your homemade holiday gifts.

In the spirit of giving we have included recipes with this newsletter that will help you quickly craft lovely handmade goods. As is our holiday tradition, our staff members have also put together a list of their favorite holiday gifts you can find here at the shop.

We love seeing all our regulars come in the door, along with all the new faces, and hearing about the wonderful homemade herbal products everyone is making. Thank you for supporting Rebecca's year after year, we wish you and yours a happy, healthy holiday season!

Please note our Holiday Hours:
December 24: We will be closing early at 4:00pm
Dec 25 - Jan 1: We will be closed

Staff Picks
Each of our staff members have chosen one of their favorite herbal holiday gifts.

Alyson's Pick
Rebecca's Sweet Honey Scrub
This yummy facial scrub is my favorite product at the shop - I use it every night before bed. It is the perfect gift for somebody with dry, sensitive, or combination skin. Made from all organic food ingredients, it is truly a sweet treat for your face.

Corrie's Pick
Planetary Designs Desk Press Mug
This unique stainless steel French Press Mug is ideal for the tea or coffee lover on the go. So convenient, and it keeps your favorite beverage warm for hours. Such a treat!

Katie's Pick
Rebecca's Mica Lip Gloss
Our Mica Lip Gloss adds a perfect shimmer and soothes dry lips. A great stocking stuffer!

Lelia's Pick
Rebecca's Rainbow Scrub
This beautiful two colored scrub makes a fantastic gift for someone in need of a dose of sunshine. Exfoliating and moisturizing, this is my go to treatment for dry, flaky winter skin.

Gift Bags
Liz's Pick
Mini Facial Delight Gift Bag
This is a great way to sample our most popular facial products — Rebecca's Sweet Honey Scrub, Exfoliating Face Scrub, and Precious Face Serum all nestled on a bed of flowers. This is the perfect gift to pamper your friends and loved ones.

Rebecca's Pick
Rose Gift Basket
Because it is too hard to choose just one thing. This basket contains a delightful medley of rosey goodness. From Rose lotion to Rose Perfume oil and Queen's Bath Salts, this basket is sure to make its recipient feel loved and pampered.

Tzuria's Pick
Rebecca's Coconut Rose Oil
This beautiful blend of coconut oil and organic red roses is moisturizing to the whole body and uplifting to the spirit. For dry skin in the winter this simple blend is a beautiful gift for all ages.

Una's Pick
Rebecca's Yin Time Tea
While this tea tastes earthy and green, it has pleasant sweet overtones. After drinking a cup or two it has a calming and soothing effect. Perfect for stressful days, or to relax.

Gift Basket
Check out our amazing selection of Gift Baskets and Gift Bags, ready to go and guaranteed to please. Not only do we have the classic selection you've come to love, but we've added some fun new bags appropriate for all ages and genders. If you don't find the perfect combination, please ask us to customize one for you.

Mulling Spices
Enjoy this rich blend of roots and spices in your cider or wine. Personifying the spirit of the holidays, the warm aroma of Mulling Spices can also be diffused throughout your home by simmering them on the stove or in a bowl as a potpourri.

Stonecraft Arts
We have received our seasonal order of beautiful, locally handcrafted sculptures, perfect for the home or garden.

2011 We'Moon Calendars
We'Moon Calendars are back for 2011!

ForLife Teapots
Our new glass teapots and mugs are a great gift for the tea enthusiast. They have an amazingly functional infuser, and the best part is you can see all the beautiful colors of your tea brewing.

YAY! Magnets
This magnet series has been such a hit that we have added more! From YAY! BEES! to YAY! GRANDMA! And YAY! HERBS! Perfect stocking stuffers.

New Jars and Containers
Along with the vast array we have always carried, we have added new specialized containers and decorative jars great for holiday gift making.

Staff Picks
Everyone loves a homemade gift from the heart. These do-it-yourself gift ideas are super easy to make, fun and affordable. We have even included a handy shopping list of items you can find right here at the shop.

Handmade Gifts
Chocolate Candy Cane Lip Balm
(Makes 12-15 Tubes)

Shopping List of Ingredients
2 Tablespoons Jojoba Oil
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil*
2 Tablespoons Beeswax Pearls
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Butter
1/2 Teaspoon Vitamin E
1/4 Teaspoon Pink Mica (optional)
35 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 Drops Vanilla Fragrance Oil
12-15 Lip Balm Tubes
Gift Labels

*We do not carry Olive Oil at Rebecca's. If you want a stellar Olive Oil check out Oliv You & Me, right around the corner on Broadway.

In a double boiler, melt the Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Beeswax Pearls, Cocoa Butter, and Vitamin E. Once the ingredients are melted and stirred together, remove from the heat. Add the Pink Mica (optional), Peppermint Essential Oil, and Vanilla Fragrance oil. Stir the lip balm to make sure your color and scent are evenly incorporated. Pour the lip balm directly into the tubes. After about an hour you can cap, label, and enjoy!

Citrus Lavender Bath Salts
(Makes nine 8oz Jars)

Shopping List of Ingredients
10oz Sea Salt, Coarse
15oz Epsom Salt, Coarse
14oz Himalayan Salt, Fine
.25oz Lavender Blossoms
60-80 Drops Tangerine Essential Oil
20-30 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
9 8oz Clear Jars
Gift Labels

Pour Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, Himalayan Salt, and Lavender Blossoms to a large bowl and stir to combine. Add your Tangerine and Lavender Essential Oils and stir gently with the back of a large spoon until well mixed. Fill each jar with your beautiful bath salt and label.

Melt & Pour Soaps

Cinnamon Orange Soap
(Makes 8-12 Individual Soaps if you use a square mold that you cut)

Shopping List of Ingredients
20 oz Goats Milk Soap Base, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 tsp. Powdered Cinnamon
30 drops Orange Essential Oil
1/4 tsp. Gold Mica
Soap Mold (Choose your favorite from our beautiful selection!)

Place the soap base in a heat proof container and set it in a double boiler filled with steaming water, over medium-high heat. When the soap base is melted, add the Cinnamon and Mica. Stir well, pressing any lumps against the side of the container until the mixture is evenly combined. Take off the heat, add the Orange Essential oil, stir well and pour into your soap mold. Wait for 12-24 hours then gently un-mold your soap and cut into bars.

Lemon and Lavender Clear Soap
(Makes 3 - 4 Individual Soaps if you use a mold with cavities)

Shopping List of Ingredients
20 oz Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base, cut into 1 inch chunks
30 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
A few Calendula flowers
A few Lavender flowers
Soap Mold (Choose your favorite from our beautiful selection!)

Place the soap base in a heat proof container (like a Pyrex dish) and set it in a double boiler filled with steaming water, over medium-high heat. When the soap base is melted, add the Lemon and Lavender essential oil. Pour a little of the soap base into the mold and press in the flowers. Let the soap cool until there is a thick film and gently fill the mold the rest of the way, with the remaining soap. Wait for 12-24 hours then gently un-mold your soap.

Below is our Winter Class Schedule. Look for more seasonal classes to come. For full class descriptions and an archive of past classes please check our website at:

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 6:30-8:30pm
Instructors: Katie Browning, Certified Herbalist and Ashlee Bodo, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost $35

Monday, December 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
Instructors: Corrie Snyder, Certified Herbalist, and Elizabeth Holtman, Certified Herbalist
Cost: $35.00

Thursday, December 9th, 2010 6:30-8:00pm or Monday, December 13th, 2010 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Lelia Lyon, Certified Herbalist
Cost: $35.00

Sunday, December 12th, 2010 10-11am.
Instructor: Katie Browning, Certified Herbalist
Cost: $35.00. All materials included.

Wednesday, January 12th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Lelia Lyon, Certified Herbalist
Cost: $35.00

Wednesday, January 19th, 6:30-8:30pm
Instructors: Corrie Snyder, Certified Herbalist, and Liz Holtman, Certified Herbalist
Cost: S35.00


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