Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary and Supply

December 2011 Newsletter

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Rebecca's staff is busy making sure our shelves are stocked with all your herbal holiday gift needs. For those who like to make their gifts and those who prefer beautiful, pre-made gifts, we have something for everyone. If you would like some ideas, see below for easy to follow herbal gift making recipes. We've been formulating and coming up with some great new products as well as some fabulous new packaging for the products you already know and love. We even have new Rebecca's tote bags, t-shirts and aprons on the way, look for them mid December. Our online store is up and running, so if you are not local, please visit us at Thank you for stopping by and we wish you and yours a very happy Holiday Season and New Year!

Please note that Rebecca's will close early, at 4 PM on December 24th and will remain closed until January 2nd 2012.

Enjoy! And, don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook for updates throughout the month and pictures.

Herbal Infused Facial Toners
Rebecca has been busy formulating our new line of Herbal Infused Facial Toners. These exciting new products capture the topical benefit of traditional herbs used for facial care in an easy to apply method. Our toners can be used as a spray after cleansing the skin or anytime you need a hydrating mist. Cooling, soothing, tightening and fragrant, we are positive you will love them as much as we do!
Linden-Chamomile Facial Toner (dry or sensitive skin)
Linden is a treasure for parched skin in need of extra moisture, while Chamomile is anti-inflammatory, soothing and calming for sensitive skin.
Elder-Lavender Facial Toner (for combination or oil skin)
Elderflower has a long tradition as a beautifying skin cleanser, and Lavender works as a cooling, anti-bacterial astringent.

Mocha Sugar Scrub
We've always had beautiful salt scrubs, but sometimes it's great to have a little sugar. This deliciously scented sugar scrub is softening, soothing and totally fun. Containing organic sugar, coffee beans, Jojoba oil and Cocao essential oil, it will not only make you silky smooth, it will also make you delicious!

Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Board Game
This fun, cooperative board game is a seasonal item that we only carry during the holidays. The object of the game is to gather some of Grandma's favorite medicinal plants as well as buckets of huckleberries for her yummy pie and make it back before nightfall. As you travel through the "friendly forest" and the "sunny meadow" you will encounter several obstacles like bee stings, tummy aches, and sunburns providing an opportunity to learn about using medicinal plants for common ailments. For ages 4 and up, and we think you can never be too old to enjoy a good board game!

A well stocked medicine cabinet is paramount to healthy cold and flu season! We've brought in some new additions to keep you and your family feeling well this winter
Elderberry Syrup by Terra Firma Botanicals
Elderberry syrup is one of the tastiest ways to take your medicine! Powerfully antiviral, elderberries are great to take either when you're sick or as a daily tonic to stay well.
Herb Pharm Propolis-Echinacea Throat Spray
This antibacterial throat spray is formulated to soothe a sore and scratchy throat.
Herb Pharm Stress Manager
For many of us, the fun of the winter season can also turn into stress. Be prepared with this tincture blend, which supports a healthy response to both physical and mental stress.

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

Rebecca's Queen of Hungary Spritzer
This traditional blend of Citrus, Rose, Sage, Rosemary and Chamomile awakens a sense of beauty inside and out. A spritz or two lightens the mood, opens the heart, and brightens the face. A gift fit for a queen.

Lavender Spa Delight Gift Bag
This lovely gift bag includes calming Lavender bath salts, a naturally scented beeswax candle, and a large Himalayan salt crystal and a handful of Lavender flowers. A perfect gift for anyone on your list who enjoys the bath, could use some rest and relaxation, and would love to indulge in the therapeutic properties of pure Lavender.

Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles
A favorite resource for many of us, this book is great to use for gift making ideas when the holidays are approaching. It contains 175 fantastic body care recipes using all natural ingredients for beautiful hair, skin, nails and the whole body.

Rebecca's Lip Glosses
These wonderful lip glosses come in three beautiful shades - chai, citrus pink and burgundy mint. Made with all natural micas and essential oils, they add a beautiful yet subtle shine and sparkle to the lips. Not only do they look gorgeous, but they are also made with rich oils that soothe and heal dry, chapped lips. A must have for your holiday gift giving needs.

lip gloss
Rebecca's Forest Blend Bath and Massage Oil
This grounding blend of Frankincense, Cedarwood, and Spruce is reminiscent of a winter forest and is just the right scent for the holidays. This rich oil can be used as a wonderful body moisturizer, perfume, aftershave, bath, and/or massage oil--making this the perfect gift for just about anyone.

Artemisia and Flower Smudge Sticks
These local bundles of sage and wildflowers are works of art. Gifting one to a friend is a beautiful way to bring a little sunshine into the winter months. If you can bring yourself to burn them, the smudge sticks are clearing, cleansing and will make any space smell lovely.

Rebecca's Beautiful Blend
A layer of this fragrant herbal blend on the bottom of a gift bag or basket makes the presentation of a gift special. The combination of sweet smelling flowers is useful as a facial steam, herbal bath, potpourri, floral addition to teas or simply tucked into a drawer as a sachet. What a fragrant way to spread Holiday cheer!

Rebecca's Sore Muscle Bath Salts
These bath salts are perfect for those winter nights after playing long and hard in the snow, skiing, shoveling, sledding, and romping. Equally soothing for kids and adults, a bath with these salts is a nice way to relax after a cold winter day. They are relaxing to the muscles and the aromatics are relaxing to the mind.

lip gloss
Rebecca's Rainbow Scrub
This delightful to look at salt scrub is wonderfully invigorating in the morning. The calendula infused oil is blended with ground hibiscus, exotic Jasmine and topped off with a light citrus note. This scrub is just plain yummy.

Rebecca's Body Butter
Everyone wants to be smooth and hydrated and this butter does the trick. I love the Body Butter as a gift as it is universally enjoyed by men and women alike. Used on hands or the whole body this butter is simple, effective and lovely.

Below is our Winter Class Schedule, for full class descriptions please check our website. Your space in the class is reserved once payment is received. Payment for classes is made by cash or check payable to the instructor. Please be aware that classes fill up quickly, so sign up early.

Thursday, December 1st, 2011 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Faith Goguen Rodgers, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost $35.00
Give the gift of homemade body butters this holiday season!

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 6:30-8:00pm
Instructors: Corrie Snyder, Certified Clinical Herbalist, and Liz Holtman, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost $35.00
Gear up for the gift giving season and learn how to make your own chocolate!

Thursday, December 8th, 2011 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Faith Goguen Rodgers, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost $35.00
Please join certified herbalist Faith Goguen for a fun demonstration of how to make your own natural lip balms and lip glosses.

Sunday December 11th, 2011 11:00am-12:00pm
Created for ages 5-13 (but open to all)
Instructor: Katie Browning, Certified Herbalist
Cost $30.00
Join Katie in this fun, hands-on class to make natural gifts for friends and family. From bath salts to spiced teas, we will create three personalized gifts together to bring home!

Monday, December 12th, 2011 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Lelia Lyon, Certified Herbalist
Cost $35.00
This class will cover botanical oils, essential oils and ingredients that nourish and soothe the delicate skin of your face.

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 6:30-8:00pm
Instructors: Katie Browning, Certified Herbalist and Ashlee Bodo, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost $35.00
Celebrate the season! Come learn to create your own handmade herbal gifts for friends and loved ones.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 6:30-8:00 pm
Instructor: Lelia Lyon, Certified Herbalist
Cost: $35.00, Checks payable to Lelia Lyon
Come learn how to create your own steams, masks, scrubs, toners and moisturizers that will transform your home into a spa.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Instructors: Corrie Snyder, Certified Clinical Herbalist, and Liz Holtman, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Liz Holtman
Winter is here and it's time to strengthen our immune systems and stock our medicine chests with wintertime herbal allies.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Faith Goguen Rodgers, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Faith Rodgers
Please join us and learn how to make therapeutic herbal infused oils and salves.

Follow these fast and easy recipes to create your own fabulous and fun holiday gifts.

Chocolate Lip Balm
Hot Chocolate Lip Balm
Lip Balms make great gifts and they look lovely packaged in a gift bag with a mini chocolate bar.
2 Tablespoons jojoba oil
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 Tablespoons chopped beeswax
1 dropper full of vitamin E
24 drops cocoa essential oil
12 drops vanilla essential oil
1/8 tsp mica (optional)
8 slider tins
In a double boiler over barely simmering water melt the jojoba, coconut, beeswax and vitamin E oil. When they are melted, take off the heat and add the essential oils and mica. Mix well and pour into the waiting tins.

Chai Tea Blend
Chai Tea Blend
Chai Tea is a sweet treat to serve for company, or in a jar wrapped in ribbon it becomes a lovely give-way for cherished friends and family.
2 Tablespoons assam black tea (or rooibos for a caffeine free version)
2 Tablespoons dried ginger
2 Tablespoons cinnamon chips
1 Tablespoon crushed cardamom pods
1 chopped vanilla bean
Pinch of ground nutmeg
A few whole clove buds
A few whole peppercorns
Mix the herbs together and pour into a 4 ounce canning jar. Brewing instructions: Brew 1 Tablespoon of tea blend with 8 ounces of near boiling water, steep for 15 minutes then strain. Add milk and a touch of honey for a perfect winter drink.

Bath Fizzies
Citrus Bath Fizzies
These bath treats can easily be made at home. Soothing, moisturizing and luxurious, any recipient would be thrilled to receive one. Be sure to save one for yourself!
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup epsom salts
2 Tablespoons finely chopped cocoa butter
2 Tablespoons finely crushed calendula flowers
40 drops tangerine essential oil
Witch hazel with a spritzer top
Wisk together the baking soda, citric acid, salt, cocoa butter and calendula flowers, then add the essential oil and mix well. Spray witch hazel onto the powder and toss with your hands. Continue spraying and tossing until the mixture starts to stick together. Firmly pack into soap molds, and then tip the molds over to slide out the bath fizzy. Set them on a plate to dry for 24 hours. Depending on the size of your molds this recipe can make 3-5. Drop one into a hot bath and watch it fizz and bubble as the aroma of tangerine and chocolate fill the air.


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