Newsletter December 2014

Happy Holidays Everyone!

We love the hustle & bustle of the season, have been busily stocking up and 

Queens Bath Gift Bag

are feeling abundant with gift bags, stocking stuffers, luscious body care products, herbal handmade gift making supplies and nourishing goodies of all kinds. Shop online or come visit us in store!

In this issue we have included some fun seasonal recipes we hope you can use and enjoy. As is our holiday tradition, our staff members have also put together a list of their favorite holiday gifts from Rebecca’s. 

We are so thankful for our community and wish you all a Happy and Healthy Holiday season!

Holiday Hours

December 24th, closing early at 4pm
December 25th- January 1st, closed for winter break
We will reopen at 10:00am on January 2nd and resume our normal business hours.

New Products 

lavender

Local Lavender Essential Oil

This beautiful and handcrafted local essential oil is made from high altitude Lavender, grown with organic and biodynamic farming practices on a historical farm located on Lamborn Mesa, just outside of Paonia, Colorado. This essential oil has the beautiful scent you have come to expect from Lavender with a touch of local love. Due to limited availability we offer this Essential Oil in 1 dram size only for $15.66 per dram.
 

Holiday Gift Bags

Lovingly made with all of your favorite Rebecca’s products, we have gift bags made fresh and just in time for the holidays. Be it a Frankincense and Myrrh holiday gift bag, a Mini Facial Delight, a Queen’s Bath Spa bag or a large Rose Spa bag, we have a vast array to choose from with different price points for all your gift giving needs. (We also carry the empty organza bags if you would like to create your own custom gift bag.)
 

Stocking Stuffers

We have prepared many mini versions of the products you have grown to love. Mini bags of tea, small containers of bath salts, and little scented Shea butters all make excellent stocking stuffers, host gifts, or a small way to share the products you love from Rebecca’s.

Holiday Staff Picks

Holiday Gift Ideas from the Herbalists at Rebecca's

 

Rebecca Luna, certified clinical herbalist & shop proprietress

Melt and Pour Soaps

My favorite holiday gift for everyone on your love list. So easy, and so very fun, the combinations of herbs and essential oils you can add to the soap bases are endless. Use one of our uber cute soap molds and you've got awesome homemade gifts that are a hit every year. Some soaps I made this year include Frog shaped Spearmint/Seaweed, Pea Pod shaped Lavender, a gorgeous Goat milk Cacao Coffee, Honey Cardamom, Goat Milk Rose and even a few more.
 

Adri Sugrue, certified clinical herbalistMulling Spices

Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles

A must have book for making all your own body care recipes, from lotions to lip balms and everything in between! With an emphasis on skin care, the clear and concise recipes are useful for the novice and advanced medicine maker alike.


Kate Briggs, certified clinical herbalist

Mulling Spices

The combination of Cinnamon, Allspice, Orange peel, Clove and Star anise is the taste, aroma, and warmth of the season. Mull cider or wine, steam on the stovetop for added comfort, or even add to homemade soaps for seasonal flair.


Lauren Stauber, certified clinical herbalist & licensed massage therapist

Lavender Spa Delight Gift Bag

Rebecca's hand-blended Calming Lavender Bath Salts are just right for winter self-care rituals, bringing together organic French Lavender with healing and grounding Himalayan salts, sea salts and muscle melting Epsom salts. For a complete gift of relaxation, you might enjoy Rebecca's Lavender Spa Gift Bag, which includes our bath salts, a Lavender-scented beeswax candle, and a Himalayan salt crystal in a bed of organic Lavenderblossoms. Let tensions dissolve away with a Calming Lavender Bath...


Becca Wasserman, certified clinical herbalist

Chocolate Mint Lip Balm Kit

A fabulous holiday gift for the crafty individual in your life! The Chocolate Mint Lip Balm kit makes 20 delicious and soothing lip balms. Fun for one person or the whole family, give the gift of homemade, organic lip balms this year!


Cat Pantaleo, certified herbalistLip Balm Making Kit

Sweet Honey Face Scrub

A luxurious facial treatment that enlivens, hydrates & feeds the skin. With Colorado honey, Rosehips, Lavender, Oats & Flax seeds, my skin literally glows afterward. And.it's edible!


Ellie Martin, certified clinical herbalist

The Return of the Light by Carolyn McVickar Edwards

This book is full of traditional legends honoring the winter solstice from cultures and countries around the world. Celebrate the return of light by sharing time-honored stories that are enjoyable for children & adults alike!


Corrie Bradley, certified clinical herbalist

Decadent Rose Body Scrub

This nourishing and softening treat for the skin smells divine. The heavenly combination of red Rose petals blended into mineral rich sea salts with Rose and Comfrey root infused oils is a fabulous way to spoil the ones you love.
 

Amber Brisson, certified clinical herbalist & nutritionist

Smudge Stick

Smudge Sticks

Display the bounty of summer's wildflowers harvest throughout the year with an array of local and handmade smudge sticks. We have Artemisia Colorado wildflower smudge sticks, bundles of dried Lavender, Sweetgrass braids and California wild crafted White Sage. Antiseptic and cleansing these beautiful smudge sticks offer a diverse blend of aromatic smoke to purify your space.

Classes

Below is our class schedule, for full class descriptions please check our website at: http://www.rebeccasherbs.com/classes/ 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. Pre-registration is required. 

 

Lotions & Creams

*two dates available*
Thursday, December 4th, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, December 11th, 6:30-8:30pm

Instructor: Faith Goguen Rodgers, certified clinical herbalist
Cost: $35.00
Give the gift of homemade, nourishing lotions this holiday season!
 

Herbal Chocolate Making

Tuesday, December 9th, 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor:
Liz Philbrick, certified clinical herbalist & nutritionist and Corrie Bradley, certified clinical herbalist
Cost: $35.00
Gear up for the gift giving season and learn how to make your own chocolate!
 

Winter Wellness

Wednesday, January 14th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor:
Liz Philbrick, certified clinical herbalist & nutritionist & Corrie Bradley, certified clinical herbalist & nutritionist
Cost: $35.00
Winter is here and it is time to strengthen our immune systems and stock our medicine chests with our wintertime herbal allies.

Holiday Gift Recipes

 

Festive Gingerbread TeaRoasted Cacao Nibs

2 part Rooibos Leaf 
1 part Cacao Nibs, Roasted 
1 part Ginger Root 
chips 1 part Cinnamon Bark, Cassia 
¼ part Licorice Root 
¼ part Fenugreek Seed 
¼ part Clove Bud 
Vanilla bean, cut into pieces, to taste

Blend spices together, mix thoroughly and store in an airtight container. Use 1 Tbsp. tea blend per cup water. Steep for 15-25 minutes or gently simmer on a low heat for 10-15 minutes. Top with heavy cream or whipped cream and a sprinkle of powdered nutmeg. To fill a pint jar of tea for a gift or for yourself, 1 part equals 6 Tablespoons. 
 

Holiday Forest Bath Fizzies

refined Cocoa Butter

1 cup Baking Soda
½ cup Citric Acid
½ cup Epsom Salts
2 Tablespoons finely chopped refined Cocoa Butter
2 Tablespoons finely chopped Cedar leaf tips (optional)

20 drops Fir Balsam essential oil
20 drops Forest blend essential oil

Witch hazel with a spritzer top
1 soap mold 

Wisk together the baking soda, citric acid, salt, cocoa butter and Cedar leaf tips then add the essential oils 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 3-12. Drop one into a hot bath and watch it fizz and bubble as the festive aroma fills the air. 


Winter Dream Pillow
“Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads”

2 Tablespoons Mugwort
1 Tablespoon Juniper Berries
4 Tablespoons Lavender Flower
2 Tablespoons Rose petals
2 Tablespoons Linden Leaf & Flower
2 teaspoons Rosemary Leaf
2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
1 drop Spruce Essential Oil

1 medium (3X5) muslin drawstring bag or decorative soft fabric pouch 

Place herbs in a medium sized bowl and stir to blend. Add drops of essential oil and stir again. Loosely stuff your bag with the herb mixture and tie it or sew together. The scent lasts for a couple of months. Tuck the dream pillow into your pillowcase before going to bed or hold close to your face, breathe deeply and drift off to sleep with sweet dreams. Decorate muslin bags with markers, stamps or colored yarn for gift giving.