By Rosalee de la Forêt

I personally like the Paper Zone for fun ideas. in my college years I loved the economical practicality of making my own presents. We’ll begin by wrapping it up… Presentation adds a lot to a gift and can be as simple as using tissue paper bought from the store. That makes a lot of sense to me! The following pages contain all of my favorite gifts – my friends and family know them well and even request their favorites as the holiday season nears. Use interesting wine bottles for your syrups and oils. Here are some easy ideas to make your gift look all the sweeter. Date the item was made Use by date Copyright 2008 Rosalee de la Forêt 2 . especially those that commonly cause allergic reactions) Instructions on how to use or cook or suggestions for accompaniments. I also find that these baskets often have more character and better quality. Wrapping It Up Labeling • • • • • Name of item Ingredients (list all. Glass jars can always be reused for your honeys or bath gifts. my crafts were considered cute. • Re-using Many containers that you buy for personal use can be sterilized and relabeled. or an elaborate basket handmade by you. I hope these ideas inspire you to create your own gifts as well. By making our own creations out of herbs grown locally we give gifts of the heart and impact the earth in a positive way. • Wrapping suggestions You can find a variety of interesting paper stores for your wrapping needs. At first.Ever since I was a young girl. Also look for large porcelain or glass containers. and now it is a conscious choice for change in the world. later. • Containers Baskets: You can easily find baskets at thrift stores and flea markets for a fraction of the price than buying new. I have strived to make homemade presents for friends and family. Baby jars work great for flavored butters.

will poison the consumer.) Sage (Salvia off. but of course. They can be used alone or in a mixture.) Cronewort/mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) Elecampane (for coughs/sore throat) Fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare) Garlic (Allium sativum) Ginger root (Zingiber officinalis) Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) Lavender (Lavendula off. You will want to refrigerate the honey after about three days. honey made from poisonous plants. Fill the remainder of the way with honey and mix well either by stirring or by turning the jar upside down. Let sit for three days and then place in fridge.) Fill a jar half to completely full with the hips. To receive the many nutritious qualities of honey I always choose raw. dandelion clover and alfalfa where most of our honey comes from today. elder.Flavored Honey Honey is the nectar of the flowers of plants. (These fruits are commonly found on bushes well into winter. Echinacea. while others are wonderful as is. balsam root. (I find them easier to de-seed when frozen. will get better with time. gathered by the bee and transported in the stomach to the hive. To make this simple treat fill a glass jar with desired herbs. turn upside down every few days. lavender only requires a couple tablespoon of fresh flowers. Other Flavored Honey Ideas Rose Hip Honey • Gather rose hips after they have developed and turned red. The amount of herbs you use will be dependent on the potency of the fragrance. valerian.) Rinse rose hips well. unprocessed honey. author of Sacred & Herbal Healing Beers. chokecherry. and deseed the hips using a knife or spoon.) Shiso (Perilla frutescens) Spearmint (Mentha spicata) Thyme (Thymus species) Yarrow blossoms (Achillea millefolium) Copyright 2008 Rosalee de la Forêt 3 . Ancient honeys were produced from a wild variety of plants. Some examples are. bees are strongly attracted to medicinal plants and honey produced from medicinal plants continues to have those same qualities present in the flowers. Some honeys you may want to strain before eating. Flavored honeys can be made with a variety of different fragrant herbs. cover with honey. According to Steven Buhner. however. You will be happy filling an entire jar with rose petals. It’s ready at this point.) Lemon Balm (Melissa off. Some herbalists recommend waiting until after the first frost for improved flavor. from Susun Weed • • • • Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) Comfrey leaf (Symphytum off. wild geranium. On the other side of this.) Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla) Marjoram (Origanum majorana) Oregano (Origanum vulgare) Osha root (Ligusticum porterii) Peppermint (Mentha pipperata) Rose petals (Rosa canina and others) Rosemary (Rosmarinus off.

Rinse rose hips well. Allow to cool slightly and then strain through a jelly bag.) Elder berries (Sambucus canadensis) Lavender Plantain leaves or roots (Plantago majus) Osha root (Ligusticum porterii) Pine needles or inner bark (Pinus) Sage (Salvia off. Bring two cups of water to a boil and add four cups of rose hips. Steep from 20 minutes to 12 hours depending on herb and desired taste. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the water has been reduced by half. Strain and store in the freezer. Suggested Herbs: Lavender Mint Ginger Rose petals Orange Zest Copyright 2008 Rosalee de la Forêt 4 . 3. Gather rose hips after they have developed and turned red.) Wild cherry bark (Prunus serotina) To make heat water and honey over medium heat until honey dissolves. or to taste. It keeps well in the fridge and improves with time. Allow to cool slightly and then add half part brandy and honey to taste. You can also add 2 Tablespoons vodka to the mixture to prevent it from freezing too hard (this won’t affect taste). Sorbets 2 Cups Water 1 Cup to 2/3 Cup Honey Herbal mixture of choice Comfrey leaves (Symphytum uplandica x) Chicory roots (Cichorium intybus) Dandelion flowers or roots (Taraxacum off. Strain after twenty minutes. Bottle and cork. and add whole cloves and a cinnamon stick to the boiling mixture. Remove any stems or flower remnants. It is especially good on pancakes or to sweeten teas. 4. (These fruits are commonly found on bushes well into winter. 5.Rose Hip Syrup Recipe This syrup keeps well in the fridge. Variations: Other Herbal Syrup Ideas From Susun Weed Rose Hip Cordial Follow the Rose Hip Syrup Recipe through step three. remove from heat and add fresh or dried herbs. Stir in one cup of honey.) 2. Bring it to a slight boil. 1.

Using your hand or melon baller form into small balls. anti-viral. Heat destroys bee pollen’s vital enzyme activity and lowers the nutrient value so it is not recommended for teas or cooking. bee pollen has anti-microbial properties as well as anti-biotic. Rolled Oats.40% Protein B-Complex Vitamins Vitamin C Amino Acids Essential Fatty Acids Enzymes Calcium Copper Iron Magnesium Potassium Manganese Carotene Sodium Plant Sterols Simple Sugar Like other bee products. depression. cancer. this is especially important for anti-allergenic properties. Bee Pollen Candy: ½ Cup Bee Pollen 2 Tablespoons Cocoa 2 Tablespoons Water 3 Tablespoons Raw Honey ½ Cup Rolled Oats 1 Tablespoon Vanilla ½ Cup Crunchy Peanut Butter ½ Cup Tahini Coconut for rolling 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon cardamon Dissolve the cocoa in the water and mix with bee pollen in a medium size bowl. In other words you could survive on nothing but water and bee pollen. (Antol 106) Useful for combating fatigue. nutmeg and cardamon and mix thoroughly. wait for a reaction before increasing the dosage. stimulating the reproductive system for males and females and eases digestive and colon disorders. and then add the peanut butter. Copyright 2008 Rosalee de la Forêt 5 . Choosing bee pollen: Bee pollen should not form clumps and should be stored in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated. antiseptic. Like other bee products it’s best to choose locally produced bee pollen. CAUTION ! An estimated . Bee Pollen. So it is wise to start with just a few granules.Bee Pollen Bee pollen is a powder-like material that is produced by the anthers of flowering plants and gathered by bees. or mix with cinnamon and add to applesauce. tahini. It also helps people with allergies because it strengthens the immune system. roll in the coconut and store in the refrigerator or freezer. and anti-fungal properties.05% of the population is said to be allergic to bee pollen. Instead try adding granules to yogurt or cereal. (Antol 104) Contains: 8 . It has been called the world’s perfect food because it contains every nutrient the human body requires. Vanilla. Add the raw honey and mix well.

and some seeds require more coaxing. instead place where it will be in the Moon’s full gaze all night.Besides water. pour just boiled water over fresh or dried herbs of choice. You can also make popsicles out of your favorite teas. Sun Tea: Place desired herbs in a large glass jar. Herbal teas can be made in several ways. bark. Strained with milk and or honey added to taste. Infusions: To prepare. fill with water and leave in direct sunlight for several hours. They can be used for healing or an excuse to spend some quiet moments in reflection. Steep for a ten minute minimum or to taste. roots. Copyright 2008 Rosalee de la Forêt 6 . Reduce heat and simmer for recommended amount of time or until the water is reduced by one-third. Medicinal teas are usually steeped longer and have a more potent taste than those drunk strictly for pleasure. boil water and add the herb of choice to water. (2 Tablespoons chai mixture per 8 oz of water) Herbal Ice Cubes: Try freezing mint or lemon teas in ice cubes to use for your next iced tea. This works best during a full moon. tea is the most popular beverage worldwide. Sun tea is great iced. There are many herbal tea recipe books that can be used to find a special mix tailored to suit a person’s needs. Try adding a fresh sprig for decoration. Recipes: Roasted Dandelion Chai Tea 2 parts dried roasted dandelion root 2 parts dried burdock root 2 parts cinnamon chips 1 part cardamon pods 1 part ginger root ½ part whole cloves Blend together and store in a tightly sealed container. Moon Tea: Same idea as solar tea. or add a kick to your day. Herbal teas can be calming and soothing. Decoctions: While some plants release their properties with hot water. To prepare. Including brewing suggestions on the label: 1 cup of chair blend per quart of water simmered gently for twenty minutes.

mix one tablespoon with each 8 oz of water. Makes 48 servings. To brew.Nourishing Daily Blend: by Kathleen Brown 1 part burdock root 1 part chamomile 1 part nettle leaves 1 part oatstraw 1 part red clover blossoms 1/10 part cinnamon chips (optional) Sunset Brew: by Rosalee de la Foret 1 part lavender 1 part catnip 1 part red clover 1 part dried rose hips 1 part hibiscus Herb House Winter Tea by Patti Chambers ½ Cup dried hibiscus flowers ½ Cup dried rose hips ½ Cup dried lemon verbena leaves ½ Cup dried peppermint leaves ½ Cup dried orange peel Mix and store in airtight container. Good Morning Blend: By Rosemary Gladstar 3 parts peppermint leaves 3 parts rose hips ½ part freshly grated ginger root ½ part ginkgo leaves ¼ part rosemary leaves 1/8 part orange peel (organic) Shatoiya’s Moon Brew: By Shatoiya de la Tour 1 ¼ parts raspberry leaves 1 part nettle leaves ½ part lavender flowers (organic) ½ part spearmint leaves ½ part rose petals (organic) ¼ part oatstraw Copyright 2008 Rosalee de la Forêt 7 .

strain. (You can do this by hand or the blender. nuts.Flavored Butter: I make this when we have parties – and it’s always a big hit. They can be stored in the refrigerator for two weeks or in the freezer for two months. bottle and label. To make this delicious treat. You can add a new dried sprig of whatever herb you infused it with for decoration. Suggested herbs and nuts: Mushroom & Shallots (Our household favorite!) Rosemary & Garlic Dandelion leaves & Garlic Wood Sorrel & Hazelnut Orange zest & catnip Dried basil & pine nuts Wild fruits & honey Garlic & grated parmesan Flavored Oils: Add dried herbs* to olive oil and let sit for at least two weeks. Suggested herbs are: Garlic Rosemary Thyme Oregano Basil Copyright 2008 Rosalee de la Forêt 8 . At this point taste to see how strong it is. soften ½ Cup butter to room temperature and mix with ½ cup olive oil.) Serve with warm bread. *To avoid botulism. use only dried herbs. Then mix in finely minced fruits. If it’s good. I’ve also made this without the olive oil – the end product is firmer with a slightly different taste. and herbs.

B6. Add a ½ cup of maple syrup and mix well. B2. Do the same with the almonds or hazelnuts. 1⁄2 oz. magnesium. as well as B1. kelp is high in iodine supporting the thyroid and metabolic function. and help to rid the body of heavy metals. sodium. a brown seaweed. It’s also great for those sensitive to wheat and gluten (just omit the oats). “All of the mineral required for human beings. of kelp (Nereocystis) fronds 2 cups of almonds. If using sesame seeds leave whole. including calcium.Seaweed is a nutritional powerhouse that nourishes us by supplying practically every needed nutrient for our body’s functions. Niacin and B12— of which is rarely found in land plants. According to the authors of Vegetables from the Sea. I addition there are many trace elements in seaweeds. Use a pizza cutter to cut into bars and enjoy! Copyright 2008 Rosalee de la Forêt 9 . hazelnuts. For those wanting to lose or maintain their weight. Bake at 350 for about 17 minutes or until golden brown. Use a rolling pin to spread onto a cookie sheet leaving them about a ¼ thick. iron and zinc are present in sufficient amounts.” Kelp. potassium. Taken daily seaweed can improve the health of your hair. also has significant amounts of vitamins A and C. I think of adding seaweed to my diet akin to taking a multi-vitamin This simple recipe is surprisingly deliciously complex and a big crowd pleaser. iodine. or sesame seeds 1⁄2 cup of maple (or birch) syrup Oats Coconut Oil Powder the kelp fronds by placing them in a blender or using a mortar and pestle. support joint health.

Gather up the sides of the cheesecloth. or both.Bath Balls To make a bath ball cut two squares app. is a cleansing agent. Using large tea bags or muslin bags for gift giving is much more practical. It softens the water. Any of the herbs listed above make a great bath. Overlap and then place grated soap and herbs of choice in the middle. and has the ability to suspend soap particles in water so they don’t adhere to skin or clog pores. Skin is left cleaner and softer 2 cups borax 1/8 cup sea salt 1/8 cup Epsom salts 1/8 cup white clay Essential Oil of choice Copyright 2008 Rosalee de la Forêt 10 . mineral mined only a few places in the world. I usually infuse the herbs in just boiled water for twenty minutes and then strain them into the tub. . ribbon. Herb suggestions: Calendula Chamomile Citrus Peels Lavender Lemongrass Violet Nettle (stimulating) Mint Red Clover Rose Rosemary Sage Wormwood Coltsfoot Bath herbs A great way to add herbs to a beauty regimen is simply adding them to your bathtub. Bath Salts Borax: sodium borate. secure the soap and herbs with a rubber band. 5 inches of cheesecloth.

chamomile Copyright 2008 Rosalee de la Forêt 11 . rashes and wounds. green clay. You can use bentonite clay. rose Rozee’s Facial Scrub: One part powdered rose petals One part kaolin clay ½ Almond meal ½ Cornmeal Mix together and place in an airtight container (I like baby food jars as a container for this scrub). It is very drying and drawing and used on poison oak/iivy. Body Powder 1 cup white cosmetic clay (kaolin) 2 cups arrowroot powder or cornstarch Essential Oil of choice Powdered herbs Suggested herbs: Calendula. more mucilaginous. Let sit for 2 – 5 minutes and then rinse free. It is often used in cosmetics. and luxurious gift to give for those who need a little spoiling. Mint.Facial Masks Facial masks are an easy. Best clay for medicinal purposes. To use mix a teaspoon with water. and has mild properties for good for most skin problems. Bentonite: Softer. Chamomile. Also good for acne or oily skin. Violet. Lavender. Comfrey. Used internally for detoxing and supplying minerals Green Clay: High concentration of plant material and volcanic matter give this clay its green color. Coltsfoot. but mild enough to use for cosmetic purposes Red Clay: High in iron to give it that rich rusty color. red clay or white clay for the base of the mixture. rose petals. Whiite Clay: Very versatile and least drying. Herb suggestions: Red Clover. lavender. fun. gently massage into face and neck using fingertips.

Wormwood. Rose Petals. Suggested herbs: Lavender. ground ½ Cup dried lemon verbena ½ Cup lemon thyme 1 Cup dried lemon grass. (Silk is a great material because it is tightly woven. Eucalyptus. and sew shut. Copyright 2008 Rosalee de la Forêt 12 .Sachets and Pillows Sachets can be made with a variety of fragrant herbs and spices and used in many different ways. Turn right-side out. Fill ¾ with flax and ¼ Cup herb of choice.) Sachets can be a variety of sizes from 2 square inches for throwing with clothes in the dryer or 1 square foot to place in a drawer. cars. To make. Turn right side out. sew two squares of fabric ¾ of the way together (ugly side facing out). they release their scent. Chamomile. They can be hung in closets. Hyssop. or stuffed in between couch cushions. Bee Balm Dream Pillow Pineapple Weed Lavender Lemon Balm Chamomile Wormwood leaves to stimulate dream life Hops Lemony Sachet: By Roxanne Vierra 1 pound dried lemon zest. chopped ½ C dried lemon balm Winter Coasters: Fill coaster sized sewed squares with Ground cloves Ground nutmeg Ground Cinnamon Ground Cardamon As warm cups are placed on the coasters. For linens try: Lavender Rose Mint Violet Rosemary Thyme Cedar Eye Pillows Cut a piece of fabric approximately 5’ X 8’ Fold in half and sew wrong sides together leaving the top open. stuff with herbs/spices.

Night Spa: Bath Salts and Herbs Sunset Brew Tea Dream Pillow Candle Facial Mask Gifts from the Hive: Flavored Honey Bee Pollen Candy Honey Pot and ladle Flowers Tea Combinations: Inspiration Tea with paints and paper Reflection Tea with Journal Good Morning Tea with Poetry Lavender Gift Basket Lavender Tea Lavender Eye Pillow Lavender Honey Lavender Sugar Lavender Bath Salts Rose Gift Basket Rose hip honey Rose Facial Mask Rose Bath Salts Rose Eye Pillow Copyright 2008 Rosalee de la Forêt 13 .

Paragon Press. The Book of Herbal Teas. 5. 2.iwantherbs. Avery. Washington. Oregon. Storey Books.com Mountain Rose Herbs www. Steven Harrod Buhner. Healing Teas: Marie Nadine Antol. Susun Weed Ancestree Herbals www. Lone Pine Publishing. Chronicle Books. 8. 3. Dell Publishing. Prescription for Herbal Healing. Sara Petty. 6. 4. Kathleen Brown.ancestreeherbals. Discovering Wild Plants. Sitris Books 9. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Phyllis A. Healing Wise.com Copyright 2008 Rosalee de la Forêt 14 . Alaska Northwest Books 7. 20. Family Herbal Remedies. British Columbia and Alaska.1. Victoria Zak. Schofield. Janice J. Rose Mary Gladstar 10. Pojar and Mackinnon. Herbal Teas. Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers.000 Secrets of Tea. Balch.