From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – Type species; Achillea millefolium. Achillea is a group of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae described as a genus by Linnaeus in 1753. The genus was named after the Greek mythological character Achilles. According to legend, Achilles’ soldiers used yarrow to treat their wounds, hence some of its common names such as allheal and bloodwort.
The genus is native primarily to Europe, temperate areas of Asia, and North America. The common name “yarrow” is usually applied to Achillea millefolium, but may also be used for other species within the genus. These plants typically have frilly, hairy, aromatic leaves. The plants show large, flat clusters of small flowers at the top of the stem. The flowers can be white, yellow, orange, pink or red and are generally visited by many insects, and are thus characterised by a generalised pollination system.
Have you ever received roses that were stunningly gorgeous, only to be sad when they age? Well, I found the perfect solution to making our favorite rose bouquet last a little longer!
Baby Rose Sugar Scrub.
With just a few simple and inexpensive ingredients, a food processor, a pretty jar, and a few rose petals, you can make a beautiful DIY gift for yourself or for somebody you love!
For this DIY sugar scrub recipe, you will need:
- 1.5 cups of plain white sugar
- 1/4 cup of baby oil
- 12 rose petals
- a food processor
- a pretty jar
Here’s how this magical little rose scrub comes together:
A food processor is a fancy machine! But, if you don’t have a big old food processor, have no fear! Be creative- try a blender or try mixing it by hand! This is a no fail sugar scrub recipe. I prefer the mixture to be fluffy. If you prefer a smoother sugar scrub, simply add more baby oil. The sugar fluffs it up, the oil smooths it out.
Aside from being gorgeous, roses are *thought* to contribute to our well being. Roses are my very favorite flowers: red, white, pink- I love them all.
Don’t you think this Baby Rose Sugar Scrub would be a beautiful gift? Me too!
Feeling stuffy? Feeling a little cold coming on? Or do you just feel like a little pampering? You’re going to LOVE these easy homemade vaporizing shower cubes. They are very gentle, yet the vapors help soothe a cold and cough. I happen to love using them just because it’s crisp and cold outside. You only need 4 easy to find ingredients and an ice cube tray. You might already have all of these ingredients in your kitchen! If not, a quick trip to the grocery store will have you covered.
This is a beautiful handmade gift idea….
To get started, you will need some measuring spoons and a mixing bowl. Don’t forget your ice cube tray! Pick one up at the dollar store if you don’t already have one.
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 1/4 cup of corn starch
- 4 tbs. of BabyRub (baby VapoRub)
- 1-3 tbs of water
- Ultra fine white glitter (optional)
- Combine the baking soda and corn starch.
- Add in 4 tbs of the Baby Rub
- Mix until fully combined.
- One tablespoon at a time, mix in the water. You don’t want it to be runny because it needs to harden. If you accidentally make it too runny, that’s ok! Just add more corn starch.
- Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray.
- Sprinkle a little bit of the fine glitter on top (optional but a great touch for gift giving!)
- Let it dry overnight.
- Gently remove the cubes from the tray. They are soft and break easily, so don’t twist and turn the tray too much trying to remove them. Just a little loosening will do the trick and they will come right out. Keep them in a pretty cup (as pictured) or carefully place them in jars and hand them out as gifts!
If you happen to add the glitter like I did (anything with glitter makes me instantly happy) then it will look like this as it is drying. You can find ultra fine glitter at a craft store.
The end result is beautiful! Keep this near the shower in a pretty glass cup. The steam in the shower will release a wonderful vapor effect as the cubs melt down the drain. Your entire bathroom will smell like a little spa!
COUGH or COLD ?
If you feel a cough or cold coming on, you must try using these in the shower. While they won’t cure your cold, they will definitely help soothe any irritation you have while you shower. You’ll love these so much! They are gorgeous, easy to make, fun to use, and are perfect DIY handmade gifts!
Here’s a super easy way to make your own bath cubes out of epsom salts! These little guys make great gifts, and are an inexpensive alternative to bath bombs.
Let’s get started! You’ll need:
* 1/4 cup water
* 4 cups epsom salts
* 5-10 drops of essential oil, such as eucalyptus or spearmint
* Silicone ice cube tray
* Bowl + spoon
- Stir ingredients in a bowl until combined.
- Scoop up a spoonful of the mixture and drop into the silicone mold.
- Pack tightly with your fingers, then add another scoop and pack it down.
- Follow this system until you’ve filled each mold in the tray to the top.
- Let it sit overnight to a few days.
- Turn the mold upside down and gently push the silicone in to remove each cube from the tray.
- Put in a jar or sachet to keep near the tub, or toss a few in some warm water and enjoy!!!