Tis the season and it’s time to give a gift again! Whatever the occasion or holiday may be, it is always important to give a gift that has meaning behind it. Giving Christmas gifts is always a bit more difficult because not only are people receiving gifts, but they are giving them as well. We all have one of those people in our family that spots something, says they like it and then they go and buy it for themselves! I have now decided that all of the gifts that I give people will be unique, meaningful and have a purpose. Now, with that out of the way, I have to think of some unique and meaningful gifts for the herbalist, home remedy and old wise tale enthusiast.
The home remedy person will need:
Small ½ or 1 ounce essential oil bottles for their concoctions. There are some amazing things that people learn how to make and pass down from generation to generation. Mixing oils with herbs and roots and other amazing ingredients can create an equivalent to what we know in our modern-day medicine cabinet, but without all of the additives.
If you are buying for a person that is just starting out, a book is always a great route to go. If they have a Kindle, the e-version is even better so it creates less clutter. Here is a great book from Reader’s Digest, 1801 Home Remedies, that has remedies for over 100 common ailments.
Learning how to put these common ingredients together and having a vessel to hold them is great, but what about grinding up herbs and flowers so that the essential oil can release from the plant? Every great home remedy enthusiast (and New Englander) has a Mortar and Pestle, or sometimes known as a muddler.
Now that they have the tools, or in some cases the new and improved tools, you should give them a replenished stock of some essentials. First and foremost, one of my favorites in the house is Elderberry extract. If you want to know how to make a flu-fighting tea with this stuff, check out this blog. A few other herbs that are great for cold and flu season are: Dried Echinacea, Oil of Oregano and Turmeric for aches and pain. Lavender is always a must in any naturalist’s cabinet.
Finally, maybe your herbalist would like to start growing their own medicinal herbs and home made remedy ingredients. While you don’t really want to get them something that will take up the entire room – that is their decision; you could always get a very neat and small solution.
When you are giving gifts for Christmas, birthdays, Easter, Hanukah or even just because you were thinking of them, remember to put thought in the gifts. Something with a ton of meaning behind it or something that shows that the giver put a lot of thought into the gift outshines the value.
Have a tea-lover in your circle that you need to find a gift to give? No problem! Check out these great ideas.