Bath Salt and Scrub - DIY and For Sale

This wonderful aroma-therapeutic blend is a scrub for use in the bath or shower, 
especially good for elbows, knees, and feet, but you can use it all over...  
Use it in a bath and it becomes bath salts when you rinse it off.  Or just scoop some 
into your bath for the relaxing and healing properties of the ingredients.  

Make some yourself:
The Basic Recipe:
2 c. mixed sea salts and epsom salt - rich in minerals, soothing, relaxing
1/2 c. oil - moisturizing - no need for lotion after your bath or shower
25+ drops of assorted essential oils - uplifting and rejuvenating

Makes enough for a 16 oz. container.

You can use whatever mix of salts and whatever oil or blend of oils you want.  Some good oils:  jojoba, apricot kernel, almond, hemp, grapeseed, jojoba...  Be aware it makes the shower slippery.  I prefer to use it in the bath anyway, that way you get the benefit of the soak in all this goodness.

Use one type or a blend of essential oils.  Choose them for their scent and/or actions.  I am linking a great book on essential oils below.  Make sure to include at least 2 drops of Rosemary essential oil for its preservative effects.  You can also add a tablespoon of Vit. E oil as a preservative.

or, Buy some I made:
$25 for a large (16 oz.) container plus $5.95 shipping and tax (photo below)


Going Nuts! - a Recipe: Gluten-free Nutella Crepes

Okay, so I just fixed a crazy good dessert and have to share it with you...

It's so good it'll make your skin turn inside out 
and your socks shoot off to the stars.


 If you think you can handle this decadent delight, here's how to make it for two:

For each crepe-type bottom mix one egg and about 1/4 c. hemp or other milk, whisk until frothy, and pour into a well-greased small skillet (I used about 1/2 Tbspn. coconut oil and a 6" cast-iron skillet).  You need to make sure it will flip and come out of the skillet in one piece, so no skimping on the fat.  Once lightly browned on both sides and cooked through place on a plate, then fix the next one.  While this is cooking chop about 1/4 c. of pecans.


Once your "crepes" are ready, spread each one with 2 Tbspn. of nutella (if you are lucky your grocery store will sell an organic, natural version of this hazelnut cocoa spread like mine does).  It's not easy to spread unless warmed - just do the best you can.  Top each with a half of a banana, sliced, then sprinkle on chopped pecans.  Best served warm.

This treat is high enough in calories to have it instead of a meal (about 500).  It's higher in protein and fiber than most desserts thought so you can feel good about it on occasion (about 12 and 3.5 grams, respectively).  I like too that it isn't made with flour.

I'd say Enjoy! but that would be superfluous.  :)


Collage from the Archives

I am giving a talk tonight at Shenandoah Arts Council on Collage as a tool for healing 
and am giving monthly upcoming hands-on workshops on the same at Mountain Mystic Company
If you're local to the DC, MD, northern VA, and WV area and interested, 
check out this Facebook group for details.

Some of my collages from the archives for inspiration...
(technically they are mixed media assemblages; they are 3D)

Mindfield 2007

Tecknowledgy:  Take a Byte  2007

Fuel  2009

 Ants ended up invading the last one to eat the candy.  I loved this as it added so much to the concept I was attempting to capture, with the collage being about food.  It was interactive art with the ants crawling around and eating it.  Now the candy is long gone.  :)