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LH 169: Homemade Body Care Gifts

LH 169: Easy Ideas for All-Natural Gifts From Your Garden

There’s something special about a homemade gift. But it becomes even more special when it includes a little piece of your garden as well.

It can be as simple as a dried flower or an herbal sprig. But that added touch means that you are sharing something that you nurtured with your own hands. And THAT can’t be found in a store.

In today’s episode, I brought back garden author, Stephanie Rose, to share her tips and insights into making extraordinary crafts that can be shared as gifts. And she has graciously included a recipe for Tub Tea that you can print out and make this holiday season…or any time of the year.


You will learn:

  • Why botanical gifts can be the best gifts of all
  • What type of equipment is needed when crafting at home
  • Why we should avoid chemicals on our skin
  • The difference between essential oils and fragrance oils
  • What a lotion bar is and how they are made
  • What are bath melts
  • The joys of Tub Tea
  • Tips for gift wrapping the things you make
  • How long homemade body products last
  • And SO much more…


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Stephanie Rose is an award-winning author and the creator of the hugely popular blog, Garden Therapy.

Garden Therapy started as a personal blog and has bloomed into a community of craft and garden projects those looking to live a better life through plants.

Stephanie’s creative take on both crafting and garden making has been featured in many publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, Romantic Homes, Country Woman, All You, and Women’s Day.

Stephanie has written several books including Make and Give: Home Apothecary (Leisure Arts, 2018), The Natural Beauty Recipe Book (Rose Garden Press, 2016), and Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life (Roost Books, 2015), which was a Gold Medal Winner from the 2016 Independent Publishers Book Awards (the “IPPYs”).

In 2018, Stephanie launched the Garden Therapy Seed Collection with GardenTrends, a line of eight exclusive seed starting kits to create your DIY dream garden.

Stephanie spends her time as a gardener, writer, and artist in Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Tub Tea Recipe:

Stephanie shared her recipe for Tub Tea with us. It will make a relaxing gift to give to yourself, or someone else.

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Resources & Links Mentioned:

Home Apothecary* – Stephanie’s New Book

Online DIY Courses – Gift Making by Stephanie
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The Natural Beauty Recipe Book*

Garden Made*

Stephanie’s Other Books

Stephanie’s Website – Don’t forget to sign up for her FREE Natural Skincare Mini Course

Lotion Recipe – With vital info about natural preservatives

Garden Therapy Seed Collections


Related Episodes:

Homemade Body Care From The Garden

Handmade Garden Gifts 




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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.