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Doesn’t it feel good to relax in a sea of fragrant water? Why take an ordinary bath when you can enjoy an all natural herbal bath. Herbal bath bags can turn a garden variety bath into a feast for the senses. Plus, when you add herbs to your bath water in place of store bought bath oils and powders, you avoid potentially unhealthy synthetic chemicals. You might be surprised to learn how easy it is to make natural herbal bath bags at home. Here’s an easy way to make your own herbal bath bags:

Create a quick drawstring bag.

You can use scrap muslin or cheesecloth to make prepare a drawstring bag to hold your herbs. To do this, cut a piece of material around 10 x 4 inches. Fold your cloth in half with the printed portion of the material on the inside. Sew the edges of the material on both sides. You should be left with the top portion open. Turn the bag inside out to expose the pattern. If you don’t want to make your own bags, you can usually find drawstring bags at your local craft store.

Fill your newly created herbal bath bag with herbs.

You can choose from an endless combination of herbs to fill your natural herbal bath bags. For relaxation, try a mixture of lavender, lemon balm, and chamomile. For energy, create a mixture of peppermint, rosemary, thyme, and fennel. Read up on different herbal combinations and their healing effects to create a herbal formula that meets your needs.

You can also add oatmeal or powdered milk to nourish and soothe your skin.

Close off your herbal bath bag.

Use a pretty ribbon to tie off your herbal bath bag. If you leave a loop at the top, you can hang your herbal bath bag from the faucet so it can release its contents when you run your bath water. You can also drop your bag into your bath water to circulate when you bathe.

Enjoy a rejuvenating herbal bath.

Hang your bath bag form the faucet and draw a warm bath. Climb in and enjoy the healing power of your herbs. You’ll emerge refreshed and free of stress. After your bath, empty your bag of the used herbs and store it along with your herbs in preparation for your next bath time.

A natural herbal bath bag will not only soothe your nerves and your skin, it will make bath time a pleasurable experience your can look forward to.

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Composting For Beginners

Composting is a fantastic way to minimize waste. It helps uses up food scraps while creating high quality soil for gardening.

Here’s how you can start composting right now.

Choose a bin and location

There’s a variety of both indoor and outdoor compost options. Some people prefer to buy fancy composters, but all you really need is some wire. I made my compost bins out of rolled fencing wire: I simply formed a circle with the wire and fastened it shut with zip ties.

Choose the right location for your compost bins. I put mine outside to minimize smell, bugs, and mess. Pick a spot that’s out of the way but easily accessible.

Fill it!

Compost is made of three types of materials:

  1. Dirt: you need existing dirt to help your compost form.
  2. Brown materials: These are dry things like leaves, hay, and shredded paper.
  3. Green materials: This includes grass trimmings and veggie leftovers.

Use these three types of materials to layer and fill your compost bin. The key to great compost is layering, so make sure you do this step!

  1. Layer 1: Fill it with six inches of brown materials, and then a layer of good soil on top of that. Hose with water.
  2. Layer 2: On top of layer one, add six inches of green material topped with more dirt. Hose again with water.
  3. Repeat this process until your compost bin is full. Remember to turn the compost every two weeks. This will help the materials break down more quickly by exposing them to air.

Compost is simple, but it can be finicky. Avoid putting these items in your compost or it will be unsafe to use:

  • Fat
  • Dairy
  • Feces
  • Meat
Use it

Composting is a waiting game. Some composts are ready to use in a matter of months, while others take a year to develop. It depends on the materials in your compost and how often you turn it.

Once it’s done, use compost for all your soil needs. It provides essential nutrients to plants and can even improve vegetable and fruit output. Compost whenever possible to prevent waste and grow better plants.

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