"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15


Our Favorite Autumn Idea and Recipe lists {2015}

  There have been some major changes behind the scenes here at A Gypsy Herbal ...but more on that later. Fall is back, and we're so happy! Here are all of our 2013-2014 Fall Round-ups and Autumn posts linked together in one post so you can find old favorite lists and links. Enjoy!

To Cook and Eat

Simple Butternut Soup
Warm & Cozy Fall Foods 15+ links
60+ Warm and Cozy Fall Foods & Recipes

To Drink

Mexican "Red Hot" Tea
More Fall Links: 10 Fall-Time Spices

To Do

Another Awesome Autumn Link List - Links for over 10 Fall Activities!
Autumn Potpourri A DIY Mason Jar Gift Idea
Homemade Candle Info & DIY Candle Instructions Round-up

Share your favorite Fall Time links in the comments!

This post shared on The Art of Home-Making Monday


Bath Salts: 3 Easy Recipes, 3 Easy Steps

Oh dear, how have I neglected to post this for so long? I'm sorry! I got engaged - yay, happy news!!- just as one of the busiest weeks of my life came up. So sorry that the blog got lost in the busyness!

A simple basic recipe of bath salts involves a combination of salts, Epsom salts, and whichever other soothing, healing, calming, invigorating ingredients you'd like to add.  We were looking for gentle and versatile; here are the 3 recipes we chose for our June 27th-28th event.

Lavender-Rose Pink Bath Salts

  • 1 cup Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1/2 cup Rock Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Epsom Salts
  • *Oils: almond oil carrier with lavender essential oil

Peppermint-Green Tea Bath Salts

  • 1/2 Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1/2 cup Rock Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Epsom Salts
  • 1/8 - 1/2 cup dried Peppermint and Green Tea

Chamomile-Lavender Bath Salts

  • 3/4 cup Pink Himalayan Salt
  •  1/2 cup Rock Sea Salt
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cup Epsom Salts
  • 1/2 cup dried Chamomile and Lavender Flowers
  • optional: lavender oil*


 First scoop your salts into your container. Then add in any dried flowers or teas (optionally, you can put them in a fine cotton bag, if you don't want "floaties" in your bath). Finally, mix in any oils. There you have it; three easy recipes, with three easy steps! Enjoy your bath salts by placing ~1/2 -1 cup in under warm running water as tub fills. 

 For many other ideas and bath salt recipes, see our Bath Salt Round-up post.

How do you like your bath salts? (Loose leaf herbs, or bagged with easy clean up?)

Photo by Kendra T. 

This post shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday

**The photos, mentioned from June 27-28th, are still to come. They are with some of our engagement photos and are still being processed, since our photographer came down with pneumonia and an ear infection. You could pray for her to heal, that she'd have good solid health for the coming season. Thank you!


Bath Salts: Recipe Round-up

Soaking in the tub can be a such a relief at the end of a long hot day. Here are some recipes we've gathered up from around the web for you, with a variety of needs and situations in mind.

We'll be sharing more information on bath salts very soon along with our own recipes (3 Easy Recipes, in 3 Easy Steps!) and some photos from our event on June 27-28.   

Bath Salt Recipes

Vintage Remedies: "Unwind" Bath Salts
Strangers and Pilgrims: Make Your Own Luxurious Lavender Bath Salts (with sachet idea and printable label)
Jill's Home Remedies: Warming Cinnamon Salt Bath
Growing Up Herbal: Relaxing Bath Salts that will Help Your Children Sleep
Garden Therapy:  Bath Salts Recipe (lavender with printable labels for canning jars) 
Simply Designing:  Vanilla Rose Petal Bath Salts
Classy Clutter: DIY Warm Cocoa Bath Soak
Adventures in Coupons: DIY Green Tea and Peppermint Bath Soak
The Wonder Forest: Orange Green Tea Bath Salt Recipe
A Pumpkin and a Princess:  Homemade Citrus Bath Salts Recipe
Tidy Mom: Lemon Rosemary Bath Salts
Pioneer Thinking: Lavender Rosemary Scented bath Salts
So... Let's Hang Out:  Homemade Rosemary Bath Salts
Love and Marriage Blog: DIY Sinus Congestion Bath Soak
A Pumpkin and a Princess: Homemade Peppermint Bath Salts
Running with Sisters:  Eucalyptus Bath Salts (with label and bottle decorating idea) 
The Herbal Healing Mama: Mountain Man Herbal Bath Blend
Tipnut: Homemade Bath Salts and Soaks (bunch of recipes)


Bath Salts: June 27-28

If you've been by the "Ol' Timey Apothecary" this weekend, you've come to the right place!
I'll put a post or link on this page to the Bath Salts information here soon; please come back again to check it out! :] Thanks so much for stopping by!

If you have a moment, please leave a comment below to let me know you were here. 

*Edited to ad links August 3



Flower Pounding Picture Tutorial ~ part 1

Spring is winding to an end, so before all your flowers fade and give way to summer grasses, we wanted to share with you how we enjoyed a day of Flower Pounding.

Did you read all about how to do your own herbal and flower dying projects?

You, too, can make your own beautiful projects with flower pounding!