1. Combine dry ingredients in the bowl and stir well with the wooden spoon.
  2. Add the essential oils.
  3. Pour the mixture into a storage

Wooden spoon

3 teaspoons essential oils, like lemon, rose, and lavender for a floral scent; peppermint, lavender, and chamomile for a cooling summer powder, or tea tree for antifungal powder

Storage container

Recycled shaker container or powder box container and label it. The powder will keep indefinitely.

4. Fill shakers or powder boxes as needed. Yield: About 3 quarts of herbal body powder

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TensionTaming 6>ath Tea

Herb tea is good for body and soul—and for a bath! Many of the healing properties of herbs can be absorbed directly through the skin to ease tension, draw out impurities, and stimulate circulation. Herbalist Una James of Reisterstown, Maryland, says she picks herbs for the evening bath while she's harvesting greens and veggies for dinner. "Regular clipping keeps herbs looking good and growing vigorously," says Tina. "But what to do with all the trimmings? Bath tea is one way to make use of the surplus."

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