Sharing our DIY Moth repel bag recipe, plus other handy household uses for herbs

lavender-sachets-moth-repel-dryer-bagsWe’re sharing a few fragrant, old time herbal potpourri recipes you can create for everyday household use. These are  remedies that have stood the test of time. No chemicals required!

To make a Moth Repel Bag, use a muslin or organic cotton drawstring bag which allows the scent of the herbs inside to circulate without restriction.  The herbs I’ve suggested (below) are pleasant for people, but not moths! The sachets help to keep wool, angora, cashmere, and other natural animal hair fibres safe.

In all actuality, herbs do not repel moths, but rather mask the scent of most natural fibres, keeping them safely disguised from unwanted visitors.


Mint Moth Chase-Away
2 cups of dried mint, either spearmint or peppermint
1/3 cup of dried rosemary
1 cup dried Thyme
1/3 cup of ground cloves


Cedar Shaving Chaser
2 cups of cedar shavings
1/2 cup of Lavender
1/2 cup of wormwood
1/2 cup of ground cloves


Lavender  (Old French recipe)
2 cups of Lavender
1/2 cup of pennyroyal
1/2 cup of ground cloves
1 cup of dried thyme


last-of-the-lavender-harvestLavender is my ‘go-to’ herb. I’ve been known to pop a couple sachets inside the hockey skates and work boots that accumulate around our house. 😉

Sachets can also be thrown in the dryer, which will lightly scent your sheets & towels. Just give them a good squeeze after each use to release the oils from the flowers, which is what offers that lovely aromatherapy scent. The bags can be used this way, about a dozen times before the florets start to get a bit icky. Then you know it’s time to compost them, bag and all! : )

Other herbs said to ward off moths include Tansy, Sage, Santolina, and Southernwood.
* Pet owners take note: Pennyroyal is also said to repel fleas.

Have a lovely weekend! ~ Karen

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Sharing Wall Flower Studio’s retail shop hours + Minden shopping event: ‘Stay outta the Dog House’

stay-outta-the-dog-house-wfs-minden-shopping-evening-living-green-roofJoin us at Wall Flower Studio, and other lovely shops in Minden for the annual ‘Stay Out of the Doghouse’  Men’s shopping night on Thursday Dec. 22 from 6 to 8 pm

Many local downtown shops will be open late, for your last minute seasonal shopping convenience.

wall-flower-studio-october-2016-inside-the-shopWe offer culinary, spa and garden gifts and stocking stuffers for both those easy & hard to purchase for people. 🙂

As I work on packing up and shipping out the last of our online orders today, with all that snow that has fallen, it looks like we’ll have a snow-filled holiday this year after all!

Just a note… We’re open every day through until Christmas Eve! Unless the weather is really bad. Please call first: 705-286-6999 or email through the contact box below. (It helps me combat spam, thanks!)

wall-flower-studio-shop-hours-decmeber-12-18-th-2016Safe driving and Happy Holidays from Karen @ Wall Flower Studio!

  • Gift baskets – tea, spa, culinary & gardening
  • DIY kits for easy gift giving
  • Terrariums & succulent gardens
  • Loads of stocking stuffers
  • Local art & paper goods
  • Our locally made bath salts, soaps and skin care products are created right here in #MyHaliburtonHighlands!

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Hot Mulled Cider recipe – A holiday fave to share & enjoy

Sharing our Hot Mulled Spice Recipe

apple-mulling-spices-etc-at-the-shop-wfs-fbIngredients

  • 16 cups pure apple juice or fresh apple cider
  • 4 (2-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 6 fresh or dehydrated orange, lemon, apple, or pear slices
  • Add cranberries if desired
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • dozen fennel seeds
  • just a pinch of nutmeg
  • dozen tellicherry peppercorn
  • tablespoon of ginger root

Directions

dried-orange-slices-at-wfs-and-air-plant-fbCombine all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over low heat for at least 20 minutes.  The juice, (wine or cider) needs time to absorb all of the flavours from these lovely ingredients.

Don’t let it heat up so much that it boils. You’ll know when it’s ready because your kitchen will smell so good!

You can wrap the ingredients in a cheese cloth bag too,  which makes for easier clean up, and less ‘floaties’ in the cup!

Pour into mugs, garnish with a sprig of mint if desired.

Time: 20 min – Prep: 10 min – Yield: 12 + servings  Level: Easy

Alternatively, we offer Mulled Spice Kits at our Etsy shop: HERE – Cheers!

We’re on the #BlackFriday bandwagon…

Black Friday

Black Friday

 In honour of  #BlackFriday,  #SmallBizSaturday,  & #CyberMonday, we’re offering a 20% online order discount coupon code to enter at time of purchase:

WFSBF20

This Friday is the perfect time to take advantage of  savings, right here at our Etsy shop 🙂

We ship world wide!

For more information, visit our latest online newsletter.

Thank you!

 

Sharing a couple of our customer favourites!

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Calendula and Rose hip balm

 

DIY Gin Kit at Wall Flower Studio


DIY Gin Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sharing our Autumn hours, and an abundance of tea at Wall Flower Studio!

Herbal TeaAutumn is the time to cosy up with a warm cup of herbal tea! The seasons have shifted gears, Karen has harvested all kinds of herbs from her garden! Wall Flower Studio’s herbal tea line is growing! The harvest was just in time too, as it’s now sweater weather here in Ontario.

It’s time to enjoy the harvest, the changing colour of leaves, and to settle ourselves into the cooler weather that fall offers.

As noted we have an abundance of herbal, green and chai tea available! (See our partial list below). Karen is happy to create custom blends for her customers, too!  Visit the shop to see all of the creative and soothing tea combinations with which one can indulge.

Can’t get to Minden?… Shop online  via our Etsy store, too. 🙂

wall-flower-studio-shop-hours-fall-2016Our hours have changed, like the seasons do, so we’re sharing the October and November open times at the shop. We are now closed on Tuesday & Sunday.

This of course doesn’t take into account special events or workshops, and our December holiday hours will expand.

Check back for more on that in late November, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, too. 🙂

Thank you!

 

Tea tasters at Wall Flower Studio:

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We offer organic Flowering Tea Blooms, too!

Chocolate Chai
Coconut Ginger Chai
Spiced Apple Chai
Mint Chai
Rooibos Vanilla Chai
Vanilla Citrus Chai
Chamomile
Lavender
Ginger Mint
Lavender + Green Tea
Lavender + Chamomile
Calendula
Hibiscus Flower
Jasmine Pearls

An abundance of Lemon balm!

An abundance of Lemon balm!

Citrus + Ginger
Lemongrass + Mint
Lemongrass + Sage
Licorice + Lemongrass
Orange + Chamomile
Calendula + Mint
Hibiscus + Green Tea
Chocolate Mint
Dandelion Root + Fennel
Lemongrass + Fennel
Lemonbalm + Green Tea
Rosehip + Ginger
Lavender + Rosehip
Chamomile + Comfrey
Green Tea + Jasmine
Green Tea + Sage

We are happy to create custom blends, too! Contact Karen to create your own personal cuppa tea! 

 

Happy Autumn!

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