Fall is a time of shifting light, color, and energy. The plants are releasing their seeds and directing their energy inward and downward as they prepare for the cold winter months. Our energy is shifting as well, and this is a good season for slowing down and enjoying creative work. Using herbs, we can focus on self-care and caring for those we love, and a DIY herbal fall gift basket for friends and family is a great way to spread love and good health.
Below you’ll find 14 lovely recipes and other inspiring ideas for creating an herbal fall gift basket to share with friends and family.
14 DIY Herbal Fall Gift Basket Ideas For Friends And Family
1. Warming Herbal Beverages
Fall is a good time for including plenty of nourishing tonic herbs to warm us and support a healthy immune system. The combination possibilities are endless. Here is a lovely flavorful autumn tea blend for your DIY herbal fall gift basket.
This tonic tea blend is a beautiful autumn gold and offers a combination of nourishing and warming herbs. 4 parts nettle (Urtica dioica) leaf To make your tea blend, combine the dried herbs in a glass mason jar and attach a decorative ribbon with instructions for brewing. To brew, add 1 tablespoon of tea blend and steep with 8 ounces of water for 10 minutes. Strain herbs and enjoy!
Autumn Gold Tonic Tea Blend
3 parts spearmint (Mentha spicata)
3 parts lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
2 parts red clover blossoms (Trifolium pretense)
1 part rose hips (Rosa spp.)
1 part dried turmeric (Curcuma longa)
1 part dried licorice root
This tonic tea blend is a beautiful autumn gold and offers a combination of nourishing and warming herbs.
4 parts nettle (Urtica dioica) leaf
To make your tea blend, combine the dried herbs in a glass mason jar and attach a decorative ribbon with instructions for brewing. To brew, add 1 tablespoon of tea blend and steep with 8 ounces of water for 10 minutes. Strain herbs and enjoy!
2. Herbal Cordials
Herbal infused cordials are a beautiful way to enjoy herbal medicine. Warming herbs and spices combined with fruit, sweetener, and alcohol can be enjoyed as a healthy indulgence and make lovely gifts.
3. Chai Tea
The aromatic spices in traditional chai tea are both warming and healing. Combining freshly ground spices with black tea makes a lovely DIY fall herbal gift. Be sure to include instructions for brewing and serving.
4. Herbal Vinegars
Herbal vinegars can be made with herbs to produce wonderful culinary and nourishing vinegars. Mountain Rose Herbs offers instructions and ideas for lovely combinations.
5. Honey Lavender Bath Melts
Make bath time extra special with these honey lavender bath melts via Happy Money Saver. Family and friends will enjoy receiving special products for pampering themselves in their herbal fall gift basket.
6. Herbal Bath Teas
Herbal bath teas are both relaxing and healing. Tales From a Cottage shares her recipes and ideas for beautiful packaging.
7. Homemade Herbal Candles
Bath time will be even better with a simple herbal candle to set the mood for relaxing. Making candles at home is easy and fun, especially when you add herbs to create lovely scents.
8. Warming Cayenne Pepper Analgesic Salve
The cool weather of fall can lead to achy joints and sore backs. Cayenne pepper salve is a warming analgesic and easy to make.
9. Homemade Facial and Skin Scrubs
Seasonal transitions can be difficult on our skin. Homemade scrubs are a great way to exfoliate the skin and prepare for moisturizing.
10. Homemade Ginger Snap Face Mask
This Ginger Snap Face Mask from Growing Up Herbal is a detoxifying, nourishing, and aromatic face mask perfect for the fall season.
11. Homemade Lotions
An herbal-infused whipped body butter provides luxurious moisture for fall and winter skin.
12. Herb Infused Honey
Honey infused with herbs can be healing and delicious. Garlic, ginger, thyme, and sage-infused honey helps strengthen the immune system and relieve the common cold. Herbs like lavender, tulsi, and rose are soothing.
13. Natural Room Scent Jars
As the season changes, we find ourselves spending more time indoors. These natural room scent jars are both beautiful and aromatic, and so easy to make. The difficult part is deciding which combinations to make.
14. Homemade Herbal Chocolates
Everyone loves chocolate. Combined with herbs, homemade chocolate becomes even more special. Simple combinations like powdered peppermint leaf for a homemade peppermint pattie, or cinnamon spice, ginger, and nutmeg make wonderful additions to your DIY herbal gift basket. Add a special homemade chocolate and your friends and family will love you forever!
Giving a homemade herbal fall gift basket is a great way to share the beauty of herbal medicine and to enjoy the creative process of working hands-on with the herbs. Sharing our passion for homemade gifts while using natural and non-toxic ingredients show our care for the health of those we love. And, it can inspire others to do the same.
These are just a few ideas for your DIY herbal fall gift basket for family and friends. Be sure to make a little extra for yourself!