Bourbon Balls Recipe with Woodford Reserve: No Bake DIY Holiday Gifts

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Make this easy gluten free, no bake bourbon balls recipe with Woodford Reserve (or rum if you prefer!) for the ultimate last minute DIY holiday gifts!

Bourbon balls recipe with Woodford Reserve for the ultimate no bake last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy bourbon balls not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, these no bake bourbon balls can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

This no bake bourbon balls recipe with Woodford Reserve allows you to create the ultimate no bake last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy bourbon balls not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, these bourbon balls can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

How to Make No Bake Bourbon Balls

Whether you need a last minute gift to bring to a holiday party or a super last minute gift on Christmas Eve, these homemade bourbon balls are the perfect choice! Not only is this recipe for bourbon balls super easy to make, there’s also no baking required. Basically that means they are pretty fool proof. Even if you’re a slacker in the kitchen like I am. While this recipe for bourbon balls calls for nuts, you can easily omit them from the recipe if you have nut allergies.

Ingredients for Making Gluten Free Bourbon Balls

This easy bourbon balls recipe can be made with either vanilla wafers or ginger snaps. For my first batch of homemade bourbon balls, I used gluten-free Mi-Del’s Ginger Snaps. They crush really easily which makes them worth the extra $1.50 even if you don’t need gluten free bourbon balls. However, one bag will only make you one batch. For my second batch I used regular grocery store brand gingersnaps and had a heck of a time crushing them. I actually took a hammer to the outside of the bag at 9am the first year I made these. However I still ended up with some whole cookies left in the bag and lots of large chunks.

No bake bourbon balls recipe rolled in coconut for the ultimate no bake last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy bourbon balls not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, these no bake bourbon balls can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

I also used baking nuts for my recipe for bourbon balls. They were significantly cheaper than buying whole nuts from the nut aisle, especially as I wasn’t going to use an entire can. Plus it was the only way I could find them unsalted at the time. Finally, I recommend that choose your bourbon wisely. The better the booze, well, the better the ball! I specifically used Woodford Reserve for my recipe.

If you aren’t a huge fan of bourbon, you can simply swap out the bourbon with your favorite rum. These would actually be amazing with a spiced rum or a flavored rum that accents the ingredients that go into the recipe.

Homemade bourbon balls recipe. The ultimate no bake Christmas dessert for last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy Christmas treats not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, this easy bourbon balls recipe can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

Easy Bourbon Balls Recipe with Woodford Reserve

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups ginger snap cookies, crushed
1/2 Cup pecan baking chips, optional
1/2 Cup confectioners sugar
1/4 Cup Woodford Reserve (or rum of choice)
2 Tablespoons baking cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons raw local honey
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
Shredded coconut, chopped for dusting

How to make no bake bourbon balls for the ultimate no bake last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy Christmas treats not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, this easy bourbon balls recipe can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

Instructions:

Crush the ginger snap cookies as much as possible then combine in a large bowl with the other ingredients. Mix well with a spatula then place in freezer to chill for about an hour.

Easy bourbon balls recipe with dried raspberries for the ultimate no bake last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy bourbon balls not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, these no bake bourbon balls can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

Once your bourbon balls have chilled, roll into about 3/4″ balls and then roll in shredded coconut to coat thoroughly. (Alternately you can use confectioner’s sugar or even dried raspberries, as pictured, instead.) Keep at it until all dough has been used.

Easy Packaging Idea for Gifting Your Bourbon Balls

For easy DIY holiday gifts, I placed about 8 balls each in a zipper sandwich bags. I then place the balls inside glassine bags for presentation and labeled them with holiday stickers. You can even add a strip of washi tape to each of your gifts with the “eat by” date.

Once made, cover and refrigerate your bourbon balls. They will keep for a week in the refrigerator so don’t make these too far ahead. Otherwise you’ll have to freeze them.

You’ll also want to keep them refrigerated when you’re not binging on them during yet another seasonal rerun of A Christmas Story.

Yield: About 42 bourbon balls

Bourbon Balls Recipe with Woodford Reserve

Bourbon Balls Recipe with Woodford Reserve

Make this easy gluten free, no bake bourbon balls recipe with Woodford Reserve (or rum if you prefer!) for the ultimate last minute DIY holiday gifts!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups ginger snap cookies, crushed
  • 1/2 Cup pecan baking chips, optional
  • 1/2 Cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Woodford Reserve (or rum of choice)
  • 2 Tablespoons baking cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons raw local honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • Shredded coconut, chopped for dusting

Instructions

    Crush the ginger snap cookies as much as possible then combine in a large bowl with the other ingredients. Mix well with a spatula then place in freezer to chill for about an hour.

    Once your bourbon balls have chilled, roll into about 3/4″ balls and then roll in shredded coconut to coat thoroughly. (Alternately you can use confectioner’s sugar or even dried raspberries.) Keep at it until all dough has been used.

    Once made, cover and refrigerate your bourbon balls. They will keep for a week in the refrigerator so don’t make these too far ahead. Otherwise you’ll have to freeze them.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

14

Serving Size:

3 balls

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 150mg Carbohydrates: 30g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 14g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g

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Or learn how to make these other boozy Christmas treats.

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Snickerdoodle Soap Cupcakes with Melt and Pour Soap & Essential Oils

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Cookies and cupcakes were a regular part of my childhood growing up. Since cutting back on sugar however, sometimes food scented soaps are the next best thing. Learn how to make homemade snickerdoodle soap cupcakes for your bath or shower. Made using melt and pour soap, this easy soap cupcakes recipe is naturally scented with essential oils and is simple enough for even beginners to craft.

Snickerdoodle DIY Soap Cupcakes with Melt and Pour Soap & Essential Oils. Learn how to make homemade snickerdoodle soap cupcakes for your bath or shower. Made using melt and pour soap, this easy soap cupcakes recipe is naturally scented with essential oils and is simple enough for even beginners to craft.

Isn’t it amazing how just the scent of food can trigger so many memories? Everytime I smell the warm cinnamon sugar fragrance of a snickerdoodle cookie, I’m instantly taken back to my childhood. From as young as four I often found myself in the kitchen making snickerdoodle cookies with my mom. They were my absolute favorite cookies at the time! And while I loved licking cake and brownie batter off mom’s hand blender beaters, rolling sugar cookie dough in cinnamon and sugar was the most fun.

I still get nostalgic whenever I see snickerdoodles in the store at our local Fresh Market. Making snickerdoodles with my mom as a kid is still one of my favorite childhood memories. While I’ve (mostly) giving up baking cookies for more grown up green things, I’ve since turned the tables and have been teaching my mom some new tricks in the kitchen.

While eating snickerdoodle cookies isn’t something I do all that often (it’s hard to forget the evils of sugar and inflammation when you have fibro) making snickerdoodle soap cupcakes is a fun (sugar free) experience that allows me to enjoy their warm seasonal fragrance!

Food inspired soaps are always popular because of their fun scents. Not only do the kids have fun with these at bathtime, they’re also great for adults! After all, what’s more fun than self care for the kid in you? I used a cupcake mold to make these cute snickerdoodle soap cupcakes. This mold contains both the top and bottom mold portions of the cupcake. So not only are these soaps easy to make, you basically get two molds for the price of one!

Whether you’re selling your homemade soap creations or making them for yourself, using a mold to make the whipped icing eliminates the trial and error of making soap icing. Not only does it save you time, the tops always come out perfect.

How to make soap cupcakes. DIY soap cupcakes scented with a natural snickerdoodle essential oil blend recipe. Craft these easy DIY snickerdoodle soap cupcakes with melt and pour soap & essential oils for DIY holiday gifts throughout the winter holiday season. The perfect in shower treat for your winter skin care routine, these cupcake soaps are easy enough for beginners and make wonderful DIY beauty gifts for kids and adults!

How to Make Snickerdoodle Soap Cupcakes (with Melt and Pour Soap)

Snickerdoodle Essential Oil Blend

There are snickerdoodle fragrance oils that you can use to make snickerdoodle soaps. I wanted to use an essential oil blend because I had the essential oils already.

To make a snickerdoodle essential oil blend, combine:

5 drops sweet orange essential oil
2 drops cassia or cinnamon essential oil
1 drop clove essential oil

To be honest, I was surprised at how wonderful this smells! The three oils combine for a sugary sweet and cinnamon spice scent that’s perfect for making snickerdoodle cupcake soaps.

Learn how to make DIY soap cupcakes with a snickerdoodle essential oil blend recipe. With just 3 essential oils, you can craft an easy snickerdoodle cupcake soap recipe to give as homemade holiday gifts for naturally scented winter skin care. Try this simple beginning melt and pour soap recipe today!

You can create a master blend in an empty essential oil bottle, or you can add the essential oils by the drop. I give you directions to use it either way in this recipe.

(For my snickerdoodle essential oil blend recipe I used essential oils from a past Simply Earth essential oil box. If you’d like to give them a try, use coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE to receive a FREE bonus box worth $40 with your first order. You’ll also get an e-coupon for $40 off anything on your next purchase. Free diffuser anyone? Take advantage of this offer here.)

If you do use a snickerdoodle fragrance oil blend, you can use twice as much as you would an essential oil. I would start with the amount suggested in the recipe and add more as needed to get the scent that you want.

Eating less than perfect piped icing flowers my mom made for her cakes when I was a six year old kid.

Cupcake Mold for Soap Cupcakes

I wanted to make soap cupcakes, but I don’t like piping soap on top for the icing. I consider myself pretty crafty, but cake decorating is not among my talents. My mom used to make cakes all the time however. Which worked out well enough for me. She was pretty intent on piping the perfect flowers for her cakes, so I always got to eat the icing flowers that didn’t quite make the cut. (As photographed above. Me at age six in 1981 wearing a nightgown for the evening. Remember those?)

Whipped soap isn’t an easy recipe to master. It tends to be soft, so iced soap cupcakes are hard to package for gifts or for selling.

Rather piping soap icing, I picked up this silicone cupcake soap mold instead. It makes adorable two piece cupcakes with melt and pour soap. Now the icing tops for my soap cupcakes are always perfect. And they won’t get dinged or damaged when you handle the soap.

DIY soap cupcakes scented with a natural snickerdoodle essential oil blend recipe. Craft these easy DIY snickerdoodle soap cupcakes with melt and pour soap & essential oils for DIY holiday gifts throughout the winter holiday season. The perfect in shower treat for your winter skin care routine, these cupcake soaps are easy enough for beginners and make wonderful DIY beauty gifts for kids and adults!

Melt and Pour Soap Bases for Soap Cupcakes

I wanted these soap cupcakes to look like real snickerdoodle cupcakes, so I used two different kinds of melt and pour soap.

For the icing, I used white melt and pour soap base. The essential oils, which contain vanilla, turned it cream. So it looks like real vanilla icing.

I wanted the cake part to be darker, so I used a cream or almost tan oatmeal soap and added real cinnamon.

Cinnamon can be irritating to children or those with sensitive skin. If you’re giving these soap cupcakes as a homemade gifts, you can skip the cinnamon and add some mica or soap colorant to get a darker color.

Adding real spices like cinnamon to melt and pour can be tricky. Cinnamon tends to clump in the melted soap. To avoid this, you can stir the cinnamon in a little bit of glycerin or rubbing alcohol and add it to the soap.

I just added it to the soap and stirred it really well. If there are clumps, press them against the side of the container with the back of a spoon to break up the clumps. There may be a few small clumps of cinnamon left, but I think it gives the soap a more realistic look.

Either way you add the cinnamon, it will tend to settle to the bottom of the soap. To help it stay dispersed through the soap, let the soap cool until it just starts to form a film on the top. Then stir a few times and pour. The cinnamon is less likely to settle when you pour the soap at a cooler temperature.

Snickerdoodle soap cupcake recipe scented with a natural snickerdoodle essential oil blend recipe. Craft these easy DIY snickerdoodle soap cupcakes with melt and pour soap & essential oils for DIY Christmas gifts throughout the winter holiday season. The perfect in shower treat for your winter skin care routine, these cupcake soaps are easy enough for beginners and make wonderful DIY soap gifts for kids and adults!

Snickerdoodle Soap Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients:

8 ounces white melt and pour soap
10 ounces white or cream melt and pour soap
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon snickerdoodle essential oil blend (or 64 drops sweet orange, 24 drops cassia, and 12 drops clove, divided)

Instructions:

The top and bottom are two separate pours, so let’s start with the icing on the top of the soap cupcakes. Cut white melt and pour soap into 1 inch cubes and microwave 30 seconds at a time until melted. Stir every 30 seconds.

How to make icing for DIY cupcake soaps by using a dual cupcake and icing silicone mold rather than a whipped soap icing.

When it’s melted, add ½ teaspoon of the snickerdoodle essential oil blend or 32 drops sweet orange, 12 drops cassia, and 6 drops clove. (Here’s an easy essential oil conversion chart if you need it.) Stir well and pour into the top, or the icing, cavities in the mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles.

How to make melt and pour soap cupcakes that smell like snickerdoodle cookies and are scented with natural essential oils.

Now cut 10 ounces of cream or white melt and pour soap and microwave it as before. When it’s melted, add ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon and stir well to remove lumps.

Then add ½ teaspoon of your homemade blend or 32 drops sweet orange, 12 drops cassia and 6 drops clove. Stir well.

Easy DIY soap cupcakes for beginners. Learn how to make a fun snickerdoodle scented soap cupcake recipe with natural essential oils for seasonal holiday gifts with this beginning soap making tutorial.

Pour into the cupcake or bottom part of the mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles.

Let sit until completely cooled, about an hour.

Score both sides of the melt and pour soap for the bottom cupcake and the icing soap top.

Remove the soap from the mold. This mold is very flexible, so they will come right out. Use a knife to score the tops of the cupcakes and the bottom of the icing tops. Scoring the soap helps the two pieces stick together better.

Use melt and pour soap base to glue the bottom of your cupcake soaps together with the icing soap tops for this easy beginner soap making project.

Melt about half an ounce of white soap for 10 seconds in the microwave. Carefully spoon it on top of the cupcakes and set the icing on top. Let sit until completely cooled.

DIY soap cupcakes scented with a natural snickerdoodle essential oil blend recipe. Craft these easy DIY snickerdoodle soap cupcakes with melt and pour soap & essential oils for DIY holiday gifts throughout the winter holiday season. The perfect in shower treat for your winter skin care routine, these cupcake soaps are easy enough for beginners and make wonderful DIY beauty gifts for kids and adults!

If you’re gifting or selling these snickerdoodle cupcake soaps, you can package them in clear bags and add a ribbon to the top.

Soap Cupcakes DIY with melt and pour soap and natural essential oils. The perfect in shower treat and DIY beauty gift! Learn how to make homemade snickerdoodle soap cupcakes for your bath or shower. Made using melt and pour soap, this easy soap cupcakes recipe is naturally scented with essential oils and is simple enough for even beginning soap makers to craft. Gift them to yourself for self care or make them for DIY holiday gifts throughout the winter season.

Love my snickerdoodle soap cupcakes? Then be sure to pin this soap making tutorial for later.

This easy to craft festive holiday homemade cranberry orange soap recipe is perfectly sized for homemade stocking stuffer gifts this Christmas!

More Seasonal Winter Soap Recipes for DIY Holiday Gifts

Looking for more beginner melt and pour soap recipes? Try one of these other DIY holiday soap gift ideas! 

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Breathe Easy Essential Oil Blend: Make A Homemade Vapor Rub Cold Remedy

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Try this natural breathe easy essential oil blend recipe to make your own homemade vapor rub cold remedy for symptom relief from nasal and chest congestion. A simple and effective home remedy for fast cold relief when you’re fighting a cold or the flu.

Breathe Easy Essential Oil Blend: Make A Homemade Vapor Rub Cold Remedy. Try this natural breathe easy essential oil blend recipe to make your own homemade vapor rub cold remedy for symptom relief from nasal and chest congestion. A simple and effective home remedy for fast cold relief that eases congestion and cough when you're fighting a cold or the flu.

How to Use An Aromatherapeutic Breathe Easy Essential Oil Blend

When I get a cold, there’s nothing worse than not being able to breathe through my nose. While shower steams with menthol work wonders in the morning, taking a shower every time my nose gets stuffy isn’t a realistic option. Especially not at night when I’m trying to sleep. That’s when a breathe easy essential oil blend comes in handy. Whether you make your own breathe easy essential oil recipe or use a ready made breathe easy essential oil blend, you’ll be set for all the congestion challenges seasonal colds throw your way.

Breathe easy diffuser blend for colds. Try this natural breathe easy essential oil diffuser blend recipe in your essential oil diffuser to support respiratory function and promote a healthy immune response with this natural breathe easy essential oil blend recipe. This natural plant-based blend can be used in your diffuser as well as in my homemade vapor rub recipe. Use it to support easy breathing, revitalization and clear airways throughout winter.

There are three easy ways to use the breathe easy essential oil blend. You can use your breathe easy essential oil blend in an essential oil diffuser at night or include it in an essential oil shower steamers recipe. Alternately, you can also use it in a simple remedy for homemade vapor rub. Keep reading to learn how to make a breathe easy essential oil recipe as well as where to buy a premade essential oil blend. Then try out your breathe easy essential oil blend in my simple (super easy!) homemade vapor rub cold remedy.

Breathe easy diffuser blend for colds. Try this natural breathe easy essential oil diffuser blend recipe in your essential oil diffuser to support respiratory function and promote a healthy immune response with this natural breathe easy essential oil blend recipe. This natural plant-based blend can be used in your diffuser as well as in my homemade vapor rub recipe. Use it to support easy breathing, revitalization and clear airways throughout winter.

Breathe Easy Essential Oil Blend Recipe

Support respiratory function and promote a healthy immune response with this natural breathe easy essential oil blend recipe. This natural plant-based blend can be used in your diffuser as well as in my homemade vapor rub recipe. Use it to support easy breathing, revitalization and clear airways throughout winter. 

Combine in an amber glass jar with a reducer or glass dropper and shake to combine.

Alternately, if you prefer, you can buy this specific blend premade in order to avoid buying multiple essential oils from Edens Garden. Or try the Respire blend from Spark Naturals, which also contains tea tree and clove essential oils. Formulated with a combination of peppermint, melaleuca (tea tree), eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon and clove, this blends aids in relief of congestion and other respiratory symptoms caused by colds and flu.

Once you’ve made an essential oil blend to use for aromatherapy, you can use your formulation to create your own homemade vapor rub recipe as a natural cold relief remedy. 

Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe for Nasal & Chest Congestion: A natural cold remedy with a breathe easy essential oil blend for fast cold relief of congestion and to soothe coughs. Try this natural breathe easy essential oil blend recipe to make your own homemade vapor rub cold remedy for symptom relief from nasal and chest congestion. A simple and effective home remedy for fast cold relief that eases congestion and cough when you're fighting a cold or the flu.

Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe for Nasal & Chest Congestion

Ingredients:

2 oz. beeswax pastilles
4 oz. carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil
3 mL Respire or Breathe Easy essential oil blend (or .1 oz.)
.05 oz. menthol crystals

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the beeswax. Place the beeswax in a double boiler and gently heat until melted.

While the beeswax melts, weigh out the carrier oil into a separate container.

Next weigh out the menthol crystals. Add the menthol crystals to the container with the carrier oil. Stir until the menthol crystals dissolve.

Once dissolved, measure or weigh out the breathe easy essential oil blend. Then combine with the carrier oil and menthol mixture.

Once the beeswax has melted, remove from heat. Then stir in the carrier oil mixture with the menthol crystals and essential oils.

Breathe easy diffuser blend for colds. Try this natural breathe easy essential oil diffuser blend recipe in your essential oil diffuser to support respiratory function and promote a healthy immune response with this natural breathe easy essential oil blend recipe. This natural plant-based blend can be used in your diffuser as well as in my homemade vapor rub recipe. Use it to support easy breathing, revitalization and clear airways throughout winter.

Now pour the homemade vapor rub into a 6 oz. glass jar or three 2 oz. glass jars. You can also use metal tins.

Allow the homemade vapor rub to cool completely, then screw on the lids and label as desired for personal use.

To use your homemade vapor rub as a natural remedy for fast cold relief, rub a thin layer on your chest or upper back at nighttime. It will help to soothe coughs and may also offer relief from nasal and chest congestion as well as sinus pressure and headaches.

Breathe easy diffuser blend for colds. Try this natural breathe easy essential oil diffuser blend recipe in your essential oil diffuser to support respiratory function and promote a healthy immune response with this natural breathe easy essential oil blend recipe. This natural plant-based blend can be used in your diffuser as well as in my homemade vapor rub recipe. Use it to support easy breathing, revitalization and clear airways throughout winter.

Like this recipe? Then you’ll also want to try my recipes for DIY shower steamers with menthol crystals and a sickness support bath soak! As well as check out my post on other natural ways to fight colds and flu including how to make an elderberry syrup to support your body’s natural immunity. Plus don’t forget to pin this post for reference later!

Vapor Rub Salve for fast cold relief. An all natural beeswax based mentholated balm from humblelove on Etsy. This natural cold remedy soothes coughs, chest congestion & sore throats. Made with organic ingredients.

Where can I buy homemade vapor rub?

Not ready to make your own homemade vapor rub from scratch? Try one of these artisan made, petroleum free cold and flu salves instead. 

You can also explore more herbal home remedies here. Also be sure to check out my eucalyptus & orange essential oil blend recipe. It’s one of my favorite aromatherapeutic essential oil blends and has a number of uses for health, home and beauty. Or discover more DIY ideas by visiting my Essential Oils & Herbs board on Pinterest as well as my Home Remedies board.

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Cooking & Baking with Mace: The Vintage Spice You Need to Try

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Have you ever used mace in a recipe? No, mace isn’t just a deterrent from assailants. It’s actually a lesser known vintage spice. Mace is closely related to nutmeg and is similar in both aroma and flavor. It is often used in teas and tinctures. And it also makes a great addition to foods and baking recipes. Keep reading to learn more about the vintage spice mace. And to discover food, dessert and drink recipes that call for mace as an ingredient.

Cooking & Baking with the vintage spice, mace. Mace is closely related to nutmeg and is similar in both aroma and flavor. It is often used in teas and tinctures. And it also makes a great addition liberally to foods and baking recipes. Learn more about mace & discover food, dessert and drink recipes that call for mace as an ingredient.

Many years back I read what I thought to be a rather interesting article on Etsy’s blog titled The Historic Spice Cupboard. It contained some really neat information on vintage spices – rather the spices our great and great great grandparents probably used – in cooking and baking. Some of the spices are still used today, while others are a lot less common. For example, mace, is not a spice I had ever heard of.

What is the Spice Mace?

I’ve always thought of mace as pepper spray so I was a little confused at first. But as it turns out, mace is a very close relative of nutmeg. Mace is actually the red membrane that surrounds the nutmeg seed. It’s very similar to the taste of nutmeg, but rather has a more red pepper reminiscent heat. It was very common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but has since fallen by the way side. Like nutmeg, mace can be used in baking. However it is also served well in savory dishes for flavoring meats, stews, curries, savory sauces, and even homemade pickles. You can also use it in teas, tinctures and beverages.

Recipe ideas for the vintage spice mace. The spice mace is related to nutmeg & is similar in aroma & flavor. Used in teas, desserts & food recipes, this spice also has antioxidant health benefits.

What are the Health Benefits?

Additionally, it’s believed that mace has an antioxidant effect in the liver, helping it conserve glutathione and increasing protection against free radicals. theKitchn has additional information on this amazing vintage spice. You can also find out more information on mace from Mountain Rose Herbs including both contemporary and folklore info.

Where Can I Buy It?

If you want to try mace, be sure to buy it from a reputable source that guarantees that the powder is not made from previously BWP (broken-wormy-punky) nuts. It’s also better not to use an irradiated product which breaks down the fatty acids that contain the essential oils that give it aroma and flavor. Mountain Rose Herbs is great place to buy ground organic mace. In fact, I have it on my next shopping list of things to buy from them since it’s so versatile and can be used in so many different types of recipes. I’ve also found it to be a common ingredient in many Indian dishes.

Savory dinner recipes with the vintage spice mace. The spice mace is related to nutmeg & is similar in aroma & flavor. Used in teas, desserts & food recipes, this spice also has antioxidant health benefits.

Recipes That Call for Mace

Following are just a few of the many recipes I’ve found that can be made with mace.

Baking & Dessert Recipes

Drink Recipes

Dinner Recipes

Spice Mix Recipes

Have you ever cooked with mace? I’d love to hear what your favorite recipes are for this wonderful vintage spice!

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Beauty Benefits of Ginger Essential Oil: Plus Natural Skin Care Recipes

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Ginger oil anyone? There’s a reason ginger essential oil is a favorite among natural skin care enthusiasts. Ginger essential oil offers a number of natural skin care and beauty benefits when used as an ingredient in your skin care formulations. Learn about all the ginger essential oil benefits for your skin! Plus discover a collection of my favorite natural skin care recipes made using ginger essential oil. 

Ginger essential oil benefits for natural skin care & hair care. Ginger essential oil benefits make it a great oil to use in your natural beauty recipes. It can help protect the skin from signs of aging and naturally kills germs that can cause acne or other skin conditions. Ginger oil for hair can help reduce dandruff and lead to thicker hair over time.

Ginger Essential Oil Benefits

Ginger essential oil probably isn’t in your top 10 favorite essential oils, but it should be. The benefits of ginger essential oil are numerous for both your hair and your skin.

A natural anti-inflammatory, ginger essential oil  feels warming on the skin when you use it topically. For this reason, it’s often used in pain relieving and sore muscle recipes to relieve pain naturally without side effects. Not only does it work well as a natural pain remedy, it’s also a wonderful alternative ingredient for those who may be allergic or sensitive to capsicum, which is found in cayenne.

You can also use ginger essential oil for skin in natural skin care recipes. It’s antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and full of antioxidants to combat the signs of aging. These benefits of ginger essential oil make this one of my favorite essential oils for natural skin care. Ginger oil for hair can also boost hair growth and control flakes from dandruff. Because who wants to deal with that?

Learn about ginger essential oil and its natural benefits when used in beauty and skin care as well as hair care and as a natural home remedy to sooth sore muscle pain.

What is Ginger Essential Oil?

Ginger essential oil is extracted from the root of the ginger plant by either steam distillation or extraction using carbon dioxide. Ginger is native to South Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, but it was exported to India and Europe about 2,000 years ago. It is a common spice in Indian and Asian food.

In the past, ginger root was commonly used for digestive issues. How many of you grew up drinking ginger ale when you had a stomach ache? Having a glass of pop was the only good part of being sick when I was a kid.

Ginger essential oil benefits aren’t just for digestion however. Using ginger essential oil for skin and ginger oil for hair also offers many benefits. So it’s great as part of your natural beauty routine.

Inflammation

One of the main ginger essential oil benefits include being a natural anti-inflammatory. Ginger essential oil has several natural compounds that are natural anti-inflammatories. One of these compounds is zingibain, which has been shown to help relieve migraine pain without side effects.

The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can help reduce pain and inflammation from muscle ache, arthritis, and migraines. While I use my favorite ginger oil salve for sore muscles, I also find it effective at soothing fibromyalgia pain when it flares up.

Cramping

Ginger oil can also help reduce muscle cramping when used topically, so ginger essential oil benefits include after exercising care for your body. It may be effect for sore muscles, menstrual cramps, stomach cramps, and back pain. It can also help soothe sore muscles after working out.

Along with being a natural anti-inflammatory, ginger essential oil can boost circulation, which can lower muscle cramping. The warming effect is a benefits of ginger essential oil that can help relax muscles to reduce cramping.

Uses for ginger essential oil. You can also use ginger essential oil for skin in natural skin care recipes. It’s antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and full of antioxidants to combat the signs of aging. These benefits of ginger essential oil make this one of my favorite essential oils for natural skin care. Ginger oil for hair can also boost hair growth and control flakes from dandruff.

Anxiety

Ginger essential oil benefits also includes relieving anxiety naturally. It has been shown to naturally reduce anxiety in animals, and it may help reduce anxiety in people, too. Ginger works by activating the serotonin receptors in the brain, which makes you feel good.

This can help improve your mood, and it can also reduce pain by lowering anxiety levels. As someone who once suffered from agoraphobia, I’m well versed in how debilitating anxiety can be. Therefore, finding natural ways to better cope with anxiety and stress are always high on my list.

Antioxidant

Perhaps the biggest ginger essential oil benefits is that it is high in antioxidants that combat free radicals in the skin. Free radicals are oxygen molecules that have an unpaired electron. This causes oxidative stress in the body. Antioxidants bind with the unpaired electron to make the oxygen stable.

Antioxidants can prevent the visible signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Free radicals are also associated with some diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Ginger essential oil for skin helps boost antioxidants naturally for better looking skin.

Antimicrobial

Ginger essential oil is a natural germ killer. If you use antibiotic soap or certain kinds of hand sanitizers, you could be creating super bugs that are resistant to antibiotics and will be harder to kill.

Using ginger essential oil won’t create super bugs by only killing the weak germs, so it’s a great natural antibacterial agent to use. It’s especially effective on E. coli, staphylococcus aureus, candida albicans, and bacillus subtilis.

Beauty Benefits of Ginger Essential Oil and How to Use It

Ginger essential oil benefits can be used in DIY natural beauty recipes, but keep in mind that it feels warm when you apply it topically. For some recipes, this is a great thing and can help reduce pain. But for some skin care recipes, you may want to combine ginger essential oil with other oils.

Ginger essential oil benefits make it a great oil to use in your natural beauty recipes. It can help protect the skin from signs of aging and naturally kills germs that can cause acne or other skin conditions. Ginger oil for hair can help reduce dandruff and lead to thicker hair over time.

Use ginger oil for your hair care routine to enjoy the natural beauty benefits of ginger essential oil. Learn how to make this natural no poo shampoo bar soap recipe with sea salt, an egg and organic ginger essential oil for your natural hair care routine.

Ginger Oil for Hair

Dandruff

Dandruff is caused by a fungus on your scalp. Since ginger essential oil is naturally antimicrobial, it can kill the fungus, treating the dandruff and stopping the flakes.

Hair Growth

Ginger essential oil can help encourage your body to grow more hair. Ginger is warming, so it stimulates the scalp. This boosts circulation, which can lead to more hair growth over time. Using ginger oil for hair can lead to thicker hair over time.

Ginger Essential Oil for Skin

Cellulite

Ginger essential oil can boost circulation and tone the skin naturally. This can help reduce cellulite and make the skin appear to be more toned.

Fading Scars

Ginger essential oil may help reduce scars and lighter pigmented areas on the skin. This is due to its toning and antioxidant properties.

Anti-Aging

Since ginger essential oil is high in antioxidants, it can help prevent the signs of aging. Use it topically to prevent free radicals that can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help boost skin elasticity and tone the skin.

Ginger oil skin care recipes for natural beauty. Ginger essential oil offers a number of natural skin care and beauty benefits when used as an ingredient in your skin care formulations. Learn about all the ginger essential oil benefits for your skin! Plus discover a collection of my favorite natural skin care recipes made using ginger essential oil.

Ginger Essential Oil Recipes for Your Natural Skin Care Routine

With so many beauty benefits of ginger oil, I use it often in my DIY natural beauty recipes. I use it the most in my pain relieving recipes, but I also use it in hair care and skin care. Ginger oil really makes a nice addition to my natural beauty and skin care routine. Following are some of my favorite uses and recipes for ginger essential oil.

Lemon Ginger Lip Balm

Ginger essential oil for skin also helps your lips. Combine ginger essential oil with lemongrass essential oil for a light and refreshing scented Lemon Ginger Lip Balm recipe. This packs some serious moisture for your lips with cocoa butter, shea butter, and sweet almond oil.

Pumpkin spice latte lip balm recipe with ginger essential oil for natural fall skin care. Use ginger essential oil to create a pumpkin spice essential oil blend for this pumpkin spice latte lip balm recipe. Best ginger essential oil beauty benefits for your natural skin care routine.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Lip Balm

Use ginger essential oil to create a pumpkin spice essential oil blend for this pumpkin spice latte lip balm recipe.

Chocolate Ginger Agave Lip Butter

Get smooth and soft lips with my Chocolate Ginger Agave Lip Butter recipe. This unique flavor has shea butter, cocoa butter, and walnut oil to moisturize. It’s naturally flavored with chocolate absolute and ginger essential oil.

Beauty benefits for ginger essential oil plus natural anti-aging skin care recipes. This foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe is wonderful for maturing skin and is crafted with a blend of natural carrier & essential oils prized for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties.

Ginger and Turmeric Face Polish

How to make an anti-aging and antioxidant Ginger and Turmeric Face Polish recipe. It has white clay to gently exfoliate and hemp seed oil and rosehip seed oil to moisturize.

Sea Salt Shampoo Bar Recipe

I used ginger essential oil in this Sea Salt Shampoo Bar Recipe. It also has kelp powder, eggs, and sea salt for hair health. Ginger oil for hair can help reduce dandruff and boost circulation in the scalp for thicker hair.

Essential Oil Roll On Perfume Recipe

Want to use ginger essential oil for aromatherapy? Make an easy roll on perfume recipe with natural essential oils.

Pumpkin spice soap recipe with ginger essential oil. Learn about ginger essential oil benefits for natural skin care and beauty. How to craft homemade soap recipes using ginger essential oil for its natural beauty and skin care benefits. Plus more ginger oil recipes you can make at home for your natural beauty regimen.

Fall Soap Recipe

Ginger essential oil is perfect for fall. Get ideas for fall essential oil blends and an autumn harvest cold process soap recipe.

Gingerbread Jelly Soap Recipe

Learn how to make a gingerbread essential oil blend and use it to make gingerbread jelly soaps.

Natural beauty balm recipe with ginger essential oil. Learn about the beauty benefits of ginger essential oil. Plus how to craft a simple homemade chamomile balm recipe for natural skin care!

Chamomile Balm Recipe

Relieve dry skin with this chamomile balm recipe. It’s great for feet, elbows, hands, and other dry areas.

Gingerbread Emulsified Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe

This gingerbread emulsified whipped sugar scrub uses ginger in a blend to smell like gingerbread.

Lush Inspired Massage Bar Recipe

Inspired by Lush, this massage bar recipe can use ginger essential oil in place of peppermint for a milder version.

Magnesium body butter recipe with warming ginger essential oil to soothe sore muscles. Ginger essential oil skin care benefits plus natural homemade skin care recipes that utilize ginger oil as an ingredient. This magnesium body butter recipe combines the benefits of magnesium flakes and ginger essential oil benefits to naturally soothe pain and reduce inflammation for a natural pain remedy.

Magnesium Body Butter

This magnesium body butter recipe combines the benefits of magnesium flakes and ginger essential oil benefits to naturally relieve pain and reduce inflammation in the body.

Pain Relief Massage Oil

How to make a pain relief massage oil. This easy recipe takes just a few minutes to make and uses the benefits of ginger essential oil to naturally reduce pain.

Ginger Salve for Sore Muscles

How to make a ginger salve for sore muscles. This uses an oil infused with ginger and ginger essential oil for more benefits of ginger essential oil.

Natural pain remedy. How to utilize the benefits of ginger essential oil to craft a natural pain relief salve for sore muscles. Discover all the ginger oil benefits plus try a number of homemade skin care recipes that you can make with ginger essential oil for natural skin care and beauty.

Natural Pain Relief Salve

Get natural relief without side effects with this natural pain relief salve recipe. It has arnica infused oil, beeswax, and ginger essential oil, so it’s a fairly easy DIY recipe for beginners.

Ginger essential oil benefits make it a great oil to use in your natural beauty recipes. It can help protect the skin from signs of aging and naturally kills germs that can cause acne or other skin conditions. Ginger oil for hair can help reduce dandruff and lead to thicker hair over time.

Now that you know about all of the ginger essential oil benefits, why not add it to your natural skin and hair care routine? You can purchase quality organic and certified ginger essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. Choose from their classic ginger essential oil made from dried root for an earthy spicy scent. Or try their fresh ginger essential oil made from fresh ginger root for its bright note and less earthy fragrance.

Homemade skin care recipes and DIY beauty recipes with ginger essential oil for your natural skin care routine and beauty regimen. Learn about the beauty benefits of ginger essential oil. Plus discover ginger essential oil skin care recipes that you can make for your skin care routine.

What are your favorite ways to incorporate ginger essential oil into your natural beauty routine? Be sure to share your favorite ways you use ginger essential oil in the comments. And don’t forget to pin these natural ginger oil skin care recipes for later!

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