The aroma of ginger brings to mind many cherished holiday memories. Here at Seed, ginger essential oil is a favorite to use in our blends. It's warm, spicy and blends well with so many other oils. People tend to love ginger, so we're sharing some of our favorite ginger finds in today's gift guide.
Ginger + Chocolate? Yes, please!
Photo credit: Hedonist Artisan Chocolates
Hedonist Artisan Chocolates is a small business based in Rochester, NY. Everything is exquisite, with a beautiful presentation. If your gift recipient is a fan of ginger, you cannot go wrong with the Pistachio Ginger Bark. It is absolutely delicious!
Copper Mugs for Moscow Mules
Photo credit: The Old Corner Store
Benjamin here at (seed) happens to like Moscow Mules. When I first heard the name Moscow Mule, I wasn't sure if we were talking about a shoe style or an animal, but it is really just a splendid drink made of vodka, lime and gingerbeer. It dates back to the 1940's and is traditionally served in a copper mug. The Old Corner Store on Etsy has copper mugs that they customize, making a special gift for your favorite Moscow Mule fan.
A ginger blend -- Your way
Customize a gift with ginger!
1) Start with (seed)’s naturally plant-based, ultra-effective products. 2) Choose your favorite essential oils (up to three to blend per product) 3) Enjoy healthy, customized body care every day.
Ginger essential oil blends so well with other oils -- from grapefruit and orange to ylang ylang. Ginger is warm and spicy and it can be balanced out with juicy citrus or be made into a "manly" scent creation.
Not sure what to blend? Let me help! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you create your perfect blend. We can take some of the guesswork out of blending so you can have a stress-free shopping experience.
A yummy ginger homemade gift
These are my ginger cakes with a generous helping of whipped cream.
Do you like to bake? I do. Every year around the holidays, I make Gingerbread Cakes. I put them in mini loaf pans and wrap them up beautifully for gift giving. Here is the recipe:
My Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cakes
(makes 4 mini cakes in 3 X 5 loaf pans)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup molasses
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 t. vanilla extract
1 cup orange juice
Simmer orange juice over medium heat. While simmering, cream the butter and sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Add the egg. Stir in molasses and sour cream.
In a separate large mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add the first bowl of moist ingredients. Now add in orange juice and stir.
Pour into four 3 X 5 bread pans which have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes, checking often as ovens vary.
I serve this two ways. I either whip up some heavy cream with Grand Marnier or use some homemade Lemon Curd. Recipes follow.
Grand Marnier Whipped Cream
Using 1 cup of heavy whipping cream in a chilled mixing bowl with chilled beaters, add Grand Marnier. The amount depends on how strong you wish your cream to be. I use 1-2 teaspoons. Add in 2-3 tablespoons of white sugar and beat on low speed for 30 seconds.
Now change to medium-high and beat the cream until soft peaks have formed.
Serve over warm gingerbread and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Lemon Curd (Recipe used is a favorite I found on All Recipes. It will keep in mason jars for a few weeks when kept chilled.)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
To make: In the top of a double boiler, beat eggs and sugar. Stir in lemon juice, butter and lemon peel. Cook over simmering water for 15 minutes or until thickened.
Today is Giving Tuesday, a day when millions engage in charitable acts.
I'd like to expand on the topic of giving.
The greatest gift you can give a person, I believe, is expressing your gratitude. Making someone feel loved and appreciated is a true gift. Don’t wait for “later” or a “more convenient time” to show your gratitude for the people you love.
Whether it's your significant other, parents, friends, your child's teacher or a neighbor, wouldn't it be really amazing if you took a moment to show someone your gratitude each day?
I have some ideas for ways you can show those you care about how much you appreciate them.
Hyaluronic acid may be one of the most misunderstood ingredients in skin care. When people see the word acid, they often associate it with a component of chemical exfoliants like alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acid. Do not let the word acid scare you. It's not what you think it is.
What is the first thing most people reach for when their lips are feeling dry? If you answered the traditional balm for chapped lips sold at the drugstore, you're right. Unfortunately, a crude oil-derived balm is notthebest choice.
It's a common misconception thatthesebalms help deliver moisture to the lips.
Here's what Dr. Mauro C. Rumita, who specializes in esthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery says on the subject: "Contrary to what most people believe, [some] don't hydrate the lips. Instead, they seal moistureout, so lips can't absorb it."
Do you need a physical barrier like a balm can provide? Yes, in certain situations. If you are outdoors a lot and exposed to the elements, it would be best to consider a natural balm to give your lips a layer of protection from Mother Nature. While a balm does not deliver moisture into the lips, it does protect.
Our plant based Seed Soft Balm protects without the most common ingredient found in lip balm: petrolatum. Not familiar with petrolatum? Here is a link to more information from theSkin Deep Database. It includes petrolatum's common synonyms, including "mineral grease." I don't know about you, but I don't want that on my lips.
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