Jessicka

Jessicka Nebesni works as a Marketing Strategist and is always working towards sharing the most educational, empowering, and useful resources with the Mountain Rose Herbs community. Having practiced Macrobiotic food preparations in California, beekeeping in Oregon and making herbal crafts for local farmers markets in New Jersey, she has a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to share. She is currently enrolled in Rosemary Gladstar’s "The Science and Art of Herbalism" and is eagerly awaiting open enrollment for the Master Food Preservers course this coming spring. Her passions include preserving food, gardening, practicing herbal wellness, making DIY skin and body care recipes, and living a lifestyle of minimal impact on the Earth.

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Small Gifts & Stocking Stuffers Under $20



Gift-giving can be difficult, especially during the holidays. Finding the right gift at the right price is hard enough, but then layer on crowded parking lots, long shopping lines, and inclement weather, and you have yourself a recipe for holiday stress! We just don’t need that added pressure in our already hectic lives.

With this in mind, I curated a simple list of budget-friendly gift ideas that you can have delivered right to your doorstep. You’ll find the perfect gifts for the health enthusiast, foodie, tea lover, or fragrance connoisseur in your life. (Or for yourself; you also deserve it!)

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Sweater Weather Roll-On Perfume Recipe

Homemade perfumes are wonderful for a myriad of reasons. From the ability to try new things without an enormous price tag to the pleasure of crafting something both beautiful and useful, perfume making is a pastime that I’ve grown to truly love. I custom tailor fragrances to match my mood or emotional needs or to harness the energetics of certain plants. But I also have a fondness for crafting blends that match the seasons.

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2022 DIY Gift Guide + Free Herb-Inspired Gift Tag Template

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Each year as I make my holiday gift list, I have a certain set of criteria that I aim for. Offerings that are thoughtful, personal, and useful are my top priorities. I have generally found that homemade gifts are more appreciated than things that I can find in mass at any big box store. Small-batch DIY gifts also allow for customization and are great for keeping waste out of landfills.

I want to share some of my favorite recipe ideas that hail from a variety of different masterminds on the Mountain Rose Herbs team. I recommend using these as a baseline and tailoring them for the person you are gifting.

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DIY Toilet Deodorizer – Forest Blend


As we prepare to have guests over through the holiday months, it’s important that our friends and family feel comfortable when nature calls. After all, the key to life is not letting anyone know that you, in fact, have bowel movements. All kidding aside, it’s a sensitive subject for many, so giving your guest options that don’t involve heavy synthetic fragrances or noisy and environmentally harmful aerosol cans is both considerate and helpful.

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Autumn Breeze Wax Melt Recipe

 

When you think of autumn, what comes to mind? Is it the colorful masterpiece of the treescape, or the sound of crunching leaves? Possibly the taste of a pumpkin spice latte or warm mulled cider? For me, it’s the aromas whirling through the air that herald the coming of fall.

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How to Make Thieves® Cleaner


Over my years of DIY tinkering I’ve created over a hundred body care, culinary, and green cleaning recipes. Some I love seasonally, others come and go for one reason or another, and some shining stars remain a constant in my everyday life. One member of this VIP list is a “Four Thieves®” multi-surface spray. It’s easy to make, and its versality means that it earns its keep in my natural cleaning supply closet. It also smells fresh and invigorating and cuts grease with the likes of commercially available soaps and sprays.

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How to Upcycle Herbs After Making Infusions, Oils, Tinctures, and More

If you’re like me, you aim to not waste any of your herbal ingredients—you understand that hard-working pollinators and farmers put a lot of love and care into getting the finest organic botanicals into your cupboard. This is why I began exploring ways to reuse my herbs after making herbal preparations. Through years of making tea, infused oils, tinctures, vinegars, and honeys, I’ve tinkered up some fun ways to upcycle the remaining plant material, often called the “marc,” into other fine uses and crafts.

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9 Herbal Activities for Kids

Giving children a good herbal foundation will stay with them for their lifetime. Knowledge is power, and when we are young, we are especially open and eager to learn new things about the natural world. In the same way that learning another language is especially helpful in earlier development stages, so is sharing the language of plants. No matter what career and lifestyle children grow into, exploring plants as a child will give them a solid foundation of wisdom that will help them in their day-to-day lives. They will have the ability to take control of their own health and teach others to do the same. 

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How to Make Instant Herbal Tea Cubes

I’m always looking for new and convenient ways to add herbs to my diet. As you may have learned from my blog on how to make herbal salt blends, I believe it is the small daily habits that truly add up to the biggest changes in our overall health and wellness. This is one of the reasons I started making herbal ice cubes. This simple preparation is easy, fast, and offers some wonderful benefits for our hard-working bodies and minds. Simply adding a few herbal ice cubes to my water allows me to harness the power of herbs without tacking on any extra time or effort. These “instant iced tea cubes” turn a plain glass of water into flavorful tea in seconds and offer the opportunity to incrementally add extra vitamins, minerals, and functional herbs to your daily routine. 

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10 Zero-Waste Wedding and Party Favors

When you are planning an event, especially one as large as a wedding, there are many things to consider: budget, theme, comfort and, hopefully, sustainability. When it comes to party favors, I’m a big fan of gifting homemade things that are clean, green, and most importantly, useful!

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How to Protect At-Risk Plants & Ecosystems While Enjoying Nature

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Jessicka

Jessicka Nebesni works as a Marketing Strategist and is always working towards sharing the most educational, empowering, and useful resources with the Mountain Rose Herbs community. Having practiced Macrobiotic food preparations in California, beekeeping in Oregon and making herbal crafts for local farmers markets in New Jersey, she has a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to share. She is currently enrolled in Rosemary Gladstar’s "The Science and Art of Herbalism" and is eagerly awaiting open enrollment for the Master Food Preservers course this coming spring. Her passions include preserving food, gardening, practicing herbal wellness, making DIY skin and body care recipes, and living a lifestyle of minimal impact on the Earth.

Recent Posts

Small Gifts & Stocking Stuffers Under $20

If you are looking for budget-friendly gift ideas for the health enthusiast, foodie, tea lover, or fragrance connoisseur in your life, then look no further than our 2023 small gift guide. All items are between 3 and 20 dollars, making them ideal for small gifts or stocking stuffers!
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

December 2, 2022

Sweater Weather Roll-On Perfume Recipe

This warming and comforting perfume blend was created to make you feel the way you do when are donning your favorite cozy sweater. Celebrate the season with this DIY perfume blend for fall and winter.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

November 29, 2022

2022 DIY Gift Guide + Free Herb-Inspired Gift Tag Template

Find DIY gift inspiration with this 2022 DIY gift guide, complete with a FREE gift tag template. Choose from 35 homemade gifts ideas for foodies, herbalists, essential oil lovers, and natural product enthusiasts.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

November 28, 2022

DIY Toilet Deodorizer – Forest Blend

An easy, inexpensive, and effective “Poo-Pourri™” spray is a handy recipe to have in your DIY toolkit. Learn how you can craft up a quick batch so you will be prepared when nature calls. Spray a few pumps in the toilet bowl before you go and odors will be significantly reduced, if not eliminated.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

October 12, 2022

Autumn Breeze Wax Melt Recipe

As we begin to incorporate elements of autumn into our homes, one important component is scent. This spiced autumn breeze wax melt recipe brings in the elements of fallen leaves with warming seasonal spices.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

September 29, 2022

How to Make Thieves® Cleaner

When it comes to green cleaning, versatility and effectiveness are of the most important things to consider. This Thieves® multi-purpose spray recipe cuts heavy grease, battles unwanted germs, and smells delightful. After trying your hand at this easy natural cleaning recipe, it will surely become a staple in your natural cleaning supply closet.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

September 16, 2022

How to Upcycle Herbs After Making Infusions, Oils, Tinctures, and More

Have you ever asked yourself what you can do with herbs after you've made tea, infused oils, tinctures, vinegars, and honeys? Here are some fun ways to upcycle the remaining plant material, often called the “marc,” into other fine uses and crafts.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

September 12, 2022

9 Herbal Activities for Kids

Learning a new language is easiest for children which is why teaching future generations the language of plants is especially important. These 9 activities will help the herbal explorers in your life connect, learn, and grow with the natural world around them.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

August 17, 2022

How to Make Instant Herbal Tea Cubes

It is the small daily habits that truly add up to the biggest changes in our overall health and wellness. These “instant iced tea cubes” turn a plain glass of water into flavorful cold tea in seconds and offer the opportunity to add vitamins, minerals, and beneficial compounds to your daily routine.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

August 1, 2022

10 Zero-Waste Wedding and Party Favors

If you are looking for some unique wedding and party favor ideas that are affordable, easy to make in bulk, and error-proof, then you will enjoy these 10 sustainable gift ideas.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

July 30, 2022

How to Protect At-Risk Plants & Ecosystems While Enjoying Nature

Each step that we take and every river stone we turn has an impact. Here are nine ways that you can be good land stewards while hiking, biking, camping, and enjoying nature.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

July 22, 2022