Rx for R&R

by Kendra Varadi – KV Apothecary

Greetings! I think February brings a lot of unwarranted pressure for women (and men too), so it’s important to love and take care of yourself. An evening spent with these three recipes will leave you feeling relaxed, beautiful, and completely revived. Don’t forget a couple of optional ingredients in all these recipes – your favorite Joni Mitchell record and a bottle of red wine!

Lavender Rose Bath Salts

1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup pink Himalayan salt
1 cup Epsom salt
2 Tbs powdered goat milk
1/8 cup rose petals, dried
1/8 cup lavender buds, dried


  • Blend everything together and add to hot bath water. This recipe should be enough for one or two baths.

Simple Honey Mask

Rejuvenate your skin, relieve sinus pressure, and achieve deep relaxation with this simple honey mask technique

Apply honey directly to face and neck. Lie down for 20 minutes while massaging and tapping your face

Herbal Facial Syrum

1/4 cup calendula flowers, dried
1/4 cup raspberry leaf, dried
1/8 cup yarrow flowers, dried


Bring a big pot of water to a boil. Toss in herbs, cover and steep for five minutes. Then, sitting comfortably, place the pot about a foot beneath your face, cover head and pot with towel, and slowly release the steam. Sit covered, in steam for 15-20 minutes.

In 2014, KV Apothecary emerged from a kitchen in Tacoma with a product line that included lip balms and bath bags. Today, the business resides in the same space, but has expanded its offerings to include products that are intended for soothing specific ailments. Every thoughtful step in the creation process takes place with care – oils are slowly infused with herbs, blended with a variety of natural components, carefully hand poured, then labeled and packaged for distribution. KV Apothecary products are available at Marlene’s Market & Deli.