Winter Spice Box

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Russian Lacquer box

Russian Lacquer box

Here's a quick and easy project, made with spices you probably have in your cupboard!  This idea comes from the Havdalah ceremony in the Jewish tradition. On Shabbat (the Sabbath day of rest) a small box is sometimes filled with fragrant herbs and kept as a remembrance to enjoy throughout the week.

Making your own spice box is easy. It's a wonderful thing to keep by your computer, in your purse, or in your car. Any time you need a little escape, just open up your spice box and enjoy the aroma!

If you make this with friends and loved ones, or on a quiet day on your own, you'll probably find the scent will transport you back to that experience, and hopefully provide a little relief during stressful times.

First, find a small box or container. It can be as simple or ornate as you want. The picture to the right shows a Russian lacquer box I have and adore, but I've often used something much simpler, like an empty moisturizer jar with a screw-top lid (below). Ideally, you want something that will seal in the fragrance of the herbs.

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Next, fill the box with herbs like cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, and cardamom pods. This time of year I like to add things like fir needles, juniper berries, or even a little orange peel. It's an idea that can be customized with herbs you love and that fit the season.