In the cold of winter, I tend to cook more, bake more, and use the crock pot more. One of the things you can use your crock pot for that's not dinner-related is making infused oils. Like making a cup of tea, letting herbs or other botanicals steep in fresh oil transfers some of the scent and other properties into the oil. You can infuse calendula petals, lavender, eucalyptus, patchouli and others. It's a wonderful way to add some extra herbal goodness (and some marketing interest) to your soaps, lotions, bath oils, massage bars and even bath bombs.