Pineapple Sage Sugar Scrub

Pineapple Sage Sugar Scrub Recipe 700

Every spring, I plant one or more pineapple sage plants in my garden. All summer long, I look forward to the flowers blooming since I have a million ideas for experimenting with them running through my head. In late late summer, they start blooming, I start trying out some ideas and then… cold weather and heavy frosts come along and my plants perish. By that time, I feel like it’s too late to start posting about pineapple sage, so I tuck my … Continue reading

Ginger & Lemon Balm Cold & Flu Syrup

Ginger & Lemon Balm Syrup for Cold & Flu

Herbal syrups are one of the easiest (and tastiest) things you can make for your natural medicine cabinet. Basically, they’re composed of a strong herbal tea, mixed with at least an equal measure of raw honey. (The high amount of honey helps preserve it longer than a normal herbal tea would last.) Because they’re so delicious, patient compliance with taking herbal syrups is high, especially when it comes to trying to treat kids and picky husbands! … Continue reading

How to Choose the Right Herb With Confidence

Your Herbal Compass

Have you ever felt confused or lost when learning about herbs? I sure have! There’s so much information out there and it’s hard to know who to trust. Every now and then, LearningHerbs puts out a series of free training videos and this one that you can grab today is awesome. You’ll learn the cure for information overload, and how to match the herb to the PERSON and not the illness. When you sign up, … Continue reading

Goldenrod Soap Recipe

Goldenrod Cold Process Soap Recipe

In September, I wrote a post on foraging and using goldenrod, and in it, I mentioned that I really wanted to make goldenrod soap soon too. Well, I finally got around to it! I kind of thought that my soap would turn out more yellow-toned than it did, but I’m still very happy with it. Before I get into the recipe, do you see the pretty floral imprint that’s on the outside of my soap? I got the … Continue reading

Chamomile & Elder Sensitive Skin Lotion Recipe

Chamomile and Elder Sensitive Skin Lotion Recipe

This gentle unscented lotion is perfect for those with sensitive skin. I chose avocado oil and avocado butter for this recipe because of how useful they can be for smoothing rough skin. Avocado oil contains essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E, has been studied in a cream for psoriasis (source) and is also a great choice for those with tree nut allergies. If you don’t have the oil and/or butter on hand, or prefer something different, you can … Continue reading

Herbal Intensive Lotion Bars

Learn How to Make Your Own Herbal Intensive Lotion Bars to Heal Dry, Sore & Cracked Hands

Lotion bars are of one of the best treatments around for repairing dry, calloused and sore hands! They also make great gifts for those who work or play hard with their hands. In our house, they’re invaluable for healing the damage that being a rock mason does to my husband’s hands. In this recipe, I combined 4 of my favorite herbs: arnica flowers – approved by the German Commission E for topical use for inflammation, bruises and joint … Continue reading

Cold Process Cucumber Soap (Palm Free)

Cold Process Palm Free Cucumber Soap Recipe

This cold process cucumber soap is a palm-free alternative to my original Cucumber Borage Soap. When creating this recipe, I started with my standard base of skin loving olive oil, plus a generous amount of coconut oil for great lather and hardness. (If you’re allergic to coconut, try using babassu oil instead.) I then added some rice bran oil, since I’ve really been loving it in my soaps lately – it’s a nourishing oil, rich in vitamin E, and makes … Continue reading

Lavender Plantain Lotion

Easy Lavender Plantain Lotion Recipe

This easy-to-make Lavender Plantain Lotion is a wonderful all-purpose moisturizer, that’s suitable for most skin types. Plantain is a beneficial green weed that commonly grows in yards and driveways. You can use the leaves to make a fantastic infused oil, that can be incorporated into salves, lotions, creams and soaps. It’s excellent at soothing any type of itchy or inflamed skin condition. Lavender essential oil adds a light fragrance and some of its own skin-soothing properties. … Continue reading

Foraging & Using Goldenrod

Foraging & Using Goldenrod to Make Tincture, Tea, Oil & Salve

Goldenrod blooms right around the time ragweed pollen starts causing trouble, so is often unjustly blamed for causing allergies. The fact though is that goldenrod pollen is heavy and spread by insects, instead of the wind like ragweed is, making it pretty difficult to trigger symptoms of hay fever. You would have to deeply sniff the flower to get the pollen in your nose. Anything – natural or synthetic – that you put on or in your … Continue reading

Kombucha Soap Recipe

How to Make Kombucha Soap Palm Free Recipe

This recipe is a terrific way to use up extra homemade kombucha. (If you’re not sure what the heck “kombucha” is or how you’d go about making it, check out my friend Kristi’s post, HERE, to learn all about it.) Besides its possible health benefits, kombucha (a fermented tea drink) is reportedly great for your skin too. I’ve been using homemade infused kombucha as a facial toner for a while and do love it! Something I’ve noticed about kombucha … Continue reading