Calendula Lotion Bars

Calendula Lotion Bars are easy to make, are perfect for treating dry/cracked skin, and make wonderful gifts too!

Lotion bars are an exceptional treatment for dry, cracked skin and make wonderful gifts for those you love. The basic recipe requires only three ingredients, and is super simple to whip together. If you can melt chocolate, you can make lotion bars! For this recipe, the oil portion is infused with calendula flowers for extra skin healing power. You can resize the recipe by increasing or reducing the amounts as you wish, keeping in mind … Continue reading

Honey Soft Hands Scrub

DIY Honey Soft Hands Scrub

This homemade scrub will leave your hands soft and silky feeling! To make Honey Soft Hands Scrub: You’ll need just a few items,  which should be found at your local grocery store: 1/4 cup coarse sea salt 1 1/2 tablespoons softened coconut oil 1 1/2 tablespoons liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s) 1 teaspoon honey Mix all of the ingredients together, until thoroughly blended. If you’d like, you can add a drop or two of … Continue reading

Herbal Class Giveaway

Win a full scholarship to the Online Introductory Herbal Course

This contest is over. However, the 15% off coupon code FARMWIFE is still good until November 9, 2014! Several times in the past, I’ve mentioned the online classes at the Herbal Academy of New England. Two of my most popular recipes even came from their course materials: Drawing Salve and Sore Muscles Soak.   Today, I’m so excited to let you know that they’re generously awarding one (1) of my lucky readers a full/free scholarship … Continue reading

How To Make Soap With Milk

How to Make Milk Soap From Scratch (Palm Free)

My first soap making ebook (Natural Soap Making: Cold Process Basics & Recipes) has been a huge success! I appreciate all of the purchases, support, and kind comments about the content you’ve sent my way! The plan was to write a followup book on making soaps with milk, but… writing such a book along with creating/making/fine-tuning/photographing recipes takes a tremendous chunk of time, which I need to focus elsewhere right now. Instead, I thought I’d … Continue reading

DIY Cayenne Salve For Pain Relief

Cayenne Salve for Pain Relief

Capsaicin, a compound found in hot peppers, has traditionally been used to treat pain associated with arthritis, shingles, psoriasis, strained muscles, rheumatoid arthritis, backache and diabetic neuropathy. While you can find a variety of topical capsaicin gels, creams and lotions at your local drugstore, it’s simple and more cost-effective to make your own version at home. For the recipe, hop over to the rest of my article at HobbyFarms.com! You may also like: Aches & … Continue reading

Baby Carrot Soap

baby carrot soap palm free recipe

This baby carrot soap is gentle and mild, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin. To make this, you’ll need to first prepare a carrot puree. (Alternately, you can use carrot baby food.) To make the puree, slice a large carrot into rounds and simmer in a covered pot of water. When tender, spoon the slices from the water and cool to room temperature. Blend the carrots along with a small amount of the … Continue reading

Pine Tar Soap Recipe

Old Fashioned Pine Tar Soap (Palm Free)

Yesterday, I shared a link to an old fashioned black pine tar salve recipe that I wrote about on HobbyFarms.com. (The link is HERE, if you missed it.) By request, I’m sharing the recipe & directions for making pine tar soap as well. In the past, this soap was reputed to help with psoriasis, eczema, and other skin afflictions. I’ve also heard of people using it for treating flaky scalp and dandruff. Some years back, … Continue reading

Pine Tar Salve

Old Fashioned Pine Tar Salve Recipe

Today, I’m over at HobbyFarms.com, sharing a recipe for an old fashioned pine tar salve. By request from several readers, I’ll also be sharing a matching Pine Tar Soap recipe back here on my site, tomorrow. In other news, from today until September 15th (2014) only, you can find my natural soap making ebook in the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. There are so many cool goodies in this collection including ebooks on freezer cooking, making … Continue reading

Sore Muscles Soak

sore muscles soak

I had the chance to take a peek at the beginning herbal class at the Herbal Academy of New England (HANE) and it looks wonderful! **Until November 9, 2014, you can use coupon code FARMWIFE to get an extra 15% off of all herbal classes at HANE.**   The first unit has some great recipes scattered throughout and with permission from HANE, I selected this one to share with you today. I had all of … Continue reading