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

Elder Leaf Salve

How to Make a Salve from Elder Leaves - good for treating bruising, strains and old injuries

The idea for this elder leaf salve came from one of my all-time favorite books, Making Plant Medicine, by Richo Cech. He states that oils and salves made from fresh elder leaves “make a useful application to traumatic injuries, old burns, ulcerations or hemorrhoids.” Kiva Rose (another highly respected herbalist) says HERE: “Infused oil of the flowers or leaves makes a wonderful salve or ointment for all kinds of wounds, as well as bruises, sprains and strains.” … Continue reading

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup for Cold & Flu Season

Over the past week or two, I’ve been harvesting from my elder bushes, making: Elderberry Syrup, excellent for treating colds and flu, Elder Leaf Salve, for bruises, muscle strains and old injuries (recipe HERE), Elderberry Tincture, more concentrated than syrup, plus sugar/honey-free (recipe coming soon-ish)   Elderberry Syrup is the best thing ever and I couldn’t imagine facing cold/flu season without it! There are quite a few studies on its effectiveness against influenza, like THIS ONE (“Patients received 15 ml … Continue reading

Avocado Shampoo Bar

Avocado Shampoo Bars Recipe - Palm Free Hot Process Soap

I can’t wait to share this recipe with you today! I’m so in love with these little shampoo bars. Not only do they leave my hair soft and shiny, but they work perfectly for hands and body too. (Bonus: they’re also working great for bathing my dogs!) Note: This blog post contains links to Bramble Berry, which means if you click on one of them and buy something, I earn a small commission for sending a … Continue reading

Liniment for Varicose Veins & Muscle Pains

Herbal Liniment for Varicose Veins Muscle Pains and Strains Recipe

This recipe comes from my new-favorite book, Heal Local by Dawn Combs. It’s a book centered around 20 homegrown or regionally sourced herbs that you can use to build a complete home apothecary. I can’t even begin to describe how useful I’ve found this reference to be in the past month that I’ve owned it! Besides giving detailed descriptions of each herb, the book is further broken down into sections for naturally treating emergency first … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes Bloopers for Basil Face Cream

ingredients for basil rose cream experiment

Do you ever get a wonderful idea for a lotion or a soap or some other homemade goodie that looks so perfect in your head, but when you actually make it, it turns out nothing like you wanted it to? I think we can all relate to that feeling of frustration! Several months ago, I sent out a reader survey and I saw quite a few mentions from those who wanted to see my failures … Continue reading

Basil Anti-Aging Face Cream

Make An Anti-Aging Face Cream Using Fresh Basil

A while back, I ran across a fascinating scientific study showing a test cream that contained basil extract demonstrated some pretty significant anti-aging effects when applied topically. The moment I finished reading through it, I knew I HAD to make an anti-aging basil face cream this summer and try it out myself. Definitely click over and read the study in full (you can find it HERE), but basically, the researchers dried and powdered basil, made … Continue reading

Milk and Honey Soap (Cold Process vs Hot Process)

How to Make Milk & Honey Soap using Hot Process or Cold Process Method

I often get questions on my milk soap making posts (HERE and HERE) as to whether it’s possible to hot process soap with milk in it. The short answer is: Yes, with some care taken, you can hot process milk soap. For the longer answer, I’m going to take you step-by-step as I make this Milk and Honey Soap recipe both ways and show you just what the difference is when you hot process milk … Continue reading

Growing Heirloom Tomatoes

Seed Starting & Planting Tips for Heirloom Tomatoes

I have a slight obsession with heirloom tomatoes. And by “slight”, I pretty much mean “almost out of control”. There are hundreds and hundreds of wonderful, beautiful varieties to choose from. Their taste is far beyond anything that you could possibly buy at the store. They come in solids or stripes in all types of colors from red and orange, to yellow, green, white and, my favorite, the black or purple varieties. You can grow … Continue reading

Violet Flower Glycerite

Lovely Violet Flower Glycerite Soothes and Cools Inflammation

Considered by some to be nothing more than a weed, the common violet actually has many health benefits to offer us. The edible flowers and leaves are: high in mucilage (a plant substance that cools and moistens) nourishing, and high in vitamins A & C excellent lymph movers a demulcent (something that forms a protective layer over irritated mucous membranes), making them a wonderful remedy for mild sore throats, coughs and the like. a mild … Continue reading