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

DIY Herbal Deodorant for Women’s Health

Homemade DIY Herbal Deodorant for Women's Health

This homemade deodorant is specially designed for women. It contains herbs that are used to promote lymph flow and prevent or treat issues with inflamed or cystic breast tissue. Instead of applying a chemical laden, potentially toxic-to-your-breasts product under your arms each day, try this healthy herbal alternative instead! To make this deodorant, you’ll first need to infuse coconut oil with herbs. Coconut oil is most often used because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. … Continue reading

Handmade Dandelion Soap (Crock Pot Method)

Handmade Dandelion Soap Crock Pot Version

While Honey & Dandelion Soap is one of the most popular cold process recipes on my blog, I’ve often gotten questions about how to make it using a crock pot (hot process) instead. Since dandelions are popping out like crazy around here (hooray!), I thought this would be a good time to make some up and share a more detailed tutorial with you. A few notes before we start: I used light olive, sunflower and … Continue reading

Home Grown Food (a free resource)

Basket of Heirloom Peppers

I know many of you are interested in gardening and homesteading, so I want to give you a quick heads-up about a cool free resource I discovered – the online Home Grown Food Summit, which takes place April 6-12. It has all sorts of interesting topics to learn about like homesteading on an acre, permaculture guilds, preserving food with fermentation, growing food and income in your back yard, chickens and…. well, too many more to … Continue reading

How to Make Goat’s Milk Soap From Grocery Store Items

How to Make Goat's Milk Soap Using Oils and Canned Goat's Milk from the Grocery Store

This recipe uses common oils and canned goat’s milk from the grocery store to make a wonderfully creamy soap that costs around $1.50 per bar to make! (See below for the full price breakdown.) I most often buy lye from my local Tractor Supply Store, but you can also order some HERE from Amazon. All measurements are by weight. You must use a digital scale to make soap at home. If you’ve not made milk … Continue reading

Naturally Colored Deviled Eggs

Naturally Colored Deviled Eggs

With Easter right around the corner, I thought I’d revisit an article I first wrote for the March/April 2014 issue of Hobby Farm Home magazine, on how to make naturally colored deviled eggs. For many families, spring marks the time to gather together and observe special holidays and occasions. Each year, my brothers and sisters and I flock to my mom and dad’s house where we enjoy a fun-filled Easter celebration with a giant egg … Continue reading

Garlic Ear Oil (for humans & their pets)

Garlic Ear Oil (for humans & their pets)

I’ve recently been working on an article about herbal remedies for aging dogs – at the request of several readers and also because I too have a dog in his golden years.  While writing, I realized that I haven’t shared a recipe yet for one of my go-to pet (and human) basics: garlic ear oil. This oil can be used for humans, dogs, cats, horses, goats and other mammals. It can also be used to … Continue reading

Lavender Hand Cream Recipe

Lavender Hand & Body Cream

This luxurious hand and body cream features: shea butter, to moisturize and condition dry or damaged skin lavender flowers, for their soothing, anti-inflammatory properties skin nourishing sunflower oil and purple Brazilian clay, a natural colorant. It was inspired by the wonderful whipped body butter recipe, found over at the Soap Queen blog.   Lavender Hand Cream Recipe Measurements are by weight. 7 oz (198 g) shea butter (I use refined from HERE) 2 1/2 oz … Continue reading

10 Herbs To Grow In A Natural Remedies Garden

10 Herbs to Grow in a Natural Remedies Garden

Below are ten of my favorite plants to grow for crafting herbal remedies and homemade body care products. This is not an exhaustive list; there are so many other wonderful herbs and flowers out there to explore! However, if you’re just starting out and looking for some relatively easy-to-grow plants with a wide variety of uses, then this should be a great place to start. If you’re unable to garden where you live, check your … Continue reading