St John’s Wort Oil & Salve for Tired Muscles

Infusing-St-Johns-Wort-Oil

St. John’s wort is a pretty yellow flowering plant that’s considered a noxious weed in several states, but is well-loved by herbalists! Besides using it for tinctures and liniments (like THIS RECIPE), it’s also wonderful to infuse into oil for salves and lotions. Today, I’m going to share an herbal salve recipe that’s great for tired legs and back muscles – if you’re on your feet a lot, or if you have to spend a … Continue reading

Rose Plantain & Yarrow Itch Remedy

Rose Yarrow Plantain Itch Remedy

This vinegar based liniment, or rub, can help relieve some of the pesky itchiness that chiggers and mosquitoes can inflict. Roses are included for their anti-inflammatory properties, plantain for its skin-soothing benefits and yarrow for its antiseptic action. Vinegar and witch hazel act as the solvents that extract and carry the benefits onto your skin. If you don’t have fresh herbs available, you can use dried instead, see directions below for more details.   Rose Plantain … Continue reading

6 Weeks of Soapmaking Success

Natural Soaps

  ** Thanks for your interest in this course! It’s currently closed to new students, but keep an eye out for my newsletter notification for when it re-opens this fall!   (NOTE: The free price was a limited time offer specifically for those who pre-ordered the book before the August 8 release date & is now expired. When the class returns in the fall it will be open to everyone at regular price.)   The course dives deeper into … Continue reading

Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) Oil & Salve

How to Make Purple Coneflower (Echinacea) Salve

This salve is made from the leaves and flowers of purple coneflower (Echinacea pupurea). It’s super simple to make and handy to keep around in your first aid kit and while hiking and camping. In his excellent book, Making Plant Medicine, herbalist Richo Cech mentions that a salve made with dried echinacea flowers and leaves is good for treating wounds, stings and venomous bites. I like using it on bug bites and chapped irritated skin. The … Continue reading

10 Things to Make With Mint

mint ice cubes

Mint is an easy to grow herb that cools and relieves pain. It can help ease stomachache, indigestion, headache, nausea and sore muscles. If you’ve ever grown mint in your garden, you’re probably well aware of just how rapidly it spreads! Today, I’m sharing ten ways that you can use up an abundance of mint to make things that are both fun and practical. While peppermint and spearmint are most commonly used, if you have other … Continue reading

Selling Handmade Products (FAQS Series)

Frequently Asked Questions About Selling Handmade Products

I frequently get asked about how I got started making and selling handmade products. Today, I’ll answer some of the specific questions on this topic that I’ve received over time. If I left out something that you want to know, feel free to ask in the comments below!   I started making my own soap because of this little dirt-loving guy: My son had a lot of allergies when he was little and it was … Continue reading

How to Make Oatmeal Honey Soap In A Crock Pot

How to Make Oatmeal Honey Soap in Your Crock Pot

This classic gentle soap contains finely ground oatmeal and nourishing honey. Its creamy mildness makes it perfect for everyday use by those with sensitive skin. By cooking soap in a crock pot (hot process method), you can bypass the several weeks of waiting time that cold process recipes usually require and use your homemade soap right away! Some links on this blog are affiliate links. I only recommend products I personally use and love! :)   UPDATE! … Continue reading