Coffee Rose Undereye Serum (Botanical Skin Care Recipe)

Moisturizing, astringent, and stimulating to circulation, this all-natural undereye serum can be helpful for dark circles and puffy skin. The recipe was discovered within the pages of the Botanical Skin Care Recipe Book. Created as a companion to the Herbal Academy’s lovely Botanical Skin Care Course, the recipe book is also sold separately on their site. It’s beautifully illustrated and filled to the brim with 194 (!!) tried and tested herbal recipes. I love that the … Continue reading

5 Things to Make with Hollyhocks

two shampoo bars on wooden soap dish with pink hollyhock flowers and green hollyhock leaves

Learn 5 ways to use hollyhocks – a lovely old-fashioned garden flower that’s completely edible and non-toxic! Many people don’t realize that the common garden flower, Hollyhock, is completely edible – root, leaves and blossoms – and useful for more than just its charming looks. Hollyhock is a direct relation to Marshmallow and can sometimes be used as a milder substitute for that herb; the primary exception being that Hollyhocks have woodier and tougher roots, … Continue reading

Rose Infused Witch Hazel

jar of rose infused witch hazel on a wooden pallet with fresh rose petals and leaves

Soothing roses and anti-inflammatory witch hazel combine in this beautiful rose infused witch hazel – perfect to use as a facial toner, for bug bites, acne, sunburn, varicose veins & more! My roses are in full bloom this week and I’ve been busily preserving them in all sorts of ways! I first made this lovely rose infused witch hazel a few years ago for my Things to Make with Roses ebook, then decided to include … Continue reading

Spring Tonic Honey {with dandelions & violets}

Spring has sprung around my house!  Two of my favorite plants to work with – dandelions and violets – are everywhere. By infusing them in pure honey we can enjoy the health benefits that each one offers. Today, I want to show you how I use these lovely weeds to make a Spring Tonic Honey that’s helpful for allergies, sore throats & more! We’re going to need three ingredients: raw honey (local if at all … Continue reading

Lavender Face Cream with Lilacs & Violets {3 recipes!}

Lavender Face Cream with Beeswax

I originally made this lovely homemade lavender face cream for my mom for Mother’s Day and she loved it! Since that time, I’ve made a few more versions of it that I wanted to share with you today! My mom loves lilacs, so I use those flowers, plus fresh violet blossoms to infuse the water portion of the cream. Unfortunately, lilacs are one of those flowers, along with gardenias, whose scent is unable to be … Continue reading

Whipped Dandelion & Coconut Oil Moisturizer

dandelion infused whipped coconut oil

This whipped moisturizer is super easy to make! It requires just two ingredients: dried dandelion flowers and coconut oil, but has so many uses. Coconut oil, reputed to have many health benefits when used both internally and externally, is readily available in most areas. I live in small town USA and found two types to choose from in my local grocery store. I buy it in larger quantities for soap making and other projects, through … Continue reading

Dandelion Magnesium Lotion {relieve leg & back aches, growing pains, restless legs}

Dandelions & magnesium oil combine in this powerful dandelion magnesium lotion that helps relieve leg cramps, back aches, growing pains, restless leg syndrome, & nerve pain. I’m so excited to share this dandelion magnesium lotion recipe with you today! I first created it for my print book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for your Skin, Health & Home. It was an instant hit with everyone who tested it, relieving leg cramps, back aches, growing pains, restless leg … Continue reading

Five Uses for Violet Vinegar

jar of violet flower vinegar outdoors with fresh violets

Learn how to make this pretty violet flower infused vinegar, along with 5 creative ways to use it! Violet Vinegar Recipe To make Violet Infused Vinegar, you just need some fresh violets and vinegar. I like the pretty color to show through, plus I like using vinegar for culinary uses, so I use white wine vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is another excellent choice. Go out and pick some fresh violets from unsprayed areas. Don’t pick … Continue reading