10 Things to Make With Plantain

coconut plantain balm

Plantain is a common leafy green weed found all over the world. If you have a yard or have visited a park before, you’ve likely spotted or stepped on plantain! Like most things deemed as “weeds”, plantain offers an array of good-for-you benefits. According to Richo Cech, author of my well-loved and oft-used copy of Making Plant Medicine, plantain is specific for treating skin problems such as acne or eczema. It’s also antiseptic and astringent and is the … Continue reading

How to Make A Simple Natural Homemade Soap

How to make an all natural simple organic soap recipe from scratch

This simple natural soap tutorial was created for those seeking an uncomplicated basic recipe, making it perfect for beginning soap makers and those with multiple skin sensitivities. It features: lots of olive oil, for its gentle, skin-conditioning properties coconut oil (or babassu oil – if allergic), to add hardness and bubbles castor oil, to help promote a better lather For this project, I used a small 4-inch silicone loaf mold that yields 4 bars of soap, so it’s … Continue reading

Cooling Aloe Plantain Cubes

aloe & plantain cubes

Only two simple ingredients are required to make these natural skin soothing cubes. Stash them in your freezer and pull out as needed for sunburn, minor scrapes, rashes and other skin irritations.   Links to Mountain Rose Herbs & Amazon are affiliate links. If you click on one and make a purchase, I earn a small commission for sending a customer their way. This costs you nothing extra, but helps to supply the funds to support this … Continue reading

10 Things to Make With Lavender

10 Things to Make With Lavender - Lavender Salve

Have a bountiful crop of lavender from your garden, local farmer’s market or a trip to a lavender farm, but not sure what to do with it? Here are 10 useful and pretty things that you can make with that beautiful lavender so you can continue to enjoy it for months to come!   If you don’t have lavender available locally, no problem! You can purchase organic dried lavender HERE from Mountain Rose Herbs which will work perfectly … Continue reading

Chamomile Tea & Honey Shampoo Bar Recipe

Chamomile Tea & Honey Shampoo Bar Recipe

This shampoo bar recipe combines the simple goodness of chamomile tea with nourishing honey to create a wonderful lathering experience for your hair. While I made the batch shown using the hot process (crock pot) method, I’ve also included directions for those who’d like to make a cold process version.   Ingredients Needed Measurements of oils, lye and distilled water/tea are by weight. An accurate scale is required make soap.  10 oz (283 g) olive oil … Continue reading

Soothing Chamomile Lip Balm (with printable labels)

Chamomile Lip Balm Recipe with Printable Labels

This easy DIY lip balm recipe features dried chamomile flowers, for their skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Castor oil was also added since it gives lip balm a wonderful longer lasting feel and slightly glossy look. If you don’t have any on hand though, you can use more chamomile-infused oil in its place. This lip balm is perfect for smoothing over chapped or dry lips and also makes a wonderful gift for the ones you love! * Some … Continue reading

Chamomile Bath Salts

Blending chamomile flowers and Epsom salt together with a few pansy flowers for color

Chamomile is a lovely herbal flower, famous for calming upset tummies and gently inducing a sleepy state at bedtime. Something lesser known about it, is that it’s also a great ingredient choice to include in soothing skincare products. (To read more about its potential benefits for your skin, check out this excellent article over at Herb & Hedgegrow.)   Yesterday, I talked about the chamomile care packages I was inspired to put together after reading a copy of Kathie Lapcevic’s workbook, A … Continue reading