How to Make & Use Orange Peel Powder for Soapmaking

Learn how to make your own orange peel powder and how to use it in cold process soap recipes. Do you or your family enjoy snacking on fresh oranges? If so, save some of those peels for your soapmaking projects! Orange peel powder adds: soft natural color label appeal loads of flavonoids (antioxidants) Depending on […] the full article.

7 Winter Wellness Essential Oil Recipes

Explore these essential oil body care and clean home recipes to help support your health and immune system this winter. These recipes all feature blends from the Wellness Sampler Set, created by Plant Therapy. You can buy it at Amazon, or Plant Therapy’s website. What’s in the Wellness Sampler Set? The set contains 3 bottles […] the full article.

Lotion Bars for Rock Climbers

These lotion bars were designed for climbers and other actives who want to retain the calluses on their hands, while still keeping their skin healed and protected. It’s my take after studying and trying out a few popular climbing bars (hard salves) on the market. Unlike traditional lotion bars, you won’t find butter (shea, mango) […] the full article.

Lavender Frankincense Vegan Lip Balm (+printable labels)

This nourishing vegan lip balm is easy to make and perfect for gift giving – made even easier by using the pretty printable labels below! Today’s recipe article was contributed and written by a recently-retired blogging friend who kindly offered to share her old site’s most popular recipes with my website readers. 😊 I’m so […] the full article.

7 Things to Make with Pineapple Sage

Pineapple sage is more than just another pretty pollinator plant for your garden – it’s rich in antioxidants & also used as a traditional herbal remedy! Health Benefits of Pineapple Sage Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) is “widely used in traditional medicine, particularly in the form of infusions or decoctions, to… lower blood pressure and combat […] the full article.

Turkey Tail Mulled Apple Cider (with Astragalus)

Add a delicious immunity boost to your day with mulled apple cider infused with turkey tail mushrooms and astragalus root. This yummy creation came about when I decided to combine a fall favorite – fresh apple cider from my local orchard, with turkey tail mushrooms gathered from the woods around my house. Turkey tail (Trametes […] the full article.

9 Brazilian Clays to Naturally Color Soap

Learn how to naturally color handmade soap with beautiful mineral-rich Brazilian clay. One of my favorite soap additives is clay. Not only does it add natural color (derived from minerals naturally found in the soil), it also contributes to the skin benefits of our soap. Clay draws oils and impurities from your skin, making it […] the full article.

Charcoal in Soap: Usage Rates & Tips

Learn how to use charcoal in soap, how much charcoal you need to make gray and black soaps, plus a helpful usage rate table for reference! Activated charcoal is a popular natural ingredient to include in soap and other skin care products, because of its power to draw impurities from your skin. (This same action […] the full article.

How to Make Pine Resin Soap {2 recipes}

Learn how to infuse pine resin to use in homemade soap recipes that are great for your skin! Pine resin is traditionally used in first aid salves and balms for achy muscles, troublesome skin conditions, or damaged and chapped skin. Pine resin can also be used to create soaps that might be helpful for someone […] the full article.

Calendula Lotion Bars

Calendula lotion bars are an exceptional treatment for dry, cracked skin and make wonderful gifts for those you love. The basic recipe requires only three ingredients, and is a super simple DIY to whip together! If you can melt chocolate, you can make lotion bars! For this recipe, the oil portion is infused with calendula […] the full article.

10 Things to Make with Sunflower Petals

Learn how to harvest, dry, and use sunflower petals in DIY projects. Make your own sunflower salve, oil, soap, lip balm, lotion bars, and more! Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are the quintessential flower for late summer and fall. Not only do they provide seeds and nectar for birds and insects to enjoy, plus beautiful flowers to […] the full article.

Sunflower Jelly

Learn how to turn sunflower petals into a beautiful and delicious lemon-flavored jelly! I first got the idea for making sunflower jelly whilst I was pondering the happy row of flowers in my garden and wondering what other uses I could extract from them besides the seed. I remembered reading that the petals were edible […] the full article.

Blackberry Vinegar + 3 Recipes to Use It In

Learn how to make blackberry vinegar, plus three ways to use it in a tasty fruit dip, main dish meal, and homemade salad dressing. I’ve been on a vinegar making roll this year! Infused vinegars turn out so pretty that I can’t help but want to share them! Here are some other infused vinegars to […] the full article.

Aches & Pains Balm Recipe

This herbal balm recipe offers relief from general aches and pains, arthritis, bursitis, and sore muscles. I originally designed this Aches & Pains Balm specifically for my dad, who has bursitis and arthritis. He’s worked hard his whole life – often so much that his hands would crack and bleed, so I wanted to make […] the full article.

Plantain & Yarrow Dry Heel Balm

Apply this easy-to-make herbal heel balm to rough dry heels, or other areas that need softening and smoothing – such as hands, knees, and elbows. There’s an abundance of yarrow and plantain growing around my house right now, so it’s the perfect time to make a batch of this balm! Why Yarrow & Plantain? I […] the full article.

Creamy Chickweed Soap (cold process)

This extra gentle herbal soap features skin soothing chickweed and shea butter. It’s coconut-oil free which makes it perfect for those who are allergic or extra-sensitive to coconut. Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a nourishing spring time weed that’s used in skin care products especially for itchy skin conditions and eczema. Since I have an abundance […] the full article.

Using Dandelions (+recipe!)

Today I’m excited to share information about using dandelions, plus a yummy dandelion recipe from the new book, Wild Remedies, written by Rosalee de la Foret and Emily Han. If you love collecting books that are both beautiful AND useful, you will absolutely love this book! At around 400 pages, it’s chock full of information […] the full article.

Wildflower Shower Scrub Bars

Learn how to make a flower filled shower scrub bar to polish and smooth skin. Today I’m sharing a recipe from my newest print book, The Big Book of Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home! It’s now available from your favorite bookstore or the following book sellers! What’s a shower scrub bar? A […] the full article.

9+ Things to Make with Purple Dead Nettle

Discover over 9 creative and practical things you can make with the bounty of purple dead nettle growing in your lawn or vegetable beds. Purple dead nettle (Lamium purpureum) is an early spring weed that you often find growing in lawns and garden beds. It grows like gangbusters in my garden, which I love, but […] the full article.
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