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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Peach Flower Glycerite & Face Cream (experiments!)

In this article, I’ll explain how I made a double glycerin infusion using fresh peach flowers, then how I used that glycerite to make a daily-wear face cream with niacinamide (vitamin B3). Last year, I spotted peach flower extract in some antipollution skincare products and became intrigued! After doing some research I found out that […]

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DIY Herbal Cough Drops

Learn how to make your own yummy antiviral herbal cough drops with this easy, customizable recipe using honey, sugar, herbal tea, and peppermint extract! Recently, I made up a batch of this favorite cough drop recipe using beneficial plants and weeds growing around my house, plus a ton of antiviral extras thrown in, including several […]

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10 Herbs To Grow In A Natural Remedies Garden

Here are 10 herbs to grow in your garden for making herbal remedies and natural body care products! Below are ten of my favorite easy-to-grow plants 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! (Check […]

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How to Make Purple Dead Nettle Salve (3 recipes)

Learn how to make helpful herbal salves using purple dead nettle and other beneficial plants. Purple dead nettle (Lamium purpureum) is an edible weed that pops up in yards and gardens in early spring. You might often see it growing near henbit (Lamium amplexicaule), which is said to be its closest look-a-like. (They both have […]

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11+ Things to Make with Forsythia Flowers

Spring has finally started to arrive around these parts! Yesterday, I took a walk with my daughter and we collected all of the pretty flowers and herbs shown in the basket above. After she asked me about how I planned to use some of the flowers, I realized that I’ve never written up a “things […]

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DIY Herbal Honey Throat Spray Recipe

Today, I’m sharing how I make customized herbal honey throat sprays to treat my family’s sore and scratchy throats. I use raw honey in these, but you can substitute vegetable glycerin for a vegan product. Also, remember that honey should not be given to children under a year old. I base my throat sprays on […]

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Sweet Dreams Magnesium Spray

This bedtime magnesium spray combines the power of relaxing essential oils and magnesium to help calm and soothe your mind and body for sleep. Today I’m excited to a share a recipe from my friend Christina’s awesome new book, Essential Oils for Soothing Anxiety: Remedies and Rituals to Feel Calm and Refreshed. If you or […]

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