How to Make Basil Salve (3 recipes)

How to Make Basil Salve (3 recipes)

Learn how to make helpful herbal salves using fresh basil from your garden! While basil (Ocimum basilicum), also called sweet basil, or garden basil, is more commonly used for food purposes, it also contains healthful components used for digestion and respiratory issues. Basil is also loaded with anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful for topical skin…

Uses for Corn Silk

Uses for Corn Silk

Have fresh corn? Don’t throw away that corn silk! Corn Silk can be used to help alleviate symptoms that go along with: bedwetting, cystitis, prostatitis, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, gout and hyperglycemia. It’s also a natural source of vitamin K and potassium. Few things in life are more delightful than discovering the goodness in…

14 Uses For Calendula Tea

14 Uses For Calendula Tea

From sore throat gargle to wound spray, here are 14 useful things to make with calendula tea! Calendula is loaded with powerful skin-healing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, yet is gentle enough for most people and animals to use safely. You can make all sorts of things with calendula, including soap, salve, lotion bars and lip…

Calendula Oil & Salve

Calendula Oil & Salve

Calendula salve is an all-purpose, gentle skin remedy that’s suitable for diaper rash, scrapes, scratches, razor burn, dry skin, insect bites, and more! This week on my site, I’ve been sharing ways that you can use calendula. What I really love about this sunny flower is that it’s: extremely easy to grow from seed is…

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Learn how to make homemade elderberry syrup using fresh (or dried) elderberries and honey. (Updated for 2021, since I’ve reduced water amounts and cooking time since my original recipe in 2015.) 😊 Over the past few weeks, we’ve been harvesting from our elder bushes, making lots of goodies, including tincture, oxymel, and salve. Check out my article…

Soothing Sunshine Lotion Bars

Soothing Sunshine Lotion Bars

Turn sunny yellow flowers such as calendula, sunflowers, chamomile, and/or dandelions into skin soothing sunshine lotion bars! These sunny lotion bars are infused with a combination of sunflower, calendula, dandelion, and chamomile flowers and the tiniest pinch of turmeric. They’re perfect for rubbing over dry hands, feet, knees, elbows, or other dry spots. The recipe…

Shaving Soap (Cold Process)

Shaving Soap (Cold Process)

This homemade cold process natural shave soap recipe features castor oil and rich butters to make a bubbly, creamy, moisturizing bar! While I have recipes for making dual lye shave soap on my site, some have asked for a simpler shave soap recipe that uses just one type of lye, so I was excited to…

Bee Balm Intensive Hand Butter

Bee Balm Intensive Hand Butter

Infuse Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa) flowers and leaves in oil, then combine with shea butter, to make a super-healing hand butter for dry, chapped, or achy hands. Smooth this rich butter over dry, sore hands at night and wake up to softer skin! Featured Ingredients Shea (or Mango) Butter – protects and smooths chapped or…

Sunflower Melt & Pour Soap

Sunflower Melt & Pour Soap

This melt and pour soap is 100% naturally colored with sunflower petals! Sunflowers are often added to body care products for their skin-conditioning properties, but they also add a gorgeous natural yellow color that will last for many months. If you’re new to infusing melt and pour soap with fresh herbs and flowers, this is…