Rose & Chamomile Gift Set

Rose & Chamomile Gift Set

This DIY Rose & Chamomile Gift Set would make the perfect handmade gift for the rose-lover in your life! It’s made up of: Rose & Chamomile Bath Salts Whipped Rose & Chamomile Hand Cream Rose & Chamomile Lip Balm The steps listed below are given in the most efficient order so that all three projects should only…

Pineapple Sage Sugar Scrub

Pineapple Sage Sugar Scrub

Every spring, I plant one or more pineapple sage plants in my garden. All summer long, I look forward to the flowers blooming since I have a million ideas for experimenting with them running through my head. In late late summer, they start blooming, I start trying out some ideas and then… cold weather and heavy frosts come along and my…

Goldenrod Soap Recipe

Goldenrod Soap Recipe

This pretty herbal soap features goldenrod infused oil and tea, plus a design imprint created by using a fondant mat. In September, I wrote a post on using goldenrod, and in it, I mentioned making goldenrod soap. So in this article, I’m going to show how I use two goldenrod infusions to make soap: a water…

Herbal Intensive Lotion Bars

Herbal Intensive Lotion Bars

Lotion bars are of one of the best treatments around for repairing dry, calloused and sore hands! They also make great gifts for those who work or play hard with their hands. In our house, they’re invaluable for healing the damage that being a rock mason does to my husband’s hands. In this recipe, I combined 4…

Lavender Plantain Lotion

Lavender Plantain Lotion

Learn how to make this skin soothing lotion – it’s perfect for smoothing over rough, dry, or flaky skin! Plantain (Plantago spp) is a beneficial green weed that commonly grows in yards and driveways. You can use the leaves to make a fantastic infused oil, that can be incorporated into¬†salves, lotions, creams and soaps. It’s…

6 Things to Make with Goldenrod

6 Things to Make with Goldenrod

Goldenrod is an edible and medicinal plant with many benefits! Learn how to turn it into salve, tincture, tea, and more! It blooms right around the time ragweed pollen starts causing trouble, so is often unjustly blamed for causing allergies. The fact though is that goldenrod pollen is heavy and spread by insects, instead of the…

Kombucha Soap Recipe

Kombucha Soap Recipe

This recipe is a terrific way to use up extra homemade kombucha. (If you’re not sure what the heck “kombucha” is or how you’d go about making it, check out my friend Teri’s article to learn all about it.) Besides its possible health benefits, kombucha (a fermented tea drink) is reportedly great for your skin too….

Elder Leaf Salve

Elder Leaf Salve

This all-natural DIY elder leaf salve is easy to make and useful for treating bruises, strains, old injuries or wounds. The idea for this elder leaf salve came from one of my all-time favorite books, Making Plant Medicine, by Richo Cech. He states that oils and salves made from fresh elder leaves “make a useful…

Basil Anti-Aging Face Cream

Basil Anti-Aging Face Cream

This luscious DIY anti-aging face cream recipe contains fresh basil leaves, nourishing hempseed oil, and skin softening mango (or shea) butter. A while back, I ran across a fascinating scientific study showing a test cream that contained basil extract demonstrated some pretty significant anti-aging effects when applied topically. The moment I finished reading through it,…

Violet Flower Glycerite

Violet Flower Glycerite

Considered by some to be nothing more than a weed, the common violet actually has many health benefits to offer us. The edible flowers and leaves are: high in mucilage (a plant substance that cools and moistens) nourishing, and high in vitamins A & C excellent lymph movers a demulcent (something that forms a protective…