Pine Tar Soap Recipe

Pine Tar Soap Recipe

Old-fashioned pine tar soap has traditionally been used to help with psoriasis, eczema, and other skin afflictions. Some also use it for treating flaky scalp and dandruff. Its smoky campfire-like scent makes it a popular “manly” soap, but can be equally enjoyed by all. Because pine tar itself has a really strong aroma, I added…

How to Make Pine Tar Salve

How to Make Pine Tar Salve

Old-fashioned pine tar salve has been traditionally used to treat everything from splinters, bug bites and boils, to patches of eczema or psoriasis. This recipe combines herbal infused oil with the pine tar, for an added boost of effectiveness. It’s super easy to make too! Ingredients 2.75 oz (78 g) herbal-infused oil (see note below)…

Lemon Balm Bug Spray

Lemon Balm Bug Spray

I’ve tried a lot of homemade bug spray recipes. Some were just terrible. I remember taking one concoction camping and I’m pretty sure that I was attracting every mosquito in the county with that particular formula! On a weekly basis, readers write in to ask about homemade insect repellents, but until now, I hadn’t developed…

Bumps and Bruises Balm

Bumps and Bruises Balm

This balm is part of a basic first aid trio I put together for my kids to use while traveling. They spent the summer adventuring and camping across the country and I wanted them to be prepared for any first aid needs they might run into. So far, I’ve shared the recipes for: Boo Boo…

Bug Be Gone Salve

Bug Be Gone Salve

This natural bug-away salve is part of a first aid set I put together for my kids a few years ago, when they spent a good part of their summer camping and meandering across the country. In anticipation of the inevitable boo-boo’s, bumps, and bug problems they would surely encounter, I put together a trio…

Homemade Lavender Soap

Homemade Lavender Soap

Today, I’m sharing a recipe from my Handmade Natural Soaps Ebook Collection. It’s a lovely, old-fashioned bar that’s simply scented with lavender essential oil and naturally colored with purple Brazilian clay. If you’d like a whiter soap, instead of the pale purple tint shown, just leave out the purple clay called for in the recipe….

Aloe Rose Soap

Aloe Rose Soap

This week, I’ve been sharing some recipes using aloe vera and fresh roses. First, we made a skin soothing gel, then we turned that gel into a fabulous anti-aging skin cream, and today – we’re making soap! To make this, you’ll need a pint jar full of freshly picked rose petals. (If you don’t have…

Aloe Rose Anti-Aging Skin Cream

Aloe Rose Anti-Aging Skin Cream

This all natural skin cream recipe features rose-infused aloe, rosehip seed oil, beeswax, and shea butter. Yesterday, I shared how to make an aloe and rose skin soothing gel that’s great for treating sunburn, rashes, bug bites, and more. Today, we’re going to use some of that gel to make this deeply moisturizing face cream,…

Aloe Rose Skin Soothing Gel

Aloe Rose Skin Soothing Gel

Aloe vera & fresh rose petals make up this soothing aloe rose gel that’s useful for sunburn, bug bites, rashes, dry skin, and more! This week, I’ll be sharing a few project ideas using fresh roses and aloe. Today’s recipe is for a skin soothing gel, tomorrow we’ll use some of that gel in an…

Forsythia Soap

Forsythia Soap

Forsythia are those ornamental flowering bushes that you see blooming everywhere this time of year (at least around these parts.) What some don’t know though, is that forsythia is also considered an edible flower, which is the main qualification I look for when creating new soaps and such. I figure if it’s safe to eat, it’s usually…

Easy Ginger Honey Syrup

Easy Ginger Honey Syrup

This tasty ginger honey syrup is made with just a few easy-to-find ingredients and is a snap to mix together! It’s superb for treating: It’s anti-viral so also great for taking as a preemptive measure if you’ve been exposed to a stomach flu or other particularly nasty bug. Some links on this site may be…