4 Recipes + A Sneak Peek

I’ve spent much of the last 12 months brainstorming, measuring, mixing, testing, perfecting, writing and photographing hundreds of recipe ideas for my new print book and other ebooks that will be available this year.   Below, is a behind-the-scenes photo I snapped of my dining room area in the midst of one such crafting/photography session. (If only I had a self-cleaning house!) :) I’ve had such a great time making all sorts of pretty and useful … Continue reading

Chocolate Massage Truffles for Pain Relief

Herbal Massage Truffles for Pain Relief

Today’s recipe is a special feature from the new book The Beeswax Workshop by Chris Dalziel. It’s a fantastic book filled with 130+ recipes and ideas for using beeswax to make everything from candles, soaps and personal care products to surfboard wax, shoe polish and beeswax crayons. Reading through this book, I was amazed at all of the things I never knew beeswax could do! I can already tell it’s going to be an oft-used resource for my … Continue reading

10 Things to Make With Roses

Things to Make With Roses eBook - 40 recipes with full color photos, a companion set of b&w printable recipe cards, plus bonus printable project labels

Roses are one of my absolute favorite flowers to make things with! Besides being enjoyable to look at and smell, their cooling, soothing, anti-inflammatory and mild astringent properties make them ideal ingredients in many body care products and herbal remedies.   In this blog post, I’ve gathered 10 pretty project ideas you can make, but if you’re looking for even more creative ideas, be sure to check out my newly updated eBook, Things to Make With Roses. It includes 40 … Continue reading

Cooling Aloe Plantain Cubes

aloe & plantain cubes

Only two simple ingredients are required to make these natural skin soothing cubes. Stash them in your freezer and pull out as needed for sunburn, minor scrapes, rashes and other skin irritations.   Links to Mountain Rose Herbs & Amazon are affiliate links. If you click on one and make a purchase, I earn a small commission for sending a customer their way. This costs you nothing extra, but helps to supply the funds to support this … Continue reading

10 Things to Make With Lavender

10 Things to Make With Lavender - Lavender Salve

Have a bountiful crop of lavender from your garden, local farmer’s market or a trip to a lavender farm, but not sure what to do with it? Here are 10 useful and pretty things that you can make with that beautiful lavender so you can continue to enjoy it for months to come!   If you don’t have lavender available locally, no problem! You can purchase organic dried lavender HERE from Mountain Rose Herbs which will work perfectly … Continue reading

Soothing Chamomile Lip Balm (with printable labels)

Chamomile Lip Balm Recipe with Printable Labels

This easy DIY lip balm recipe features dried chamomile flowers, for their skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Castor oil was also added since it gives lip balm a wonderful longer lasting feel and slightly glossy look. If you don’t have any on hand though, you can use more chamomile-infused oil in its place. This lip balm is perfect for smoothing over chapped or dry lips and also makes a wonderful gift for the ones you love! * Some … Continue reading

Chamomile Bath Salts

Blending chamomile flowers and Epsom salt together with a few pansy flowers for color

Chamomile is a lovely herbal flower, famous for calming upset tummies and gently inducing a sleepy state at bedtime. Something lesser known about it, is that it’s also a great ingredient choice to include in soothing skincare products. (To read more about its potential benefits for your skin, check out this excellent article over at Herb & Hedgegrow.)   Yesterday, I talked about the chamomile care packages I was inspired to put together after reading a copy of Kathie Lapcevic’s workbook, A … Continue reading