Lotion Bar Sticks for Pain Relief {Arthritis and Achy Muscles}

Lotion Bar Sticks for Arthritis and Achy Muscles - This easy DIY recipe features a trio of herbs (cayenne, ginger and arnica flowers) that have been shown to help relieve pain, inflammation and arthritis.

This recipe was inspired by newsletter subscriber Bonnie, who was seeking a lotion bar in a deodorant stick container for achy muscles and arthritic pain. It features a trio of herbs: cayenne – contains capsaicin which has been shown to offer relief from arthritic and other types of pain ginger – traditionally used to warm, increases circulation and relieve pain when applied topically arnica flowers – traditionally used to treat swelling, bruising and arthritic joints … Continue reading

7 Recipes & Remedies for Dry Chapped Lips

7 Chapped Lip Treatments

If you suffer from dry chapped lips, try these seven DIY recipes to help soothe, heal and protect. There are many oil, butter, herb and essential oil choices when it comes to making lip care products. If you’d like to further customize these recipes or swap out oils that you don’t have, be sure to check out my post on Creating Custom Lip Balms for lots of information and options. If you’d like to a make … Continue reading

DIY Eczema Cream with Colloidal Oatmeal

Eczema Cream with Colloidal Oatmeal

This DIY eczema cream recipe features: colloidal oatmeal – soothing, protective and anti-inflammatory  (source, source, source) shea butter – emollient, anti-inflammatory  (source) sunflower oil – shown to repair skin barrier, improves hydration (source, source) Eczema is a miserable condition that causes skin to be intensely itchy and inflamed. Atopic dermatitis (AD) is one of the most common forms of eczema, so you’ll sometimes see the two terms interchanged. I had severe eczema as a kid … Continue reading

Green Gold Lotion Bars (+ printable labels)

Green Gold Lotion Bars

A few weeks ago, I asked my newsletter subscribers for their input on projects that I can make and share throughout 2018. This recipe was inspired by Tree Lady Kay’s request for a lotion bar for some hardworking lawn maintenance men whose hands see all kinds of weather conditions, soil, water, concrete and more. In response, I created these lotion bars that feature plantain, a common leafy green weed that soothes damaged skin, and tamanu, … Continue reading

How to Package Bath Bombs for Gift Giving {+ label tutorial}

Learn how to package bath bombs for gift giving; also includes a helpful video tutorial on creating your own bath bomb labels!

Bath bombs are loved by many and a popular gift to give, but figuring out how to package them can be a pain point. Below, are the methods I use to package both individual bath bombs and bath bomb gift boxes. I’ve also included a video tutorial on how to create personalized labels for your bath bombs!   Notes before we start: Some links on this site are affiliate links. If you click on one … Continue reading

Grapefruit & Sweet Orange Hand Cream Recipe

This DIY Grapefruit and Sweet Orange Hand Cream Recipe features an uplifting blend of essential oils and ingredients to help moisturize and protect dry skin.

Starting this month, and going forward into 2018, my goal is to get back to the “mad scientist mode” I enjoyed when my blog was younger. I’ve spent so much time on projects outside of the blog, that I kind of forgot the whole reason I do what I do. I love making products that can help someone with a specific need or problem they might have. I mentioned all of this to my newsletter … Continue reading

Nourishing Rose Hand Cream {2 Versions}

Nourishing Rose Hand Cream Recipe

Recently, a nurse I know asked if I could make her a hand cream. Because she has to wash her hands so frequently, they’d gotten really dry and cracked. She requested a rose or honeysuckle fragrance, but since it’s hard to naturally capture the scent of honeysuckle, I went with rose. Below are two versions of the cream that I made for her. Version one is lighter and soaks in more quickly, while version two … Continue reading

How to Make Your Own Lip Balm Recipes

plantain lip balm in lip balm slider tins

A Complete Guide to Make Your Own Lip Balm Recipes – Learn about which oils, butters, herbs & essential oils to use to design your own custom lip balms from scratch! If you look closely at the homemade lip balm recipes that I’ve shared to date, you’ll note that they have similar ratios of oils, beeswax, etc. Since I often get questions about making substitutions for one ingredient or another, I thought I’d share with you … Continue reading