Natural Preservatives for Homemade Lotion {An Experiment}

Confused about using natural preservatives in homemade lotion? I was too, so I ran an experiment to see if I really needed them, and which ones really work. Have you ever felt confused and conflicted when you looked up information on preserving homemade lotions and creams? Me too. I want my products to be as wholesome and natural as possible, but also don’t want to create something that’s going to grow weird stuff in it, or … Continue reading

Lavender Plantain Lotion

This easy-to-make Lavender Plantain Lotion is a wonderful all-purpose moisturizer, that’s suitable for most skin types. Plantain 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 excellent at soothing any type of itchy or inflamed skin condition. Lavender essential oil adds a light fragrance and some of its own skin-soothing properties. Another option is to add lavender buds to the oil, while infusing plantain, for a faint lavender scent. You could also skip the lavender, and just make an unscented lotion, instead.

Plantain 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 excellent at soothing any type of itchy or inflamed skin condition. Lavender essential oil adds a light fragrance and some of its own skin-soothing properties. Another option is to add lavender buds to the oil, while infusing plantain, for a faint lavender … Continue reading

Lavender Shea Hand Cream & Whipped Body Butter Recipe

Whipped Lavender Shea Hand Cream & Body Butter

This luxurious hand and body cream features: shea butter, to moisturize and condition dry or damaged skin lavender flowers, for their soothing, anti-inflammatory properties skin nourishing sunflower oil and purple Brazilian clay, a natural colorant. It was inspired by the wonderful whipped body butter recipe, found over at the Soap Queen blog.   Lavender Shea Hand Cream & Whipped Body Butter Recipe Measurements are by weight. 7 oz (198 g) shea butter (I use refined … Continue reading

Rosehip & Honey Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

Rosehip & Honey Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

This Rosehip & Honey Anti-Aging Eye Treatment is perfect for dabbing around your eyes, on laugh lines, or other wrinkle prone spots. I actually use it as a full face, neck, and hand cream, but since it tends to start out feeling slightly sticky on the skin – you’ll probably only want to apply it at night. When you wake up in the morning, it will have left your skin soft, smooth, and silky! It … Continue reading

How to Make Pine Tar Salve

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. It’s super easy to make too!   ? Mixing up some old-fashioned pine tar salve! ? Full directions here -> https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/old-fashioned-pine-tar-salve/ Posted by The Nerdy Farm Wife on Thursday, August 31, 2017   The following measurements are given by weight. Check your local stores for an inexpensive digital scale for making salves … Continue reading

DIY Bug Bite Itchy Sticks {kid friendly!}

several bug bite itchy sticks in a bundle beside fresh lavender leaves

These easy DIY bug bite sticks relieve the itchiness of pesky bug bites and are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts on the go! There are several herb or flower choices you could use in these, including: lavender flowers lavender leaves calendula flowers plantain leaves violet leaves Ingredients needed: 1/2 cup sunflower oil (or your favorite oil type) 1/4 cup dried herbal leaves or flowers, crumbled 1 tbsp tightly packed beeswax (about 9 g by weight) few … Continue reading

Homemade Herbal Shampoo

How to Make Your Own DIY Herbal Shampoo

My foray into homemade herbal shampoo began last summer. Up until that time, I just used whatever cheap shampoo I could get my hands on. Times were tight and my beloved salon shampoos were most certainly not in the budget. However, I was pretty uncomfortable with the thought of us being exposed to all of those weird sounding chemicals and knew I could do better than that. I got the framework for this shampoo from … Continue reading

DIY Natural Rose Face & Body Cream Recipe

DIY Rose Face & Body Cream Recipe

I created this DIY natural rose face and body cream as a gift for my mom. She absolutely adores all things roses and the color pink, so I think she’ll love this! (Update: I never can wait to give gifts to people & already gave my mom some of this. She LOVES it. Success!)  :)   There are a few things to remember when making this homemade cream: Use the utmost care in cleanliness. I … Continue reading