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 a recipe I felt comfortable recommending. This one works for me, my family and friends that tested it, at a … Continue reading

Bumps and Bruises Balm

Bumps & Bruises Balm with Printable Labels

This balm is part of a travel set I put together for my kids. They’ve 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 Balm and Bug Be Gone Salve. Today, we’re making a bumps and bruises balm using arnica and comfrey infused oil. It’s also great for treating sore … Continue reading

Bug Be Gone Salve

Bug Be Gone Salve With Printable Labels

As I mentioned yesterday, my kids have spent a good part of their summer camping and meandering across the country. They’ve zig-zagged across the top of the United States, spent some time in California, and are now exploring throughout the southwest, as they make their way back home. (A special “Thank You!” to my sister for taking them on such a grand adventure!) In anticipation of the inevitable boo-boo’s, bumps, and bug problems they would … Continue reading

Boo Boo Balm

boo boo balm with printable labels

This balm is part of a travel set I put together for my kids. They’ve spent much of the summer adventuring and camping their way across the country and I wanted them to be prepared for any first aid needs they might run into. Boo Boo Balm is a general, all-purpose healing salve (think herbal neosporin), to be used on scrapes, scratches, bug bites, and other minor skin irritations. Tomorrow, I’ll share the recipe for … Continue reading

How Raw Honey Helped Save My Diabetic Dad’s Foot

Raw honey heals diabetic sores

I generally try to avoid sensationalist posts with the words “amazing!” and “miracle treatment!” in them; however, this post is going to talk about a (for real) amazing miracle treatment that helped save my diabetic dad’s foot! I’m excited to share it with you today, in the hopes that perhaps it will reach others out there in need of the information. My dad has been a diabetic since he was 15 years old. At the … 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

Aloe Rose Anti-Aging Skin Cream

This all natural Aloe Rose Anti-Aging 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. (You can find that post HERE.) Today, we’re going to use some of that gel to make this deeply moisturizing face cream, that’s suitable for dry or mature skin. If you don’t have fresh rose petals handy to infuse the aloe, that’s okay – you can just use plain aloe instead. This … Continue reading

Aloe Rose Skin Soothing Gel

aloe rose skin soother ingredients

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 anti-aging face cream, and then the next day – we’ll make aloe rose soap! Aloe rose skin soother can be used for: sunburn bug bites rashes dry skin eczema psoriasis razor burn minor cuts and scrapes radiation burns Rub on skin irritations in small … Continue reading