How to Make Herbal Soap Without Handling Lye {+ triple aloe melt & pour recipe}

chamomile oatmeal soap favors and dried bundles of lavender

Learn how to incorporate herbs, flowers, essential oils, and other natural ingredients into melt and pour soap base, no handling of lye required! Possibly the most often expressed sentiment I hear when it comes to soap making, goes something like: “I want to make soap, but I’m really scared of the lye!” That is a completely justified fear and one that I shared for a very long time. It took months of research before I … Continue reading

5 Things to Make with Hollyhocks

two shampoo bars on wooden soap dish with pink hollyhock flowers and green hollyhock leaves

Learn 5 ways to use hollyhocks – a lovely old-fashioned garden flower that’s completely edible and non-toxic! Many people don’t realize that the common garden flower, Hollyhock, is completely edible – root, leaves and blossoms – and useful for more than just its charming looks. Hollyhock is a direct relation to Marshmallow and can sometimes be used as a milder substitute for that herb; the primary exception being that Hollyhocks have woodier and tougher roots, … Continue reading

Rose Infused Witch Hazel

jar of rose infused witch hazel on a wooden pallet with fresh rose petals and leaves

Soothing roses and anti-inflammatory witch hazel combine in this beautiful rose infused witch hazel – perfect to use as a facial toner, for bug bites, acne, sunburn, varicose veins & more! My roses are in full bloom this week and I’ve been busily preserving them in all sorts of ways! I first made this lovely rose infused witch hazel several years ago and decided to include it in a gift basket for my mom. Here’s … Continue reading

Spring Tonic Honey {with dandelions & violets}

Spring has sprung around my house!  Two of my favorite plants to work with – dandelions and violets – are everywhere. By infusing them in pure honey we can enjoy the health benefits that each one offers. Today, I want to show you how I use these lovely weeds to make a Spring Tonic Honey that’s helpful for allergies, sore throats & more! We’re going to need three ingredients: raw honey (local if at all … Continue reading

Lavender Face Cream with Lilacs & Violets {3 recipes!}

Lavender Face Cream with Beeswax

I originally made this lovely homemade lavender face cream for my mom for Mother’s Day and she loved it! Since that time, I’ve made a few more versions of it that I wanted to share with you today! My mom loves lilacs, so I use those flowers, plus fresh violet blossoms to infuse the water portion of the cream. Unfortunately, lilacs are one of those flowers, along with gardenias, whose scent is unable to be … Continue reading

Five Uses for Violet Vinegar

jar of violet flower vinegar outdoors with fresh violets

Learn how to make this pretty violet flower infused vinegar, along with 5 creative ways to use it! Violet Vinegar Recipe To make Violet Infused Vinegar, you just need some fresh violets and vinegar. I like the pretty color to show through, plus I like using vinegar for culinary uses, so I use white wine vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is another excellent choice. Go out and pick some fresh violets from unsprayed areas. Don’t pick … Continue reading

Homemade Doggie Breath Freshener Treats

natural dog treats for fresh breath with fresh mint and parsley beside a blue stoneware bowl

Have a dog with bad breath? Try this DIY doggie breath freshener treat recipe, made with all natural ingredients that are good for your pup! We love to spoil our pets, but our little dachshund’s tummy can’t handle most commercial dog treats. And, let’s face it. “Dog breath” didn’t become a commonly used insult for no good reason. She was in need of a treat to satisfy her snacking urges and a bit of breath … Continue reading

Preserving & Using Jewelweed

Jar of fresh jewelweed infusing in apple cider vinegar.

Jewelweed is an excellent natural remedy for poison ivy, poison oak, bug bites, and general itchy skin conditions. If you’re fortunate to have any growing around you, be sure to harvest some now to preserve for year ’round use! Lately there’s been an increase in reader interest and questions about jewelweed, so I took a quick video clip of how I make “jewelweed juice” to share here on my site. In addition, you’ll also learn … Continue reading