Uses for Corn Silk

Uses for Corn Silk

Have fresh corn? Don’t throw away that corn silk! Corn Silk can be used to help alleviate symptoms that go along with: bedwetting, cystitis, prostatitis, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, gout and hyperglycemia. It’s also a natural source of vitamin K and potassium. Few things in life are more delightful than discovering the goodness in…

14 Uses For Calendula Tea

14 Uses For Calendula Tea

From sore throat gargle to wound spray, here are 14 useful things to make with calendula tea! Calendula is loaded with powerful skin-healing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, yet is gentle enough for most people and animals to use safely. You can make all sorts of things with calendula, including soap, salve, lotion bars and lip…

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Learn how to make homemade elderberry syrup using fresh (or dried) elderberries and honey. (Updated for 2021, since I’ve reduced water amounts and cooking time since my original recipe in 2015.) 😊 Over the past few weeks, we’ve been harvesting from our elder bushes, making lots of goodies, including tincture, oxymel, and salve. Check out my article…

Turmeric & Menthol Pain Salve

Turmeric & Menthol Pain Salve

This salve recipe combines anti-inflammatory turmeric with pain relieving menthol to create an effective salve that can be rubbed into sore or achy joints, backs, feet, or wherever you have pain that’s relieved by a deep cooling sensation. Today I’m delighted to share a recipe that my daughter created! For many months, we’ve been working…

Gardener’s Herbal Hand Cream

Gardener’s Herbal Hand Cream

This moisturizing herbal hand cream is perfect for skin that’s rough, damaged, or dry from gardening, or working a lot with your hands. It’s rich and thick, but soaks in nicely after a minute, to protect and repair your skin. I especially love making this cream with weeds which have been gathered while prepping veggie…

Purple Dead Nettle Lotion Bars

Purple Dead Nettle Lotion Bars

A common garden weed + simple ingredients makes up these purple dead nettle lotion bars that are perfect for dry, chapped, or cracked hands and feet. Lotion bars are not only super easy to make, but they’re highly effective too! This lotion bar recipe features purple dead nettle (Lamium purpureum), which is a common weed…

Using Dandelions (+recipe!)

Using Dandelions (+recipe!)

Today I’m excited to share information about using dandelions, plus a yummy dandelion recipe from the new book, Wild Remedies, written by Rosalee de la Foret and Emily Han. If you love collecting books that are both beautiful AND useful, you will absolutely love this book! At around 400 pages, it’s chock full of information…

DIY Herbal Cough Drops

DIY Herbal Cough Drops

Learn how to make your own yummy antiviral herbal cough drops with this easy, customizable recipe using honey, sugar, herbal tea, and peppermint extract! Recently, I made up a batch of this favorite cough drop recipe using beneficial plants and weeds growing around my house, plus a ton of antiviral extras thrown in, including several…

Rose Infused Witch Hazel

Rose Infused Witch Hazel

Soothing roses and anti-inflammatory witch hazel combine in this beautiful rose infused witch hazel. It’s perfect to use as a facial toner, for bug bites, acne, sunburn, varicose veins, and 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…