Pineapple sage is more than just another pretty pollinator plant for your garden – it’s rich in antioxidants & also used as a traditional herbal remedy! Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) is “widely used in traditional medicine, particularly in the form of infusions or decoctions, to… lower blood pressure and combat central nervous system disorders for […]...read the full article.
Add a delicious immunity boost to your day with mulled apple cider infused with turkey tail mushrooms and astragalus root. This yummy creation came about when I decided to combine a fall favorite – fresh apple cider from my local orchard, with turkey tail mushrooms gathered from the woods around my house. Turkey tail (Trametes […]...read the full article.
Learn how to harvest, dry, and use sunflower petals in DIY projects. Make your own sunflower salve, oil, soap, lip balm, lotion bars, and more! Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are the quintessential flower for late summer and fall. Not only do they provide seeds and nectar for birds and insects to enjoy, plus beautiful flowers to […]...read the full article.
Learn how to make natural herbal liquid soap from scratch. Homemade liquid soap can be used as a hand soap or body wash! The idea of making liquid soap from scratch used to intimidate me, but once I gave it a try, I realized it’s a lot easier than it looks! If you’ve successfully made […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
Here are 10 herbs to grow in your garden for making herbal remedies and natural body care products! Below are ten of my favorite easy-to-grow plants for crafting herbal remedies and homemade body care products. This is not an exhaustive list; there are so many other wonderful herbs and flowers out there to explore! (Check […]...read the full article.
Learn how to make helpful herbal salves using purple dead nettle and other beneficial plants. Purple dead nettle (Lamium purpureum) is an edible weed that pops up in yards and gardens in early spring. You might often see it growing near henbit (Lamium amplexicaule), which is said to be its closest look-a-like. (They both have […]...read the full article.
Today, I’m sharing how I make customized herbal honey throat sprays to treat my family’s sore and scratchy throats. I use raw honey in these, but you can substitute vegetable glycerin for a vegan product. Also, remember that honey should not be given to children under a year old. I base my throat sprays on […]...read the full article.
Learn how to make a yummy ginger and lemon balm honey syrup to help fight cold and flu bugs. Herbal syrups are one of the easiest (and tastiest) things you can make for your natural medicine cabinet. Basically, they’re composed of a strong herbal tea, mixed with at least an equal measure of raw honey. (The […]...read the full article.
These yummy herbal candy drops are made with lemon and honey to help soothe sore throats and coughs. A common home remedy for soothing sore throats is lemon juice mixed with honey; however, that isn’t always easy to swallow, especially if you’re a kid. That’s where these tasty little sore throat candy drops come in. […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
Learn how to make this pretty violet flower infused vinegar, along with 5 creative ways to use it! Violet Vinegar Recipe & How to Use It 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, […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
Lavender flowers are only around for a short time, but there are plenty of uses for lavender leaves! Learn how to harvest, dry & use them in DIY projects. First though, you may wonder – what are the health benefits of lavender leaves? While the leaves haven’t been studied as specifically or extensively as the […]...read the full article.
This easy DIY sinus and headache balm is an all-natural remedy that helps relieve stuffy noses, allergies, and headaches. I created this balm recipe specifically for a relative with chronic sinus problems that have kept them from sleeping well for years. They reported that it helped immensely and they even regained some lost smell after […]...read the full article.
Elderberries and apple cider vinegar combine with honey, butter, and vanilla to make these delicious antiviral elderberry vinegar honey caramels. We’ve made elderberry syrup and elderberry tincture, now it’s time for elderberry vinegar! I’ll also show you how to turn that vinegar into a delicious honey caramel treat with an antiviral boost. Step 1: Make […]...read the full article.