DIY Herbal Scouring Powder for a Naturally Clean Home

I’ve decided that I’ve reached my tolerance level for the winter grunge that has accumulated in my house and hereby designate this coming week as Spring Cleaning Time! I plan to declutter and/or scrub everything in my path with a vengeance. Of course, shortly after I made that plan, I heard that we’re possibly going to get a snow storm in the middle of the week, so in all actuality, I might end up sitting … Continue reading

Favorite Cold & Flu Remedies

favorite cold and flu remedies

It never fails… this is the way the end of every year goes for us: November: feel great December 1 – 24: feel great December 25: go hang around a bunch of sick, coughing people in small, closed-in spaces December 26: feel great December 27: whole family wakes up at 3:00 a.m. with sore throats, headaches, chills, coughs and generally blechy yucky, achy feeling. Fortunately, I’m always prepared for colds and flu and this year … 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

Herbal Healing Salve Recipe

Herbal Healing Salve Recipe

This is my family’s go-to healing salve recipe for soothing pretty much any scratch, cut, scrape, bug bite, dry skin patch, bee sting, hives and so forth. I have a relative who even likes to use it instead of an eye cream! Think of this as an herbal alternative to something like your typical store-bought, chemical-laden antibiotic cream, without any of the nasty side effects that those can sometimes cause. It takes a bit of … Continue reading

How to Make Medicinal Vinegars & Oxymels

Medicinal vinegars (Vinegar Extracts) have been around since ancient times and were an excellent way to preserve and dispense herbs before distilled spirits were known about. While the advantages of using vodka or brandy to make your herbal tinctures are many – including greater potency and longer shelf life, there are those who wish to avoid alcohol for personal reasons or cost factors, making vinegar extracts ideal for them to create. Vinegar extracts (also known as “aceta”) … Continue reading

My Favorite Cold & Flu Tincture

Favorite Cold & Flu Tincture

Everyone has their favorite way to prevent and treat colds and the flu; today, I’ll share mine with you! It’s a simple little cold and flu tincture that I grab whenever someone says they are feeling icky. I also dose it out when we’ve been around crowds or people that are coughing or showing other signs of illness. (So, basically most holiday gatherings.) If you take it quickly enough, more often than not, you’ll wipe … Continue reading

Violet Leaf & Honey Cough Syrup

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how very much I LOVE using violets. Not only are the flowers so pretty to look at each spring, the entire plant is edible and is helpful in a variety of ways. In my last post that referenced violets: Violet Leaf Balm, I mentioned the skin soothing and lymph moving qualities of this amazing plant that makes it helpful for skin irritations and mild … Continue reading