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Flower Garden Bath Soak Blend

This beautiful soak, filled with colorful flowers and a pretty floral scent, is reminiscent of a walk through a flower garden on a lovely spring day. You can use any combination of dried flowers that you like. For this batch shown, I used cornflower, rose and calendula. (You can also find this recipe in my […]

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St John’s Wort Oil & Salve for Tired Muscles

St. John’s wort is a pretty yellow flowering plant that’s considered a noxious weed in several states, but is well-loved by herbalists! Besides using it for tinctures and liniments (like THIS RECIPE), it’s also wonderful to infuse into oil for salves and lotions. Today, I’m going to share an herbal salve recipe that’s great for […]

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Rose Plantain & Yarrow Itch Remedy

This vinegar based liniment, or rub, can help relieve some of the pesky itchiness that chiggers and mosquitoes can inflict. Roses are included for their anti-inflammatory properties, plantain for its skin-soothing benefits and yarrow for its antiseptic action. Vinegar and witch hazel act as the solvents that extract and carry the benefits onto your skin. […]

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14 Ways to Use Ground Ginger

When I was first learning about herbs, I would excitedly read a new recipe or tutorial only to find out it needed some exotic-sounding special ingredient that required an internet order to obtain. Remembering that frustration, I thought I’d share with you fourteen ways to use ground ginger, which is easily obtained from the baking or […]

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14 Uses For 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 balm, but for today, I want to focus on calendula tea and 14 ways in which you […]

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How to Make Natural Dandelion Bath Bombs

Today’s the day! After months of brainstorming, creating and experimenting, my Natural Bath Bombs eBook (and accompanying Natural Bath Care Package) is finally finished and ready to send out into the world! My goal for the eBook was to simplify the bath bomb making process, yet offer lots of ingredient options, all while keeping the recipes filled […]

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Cinnamon Tea for Soothing Sore Throats

Recently I had the good fortune to view the inside of Rosalee de la Forêt’s upcoming book, Alchemy of Herbs. As expected, it’s absolutely wonderful, filled with all sorts of helpful herbal information and beautiful photos. This is definitely a volume for your home library that you’ll refer to time and time again!   I’m so excited to be […]

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Herbal Stress Relief Syrup (with Printable Labels)

This simple herbal syrup recipe combines calming herbs with raw honey, creating a tasty and effective dose of natural stress relief. It features: Lemon Balm – which acts as a mild sedative, helps calm nerves & improves mood (two interesting studies HERE and HERE) St. John’s Wort*  – a proven antidepressant and mood lifter, also helps with […]

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Cooling Aloe Plantain Cubes

Only two simple ingredients are required to make these natural skin soothing aloe plantain cubes. Stash them in your freezer and pull out as needed for sunburn, minor scrapes, rashes and other skin irritations.   Links to Mountain Rose Herbs & Amazon are affiliate links. If you click on one and make a purchase, I earn […]

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Chamomile Bath Salts

Chamomile is a lovely herbal flower, famous for calming upset tummies and gently inducing a sleepy state at bedtime. Something lesser known about it, is that it’s also a great ingredient choice to include in soothing skincare products. Today, we’re going to talk about how to include chamomile flowers in these super easy to make bath salts.   […]

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Chamomile Care Packages (with printables)

Few things are more uplifting than getting a surprise package in the mail, letting you know that someone out there cares for you! I’ve always loved the idea of sending care packages and when my kids were younger, we’d ship them to shut-ins we knew of. Somehow though, I let myself get too busy-feeling to do […]

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DIY Rose & Chamomile Gift Set

This DIY Rose & Chamomile Gift Set would make the perfect handmade gift for the rose-lover in your life! It’s composed of: Rose & Chamomile Bath Salts Whipped Rose & Chamomile Hand Cream Rose & Chamomile Lip Balm The steps listed below are given in the most efficient order so that all three projects should only take […]

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Foraging & Using Goldenrod

Goldenrod blooms right around the time ragweed pollen starts causing trouble, so is often unjustly blamed for causing allergies. The fact though is that goldenrod pollen is heavy and spread by insects, instead of the wind like ragweed is, making it pretty difficult to trigger symptoms of hay fever. You would have to deeply sniff the flower […]

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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Over the past week or two, I’ve been harvesting from my elder bushes, making: Elderberry Syrup, excellent for treating colds and flu, Elder Leaf Salve, for bruises, muscle strains and old injuries (recipe HERE), Elderberry Tincture, more concentrated than syrup, plus sugar/honey-free (recipe HERE) Elderberry Syrup is the best thing ever and I couldn’t imagine facing cold/flu season without […]

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Liniment for Varicose Veins & Muscle Pains

Learn to make an all-natural witch hazel + herbal liniment can be used for varicose veins, muscle pains, strains and aches. This recipe comes from my new-favorite book, Heal Local by Dawn Combs. It’s a book centered around 20 homegrown or regionally sourced herbs that you can use to build a complete home apothecary. I […]

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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 […]

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Treating Pets with Herbal Broths

Many, though not all, of the plant-based herbal remedies that we use for humans can also be safely used to treat dogs and cats. The tricky part is getting them to take them! To encourage compliance, I make my pets an herbal tea of sorts, using broth instead of water. Before I detail how and […]

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Ginger Lemon Honey Tonic for Colds & Flu

This Ginger Lemon Honey Tonic is one of the easiest, tastiest cold and flu remedies around! Raw honey helps fight infection and soothes inflamed tissue; lemons are full of healthful vitamin C and antioxidants (plus, they taste great!); and fresh ginger root helps fight the sore throat, cough, lung congestion, chills and stomach-ache that often […]

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