Rose Plantain & Yarrow Itch Remedy

Rose Yarrow Plantain 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. If you don’t have fresh herbs available, you can use dried instead, see directions below for more details.   Rose Plantain … Continue reading

Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) Oil & Salve

How to Make Purple Coneflower (Echinacea) Salve

This echinacea salve is made from the leaves & flowers of purple coneflower (Echinacea pupurea). It’s simple to make & handy to keep in your first aid kit or backpack while hiking and camping. In his excellent book, Making Plant Medicine, herbalist Richo Cech mentions that a salve made with dried echinacea flowers and leaves is good for treating wounds, stings and venomous bites. I like using it on bug bites and chapped irritated skin. The … Continue reading

10 Things to Make With Lavender

10 Things to Make With Lavender - Lavender Salve

Have a bountiful crop of lavender from your garden, local farmer’s market, or a trip to a lavender farm, but not sure what to do with it? Here are 10 useful and pretty things that you can make with lavender so you can continue to enjoy it for months to come!   If you don’t have lavender available locally, no problem! You can purchase organic dried lavender from Mountain Rose Herbs which will work perfectly in every one … Continue reading

Rose Petal Salve Recipe

rose petal salve recipe

This rose petal salve recipe is made with real rose petals along with rosehip seed oil, which has amazing benefits when applied to mature, sun-damaged, dry, or irritated skin. This week, I’m sharing a few recipes from my eBook: Things To Make With Roses. Today’s project is Rose Petal Salve! I like to enrich this salve with Rosehip Seed Oil which is well known for its anti-aging and skin healing benefits for conditions such as: Scars … Continue reading

10 Things to Make With Fresh Mint

mint ice cubes

Enjoy these 10 practical ways to use fresh mint from your garden! Mint is easy to grow and helps cool, relieve pain, indigestion, headache & sore muscles. While peppermint and spearmint are most commonly used, if you have other types of mint such as orange, pineapple or chocolate mint, feel free to try them in the ideas below instead. 1.) Mint Ice Cubes These are super easy to make and look so pretty in summertime … Continue reading

How to Harvest and Dry Flowers & Herbs From Your Garden

Drying Flowers

Learn how to easily harvest & dry flowers and herbs from the garden. Also included is a list of common flowers and herbs along with ideas for using them! I often get questions about how to best harvest and dry flowers and herbs from the garden, so today I thought I’d write up a little article detailing how I do it. It might not be the fanciest system out there, but it’s worked for me for … Continue reading

Dandelion Salve Recipe {for sore muscles & chapped skin}

DIY Dandelion Salve Recipe

Learn how to use those weeds growing in your backyard to make a dandelion salve that’s useful for sore muscles, achy & arthritic joints, and rough chapped skin. Dandelion salve is especially ideal for those who work outdoors and with their hands a lot! Dandelions are one of my favorite plants! They’re the epitome of cheerful resilience and have so many uses and health benefits! I always find it strange (and sad) when I drive … Continue reading

12 Things to Make With Dandelion Flowers

Dandelion Vinegar

Dandelions are the epitome of cheerful resilience. Though many people inexplicably find them ugly and try to destroy them with harmful herbicides, they’re sunny little drops of happiness that offer a multitude of health benefits and even potential treatment for several types of cancer. (Check out these studies on PubMed for more information.) The flowers are especially treasured for their mild analgesic (pain-relieving) properties, making them an excellent addition to products designed for sore muscles … Continue reading