10 Herbs To Grow In A Natural Remedies Garden

Ball's Improved Calendula

Below are ten of my favorite plants to grow 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! However, if you’re just starting out and looking for some relatively easy-to-grow plants with a wide variety of uses, then this should be a great place to start. If you’re unable to garden where you live, check your … Continue reading

Lemon Balm Bug Spray

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 a recipe I felt comfortable recommending. This one works for me, my family and friends that tested it, at a … Continue reading

Naturally Colored Decorating Sugar (Using Edible Flowers)

How to make naturally colored decorating sugar with edible flowers and cane sugar

Lately, I’ve been working on a new ebook about some of my favorite edible flowers and fun ways to use them. It’s a pretty time consuming project, so I’m still a ways from having it done, but this colored sugar idea has been so fun and so well received by family and friends – I couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you! Last year, IN THIS POST, I talked about how you can … Continue reading

Aloe Rose Anti-Aging Skin Cream

This all natural Aloe Rose Anti-Aging Skin Cream recipe features rose-infused aloe, rosehip seed oil, beeswax and shea butter.

Yesterday, I shared how to make an aloe and rose skin soothing gel that’s great for treating sunburn, rashes, bug bites, and more. (You can find that post HERE.) Today, we’re going to use some of that gel to make this deeply moisturizing face cream, that’s suitable for dry or mature skin. If you don’t have fresh rose petals handy to infuse the aloe, that’s okay – you can just use plain aloe instead. This … Continue reading

Aloe Rose Skin Soothing Gel

aloe rose skin soother ingredients

This week, I’ll be sharing a few project ideas using fresh roses and aloe. Today’s recipe is for a skin soothing gel, tomorrow we’ll use some of that gel in an anti-aging face cream, and then the next day – we’ll make aloe rose soap! Aloe rose skin soother can be used for: sunburn bug bites rashes dry skin eczema psoriasis razor burn minor cuts and scrapes radiation burns Rub on skin irritations in small … Continue reading

Rose Lotion Bars

Rose lotion bars are simple to whip together and are fantastic at healing damaged skin. They also make wonderful gifts! To use, rub a lotion bar over your skin wherever it feels dry. They’re especially helpful for spot treating rough feet, knees and elbows. To make this recipe, you’ll first need to make rose infused oil. For directions to make rose infused oil, see my Peppermint Rose Lip Balm recipe (HERE).   I usually make … Continue reading

Treating Pets with Herbal Broths

how to use herbal broths to treat pets

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 offer some suggested herbs, I want to be clear that I am not advocating that you replace your vet completely … Continue reading

Wild Rose Body Butter

This luscious body butter is so rich, so moisturizing… it has quickly become a new favorite of mine! I adapted it from the wonderful whipped body butter recipe found HERE on the Soap Queen blog. I love that it’s super easy to put together – no melting, no chilling, no complicated steps. I loaded my version up with wrinkle fighting rosehip seed oil, skin nourishing mango butter, rose petal infused sunflower oil, and then lightly … Continue reading