Energizing Shower Steamers to Wake You Up

Energizing Shower Steamers with Essential Oils

This recipe was inspired by newsletter subscriber, Melody. She makes sinus bombs for the shower when her family has colds and also wanted to make some “wake up” bombs, but wasn’t sure which essential oils would go well in those. Shower bombs (also called shower steamers) are made similar to bath bombs, only you put them at the far corner of your shower so they slowly dissolve and release their aroma while you wash up. … Continue reading

Green Gold Lotion Bars (+ printable labels)

Green Gold Lotion Bars

A few weeks ago, I asked my newsletter subscribers for their input on projects that I can make and share throughout 2018. This recipe was inspired by Tree Lady Kay’s request for a lotion bar for some hardworking lawn maintenance men whose hands see all kinds of weather conditions, soil, water, concrete and more. In response, I created these lotion bars that feature plantain, a common leafy green weed that soothes damaged skin, and tamanu, … Continue reading

Sore Muscles Soak with Epsom Salt & Herbs

Sore Muscles Soak with Epsom Salt & Herbs

This bath helps relax tense, sore muscles, yet doesn’t leave you smelling of a medicinal vapor rub. The aroma will soothe frayed nerves, but won’t lull you to sleep. It’s useful to relieve soreness and aches and pains. It also smells fantastic and is just the thing to use next time you feel a little achy and have a stuffy nose from a cold! This wonderful recipe comes straight out of the first unit of beginning … Continue reading

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 salve is made from the leaves and flowers of purple coneflower (Echinacea pupurea). It’s super simple to make and handy to keep around in your first aid kit and 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 Fresh Mint

mint ice cubes

Mint is an easy to grow herb that cools and relieves pain. It can help ease stomachache, indigestion, headache, nausea and sore muscles. If you’ve ever grown mint in your garden, you’re probably well aware of just how rapidly it spreads! Today, I’m sharing ten ways that you can use up an abundance of mint to make things that are both fun and practical. While peppermint and spearmint are most commonly used, if you have other … Continue reading

14 Ways to Use Ground Ginger

14 Things to Make With 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 spice section of your local supermarket. Optimally, you’d want an organic brand, but these recipes will work with whatever type is available … Continue reading