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 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

10 Things to Make With Violets

Violet Leaf Soap Recipe

Violets are not only lovely to look at, but are cooling and healing. The stems, leaves and flowers are all edible and are traditionally used in fighting chronic diseases such as oral cancer and fibrocystic breast disease. They’re especially useful for soothing irritations and eczema when used on your skin. Here are a few helpful links on identifying and foraging for violets. (You do NOT want to use African violet houseplants in any of these … Continue reading

14 Uses For Calendula Tea

Straining 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 can use it. (Don’t have any calendula? I buy mine HERE from Mountain Rose Herbs.)   How to Make Calendula … Continue reading

Ginger & Lemon Balm Cold & Flu Syrup

Herbal syrups are one of the easiest (and tastiest) things you can make for your natural medicine cabinet. Basically, they’re composed of a strong herbal tea, mixed with at least an equal measure of raw honey. (The high amount of honey helps preserve it longer than a normal herbal tea would last.) Because they’re so delicious, patient compliance with taking herbal syrups is high, especially when it comes to trying to treat kids and picky husbands! … Continue reading