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

Rose Petal Remedy (Rose Oxymel)

Rose Oxymel Recipe

This week, I’ve been sharing a few ideas from my new eBook: Things To Do With Roses. Roses are not only edible, but are traditionally used for the following health benefits as well. They are: cooling astringent anti-inflammatory uplifting nervine (beneficial to the nervous system) emotion balancing helpful for PMS & menopausal symptoms   In the past, I’ve written about how you can make Rose Glycerite and Whiskey Rose Cough Remedy, but today I want … Continue reading

Lavender Face Cream Recipe (with Lilacs & Violets)

This rich Lavender Face Cream recipe is perfect for dry or mature skin.

I love making a variety of face and body creams for family members. This is my latest lavender face cream creation that I made my mom for Mother’s Day. (Per my usual trend though, I already gave it to her!) She loves lilacs, so I used those and fresh violet blossoms along with dried lavender to infuse the water portion of the cream. Unfortunately, lilacs are one of those flowers, along with gardenias, whose scent … Continue reading

Dandelion Salve Recipe

DIY Dandelion Salve Recipe

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 down the road and see people diligently spraying herbicides (some of which are linked to cancer) on their dandelions (being studied to fight cancer.) Just who decided dandelions were ugly weeds in the first place? And, why did anyone listen to them?? Anyway, rhetorical … Continue reading

Five Uses for Violet Vinegar

Violet Vinegar Recipe five ways to use

Infused vinegars are so pretty to look at, but they don’t do much good just sitting in your cabinet! Today, I want to talk about making violet infused vinegar and five easy ways you can use it. I’ve also included a printable tag, like the one shown in the picture. You can either print it on thick paper, punch a hole in it and tie it on with some ribbon or you could print it … Continue reading

Homemade Herbal Shampoo

How to Make Your Own DIY Herbal Shampoo

My foray into homemade herbal shampoo began last summer. Up until that time, I just used whatever cheap shampoo I could get my hands on. Times were tight and my beloved salon shampoos were most certainly not in the budget. However, I was pretty uncomfortable with the thought of us being exposed to all of those weird sounding chemicals and knew I could do better than that.   I got the framework for this shampoo … Continue reading

Rose Face & Body Cream Recipe

DIY Rose Face & Body Cream Recipe

I created this rose face and body cream as a gift for my mom. She absolutely adores all things roses and the color pink, so I think she’ll love this! (Update: I never can wait to give gifts to people & already gave my mom some of this. She LOVES it. Success!)  :)   There are a few things to remember when making this homemade cream: Use the utmost care in cleanliness. I use the … Continue reading