DIY Quilter’s Salve Recipe

Easy DIY Quilter's Salve Recipe

This is a hand salve that I made for my mom, an avid quilter. Originally, I wanted to make her a quilt block soap to match, but that proved to be more of a challenge than anticipated, so I haven’t gotten that part quite yet! (Fun fact: My mom helped me start the quilt in the background of the photo above before my daughter was born. She’s 17 now and my quilt still isn’t finished! … Continue reading

Elder Leaf Salve

How to Make a Salve from Elder Leaves - good for treating bruising, strains and old injuries

The idea for this elder leaf salve came from one of my all-time favorite books, Making Plant Medicine, by Richo Cech. He states that oils and salves made from fresh elder leaves “make a useful application to traumatic injuries, old burns, ulcerations or hemorrhoids.” Kiva Rose (another highly respected herbalist) says HERE: “Infused oil of the flowers or leaves makes a wonderful salve or ointment for all kinds of wounds, as well as bruises, sprains and strains.” … Continue reading

Coconut Honey Balm

coconut honey balm

This simple balm contains just three ingredients and is perfect for soothing dry, scraped, or irritated skin. It’s gentle and safe enough to use on all of your family members, including the dog! You can read the full recipe HERE at HobbyFarms.com. You may also like: Dandelion Lotion Bars | Aloe Rose Anti-Aging Cream | Boo Boo Balm       

DIY Cayenne Salve For Pain Relief

Cayenne Salve for Pain Relief

Capsaicin, a compound found in hot peppers, has traditionally been used to treat pain associated with arthritis, shingles, psoriasis, strained muscles, rheumatoid arthritis, backache and diabetic neuropathy. While you can find a variety of topical capsaicin gels, creams and lotions at your local drugstore, it’s simple and more cost-effective to make your own version at home. For the recipe, hop over to the rest of my article at HobbyFarms.com! You may also like: Aches & … Continue reading

Pine Tar Salve

Old Fashioned Pine Tar Salve Recipe

Today, I’m over at HobbyFarms.com, sharing a recipe for an old fashioned pine tar salve. By request from several readers, I’ll also be sharing a matching Pine Tar Soap recipe back here on my site, tomorrow. In other news, from today until September 15th (2014) only, you can find my natural soap making ebook in the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. There are so many cool goodies in this collection including ebooks on freezer cooking, making … Continue reading

Bumps and Bruises Balm

Bumps & Bruises Balm with Printable Labels

This balm is part of a travel set I put together for my kids. They’ve spent the summer adventuring and camping across the country and I wanted them to be prepared for any first aid needs they might run into. So far, I’ve shared the recipes for Boo Boo Balm and Bug Be Gone Salve. Today, we’re making a bumps and bruises balm using arnica and comfrey infused oil. It’s also great for treating sore … Continue reading

Bug Be Gone Salve

Bug Be Gone Salve With Printable Labels

As I mentioned yesterday, my kids have spent a good part of their summer camping and meandering across the country. They’ve zig-zagged across the top of the United States, spent some time in California, and are now exploring throughout the southwest, as they make their way back home. (A special “Thank You!” to my sister for taking them on such a grand adventure!) In anticipation of the inevitable boo-boo’s, bumps, and bug problems they would … Continue reading