9 Things to Make with Forsythia Flowers

fresh forsythia and other spring flowers in a basket

Spring has finally started to arrive around these parts! Yesterday, I took a walk with my daughter and we collected all of the pretty flowers and herbs shown in the basket above. After she asked me about how I planned to use some of the flowers, I realized that I’ve never written up a “things to make” post about one of my spring favorites – forsythia flowers! Forsythia bushes (Forsythia suspensa) not only offer a … Continue reading

10 Things to Make With Calendula Flowers

calendula salve

Have an abundance of dried calendula flowers or a bountiful crop of the blossoms from your garden and aren’t quite sure what to do with them all? Calendula flowers are traditionally used for their following properties: skin soothing antiseptic healing anti-inflammatory These 10 projects using calendula flowers are both useful and pretty! A few notes before we begin: 1. If your calendula flowers are fresh, you’ll need to dry them before making most of these recipes. … Continue reading

10 Things to Make With Lavender

10 Things to Make With Lavender - Lavender Salve

Have a bountiful crop of lavender from your garden, local farmer’s market, or a trip to a lavender farm, but not sure what to do with it? Here are 10 useful and pretty things that you can make with lavender so you can continue to enjoy it for months to come!   If you don’t have lavender available locally, no problem! You can purchase organic dried lavender from Mountain Rose Herbs which will work perfectly in every one … Continue reading

10 Things to Make With Fresh Mint

mint ice cubes

Enjoy these 10 practical ways to use fresh mint from your garden! Mint is easy to grow and helps cool, relieve pain, indigestion, headache & sore muscles. While peppermint and spearmint are most commonly used, if you have other types of mint such as orange, pineapple or chocolate mint, feel free to try them in the ideas below instead. 1.) Mint Ice Cubes These are super easy to make and look so pretty in summertime … Continue reading

12 Things to Make With Dandelion Flowers

Dandelion Vinegar

Dandelions are the epitome of cheerful resilience. Though many people inexplicably find them ugly and try to destroy them with harmful herbicides, they’re sunny little drops of happiness that offer a multitude of health benefits and even potential treatment for several types of cancer. (Check out these studies on PubMed for more information.) The flowers are especially treasured for their mild analgesic (pain-relieving) properties, making them an excellent addition to products designed for sore muscles … 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