Learn how to harvest, dry, and use sunflower petals in DIY projects. Make your own sunflower salve, oil, soap, lip balm, lotion bars, and more! Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are the quintessential flower for late summer and fall. Not only do they provide seeds and nectar for birds and insects to enjoy, plus beautiful flowers to […]...read the full article.
Discover over 9 creative and practical things you can make with the bounty of purple dead nettle growing in your lawn or vegetable beds. Purple dead nettle (Lamium purpureum) is an early spring weed that you often find growing in lawns and garden beds. It grows like gangbusters in my garden, which I love, but […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
Learn 5 ways to use hollyhocks – a lovely old-fashioned garden flower that’s completely edible and non-toxic! Many people don’t realize that the common garden flower, Hollyhock, is completely edible – root, leaves and blossoms – and useful for more than just its charming looks. Hollyhock is related to Marshmallow and can sometimes be used […]...read the full article.
Here are 10 creative ways to use calendula flowers for skin care and health! Calendula flowers are traditionally used for their beneficial properties: skin soothing antiseptic healing anti-inflammatory Calendula is sometimes confused with garden marigolds, so make sure you’re working with the right plant. Visit Unruly Gardening for a great article and visual chart showing […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
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 […]...read the full article.
Here are a dozen pretty and practical ways to use violet flowers and leaves. Violets (Viola odorata, V. sororia) are not only lovely to look at, but are cooling and healing. The leaves and flowers are edible food herbs and are traditionally used in fighting eczema, chronic diseases, and oral or breast cancer. A few […]...read the full article.
Here are a dozen pretty and useful DIY bath and beauty recipes that you can make with roses. Roses are one of my absolute favorite flowers to make things with! Besides being enjoyable to look at and smell, their cooling, soothing, anti-inflammatory and mild astringent properties make them ideal ingredients in many body care products and herbal remedies. Types of […]...read the full article.
Here are 10 useful things to make with plantain leaves: infused oil, coconut plantain balm, plantain lip repair, plantain lotion bars, lavender plantain bath salts, lavender plantain lotion, herbal plantain bath bags, plantain infused vinegar, plantain poultice & plantain tincture. Plantain is a common leafy green weed found all over the world. If you have […]...read the full article.
Lemon balm is an easy to grow herb that not only attracts bees to the garden, but is also a great anti-viral with relaxing properties that are helpful for soothing frayed nerves and calming hyper children. Traditionally, it’s been used to gently treat colic and upset stomach in everyone from infants to elders. A leaf […]...read the full article.