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

10 Things to Make With Roses

Things to Make With Roses eBook - 40 recipes with full color photos, a companion set of b&w printable recipe cards, plus bonus printable project labels

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.   In this blog post, I’ve gathered 10 pretty project ideas you can make, but if you’re looking for even more creative ideas, be sure to check out my newly updated eBook, Things to Make With Roses. It includes 40 … Continue reading

10 Things to Make With Plantain

coconut plantain balm

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 a yard or have visited a park before, you’ve likely spotted or stepped on plantain! Like most things deemed as “weeds”, plantain offers … Continue reading

Foraging & Using Goldenrod

Foraging & Using Goldenrod

Goldenrod blooms right around the time ragweed pollen starts causing trouble, so is often unjustly blamed for causing allergies. The fact though is that goldenrod pollen is heavy and spread by insects, instead of the wind like ragweed is, making it pretty difficult to trigger symptoms of hay fever. You would have to deeply sniff the flower to get the pollen in your nose. Anything – natural or synthetic – that you put on or in your … Continue reading

12+ Things to Do With Lemon Balm

bath bag filled with fresh rose petals and fresh lemon balm leaves

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 can be chewed to freshen the breath or crushed and placed on a bug bite to help ease the itch. … Continue reading

Easy Sneaker Fresheners

Easy Sneaker Fresheners

I was in the bookstore the other day with my family and ran across the coolest book: The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs by Reader’s Digest. It’s filled with beautiful pictures and a lot of great ways to use herbs. I flipped through it a few moments and saw these sneaker fresheners (which they called “Smell Busters”) and thought: “Brilliant!” I bought the book, came home and made some that very night. My hard working … Continue reading

DIY Natural Rose Face & Body Cream Recipe

DIY Rose Face & Body Cream Recipe

I created this DIY natural 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 … Continue reading

Violet Leaf & Honey Cough Syrup

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how very much I LOVE using violets. Not only are the flowers so pretty to look at each spring, the entire plant is edible and is helpful in a variety of ways. In my last post that referenced violets: Violet Leaf Balm, I mentioned the skin soothing and lymph moving qualities of this amazing plant that makes it helpful for skin irritations and mild … Continue reading