How to Make Dandelion Lotion Bars

How to Make Dandelion Lotion Bars

I originally made these lotion bars for my husband. His primary job is as a rock mason and the mortar and rough stone often leaves his hands dry, cracked, and bleeding. At night, I put salve on them, and while that helped a lot, it just wasn’t enough. Lotion bars have a long history of helping the toughest cases of cracked, dry skin, while dandelion oil is particularly useful for alleviating the chapped skin and soreness … Continue reading

FAQS: How to Create Your Own Shave Soap Recipe {dual lye}

To accompany my Calendula Shave Soap Recipe, I though it’d be helpful to write up some FAQS I’ve received about how to create your own shave soap recipe. This information is also useful to know if you want to make substitutions in an existing recipe you’ve found in a book or online and aren’t sure how to do so. If you have a question I didn’t answer here, let me know in the comments below! … Continue reading

Calendula Shave Soap Recipe {dual lye, palm free}

This calendula shave soap recipe was requested by newsletter subscriber Lianne, which was perfect timing since my husband also requested some new shave soap. :) It includes both sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide, plus has a high amount of stearic acid in order to produce a dense lather that’s perfect for shaving. Most shave soap recipes rely on soy wax or stearic acid flakes to meet the criteria for stearic acid amount, but I prefer … Continue reading

Valentine Soap with Hearts Recipe

Valentine Soap with Hearts Recipe

This tricolored soap was dreamed up by newsletter reader Patricia who wanted to make her friends a cute soap for Valentine’s Day. She requested a soap with three layers – chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, and wanted it to smell like strawberries and chocolate. While my version doesn’t smell like strawberries since I have family members sensitive to fragrance oils, you could easily add one to the recipe if you’d like. Instead, I used unrefined cocoa … Continue reading

Sore Muscles Soak with Epsom Salt & Herbs

Sore Muscles Soak with Epsom Salt & Herbs

This bath helps relax tense, sore muscles, yet doesn’t leave you smelling of a medicinal vapor rub. The aroma will soothe frayed nerves, but won’t lull you to sleep. It’s useful to relieve soreness and aches and pains. It also smells fantastic and is just the thing to use next time you feel a little achy and have a stuffy nose from a cold! This wonderful recipe comes straight out of the first unit of beginning … Continue reading

10 Things to Make With Fresh Mint

mint ice cubes

Mint is an easy to grow herb that cools and relieves pain. It can help ease stomachache, indigestion, headache, nausea and sore muscles. If you’ve ever grown mint in your garden, you’re probably well aware of just how rapidly it spreads! Today, I’m sharing ten ways that you can use up an abundance of mint to make things that are both fun and practical. While peppermint and spearmint are most commonly used, if you have other … 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