5 Homemade Products Using Flowers & Herbs From Your Garden

Five Homemade Products Using Flowers and Herbs From Your Garden

Today’s the day! To celebrate the release of my book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home, I put together a little gift for you. I made a mini download that includes 5 brand new, bonus recipes that tie into the overarching theme of the book – things to make from the flowers and herbs that grow around you. Within its pages, you’ll find instructions to make: Rose Salt Scrub Cubes Cooling Calendula Gel Basil & Mint Liniment Pansy & … Continue reading

Dandelion Magnesium Lotion {relieve leg & back aches, growing pains, restless legs}

Dandelion Magnesium Lotion Recipe

I’m so excited to be able to finally share this dandelion magnesium lotion recipe with you today! I first created it last March, while developing recipes for my new book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for your Skin, Health & Home. It was an instant hit with everyone who tested it, relieving leg cramps, back aches, growing pains, restless leg syndrome and various related ailments. One relative with chronic nerve pain in her arm declared it the best … 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

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

Behind the Scenes Bloopers for Basil Face Cream

ingredients for basil rose cream experiment

Do you ever get a wonderful idea for a lotion or a soap or some other homemade goodie that looks so perfect in your head, but when you actually make it, it turns out nothing like you wanted it to? I think we can all relate to that feeling of frustration! Several months ago, I sent out a reader survey and I saw quite a few mentions from those who wanted to see my failures … Continue reading

Basil Anti-Aging Face Cream

Basil Anti-Aging Face Cream Recipe by The Nerdy Farm Wife

This luscious DIY anti-aging face cream recipe contains fresh basil leaves, nourishing hempseed oil and skin softening mango (or shea) butter. A while back, I ran across a fascinating scientific study showing a test cream that contained basil extract demonstrated some pretty significant anti-aging effects when applied topically. The moment I finished reading through it, I knew I HAD to make an anti-aging basil face cream this summer and try it out myself. Definitely click … Continue reading

Milk and Honey Soap (Cold Process vs Hot Process)

How to Make Milk & Honey Soap using Hot Process or Cold Process Method

I often get questions on my milk soap making posts (HERE and HERE) as to whether it’s possible to hot process soap with milk in it. The short answer is: Yes, with some care taken, you can hot process milk soap. For the longer answer, I’m going to take you step-by-step as I make this Milk and Honey Soap recipe both ways and show you just what the difference is when you hot process milk … Continue reading