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

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

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

Dandelion Magnesium Lotion Recipe

I’m so excited to be able to finally share this recipe with you today! I first made Dandelion Magnesium Lotion 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 thing I’d … Continue reading

Foraging & Using Goldenrod

Foraging & Using Goldenrod to Make Tincture, Tea, Oil & Salve

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

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup for Cold & Flu Season

Over the past week or two, I’ve been harvesting from my elder bushes, making: Elderberry Syrup, excellent for treating colds and flu, Elder Leaf Salve, for bruises, muscle strains and old injuries (recipe HERE), Elderberry Tincture, more concentrated than syrup, plus sugar/honey-free (recipe coming soon-ish)   Elderberry Syrup is the best thing ever and I couldn’t imagine facing cold/flu season without it! There are quite a few studies on its effectiveness against influenza, like THIS ONE (“Patients received 15 ml … Continue reading