Super Healing Cold Sore Lip Balm

Lemon balm is a powerful antiviral, proven to banish cold sores. Use this DIY super healing cold sore lip balm recipe to help fight & prevent cold sores. It also makes a great all-purpose lip balm for everyday use! If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that a lot of my inspiration […]

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Grilled Sweet Corn with Fresh Herbs

I so enjoy this time of year with all of its fresh fruits and vegetables! While we don’t eat a lot of corn in our house (my son was allergic for so many years that we mostly grew out of the habit), we never ever EVER turn down free food – especially when the grandparents […]

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Calendula Soap

This is a mild, unscented calendula soap bar that’s gentle enough to use on almost everyone from babies to grandmothers. (Always do a small patch test first though, to be sure.) It’s made with calendula infused oil and calendula tea. (Directions on how to make the oil can be found HERE and how to make […]

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Calendula Oil & Salve

This week on the blog, I’m sharing ways that you can use calendula. What I really love about this sunny flower is that it’s: extremely easy to grow from seed is safe enough to use on a baby or pet is a potent skin healer and is a powerful fighter of germs and inflammation By […]

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Peppermint Rose Lip Balm

Today, we’re going to turn roses into lip balm! To make this, first you’ll need some rose petals. You can either go outside and gather these off of the roses growing around your home, or you can order dried, organic petals online from a place such as Mountain Rose Herbs. If using fresh roses, spread […]

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Traditional Scandinavian Dandelion Syrup Recipe

This delicious way to use dandelions was sent to me by a reader in Denmark! She was kind enough to translate and share a few traditional Scandinavian foraging recipes with me, including this one for Dandelion Syrup that she makes each summer. Thank you Tina! You can visit her Danish blog by clicking HERE.   […]

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Rose Petal Remedy (Rose Oxymel)

Roses are not only edible, but are traditionally used for the following health benefits as well. They are: cooling astringent anti-inflammatory uplifting nervine (beneficial to the nervous system) emotion balancing helpful for PMS & menopausal symptoms In the past, I’ve written about how you can make Rose Glycerite and Whiskey Rose Cough Remedy, but today […]

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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 […]

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Dandelion Cupcakes

I recently went to a foraging class and learned a lot of new things! Near the end of the class, we were served dandelion cupcakes with little violets on top. They were so cute, I duplicated them at home. It’s not really a recipe per se, but just general directions. Pick a handful or two […]

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Calendula – A Natural Remedy for Irritated Eyes

I started off this past weekend trying to tame an antique climbing rose that had been long neglected and was overtaking my porch. Not that I mind roses overtaking my porch usually, but this one has lethally large thorns and was making it where we couldn’t use our porch swing. I’ve never tried to catch […]

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Lavender Salve Recipe using Essential Oils (With Free Labels)

So many people express frustration with trying to label their homemade creations that I thought I’d start including printable labels to go along with my recipes, when suitable. The labels are sized to fit the 1 and 2 ounce screwtop type tins that are available from Specialty Bottle. You’ll probably be able to find similar […]

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DIY Herbal Scouring Powder for a Naturally Clean Home

I’ve decided that I’ve reached my tolerance level for the winter grunge that has accumulated in my house and hereby designate this coming week as Spring Cleaning Time! I plan to declutter and/or scrub everything in my path with a vengeance. Of course, shortly after I made that plan, I heard that we’re possibly going […]

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Hollyhock Flower Soap Recipe

I know I say it about all of my recipes – but this truly is another favorite of mine! Hollyhocks have soothing properties similar to their herbal cousin, marshmallow, and the drawing power of the rose clay makes this soap another one helpful for itchy or inflamed skin. (This recipe has been reformulated from the […]

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Carrot & Honey Soap Recipe

This carrot and honey soap is one of my most popular bars! Most people like to use it as a gentle facial cleanser, but it can be used as a body bar as well. I loaded it up with anti-aging and moisturizing ingredients, so it’s especially suitable for dry, mature skin. Though, having said that, […]

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Cucumber Borage Soap Recipe

Cucumber soaps are one of my all-time favorites! The soothing properties of the cucumber and the drawing power of the French green clay makes this soap recipe especially helpful for acne, bug bites, and other itchy, inflamed skin conditions. Never made soap before? Read through my Soap Making 101 post to find out how to get started. […]

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Oatmeal & Honey Soap Recipe

Not long after my children went on a gluten free diet, they came down with chicken pox. It sounds silly, but I couldn’t stop dwelling on the sad fact that I couldn’t use the traditional oatmeal baths and lotions and such that are so helpful for itchy skin afflictions. As soon as I learned how, […]

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Easy Honey Candy Crunch

A while back, I bought a copy of Rodale’s Naturally Delicious Desserts and Snacks by Faye Martin. It’s an out of print book, from 1978, but you can still pick up used copies from Amazon.com for only a couple of dollars plus shipping. I found the basis for this recipe in there, and once I […]

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Rosa Rugosa Soap Recipe (Palm Free)

Quite possibly my favorite part of the year is that time around May when all of my roses start blooming at once. When that happens, I gather together large amounts of rose petals and make all sorts of things from them, including this rosa rugosa soap. If you don’t have access to fresh rose petals, […]

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How to: Create Custom Soaps From A Single Recipe

This is a follow-up to the post, Soap Making 101. Today, I’d like to show you how I took one simple, plain recipe and doctored it up to create a variety of custom soaps. The point I’d like for you to take away from this, is not that you have to follow my recipes exactly (though […]

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Favorite Cold & Flu Remedies

It never fails… this is the way the end of every year goes for us: November: feel great December 1 – 24: feel great December 25: go hang around a bunch of sick, coughing people in small, closed-in spaces December 26: feel great December 27: whole family wakes up at 3:00 a.m. with sore throats, […]

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