Forsythia Soap

Forsythia are those ornamental flowering bushes that you see blooming everywhere this time of year (at least around these parts.) What some don’t know though, is that forsythia is also considered an edible flower, which is the main qualification I look for when creating new soaps and such. I figure if it’s safe to eat, it’s usually […]

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Spring Happenings

After an overly long winter, spring is finally here! We’ve been planting spring gardens….. admiring baby animals…. making a few projects (will detail this rabbit tractor in a future post)… and the usual – repair, repair, repair.   All that to say that the blog and email have been sorely neglected lately. Starting back next […]

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Gardener’s Hand Cream

Today, I’m over at HobbyFarms.com sharing the recipe for this deeply moisturizing hand cream. It’s super simple to make and great for gardeners, farmers, and those who work a lot with their hands. For the recipe and directions on how to make it, just click HERE to visit HobbyFarms.com!  

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How to Make Lavender Dusting Cloths

These all natural, lavender dusting cloths are so simple to make and use. I love that I can hand them off to my kids at chore time and not worry about exposing them to potentially toxic chemicals. Lavender is well known for its soothing, calming properties. I like my home to feel like a safe, […]

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Violet Leaf Lip Balm

Today, I’m over at the Hobby Farms web site sharing how I make a soothing lip balm from violet leaves. You can check that recipe out by clicking HERE! You might also like these other projects using violets: Spring Tonic Honey | Violet Vinegar | Violet Jelly      

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Treating Pets with Herbal Broths

Many, though not all, of the plant-based herbal remedies that we use for humans can also be safely used to treat dogs and cats. The tricky part is getting them to take them! To encourage compliance, I make my pets an herbal tea of sorts, using broth instead of water. Before I detail how and […]

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The Winter Homestead

Last month, I asked my newsletter subscribers what kind of things they’d like to see me write about this year. I got some great answers – thank you to everyone that responded! Several asked for more behind-the-scenes type posts, more information on how daily life goes on around here, and how we deal with farm-related […]

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Wild Rose Body Butter

This luscious body butter is so rich, so moisturizing… it has quickly become a new favorite of mine! I adapted it from the wonderful whipped body butter recipe found HERE on the Soap Queen blog. I love that it’s super easy to put together – no melting, no chilling, no complicated steps. I loaded my […]

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Winter Rose Soap

This winter rose soap recipe came about one gray and gloomy day when I was sorting through my dried flower collection from last summer. Rose is such an uplifting flower and scent; you can’t help but be cheered up when working with it! I thought it would make the perfect February submission for my newest […]

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Natural Clay Soap Recipe

Clays are one of my favorite additions to soap recipes. Not only do they add natural color, but I love how the resulting bars leave my skin feeling so clean and refreshed! Clay soap is especially helpful for itchy, inflamed skin conditions, like bug bites and summer heat rashes. It can also be used as […]

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Maple Bacon Candy (Take Two)

I posted this recipe two days ago, but then it just…. vaporized. (I upgraded my server this week and it made things go a little strange for about 48 hours.) Everything *should* be fixed now though, so I’m going to try this again! This recipe is the result of a desperate experiment to find a new treat […]

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Ginger Lemon Honey Tonic for Colds & Flu

This Ginger Lemon Honey Tonic is one of the easiest, tastiest cold and flu remedies around! Raw honey helps fight infection and soothes inflamed tissue; lemons are full of healthful vitamin C and antioxidants (plus, they taste great!); and fresh ginger root helps fight the sore throat, cough, lung congestion, chills and stomach-ache that often […]

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Easy Ginger Honey Syrup

This tasty ginger honey syrup is made with just a few easy-to-find ingredients and is a snap to mix together! It’s superb for treating: nausea stomach ache motion sickness indigestion discomfort from overeating vomiting colds & flu when chills and congestion are among the symptoms It’s anti-viral so also great for taking as a preemptive […]

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How to Make a Ginger Tincture

A ginger tincture is easy to make and is wonderful for treating: nausea motion sickness stomach flu congestion chills Because it’s concentrated, you only need a few drops at a time to be effective, making it much easier to dose to a person reluctant to swallow anything. I find that mixing a few drops into […]

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Lemon Balm Soap

Lemon balm grows like crazy around my house (which is a good thing!), so, of course, I had to turn some of it into a soap! For further inspiration on ways to use this prolific plant, be sure to check out my post on 12+ Things to Do With Lemon Balm. This is a Cold […]

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Garden Mint Soap Recipe

This mint soap recipe is another personal favorite! The French green clay helps soothe skin irritations, while the peppermint essential oil energizes and refreshes the senses. I use fresh mint from my garden to make this, but you can also use dried. Any type of mint that you have on hand will work in this […]

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Honey & Dandelion Soap Recipe

Honey & Dandelion Soap is probably the most popular soap I’ve ever made. It sells out as quickly as I can make it and happens to be a personal favorite, as well. It’s loaded with fresh dandelions from our fields, raw honey from our bee hives and organic tamanu oil – making it especially useful […]

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Pumpkin Soap Recipe

Today’s recipe is for Pumpkin Soap! For this batch, I added a vanilla spice swirl to give the bar just a hint of warm, fresh-baked scent. Because I have several sensitive family members, I usually leave bars unscented or very lightly scented with natural ingredients only. If you want your soap to have a more […]

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Sunflower Lip Balm (Using Vegan Sunflower Wax)

This small batch vegan lip balm is easy to make and perfect for smoothing over dry chapped lips. Sunflower wax (Helianthus Annuus seed wax) is a natural vegan wax sourced from sunflower seeds. It can be used to replace beeswax in lip balms and salves, only you don’t need as much sunflower wax as beeswax, […]

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Aloe Mint Lotion Recipe

I’ve been experimenting with pure aloe vera to create a homemade aloe mint lotion recipe perfect for the warm spring and summer days and finally found one that I absolutely love! I based it off of Rosemary Gladstar’s “Famous Face Cream” recipe found in her book, Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, and then tweaked it […]

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