Clay Cleansing Bars (Soap Free)

These natural clay cleansing bars are made with nourishing butters, oils, clay, and oatmeal, and are best suited for normal to dry skin. I started working on this clay cleansing bar recipe a while back, and after quite a few experiments fine-tuning the amount of oils, butters, and clay, I finally settled on a ratio […]

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Mentholated Cold Care Chest Rub Cream

Learn how to make an effective, non-greasy, and natural cold care chest rub cream featuring essential oils and menthol. It’s peak cold and flu season around here, and I’ve been sharing jars of this natural vapor rub cream with loved ones. I originally created the recipe especially for my Handmade Lotions & Creams Course, but […]

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Flower Infused Whipped Body Butter

This nourishing whipped body butter recipe is perfect for softening and soothing dry hands and body! It features a trio of herbal flowers: dandelion, sunflower, and calendula, that help repair and condition chapped skin. Today I’m excited to share a recipe that was inspired by my friend Colleen’s brand new book, Healing Herbal Infusions. If […]

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DIY Lavender Bath Bombs {100% Natural}

These relaxing DIY lavender bath bombs get their pretty natural color from purple Brazilian clay and delightful scent from pure lavender essential oil. The shea (or mango) butter helps to hold the bath bomb together, without the need for a lot of added witch hazel. If shea or mango butter isn’t available, a mixture of […]

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Homemade Dog Shampoo Bars Recipe {with neem oil}

These natural homemade dog shampoo bars feature neem oil, which is especially helpful at repelling fleas and treating a variety of skin complaints. Since neem has a fairly strong aroma, I also included some lavender essential oil to help mellow the scent and to add a calming note to bath times. After washing your dog […]

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Homemade Doggie Breath Freshener Treats

Have a dog with bad breath? Try this DIY doggie breath freshener treat recipe, made with all natural ingredients that are good for your pup! We love to spoil our pets, but our little dachshund’s tummy can’t handle most commercial dog treats. And, let’s face it. “Dog breath” didn’t become a commonly used insult for […]

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Detox Bath {supercharge your Epsom salt bath!}

Supercharge your Epsom salt bath with this natural detox bath recipe featuring charcoal infused sea salt, baking soda, and bentonite clay. A natural detox bath is an amazing way to cleanse your skin and refreshen your body. While there are many different recipes that you can follow, this is my favorite one – adapted from […]

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Soap Books & Resources {à la carte}

While my Natural Soapmaking Ebook Collection continues to be a best seller, I’ve also received a lot of requests from readers wanting to purchase individual items from the set. This weekend, I dug into my online shopping cart system, made some tweaks and changes, and finally made that happen! If you’ve ever wanted to just […]

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Preserving & Using Jewelweed

Jewelweed is an excellent natural remedy for poison ivy, poison oak, bug bites, and general itchy skin conditions. If you’re fortunate to have any growing around you, be sure to harvest some now to preserve for year ’round use! Lately there’s been an increase in reader interest and questions about jewelweed, so I took a […]

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How to Add Lanolin to Soap Recipes

Learn how to adjust for and add lanolin to soap recipes, plus guidelines for using it. Kimberly asked a great question the other day, about how to include lanolin in a soap recipe she’d recently made. She also wanted to try including it in my Dandelion Scrub Bar recipe, but wasn’t sure what changes to […]

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6+ Uses for Lavender Leaves

Lavender flowers are only around for a short time, but there are plenty of uses for lavender leaves! Learn how to harvest, dry & use them in DIY projects. First though, you may wonder – what are the health benefits of lavender leaves? While the leaves haven’t been studied as specifically or extensively as the […]

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Sinus & Headache Balm

This easy DIY sinus and headache balm is an all-natural remedy that helps relieve stuffy noses, allergies, and headaches. I created this balm recipe specifically for a relative with chronic sinus problems that have kept them from sleeping well for years. They reported that it helped immensely and they even regained some lost smell after […]

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Elderberry Vinegar Honey Caramels Recipe {+video}

Elderberries and apple cider vinegar combine with honey, butter, and vanilla to make these delicious antiviral elderberry vinegar honey caramels. We’ve made elderberry syrup and elderberry tincture, now it’s time for elderberry vinegar! I’ll also show you how to turn that vinegar into a delicious honey caramel treat with an antiviral boost.   Step 1: Make […]

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Elderberry Tincture {with herbs}

Elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are a fantastic home remedy for colds and flu and are backed by both science and traditional use. They’re often turned into a sweet and tasty syrup, like my homemade elderberry syrup made with honey, but can also be preserved and dosed in other ways, including this elderberry tincture. I chose to add […]

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Blueberry Herbal Vinegar {a brain food!}

Beautiful blueberry herbal vinegar features ingredients that are good for your brain and body! Learn how to make blueberry vinegar, plus how to turn it into a brain boosting oxymel (herbal sweet and sour syrup). This recipe was inspired by an interesting study I read about blueberry vinegar and its potential to improve cognitive function. […]

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Uses for Corn Silk

Corn Silk can be used to help alleviate symptoms that go along with the following conditions: bedwetting cystitis prostatitis urinary tract infections kidney stones gout hyperglycemia It’s also a natural source of vitamin K and potassium. Few things in life are more delightful than discovering the goodness in something (or someone!) that the general population […]

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Daisy Lotion Bars

Learn how to turn common field daisies into easy DIY daisy lotion bars perfect for soothing chapped, dry, sore hands. Shasta daisies will work well for this project too! Found in fields and on roadsides, the common daisy isn’t just for making flower crowns. (Or seeing if he loves me, he loves me not, he […]

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Red, White & Blue Swirl Soap with Natural Colorants

This red, white & blue swirl soap is naturally colored with botanicals and clays, and scented with a blend of essential oils. Credit for the design inspiration goes to Kapia Mera Soap Company (see their lovely soap video HERE), only instead of cutting a thin layer to use for rimmed soap, I cut a thin layer […]

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