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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How to Make Homemade Aftershave + 3 Recipes

Learn how to create your own natural homemade aftershave with herbs, spices and other healthy ingredients. I also include 3 aftershave recipes to get you started: Bay Rum, Juniper Woods, and Cedarwood & Vetiver. Several months ago, my husband requested that I create some natural aftershave recipes for him. In preparation, I spent a long […]

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Why do you need lye to make soap? (FAQS)

Learn why you need lye to make soap and how to handle it safely. Our great great grandmothers made soap without having to use a caustic chemical, so why do we? The short answer is that our grandmothers manufactured their own caustic chemical of sorts, called potash, by combining hardwood ashes and water. This created […]

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Sweet Orange & Frankincense Homemade Natural Deodorant Recipe

Learn how to make this non-toxic homemade natural deodorant recipe that features sweet orange and frankincense essential oils, along with herbal infused coconut oil for extra skin-soothing properties. This recipe makes a cream style natural deodorant that you store in a jar and spread on with your fingers. You only need a small amount to […]

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Soap Making 101: How to Make Soap {cold process}

While there are other methods of making soap (hot process and melt & pour), this soap making 101 tutorial provides a basic overview on how to make soap the cold process way. It will be added to my Natural Soap Making page along with other helpful links and recipes; so be sure to bookmark or pin it […]

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Honeysuckle Rose Salve Recipe

This salve captures the essence of two well-loved summer flowers – roses and honeysuckle. Roses are often used in skin care recipes for their cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. Honeysuckle flowers, while better known for treating flu and viruses internally, can also be used as a skin soothing component in skin care formulations. A touch of rose (or geranium) […]

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Sage & Apple Cider Vinegar Face Soap Recipe

This herbal vinegar face soap recipe features sage for its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, plus chlorella, a nutritious algae that has impressive acne fighting and anti-aging skin benefits. It’s especially helpful for those with normal to oily, or acne-prone skin. Sage & Chlorella – for potential skin benefits & natural color This face soap recipe features […]

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How to Make Dandelion Lotion Bars

I originally made these lotion bars for my husband. His primary job is as a rock mason and the mortar and rough stone often leaves his hands dry, cracked, and bleeding. At night, I put salve on them, and while that helped a lot, it just wasn’t enough. Lotion bars have a long history of […]

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Lavender Rose Balm Recipe {with calendula}

This lavender rose balm recipe was requested by newsletter subscriber Patti, especially for her mom who gets sore from sitting in a wheelchair. Patti’s mom loves lavender and roses so I combined the two scents together along with calendula in a balm designed to help soothe and heal chapped irritated skin. To get the creamy […]

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Spring Flower Foot Scrub Bars

These pretty spring flower foot scrub bars are simple to make and require just three ingredients. 1/4 cup sea salt 1/4 cup fresh flower petals or herbs (loosely packed) 2 Tbsp coconut oil Use them to polish and prepare your feet for sandal weather! (You can also find this recipe on page 119 inside my […]

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FAQS: How to Create Your Own Shave Soap Recipe {dual lye}

To accompany my Calendula Shave Soap Recipe, I though it’d be helpful to write up some FAQS I’ve received about how to create your own shave soap recipe. This information is also useful to know if you want to make substitutions in an existing recipe you’ve found in a book or online and aren’t sure […]

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Calendula Shave Soap Recipe {dual lye, palm free}

This calendula shave soap recipe was requested by newsletter subscriber Lianne, which was perfect timing since my husband also requested some new shave soap. :) It includes both sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide, plus has a high amount of stearic acid in order to produce a dense lather that’s perfect for shaving. Most shave soap […]

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2 Gentle Homemade Lotion Recipes for Sensitive Skin

In my last blog post, I mentioned that I’d received several requests for gentle homemade lotion and soap recipes that would be suitable for extra sensitive skin, especially when it’s caused by cancer treatments. I shared some soap recipes in that article, and today will cover lotions. There are two different recipes options provided below, […]

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Mild Unscented Soap Recipes {for sensitive skin}

A few months ago, I asked newsletter subscribers what they’d like to see me write about this year. (Not a subscriber yet? You can join us HERE.) Multiple readers asked for mild unscented soap and homemade lotion recipes that are extra gentle and can be made especially for loved ones that are going through cancer […]

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