My Big Book of Projects Using Common Herbs & Flowers (Print Version!)

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  Last January, I asked for your help in deciding which eBook topic I should write about next. The answer was pretty clear, as you can see by the screenshot below! In that very same month, an amazing thing happened. I received an email from a publishing company (Page Street Publishing) asking if I was interested in writing a book for traditional print. Not just any book, but a book that would be filled to the … Continue reading

Pineapple Sage Sugar Scrub

Pineapple Sage Sugar Scrub Recipe 700

Every spring, I plant one or more pineapple sage plants in my garden. All summer long, I look forward to the flowers blooming since I have a million ideas for experimenting with them running through my head. In late late summer, they start blooming, I start trying out some ideas and then… cold weather and heavy frosts come along and my plants perish. By that time, I feel like it’s too late to start posting about pineapple sage, so I tuck my … Continue reading

Ginger & Lemon Balm Cold & Flu Syrup

Herbal syrups are one of the easiest (and tastiest) things you can make for your natural medicine cabinet. Basically, they’re composed of a strong herbal tea, mixed with at least an equal measure of raw honey. (The high amount of honey helps preserve it longer than a normal herbal tea would last.) Because they’re so delicious, patient compliance with taking herbal syrups is high, especially when it comes to trying to treat kids and picky husbands! … Continue reading

Goldenrod Soap Recipe

Goldenrod Cold Process Soap Recipe

In September, I wrote a post on foraging and using goldenrod, and in it, I mentioned that I really wanted to make goldenrod soap soon too. Well, I finally got around to it! I kind of thought that my soap would turn out more yellow-toned than it did, but I’m still very happy with it. Before I get into the recipe, do you see the pretty floral imprint that’s on the outside of my soap? I got the … Continue reading

Chamomile & Elder Sensitive Skin Lotion Recipe

Gentle Chamomile & Elder Lotion Recipe for Sensitive Skin

This gentle unscented lotion is perfect for those with sensitive skin. I chose avocado oil and avocado butter for this recipe because of how useful they can be for smoothing rough skin. Avocado oil contains essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E, has been studied in a cream for psoriasis (source) and is also a great choice for those with tree nut allergies. If you don’t have the oil and/or butter on hand, or prefer something different, you can … Continue reading

Herbal Intensive Lotion Bars

Learn How to Make Your Own Herbal Intensive Lotion Bars to Heal Dry, Sore & Cracked Hands

Lotion bars are of one of the best treatments around for repairing dry, calloused and sore hands! They also make great gifts for those who work or play hard with their hands. In our house, they’re invaluable for healing the damage that being a rock mason does to my husband’s hands. In this recipe, I combined 4 of my favorite herbs: arnica flowers – approved by the German Commission E for topical use for inflammation, bruises and joint … Continue reading

Cold Process Cucumber Soap (Palm Free)

Cold Process Palm Free Cucumber Soap Recipe

This cold process cucumber soap is a palm-free alternative to my original Cucumber Borage Soap. When creating this recipe, I started with my standard base of skin loving olive oil, plus a generous amount of coconut oil for great lather and hardness. (If you’re allergic to coconut, try using babassu oil instead.) I then added some rice bran oil, since I’ve really been loving it in my soaps lately – it’s a nourishing oil, rich in vitamin E, and makes … Continue reading