Chamomile Care Packages (with printables)

Few things are more uplifting than getting a surprise package in the mail, letting you know that someone out there cares for you! I’ve always loved the idea of sending care packages and when my kids were younger, we’d ship them to shut-ins we knew of. Somehow though, I let myself get too busy-feeling to do […]

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DIY Quilter’s Salve Recipe

This is a hand salve that I made for my mom, an avid quilter. Originally, I wanted to make her a quilt block soap to match, but that proved to be more of a challenge than anticipated, so I haven’t gotten that part quite yet! (Fun fact: My mom helped me start the quilt in […]

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Cucumber Mint Bath Soak

Fresh cucumbers and mint leaves combine with Epsom salt to create this lightly scented and refreshing bath soak made from locally sourced ingredients. The salt helps to rapidly dry the fresh ingredients, capturing and preserving the natural green color for months. No fake colorants, food coloring or preservatives needed! (For more natural bath soak and bath bomb […]

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Dandelion Scrub Bar Soap Recipe

Dandelion flowers, which are wonderful for treating rough, dry skin, are infused into skin-softening olive oil, then combined with bubbly coconut and nourishing sunflower oil to make this soap. It’s perfect for scrubbing away dirt and grime from hands, making it a wonderful gift for the gardener or farmer in your life! It can also be […]

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Calendula Bath Melts & Body Butter Recipes

These recipes for luxurious bath melts and rich body butter feature skin-loving calendula flowers and nourishing mango butter. They’re both perfect for using on skin that’s dry or in need of a little extra TLC. I was inspired to make these after creating a batch of annatto yarrow soap that was topped with calendula petals (recipe from […]

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Aleppo Soap Recipe

Aleppo Soap is an ancient Syrian soap recipe made from just olive oil, laurel berry fruit oil, water and lye. It’s reported to be beneficial for those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and rashes. For more information about the rich history of Aleppo soap, check out this article at Mother Nature Network and this one […]

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5 Homemade Products Using Flowers & Herbs From Your Garden

Today’s the day! To celebrate the release of my book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home, I put together a little gift for you. I made a mini download that includes 5 brand new, bonus recipes that tie into the overarching theme of the book – things to make from the flowers and herbs that grow around you. Within […]

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Natural Preservatives for Homemade Lotion {An Experiment}

Confused about using natural preservatives in homemade lotion? I was too, so I ran an experiment to see if I really needed them, and which ones really work. Have you ever felt confused and conflicted when you looked up information on preserving homemade lotions and creams? Me too. I want my products to be as […]

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Activated Charcoal Soap (Circling Taiwan Swirl)

Have you heard of the Soap Challenge Club? It’s a monthly challenge that you can join to learn new techniques and have fun with your soap making. (Plus, you can win some pretty great prizes!) I’ve been following Amy Warden’s Great Cakes Soapworks blog for a few months now and loved seeing how everyone interpreted the challenge […]

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DIY Rose & Chamomile Gift Set

This DIY Rose & Chamomile Gift Set would make the perfect handmade gift for the rose-lover in your life! It’s composed of: Rose & Chamomile Bath Salts Whipped Rose & Chamomile Hand Cream Rose & Chamomile Lip Balm The steps listed below are given in the most efficient order so that all three projects should only take […]

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Rosehip & Ginseng Face Cream Recipe

This luxurious face cream features jojoba oil infused with rose petals and helichrysum (immortelle) flowers, along with rosehip seed oil, shea butter and panax ginseng extract. It was designed especially for skin that’s mature and/or on the dry side. Ginseng Extract is a wonderful item that I discovered a few months ago, while browsing around Bramble […]

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Pineapple Sage Sugar Scrub

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 […]

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Goldenrod 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 used two goldenrod infusions in this soap: a water infusion (tea), plus an oil infusion. Before I get into the recipe, do […]

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Chamomile & Elder Sensitive Skin Lotion Recipe

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 […]

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Herbal Intensive Lotion Bars

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 […]

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Cold Process Cucumber Soap (Palm Free)

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 […]

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Lavender Plantain Lotion

Plantain is a beneficial green weed that commonly grows in yards and driveways. You can use the leaves to make a fantastic infused oil, that can be incorporated into salves, lotions, creams and soaps. It’s excellent at soothing any type of itchy or inflamed skin condition. Lavender essential oil adds a light fragrance and some of […]

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Foraging & Using Goldenrod

Goldenrod blooms right around the time ragweed pollen starts causing trouble, so is often unjustly blamed for causing allergies. The fact though is that goldenrod pollen is heavy and spread by insects, instead of the wind like ragweed is, making it pretty difficult to trigger symptoms of hay fever. You would have to deeply sniff the flower […]

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Kombucha Soap Recipe

This recipe is a terrific way to use up extra homemade kombucha. (If you’re not sure what the heck “kombucha” is or how you’d go about making it, check out my friend Kristi’s post, HERE, to learn all about it.) Besides its possible health benefits, kombucha (a fermented tea drink) is reportedly great for your skin […]

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