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Archives for October 2015

8 Common Cooking Herbs and Their Health Benefits

In this post SatuR of the Untrained Housewife discusses the medicinal and household uses of 8 common cooking herbs.  She also discusses the benefits of stinging nettle, a wild herb,  and several spices. Red Sage Mint & Peppermint Parsley Lemon Balm Thyme Rosemary Basil Coriander Also included is information about: Stinging Nettle (wild herb) Ginger, […]

How to Make Herb Butters

I like herb butters because they’re an easy way to introduce your family to the idea of including herbs in its diet. Among other things, this will expose your family to the health benefits of the herbs. For example, basil has been championed for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties. But when they’re enjoying basil butter […]

Make Your Own Lavender Mustard

I selected this post because it’s so original.  Rosalee of Herb Mentor News shares a recipe for homemade Lavender Mustard.  It uses both yellow and brown mustard seeds to add to the unique taste.  I’ve never seen a simpler recipe and the final mustard looks delicious. The advantages of making your own mustard include avoiding […]

Homemade Honey & Onion Cough Syrup

Claire of EveryDayRoots developed this honey and onion cough syrup.  She says that it tastes  a lot better than it sounds 🙂 It has components that work as natural antibiotics, expectorants, anti-inflammatories, antivirals, and antibacterials.  Claire runs through each ingredient and explains how each one contributes to the cough syrup. There are also a lot […]

How To Make Corn Silk Tea

Corn silk is the long, soft, white  strands between the husk and the corn on the cob. Most people just throw it away. But not Kami! She shares the benefits of corn silk and different ways to use it. She first explains the best way to add corn silk to salads. She also shares how […]

Homemade Oil and Vinegar Natural Furniture Polish & Cleaner

I like really simple recipes that use ingredients that are already in my kitchen.  Heidi of Lightly Crunchy has a good one. This is a vinegar and oil blend that cleans wood and conditions it at the same time.  The oil is nicely absorbed by wood. One exception: this blend won’t work as well with […]

How to Make Beeswax Candles

In this post, Cyd of The Sweetest Occasion, walks you through the steps of making beeswax candles.  She uses tart tins from Bed, Bath & Beyond as the molds. In addition to beeswax, you can add your favorite, essential oils. This is a nice tutorial with helpful photographs. Neat and easy DIY recipe! I think […]

A Simple Homemade Eye Cream & Make-up Remover Recipe

This is another great recipe by Jillee of One Good Thing.  It’s a recipe for a natural homemade eye cream that also works great as a makeup remover. It uses a base oil, essential oil and one other ingredient.  The ingredients  have the following properties: moisturizing, antibiotic and antioxidant, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory. The recipe is […]

How to Make Orange Peel Tea

I think most people think of the orange peel as the wrapper they discard so they can eat the sweet orange inside. But I think this post by Kami will help you to see orange peels in a new light. She first explains how to use a little orange peel to add flavor to herb […]

How to Make Arnica Salve: The Perfect Herbal Sore Muscle Rub

Arnica has been used medicinally for centuries.  It’s used in salves, liniments, and ointments.  Among other things, arnica is effective in treating muscle aches, strains, sprains, bruises, and arthritis.  An arnica salve is a must-have in any natural remedy first aid kit. This is a recipe by Andrea of Frugally Sustainable for an Herbal Sore […]