Archives for January 2016

Things I’m Growing in My Garden This Year

As a gardener, I love to see other peoples’ gardens.   What are they growing? How is their garden laid out?  It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is – I love to read about gardens. So I was happy to see this post by Debra of DIY Natural.  She teaches herbal sciences classes […]

DIY Peppermint Shower Soothers To Fight Against Colds and Flu

What a great idea!  Anya created these “shower soothers” which are small cakes of baking soda, essential oils and other ingredients. What you do is turn on the shower to the temperature you’d like. You place a shower soother on the floor of the shower, out of the direct spray. The steam from the shower […]

Herbal Comfort for Aches and Pains

This is an excellent post by Agatha of the Herbal Academy of New England. She first discusses issues surrounding the use of over the counter NSAIDS and aspirin for pain relief. Then she discusses several herbs that are used for short periods of time for specific pain. The herbs have been used for menstrual pain, rheumatic problems, earaches, headaches, and […]

11 Ways that Drinking Coffee Can Improve Your Health

It turns out that drinking coffee, especially black coffee, can be beneficial to your health. Black coffee is low in calories and fat. (Of course, when you start adding sugar and cream, then the fat and calorie content increases.) However you drink it, coffee is loaded with healthy compounds that have some pretty amazing health […]

How to Deadhead Roses

I meant to share this earlier in the year but totally forgot.  If you plan to grow roses this year, it may be helpful. A repeat blooming rose will keep producing flowers all summer, as long as you deadhead it when needed.  To “deadhead” a plant means to remove any withered or dead flowers. It often promotes increased flowering […]

Get Rid Of Flies Naturally With Homemade Flypaper

This is one of those DIY recipes where it’s surprising how well it works. Jillee shares a tutorial for creating homemade, natural flypaper.  It uses materials you probably have in your kitchen already.  Jillee also demonstrates how sticky this paper really is.  It’s a nice, chemical-free way to get rid of flies and other flying […]

DIY Deodorant Paste Recipe

This is Barb’s recipe for a DIY Deodorant Paste.  It uses just 3 basic ingredients.  She also includes recommendations on essential oils that you can use for scent. If you’re looking for a natural deodorant, this one may work for you. I like simple recipes and this is one of the simplest I’ve seen. Click on […]

Wildflower & Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe

This is a recipe by Abra of Mind Body Green for Wildflower & Blueberry Ice Cream.  It includes nuts, blueberries, selected wildflowers, and some other ingredients.  It’s a really interesting recipe and method.  And the ice cream looks yummy. The only caution I have relates to a comment by Abra about wildflowers. If you can’t […]

How to Make Kid-Friendly Green Smoothies

This is a Guest post by Laura on  Laura normally posts on  Turquoise Home. I thought this was a very creative idea. Laura wanted her daughter to drink more green smoothies.  Sometimes her daughter  did and sometimes she didn’t. So Laura decided to try freezing the green smoothie as a popsicle.  Laura shares her […]

Homemade Raspberry Jelly Treats

Jolene of Yummy Inspirations made Raspberry Jelly Treats for her kids and they were crazy about them.  They look like healthy, yummy  Jell-O to me. The recipe uses raspberries, gelatin and some other healthy ingredients.   Jolene provides complete directions.  If kids like these treats, they HAVE to be good 🙂 To see the complete recipe, […]