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How to Make Infused Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is one of my favorite essential oils.  I love the scent and find it very relaxing. In addition to its wonderful scent, lavender oil has some very useful healing properties.  You can use it to treat burns & scalds.  Some view it as a natural antibiotic.  It has antiseptic properties, promotes healing and […]

DIY Potted Herb Garden Ideas

There are a lot of interesting ideas out there for container and vertical herb gardening.  These methods are gaining in popularity as people with smaller yards try to include herbs into their garden plans. In this article Greenthumb has some different  and creative examples of vertical herb gardening solutions.   I have relatives who use […]

Simple DIY Calendula Salve Recipe

This is a great post by Modern Alternative Health about the benefits of Calendula and how to make your own Calendula salve. Calendula has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s used topically for acne, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding and soothing a variety of skin problems including diaper rash. Click the Simple DIY Calendula Salve Recipe link below to […]

How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron.  Did you know you can make your own, homemade vanilla extract with just two ingredients? Erin of Frugal Living shares a nice, simple recipe.  It does take time for the vanilla extract to develop.  But once done, it lasts a long time. Click on the How […]

How to Make Castile Bar Soap ~ a Recipe & Tutorial

This is a recipe and tutorial for making castille soap from soap-making-resource.com.     There are a lot of tips, tricks and step-by-step pictures. The soap is scented with an essential oil blend of grapefruit (pink) oil, pink essential oil, bergamot essential oil and some other ingredients. If you don’t have a local source, you can get […]

A DIY Essential Oil Recipe for Muscle Soreness

Rebecca used arnica gel for her muscle soreness for a while.  However, she wasn’t entirely satisfied. Since she wanted a better and cleaner solution, she developed her own recipe. This is her blend of 9 different essential oils. Lavender and Peppermint are two of them.  This is an extremely simple recipe and a very effective […]

Homemade Herbal Cough Drops

Commercial cough drops contain ingredients like acesulfame potassium, aspartame, malic acid, artificial coloring, sodium carboxymethylcellulose and so on. Katie’s (Wellness Mama) recipe for homemade herbal cough drops contains organic honey, elderberry, chamomile, and other natural ingredients.  Sounds healthier to me!  I love Katie’s recipes because they’re clearly written and she gives you different options depending […]

How to Make Pain Relief Lotion Bars

This is a recipe by Wellness Mama for pain relief lotion bars.  Use these lotion bars if you have sore muscles after working in the garden,  muscle aches after a workout at the gym or sore muscles in general.   The bars contain coconut oil, peppermint oil, arnica oil, menthol and other ingredients.  Easy to make […]

Homemade Rose Face & Body Cream Recipe

I’m a big fan of the Nerdy Farmwife’s recipes.  Jan crafts recipes that are creative and easy to follow.  This is a recipe for a rose face and body cream.  It’s a wonderful, pink, aromatic cream.  One thing I like about this recipe is that Jan shares tips about different oils you can use, the […]

How to Make Herbal Tinctures

An herbal  tincture is a concentrated liquid form of an herb.  A tincture concentrates all of the properties of the herb so that they’re more effective.  They also last longer. Katie at Wellnessmama.com is an expert at making tinctures.   In this post she shares general instructions on how to make a tincture.  She uses an […]