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Homemade Oatmeal & Honey Soap Recipe

The Nerdy Farm Wife shares her recipe for Homemade Oatmeal & Honey Soap.  I thought the story behind the soap was heart-warming: “Not long after my children went on a gluten free diet, they came down with chicken pox. It sounds silly, but I couldn’t stop dwelling on the sad fact that I couldn’t give […]

8 Ways to Naturally Color Soap

Marie of Humblebee & Me makes her own, natural soaps.  And she uses natural ingredients to color her soaps.  If you look at the ingredient list of some commercial “natural” soaps you’ll find that they often use artificial, petroleum-based colorants which can be toxic. In this post Marie shares 8 different natural ways to color […]

Homemade Aftershave/Tonic for Men

Shanny, the Dairy Godmother, describes herself as “lovechild of Rosie the riveter, June Cleaver, Han Solo and Mother Nature.”  Lol!  I loved her immediately 🙂 Over the years Shanny has made a variety of different aftershaves for her husband.  A great thing about her recipes is that they don’t have to cure or age.  You […]

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 […]