How to Prepare Herbs

You’ve got your herbs. Now it’s time to make herbal remedies. How do you prepare herbs in a way to get the maximum benefit from their properties? Here are some of my favorite ways to prepare herbs. Tea Teas are simply herbs prepared in hot water. They differ from...

How to Use the Oil Cleansing Method

Today's post is from Kellie of Willow Rose Body Care.  The oil cleansing method is based on using a certain ratio of oils, traditionally olive oil and castor oil, to cleanse dirt and grime from the face, while not stripping the skin of protective oils. Olive oil...

Homemade Herbal Bar Soap

Of the many things that used to intimidate me, few were as high on the list as soap. All of the instructions I'd read seemed really complicated and I kept putting it off. Until last year. I finally worked up the nerve to try it and I'm so glad I did. Because it wasn't...

Herbal Spotlight: Yarrow

Yarrow is a pretty plant, growing wild in many areas. You can also plant it in your garden - it's easy to start from seeds (and even I managed to grow it without killing it!). Its uses are vast and it can be taken internally or applied externally. Styptic Applied...

Herbal Spotlight: Marshmallow Root

I was excited when I first learned about marshmallow root. Immediately after discovering this herb, I made another batch of my diaper rash ointment and added marshmallow root to it. I was very pleased with the results and found that the addition of just one little...

Lavender Mint Lip Balm Recipe

I used to be intimidated by lip balm. Well, not lip balm itself, but making the stuff. It seemed ... complicated. Even after creating my own herbal remedies for a few years, I was still a bit afraid of lip balm (and soap - but I got over that, too) until I found a...