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Multi-Purpose Ingredients for Natural DIY Recipes

Simplify is one of my favorite words. And there's no area of my life that hasn't been affected by my desire to make things simpler. One area is my drawer of ingredients for all of my natural DIY recipes. Over the years, I've picked up a lot of ingredients. Like,...

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...

How to Make Nettle Tincture

One of my favorite herbs is nettle, a plant that I first learned about from my midwife when I was pregnant with Ella (we don't have stinging nettle where I live, though it turns out my in-laws have it everywhere - I guess I never paid attention!). Nettle is a...

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...

Honey Mint Simple Syrup for Summer Drinks

Last summer, I was slightly addicted to iced tea. Since I had a lot of tea on hand, I was looking for more ways to use it and, in a moment of brilliance, I decided to use one of my gallon jars for making sun tea (sometimes it take me a while to come up with simple...