Salves: Cottonwood

Hi! I hope you had a great Labor Day! Today we’re talking about Cottonwood. These trees can be identified by their heart-shaped leaves that have a silvery, almost white underside (they look like they’re shimmering when a breeze ruffles them), and if you smell a young leaf, they have a beautiful honey-like aroma. They like…

DIY Spider Repelling Spray

Right now spiders are coming into our home to escape the cold weather coming, so since we don’t like finding that we’re not alone while doing laundry, I came up with a solution. Spiders don’t like Peppermint, so that is the active ingredient. This a very simple recipe, it only requires three ingredients. I used fresh…

Eclipse Pictures!

Hello! I just thought I’d share some pictures I took of the eclipse yesterday. It was really amazing to watch! Grace                          

Salves: Oregon Grape

Hello! I hope you all are doing well. Today I am going to talk about Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolia). It grows everywhere here in the Pacific Northwest! Here are some some pictures below I found easily just a short walk outside. Oregon Grape is great for cuts and scrapes because it is an antiseptic, and…

Salves: Calendula

Hello! Before summer is over, I want to stock up on all of the herbal remedies we use most (plus some ones I haven’t tried before). If you would like to start (or expand) your herbal medicine cabinet, this series of blog posts is for you! Here are the salves I want to make: Calendula: Good…

Guess what Herb

Hello! How well do you know your herbs? I am going to put pictures of four different herbs below, and if you know what one (or more) of them is, put your guess in the comment section below.   #1                               …

How to Identify: Plantain

Plantain is fairly easy to identify, I don’t know of any similar looking plants. This plant has many beneficial uses, such as easing the pain of bee stings and stinging nettle, itching of a mosquito bite, healing cuts and scrapes, and the list goes on and on. When infusing oil with plantain, the oil begins to […]

How to Grow Calendula

I hope you all had a happy and safe New year! I hope 2017 is a year full of blessings and health for you. Calendula is one of my favorite herbs, it is good for so many things. It is antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal,  antiviral, and astringent. Not only is it a very medicinal herb, it…

One Last Thing…

I know I told you I’d leave you alone, but I have a question for you. What are you most interested in learning during 2017? I will see which answer gets the most votes, and then I will do more posts on that topic. Thanks and see you in 2017!  

Merry Christmas!

I am wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I will see you in January! Like pretty much everybody else, we are busy playing in the snow and preparing  to celebrate our Saviors birth! Christmas is our favorite time of year, and we all get exited about this time (and by…

DIY Lotion Bars

  A lotion bar is a solid moisturizer made with beeswax, oil, and some kind of butter such as Shea. They are very simple to make, and you can buy all kinds of fun molds to use. This is the one I used. For some Christmas-y scents, try Vanilla and Peppermint, or Orange and Cinnamon leaf (not bark!…

DIY Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs are a fun gift, and are so easy to make. You can package them in cute jars, and tie a ribbon around them for a great last minute gift. You can use brown or white sugar in this, and any skin safe essential oil. I love using orange essential oil with a bit of…