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…

Gift Ideas

Holiday season is almost here, so that means it’s time to start thinking about gifts! Posts on how to make the things listed here are coming soon. Here are some easy and simple ideas:   Lotion Bars are a great gift and are very easy to customize. You can get some fun silicone molds, and put…

Dairy Free Banana Nectarine Ice Cream

Banana ice cream is easy to make, and it tastes really good! It is healthy too, because it is just fruit. You can also make popsicles with this. I used nectarines but you could use mango, raspberries, or another fruit.     Dairy free Banana Nectarine Ice Cream  Ingredients Two frozen bananas Two Nectarines  …

DIY Energizing Essential oil Blend

This blend smells so good! You can put a few drops into a essential oil diffuser, or use it as the essential oil in my DIY Room Spray .   DIY Energizing Essential Oil Blend  15 drops Lemon essential oil 6 drops Orange essential oil 5 drops Rosemary essential oil 4 drops Peppermint essential oil Put all the…