Herb Challenge! Week #5

Thank you Bo for your comment: “I’ve always wanted to learn about Licorice Fern and what I can do with it.”  Please Note: Licorice Fern is illegal to harvest in the wild. I have yet to find a use for licorice fern, but here is what I have discovered so far: Licorice fern  root was made…

Herb Challenge! Week #4

Thank you Sarah for your comment: ” I would love to learn from you everything you know about activated charcoal!”  Activated charcoal is an adsorbent, which means it binds to foreign substances in your body. This is what makes it good for stomach bugs, food poisoning, etc. It’s many uses include: Teeth Whitening Just be sure…

Herb Challenge! Week #3

Thank you for your comment Melissa: “I was wondering what you knew of Pearly Everlasting. It’s in season right now and I was wondering how best to make the most of it.”  Pearly Everlasting is a Strawflower-like flowering plant that is everywhere in most of the United States! I discovered that Pearly Everlasting is best…

Herb Challenge! Week #2

  Thank you for your comment Rita: “I am wondering if there is an herb especially good for mosquito bites. Mine really itch and I don’t want to scratch them”   Well good news, Rita! Calendula and Plantain are great for mosquito bites. Plantain is a drawing herb, which means it draws out the cause of the…

Herb Challenge! Week #1

Thank you for your comment Mari: “I want to learn about bath fizzies and how to make them. Also, what herbs are good for sensitive skin?”  Well, Mari, as soon as I saw your comment I headed straight to the kitchen and pulled out my herbs! Some of the herbs that are good for sensitive skin…

5 Ways to use Plantain

Plantain is one of those herbs that is good for just about everything. Here are 5 great ways to use it: Make a DIY Herbal Infused Oil. In a salve: Plantain salve is great for so many things, including cuts, Eczema, Psoriasis, and any skin irritation or inflammation. A poultice:  There are two ways to make a Plantain Poultice, a…

Herb Challenge! Introduction

  Over the course of five weeks, I want to challenge you to try something new. In the comment section at the bottom of the page, tell me an herb you want to learn about, or an herbal project you have always wanted to try. I would love to help you learn about it! And please…

DIY Lavender Plantain Bath Salts

This recipe is from The Nerdy Farm Wife. I just made some of these today, and they smell amazing! The green color is fun, too. They are very healing due to the Plantain, so they would be great after a day of blackberry picking, or a day of exploring untamed wilderness… or both! The Epsom salts…

How to Dry Herbs

  Drying is one of the best ways to preserve herbs. There are a couple different methods, but I use the hanging method the most. It is good for flowers (Calendula, Chamomile, etc.), and leaves (Peppermint, Lemon Balm, etc.) but for roots, you want to use a dehydrator on a low setting (herbs and spices or fruits…

DIY Herbal Healing Salve

This is a wonderful all-purpose salve, I use this for everything. The Cottonwood bud oil is optional, but if you can find a cottonwood tree near you, harvest the buds in early spring and and infuse oil with it (using the heat method). Cottonwood buds smell amazing, and the salve smells just like them. The sticky resin…

DIY Herbal Deodorant

Inspired by one of Dad’s friends  Deodorant is one thing that you really want to be natural. You can read about all the chemicals it contains here. Here is how all the ingredients work:     Coconut Oil is ant-bacterial,so it kills all the bacteria that causes odor in the first place. Shea Butter is very nourishing to your skin,…

Teeth Whitening: Charcoal

Activated charcoal is one thing our medicine cabinet is never without. It has so many uses, including teeth whitening, face masks, and when taken internally, it helps with stomach bugs and food poisoning. One time when my family was on vacation  we got a horrible stomach bug while visiting with family. Thankfully my Mom remembered the activated charcoal we packed!…