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Rosemary Nettle Shampoo Bar


Stinging nettle is a plant close to my heart. It is is a superfood containing many vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and protein. All parts of the plant are edible and medicinal, and can also be used as a plant dye, for fibre crafts, and as a compost activator. Nettle is wonderful for skin and hair. It is anti-inflammatory, can help to reduce dandruff, and restore strength and vitality to your hair.

You can see why I love nettle so much. Continue reading

Purslane Bug Bite Salve


A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about foraging for Purslane and using it for fermenting, eating fresh, infusing into vinegar and finally making into a salve. This salve is inexpensive and easy to make as it makes use of a foraged weed for the main ingredient! It is good for soothing skin irritations and inflammation such as bug bites, rashes and burns. Continue reading

Laundry Bar Soap


I have been making my own powdered laundry detergent for a long time and wrote a post about it last year. I love how quick and simple it is. I only need three ingredients. Bar soap, borax, and washing soda. Now it is even less expensive because I make my own laundry bar soap. You won’t believe how easy it is! Continue reading

Peppermint Mocha Soap


Who doesn’t love the smell of coffee, chocolate and peppermint together? After deciding on trying a soap with coffee, I thought about what goes well with coffee and the rest is history. I used the SoapCalc Lye Calculator to figure out my oil percentages and amounts, and my amounts for lye and water. For more information about this process visit my first post on soap making Lavender Rosemary Soap. The only difference is I used brewed coffee instead of water for the liquid in this recipe. Continue reading

Winter Healing Salve


I made 3 different salves to give as Christmas presents last year. I already posted about the Sore Muscle Comfrey Salve and the Itch Away Plantain Salve. Today I will show you how I am made a Winter Healing Salve.

I frequently have dry cracked hands in the winter and regular lotion doesn’t do anything to relieve it. I found that the only thing that helped was to rub some home-rendered tallow on my hands. However, even with a little bit of added lemongrass essential oil, my tallow lotion didn’t smell that awesome. So, I wanted to create a salve with the nourishing properties of my beloved tallow, along with the healing properties of calendula (you can read more about this herb in my post about making calendula soap), and some nice essential oils to make it smell good.

This salve is a potent remedy for dry cracked skin, and other skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and wounds that are slow to heal. Continue reading

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