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Recycled Soap Ball Recipe

Recycled Soap Ball Recipe

Soap Balls are easy to make from either leftover soap bits or those undersized soaps distributed in hotels or in gift baskets. I like a soap that fits comfortably in my palm and won't slip down the drain. The addition of the essential oil is not only for the lovely scent but to kill any bacteria that may be hiding in reused soaps. I recommend using one of the following antibacterial essential oils:
Antibacterial Soap Recipe

Antibacterial Soap Recipe

This recipe is designed to deliver antibacterial properties that prevent bacterial infections while not harming the helpful, natural bacteria our skin needs to survive. The trouble with so many commercial antibacterial cleansing products on the market is they kill both harmful and friendly bacteria, which creates imbalance in the body and weakens the immune system. The essential oils in this formula promote health and balance while protecting against the kinds of bacteria that cause infections.
Milling Soap: A Kid-friendly How-to

Milling Soap: A Kid-friendly How-to

This is a basic procedure, not a recipe. I haven't included specific measurements but have instead described the process and what to look for as you're working. For specific recipes using this technique, see The Practical Herbalist Recipes.
Milling Soap: A Stove Top How-to

Milling Soap: A Stove Top How-to

Soap milling, also called French Milling, is an easy traditional process for enhancing cakes or bars of soaps. Milling allows you to add a variety of healing, soothing, or cleansing ingredients, such as extra fats or oatmeal or essential oils, to your soaps. I like to make hand milled soaps to give as gifts as well as to add luxury to our daily lives.
Organic Plant Spray

Organic Plant Spray

If you have roses, you have bug problems. Roses must be delicious as it seems that every garden bug has a vested interested in taking at least one bite out…

DIY Herbal Dyes: Fennel On Animal Fiber

DIY Herbal Dyes: Fennel on Animal Fiber

Fennel offers up lovely pale yellows to forest greens, depending on the mordant and fiber you use. In this project, we're using raw, spun wool yarn. You can use other…

Dental Care For The Apocalypse, Part 3

Dental Care for the Apocalypse, part 3

Episode XX I've met a few crazy, militant types in my time. Roy's cousin, back before virus Z took him out, was part of a citizen militia. That's what they…

Cleaning Used Dropper Bottles

Cleaning Used Dropper Bottles

Long ago, another herbalist told me that cleaning old tincture bottles wasn't worth the effort. She just recycled them and bought new ones, I expect. Even then, that seemed a…

Lavender: Herbal Stress Relief

Lavender: Herbal Stress Relief

Lavendula species or (L. angustifolia, L. vera, L. officinalis) - Mint family a.k.a.: common lavender, true lavender, English lavender Swooning pillows and smelling salts, freshly laundered sheets and soothing soaps,…

Soft Water Blues

Soft Water Blues

I live in a soggy area. Like most continental curls of geography, this section of Oregon does a great job of collecting rain clouds. The soil is rich and spongy…

Diaper Rash: Herbal First Aid

Diaper Rash: Herbal First Aid

Changing diapers is not a favorite part of any parent's life but a bad case of diaper rash can turn this routine into a nightmare. A red bottom is the…

Shower Stall Disinfectant Spray

Shower Stall Disinfectant Spray

We take our shower stalls for granted until it's time to clean them. Then all the soap scum and hard water stains become glaring road maps to a challenging Saturday…

Coffee : Slow Roasted Medicine

Coffee : Slow Roasted Medicine

A warm cup of Joe in the morning is not usually sipped with herbal medicine in mind, but no one will tell you it doesn't have an effect on the body. Coffee is full of stimulants that, when properly placed, provide a remedy for common health problems.
Almond: A Gentle, Natural Facial Scrub

Almond: A Gentle, Natural Facial Scrub

Gentle exfoliation is one key to a smooth, youthful complexion. Try adding a little ground Almond to your favorite liquid facial soap to make an all natural facial scrub. Almond's…

Poison Oak/Poison Ivy Rash: Contact Dermatitis

Poison Oak/Poison Ivy Rash: Contact Dermatitis

Spring is a dangerous time of the year for eager herbalists. So many plants are emerging from their winter sleep that it is tempting to step off the hiking trail to examine them more closely. That is when the guardians assigned to protecting these tender sprouts spring into action. The Toxicodendron species which includes poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac, has an oily substance called urushiol which triggers an allergic reaction in many people.
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