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Gamera’s Flea Bane Oil Recipe

Gamera’s Flea Bane Oil Recipe

We all love our animals but unfortunately, so do fleas. Gamera, one of my four cats, is particularly sensitive to flea bites. Although he is an inside cat, this year the fleas found him. After several failed attempts with commercial products, this recipe along with our family's diligence helped him get rid of the nasty bloodsuckers. I put one drop on the back of his neck every week
How To Make A First Aid Herbal Salve

How to Make a First Aid Herbal Salve

The herbs in this salve are our skin's best friends. Each of the oils should be made individually and combined during the salve making process. Just a few ounces of each is all you need to make this great blend.
Dandelion Porter Recipe For All-grain Beer Brewing

Dandelion Porter recipe for All-grain Beer Brewing

My goal was to develop a good porter that did not use hops. With it's liver-supporting properties and wealth of vitamins and minerals, Dandelion seemed like the perfect substitute. In the original version of this recipe, I used a combination of fresh and dried dandelion tops for bittering, which yielded a well-balanced, lightly bittered porter, and fresh and dried sage and calendula to achieve a hop-like aroma. At first, the aroma wasn't right, but after letting the brew age for three weeks the scent had mellowed considerably to one quite reminiscent of the Tetnanger hops I might otherwise have used.
Herbal Facial Spa Mix Recipe

Herbal Facial Spa Mix Recipe

Facial Spas or herbal steams are an easy way to open pores and leave the skin feeling refreshed. This mix also makes a lovely gift when tied in a pretty…

Sunburn Soother Herbal Blend

Sunburn Soother Herbal Blend

Sunburns always seem to take the victim by surprise. It just didn't seem like it was either hot enough or you were outside long enough to get the sunburn. Fortunately, there is a simple recipe with easy to grow garden flowers to ease the suffering. A thin coat of Aloe Vera gel can be used to help speed healing after the Sunburn Soother has dried on the skin.
Conjunctivits Or Pink Eye Infusion Recipe

Conjunctivits or Pink Eye Infusion Recipe

Conjunctivitis, also known as Pink eye or Eye Flu, is an irritation or  infection of the conjunctive membrane of the eye. I recently encountered it during a bout of flu.…

Diaper Wipe Spray Recipe

Diaper Wipe Spray Recipe

Most commercial diaper wipes are full of questionable chemicals. This formula is gentle on the skin while offering a thorough cleaning of the diaper area. Experienced parents have seen their babies wince when they use commercial diaper wipes. This formula is wince-free for both babies and parents when used properly. This formula is also great for cleaning sticky mouths and fingers. Only spray the cleaning cloth. Do not spray directly on the skin or anywhere near the eyes, ears or mouth.
Green Tea Body Powder

Green Tea Body Powder

Green Tea has gotten a lot of press lately because it is full of antioxidants. Combine its healing properties for the skin with its delicate scent and you have the perfect base for an after-bath body powder. The addition of lavender and calendula lends a floral aroma that is alluring without being overpowering. Lavender is also a strong antiviral herb while Calendula is famous for its antibacterial properties.
Strawberry Rejuvenation Tea Mix Recipe

Strawberry Rejuvenation Tea Mix Recipe

I love to drink this tea iced in the summer with a sprig of fresh lemon balm. Served hot in late winter, it's a wonderful, wake up call reminding me June's strawberries are right around the corner.
Gardener’s Hand Soak Recipe

Gardener’s Hand Soak Recipe

Many gardeners love to stick their hands in the soil as they work. The feeling of soft, loamy dirt is so satisfying. The problem is this delightful practice leaves our hands feeling rough and chapped. Working with wood or working in damp, cold weather also draws the moisture out of my skin despite wearing gloves. I got tired of my nails getting brittle and chipped each year around April so I devised this simple hand soak to heal the cracks and soften my neglected fingers.
Organic Baby Powder Recipe

Organic Baby Powder Recipe

Baby powder is wonderful for preventing diaper rash. Most commercial baby powders contain talc, which is not good for the environment or the baby. This simple recipe provides softly scented medicine for diaper rash and offers an earth-friendly option for conscientious parents.
Organic Tooth Polish Recipe

Organic Tooth Polish Recipe

Tooth Polish is a great way to bring a healthy shine to your smile. It only takes a few minutes to make with herbs that are easy to grow in…

Anti-inflammatory Brew For Pets

Anti-inflammatory Brew for Pets

Even with the most attentive care, the animals in our lives can get hurt. Some of our beloved companions can be very tricky to treat. Birds will peck at their bandages. Cats will scratch at an infection. Horses will rub a sore spot raw. In order to help our friends, a little subterfuge is sometimes needed.
Bug Spray – Oil-Free Formula

Bug Spray – Oil-Free Formula

Mosquitoes are not my favorite part of summer. I know they serve as food for wildlife I prize but I resent the fact that mosquitoes consider my skin as a their prime picnicking grounds. This recipe does a fine job of keeping the critters at bay without the overpowering scent other mixes offer. This formula also works to repel other biting insects like gnats and fleas.
Bug Bane Spray

Bug Bane Spray

Summer is mosquito season in my neck of the woods. All of Oregon's standing water during breeding season gives the nasty little buggers plenty of spaces to raise their families. The oil in this formula serves two purposes: it allows the essential oils a chance to linger on the skin and brings in the healing powers of calendula as an anti-immflammatory for existing bites. You may spray this formula on your skin after the mosquitoes have gone to bed to ease the itching from the spots they got to before you pulled out the herbs.
How To Make A Tincture: Easy Herbal Home Medicine

How to Make a Tincture: Easy Herbal Home Medicine

An herbal tincture is an alcohol-based liquid into which the properties of one or more herbs have been infused. Tinctures (also called herbal extractions) are one of the most popular herbal preparations used by clinical herbalists in our modern culture. Tinctures can be taken on the tongue, just like a flower essence, or can be added to a cup of water or tea. I have made mouth tonics, which are a lot like a mouthwash, from mainly tinctures and I often use tinctures as part of my cough syrup formulas because of the preserving nature of the alcohol in the tinctures.
How To Make An Herbal Oil: Cold Infused Botanical Oils

How to Make an Herbal Oil: Cold infused Botanical Oils

An infused oil is an oil that has been filled with the properties of one or more herbs. Infused oils make great massage oils and are often used as the basis for healing salves. Some herbal infused oils, like garlic or cayenne, can be used for cooking, too.
How To Make A Heat-infused Herbal Oil

How to make a Heat-infused Herbal Oil

Making a Heat-infused Herbal Oil: A General Procedure

An infused oil is an oil that has been infused with the properties of one or more herbs. Infused oils make great massage oils and are often used as the basis for healing salves. Some herbal infused oils can be used for cooking, too.

There are two basic ways to create an infused oil, the cold method or the hot method. The cold method, which is actually done at room temperature, takes time, but is relatively easy and requires little attention while the oil is soaking in the herb's qualities. The hot method requires a direct heat source and close attention, but an infused oil can be prepared with this method within a relatively short period of time.

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