Essential Oils for Headache Relief

Having a headache is the worst! With sharp pain shooting through your skull or resting behind your eyes, it’s tough to get anything done once a headache settles in. A huge percentage of headaches are related to tension, but headaches can also be the result of underlying infections, sinus issues, dehydration, eye strain, and even food allergies. It can be difficult to find a solution to persistent headaches, and if you have them, you feel like you have already tried everything! This post is simply meant to offer up one more remedy to try. If you suffer from persist ongoing...

How to Dilute Essential Oils for the Bath

How to safely dilute essential oils for the bath
Add essential oils to the bath sounds like a good idea. I mean, who doesn’t want a lovely scented soak in the tub? The problem is, essential oils are powerful substances. They are highly concentrated and very few of them can be used “neat” (undiluted). (Just read my story about shivering for an hour after using too much Wintergreen). It stands to reason that one might think adding essential oils to an entire tub of water would dilute them just fine; however, oil and water don’t mix, so the result is undiluted essential oils floating on the top of the...

How to Make Magnesium Lotion

How to Make Magnesium Lotion |
This recipe for magnesium lotion comes from Healing With God’s Earthly Gifts: Natural and Herbal Remedies.  Many of us are deficient in magnesium. If you are deficient you may have headaches, loss of appetite, nausea, restless legs, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, depression, high blood sugar, muscle cramps, or vomiting (among other things). One great way to get magnesium is through a magnesium bath, but time for a bath is not always easy to find. So, a magnesium lotion is a great option for supplementing magnesium naturally. It’s great for babies and young children as well as adults. Many report better sleep once they...

Build Your Own Apothecary

I’ve had so much making my own natural remedies and body care products. It’s a hobby that pays off big time! Here’s a quick video showing all the goodies I made this weekend (most are also pictured above): Here are links for making most of what is mentioned in the video: (I’ll add more as they are shared on the blog.) Echinacea Tincture Calendula salve Calendula Body Scrub is in my ebook, The Calendula Guidebook (more body scrub recipes in The Body Scrub Bible) You might also enjoy my Lemon-Lime Body Scrub recipe Calendula Oil

How to Make Calendula Salve (and why you should)

How to Make Calendula Salve (and why you should) |
Calendula. A humble flower, with many uses. Also known as the pot marigold, calendula is highly favored for its skin healing properties.It is also excellent for sensitive skin, making it perfect for using with babies and children. Making a salve allows us to harness the calming and anti-inflammatory powers of this wonderful plant. The best part, it’s easy! I’m not kidding. It really is. {Photo Credit}  Keeping Calendula Salve on hand will allow you to treat the following ailments: Rashes (including diaper rash) Chapped lips Cuts and scrapes Dry skin Minor burns In my opinion, the variety of conditions this...

How to Make Echinacea Tincture (it’s easy)

Echinacea is excellent for supporting the immune system during a cold. As a teenager I was involved in dancing, acting and singing and went to auditions every now and again. The day before a very important (to me) audition I came down with a severe cold and could barely breathe through my nose! I felt terrible. Singing at an audition the next day seemed out of the question. The local health food store suggested Echinacea. I took Echinacea tincture throughout the day and woke up well in the morning! This was my first experience with Echinacea and I was sold....

How to Dilute Essential Oils for DIY Natural Body Care

Once upon a time I dumped almost an entire bottle of Wintergreen essential oil into a bathtub full of water and hopped in. After about 30 seconds I had to jump back out because I began to shiver uncontrollably. Despite the bath water being extremely warm, I was freezing. I dried off as fast as I could and ran to my bed, wrapped myself in as many blankets as I could and shivered for at least an hour. It was quite scary. This was many years ago before I knew much about essential oils. Before I understood that essential oils are...

How to Make (and Use) Calendula Oil

 Calendula is one of my favorite herbs! Well known for its ability to soothe and heal the skin, calendula can be used in many home remedies and DIY body care products. The blooms have been used both therapeutically as an herbal remedy, as a dye, and as a food plant for centuries. Most commonly known as for its topical use, as a tea, or infused oil for wounds and skin trauma. The bright orange or yellow flower contain many important health benefits and it can be taken both externally for wound treatment, and internally for a variety of ailments. A bit...

How to Make Herb-Infused Oil

Herb-infused oil is a wonderful way to add extra herbal power to your homemade skincare products and remedies. The benefit of infusing oil with herbs is that the properties of the herbs are transferred to the oil. Once the herbs are strained out, the oil retains the herbs goodness. There are a number of different methods of creating herb-infused oils, the method you choose will likely depend on the time needed to access the oil. If you are in a hurry, choose one of the hot diffusion methods, if you are planning ahead and have some time to spare, go...