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...
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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...
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How to Turn a Mason Jar into a Shaker Bottle

There are a number of reasons you might want to turn a mason jar into a shaker bottle. Turning a mason jar into a shaker bottle makes it easier to dispense homemade creations such as homemade baby powder, carpet deodorizer, body powder, and more. A mason jar with a shaker bottle top also makes an excellent sifter for flour. And if the holes in the shaker lid are small enough, you can also use them to dispense homemade spice mixes. In the past, I’ve been known to punch holes through the metal disc with an ice pick to create a shaker top, but...
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Things to Make with Dried Lavender (and Lavender Essential Oil)

This post contains affiliate links. Lavender is well known as a sedative and is often used to calm anxiety and induce sleep. Besides promoting relaxation, lavender is also uplifting and is thought to be a mild antidepressant. Lavender is also antibacterial and antifungal. Lavender is a useful ingredient in natural beauty products and home remedies. Its beautiful color makes is a lovely addition to DIY gifts. I love lavender so much I wrote an entire book about it! So, what can you make with lavender? Here are 13 ideas: Image by eppujensen Lavender pillow Air Freshener and Calming a Deodorizing Room...
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All-Natural Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

All-natural lip balm is one of the easiest homemade skin care products to make. It involves little more than measuring, melting, and pouring. It’s always funny when I gift a tube of lip balm to a friend because they are often excited and impressed that I made it myself; I hate to tell them how easy it is! If you want to impress your friends, or would just like to have soft, nourished lips using lip balm you can trust (no better way to know what’s in your products than making it yourself!), give this lip balm recipe a try. Many...
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How to Make Whipped Tallow Balm

If you had told me many years ago when I was a vegetarian, that one day I’d be making (and using) balm made with beef tallow, I would have said you were crazy! So why would I even try this? The main reason: tallow is deeply nourishing to the skin.  In fact, the composition of beef tallow is 50 to 55 percent saturated fat, much like our cell membranes, making it extremely compatible with our skin biology. (Source). Beef tallow absorbs easily and is very effective in treating dry skin. It’s often recommended for those with eczema and even though to aid...
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Natural Treatments for Keratosis Pilaris (AKA “Chicken Skin”)

Keratosis pilaris is a common condition among adults and children. Often referred to as “chicken skin,” keratosis pilaris looks like tiny bumps all over the skin and it’s usually found on the upper arms and thighs. The bumps may be slightly red or inflamed but sometimes look very much like goosebumps (or chicken skin that has the feather plucked out). What causes keratosis pilaris? According to the Mayo Clinic, “keratosis pilaris results from the buildup of keratin — a hard protein that protects skin from harmful substances and infection. The keratin forms a scaly plug that blocks the opening of...
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How to Use Shea Butter in DIY Natural Body Care

How to Use Shea Butter | DIY Natural Body Care | aDelightfulHome.com
Shea Butter: is extracted from the nut of the African Karite (also known as shea) Tree. It is an edible oil that is often used in food preparation in Africa. Shea butter is obtained by cold pressing the nut to derive the oil. The butter retains all of the fat during cold extraction. The nut and butter are both edible. The oil is used in food preparation in Africa. Some chocolatiers use shea butter mixed with other oils to blend their chocolates. Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer and can soften skin damaged by dryness, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and even...
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Introducing: The Body Scrub Bible

Have you ever wished for soft smooth skin? Or perhaps you just want a simple way to pamper yourself that doesn’t cost a fortune? If the answer is yes to either one, you need to try a body scrub!  Body scrubs are my go-to product for healthy glowing skin. And the great thing is, they are easy to make. But you don’t have to stop with the simple sugar and oil scrub, why not branch out and try a whipped body scrub? Or how about a flower petal scrub? Or one that looks and smells like strawberries and cream? This...
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