How to Make Vanilla Extract

how to make vanilla extract

Homemade vanilla extract is simple to make and much less expensive than store-bought vanilla (REAL vanilla extract, not imitation). To make vanilla extract, cut vanilla beans in half, lengthwise, stopping before you reach the top, so there is a small part left attached. Place beans in a large jar and fill with vodka. Close tightly with […]

How to Make Plantain Salve

Plantain Salve

Plantain is excellent for treating all manner of wounds and skin irritations. Bug bites, cuts and scrapes are some of the most common issues treated with plantain. While it would be beneficial to treat such conditions with fresh plantain, it may not be available when you need it. Thus, the plantain salve is born. This […]

Strawberry-Chia Facial Scrub

diy strawberry-chia face scrub

This strawberry-chia face scrub may not be anything to look at, but it certainly does an excellent job of removing dead skin cells and brightening the skin. Make this face scrub in a couple of minutes and use immediately. Thaw out a frozen strawberry for this recipe, if fresh ones are not available. Use organic strawberries, […]

9 Uses for Roses in Your Home

9 uses for roses in your home

Guest post by Brittney Wren.  Roses are sweet in many ways. They will brighten up your home while on display and can also be used around your home to improve health, to enrich your life with beautiful crafts, or to host elegant teas or luncheons. Health Benefits Roses have some powerful medicinal and therapeutic properties, which […]

DIY Lavender-Rose Bath Soak

DIY Lavender-Rose Bath Soak

This bath soak was created to provide relaxation for the body and mind. The combination of salts in this bath soak help to soothe tired muscles and may even draw out toxins. The  minerals contained in the salts may also be absorbed through the skin, providing added benefits beyond relaxation. The scents of rose and […]

10 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

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Lavender essential oil is well-known for it’s ability to reduce anxiety and enhance a feeling of  serenity. It’s also frequently used for promoting relaxation and sleep. Lavender also has anti-microbial properties. Diffuse Diffuse lavender essential oil to help bring peace and calm to your surroundings. I love my essential oil diffuser and find that adding […]

3 Ways to Use Vanilla Beans

Fresh Brown Organic Vanilla Bean against a background

Vanilla beans are fun to use for a variety of projects. They are a wonderful addition to foods as well as natural body care products. Simply cut the vanilla beans open lengthwise and scrape out the seeds inside. The seeds can be used in all manner of baked goods, ice cream, and other delectable desserts. […]

How to make Tea Bags (Using Press-and-Brew Bags)

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Homemade tea bags are a fun DIY project that can be made with little fuss. It’s actually what I’d call semi-homemade, I guess. But, who cares really? It’s still awesome! I especially love the satisfaction of looking at the tea bags and saying, “I made those!” but, it’s also a great way to have your loose […]

Whipped Mango Body Butter Recipe and Tutorial

body butter ingredients

Preparing a simple body butter is quick and easy. However, some body butters can become a little too firm and difficult to apply or are excessively greasy. This whipped mango body butter aims to avoid both of those pit falls and turn out light and fluffy, almost like a whipped topping, silky smooth, and highly […]

Lavender Salt Scrub and Soak Kit Giveaway (+ Bonus for DIY Lovers)!

lavender sea salt mini kit

In celebration of the Ultimate DIY bundle, I wanted to offer a fun giveaway for something I love. A luxurious, detoxifying DIY Dead Sea Salt, Olive Oil & Organic Lavender Scrub Mini kit from Homegrown Collective! Kit includes: Dead Sea salt Organic lavender buds Olive oil Loofah Jar to store scrub Muslin bags Instructions for […]