DIY Rose-Vanilla Lip Balm

alkanet and oil to color lip balm

This unique lip balm is very easy to make and turns a beautiful rose color with the addition of alkanet root powder. Nourishing for the lips, this rose lip balm softens as well as adds shine. The addition of castor oil is responsible for it’s smooth application and residual shine. While this is very quick to create, you […]

How to Use Chamomile to Reduce Stress and Enhance Beauty

how to use chamomile

Chamomile is well-known as a calming herb, but it has many other qualities that are often overlooked. Chamomile is rich in a volatile oil known as azulene. Azulene has anti-inflammatory properties and can be helpful in treating aches, pains, and headaches. Often used to aid sleep, chamomile is famous for it’s ability to promote relaxation. […]

Things to Make with Dried Roses

11 things to make with dried rose petals

For some unknown reason, I wanted to try making things with dried roses. Something about them seems so beautiful and luxurious. Plus, I love the way dried roses look. Rustic style is always my favorite. When I finally took the plunge and ordered some dried roses, I ordered a large amount. Since then, I’ve been […]

DIY Bath Fizzies

DIY Bath Fizzies

Bath fizzies (also known as bath bombs) are fun to use. My children especially enjoy seeing them fizz and dissolve in the water. This recipe is very simple and a little different to traditional bath bombs (traditional ones use less oil). The amount of oil in this recipe for bath fizzies gives them a moisturizing […]

Soothing Lavender-Chamomile Bath Salt

lavender chamomile bath salt

This lavender-chamomile bath salt is intended for soothing tired muscles. It’s perfect to use after a long day of work. Be sure to soak for at least 15-20 minutes to get the full benefit. This makes a large amount of bath salt, but since it is intended for achey, fatigued bodies, the entire amount should […]

Chamomile-Lemon Balm Tea Recipe

Chamomile Lemon Balm Tea

Tea is one of the simplest methods of creating herbal remedies. Mixing together a few herbs is quick and easy Plus, they smell great. Homemade tea mixes can be stored (and gifted) in jars and may also be given in poly-lined bags These are available in the Tea Accessory Section of Mountain Rose Herbs. This […]

Chamomile Bay Leaf Bath Vinegar

chamomile and bay leaf bath vinegar

I first learned about making bath vinegar in the gardening book, The Bountiful Container. The idea seemed intriguing. Vinegar in the bath, how could that be a good idea? Well, here’s why: vinegar helps restore skin’s natural pH level may relive pain of sunburn cleanses and detoxifies softens skin Add herbs to the mix and […]

DIY Steam for Colds and Congestion

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You can find me at The Prairie Homestead today. I’m sharing step-by-step instructions for creating an herbal steam to alleviate the symptoms of colds and congestion. Read the post here. Share this post: Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

Floral Facial Steam (with Rose, Lavender, and Chamomile)

DIY Floral Facial Steam

 Why use a floral facial steam? Facial steams are a great way to prepare the skin for further skin treatments. A facial steam is the perfect precursor to a scrub or masks since it opens up the pores allowing the masks or nourishing oils in the scrub to penetrate more deeply. The herbs used in […]

Clay and Lavender Face Mask (Plus: How to Gift a Face Mask)

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Face masks are generally difficult to give as gifts because they don’t keep for long once prepared. However, there is a way around this: Two-Part Face Masks! To gift a face mask, we need to separate it into two parts: 1. Dry ingredients 2. Wet ingredients By separating the ingredients, we are keeping them fresh. […]