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


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)

mask ingredients

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. […]

DIY Hair Treatment Gift Basket


Hair treatments are quite easy to make and can be put together to create a simple and unique gift basket. The following four homemade hair treatment products would work nicely as a gift basket and could be made in less than 30 minutes. Prepare each item below and DIY Dry Shampoo Image courtesy Red and […]

Simple Lavender Salve

dried lavender

This lavender salve is one of my all-time favorite things to make. It smells divine, but is not over powering. Perfect for dry hands, it also relieves rough patches on elbows and knees. The best part: it is EASY to make. This recipe only contains 4 ingredients and a few simple steps. If you have been intimidated […]

Peppermint Foot Scrub Recipe

DIY Peppermint Foot Scrub

Foot scrubs are a real treat for tired feet. When made with salt, they are extremely effective at exfoliating the dry skin around the heels and balls of the foot. This helps remove dead skin cells and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. Besides softening and smoothing skin, a foot scrub also invigorates. The scrubbing […]

How to Make Lotion Bars (A Simple Lotion Bar Recipe)

lotion bars

I’ve given lotion bars as gifts for a few years now. They are usually a big hit! One reason I love to give lotion bars is because they are unique. Most people have not used a lotion bar before. It’s a treat to introduce them to something I enjoy using so much. Lotion bars are […]

Homemade Lavender Pillows

lavender pillows

Lavender pillows are usually very small pillows filled with lavender buds. They are not large enough for sleeping on, but rather, a little sachet of comfort to tuck in beside you at night. Lavender is an herb well-known for it’s soothing qualities. Sometimes lavender pillows are used as eye-pillows and are created to be placed […]

Want to Host Spa Party (the Easy Way)?

There’s something coming, and I’m really excited about it!   Here’s the story: Katie, of Kitchen Stewardship, contacted me to tell me she had used my book, Simple Scrubs to Make and Give, along with Crunchy Betty’s eBook, Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin, to host a spa party for her friends and family. […]