Facial Cleanser

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Ingredients • 1 tablespoon rose petals • 1 tablespoon yarrow leaves and flowers • 1 tablespoon calendula • 2 tablespoons oatmeal • Almond meal, cosmetic clay powder, milk powder, or other botanicals (optional) Directions 1. Rose petals will often resist breaking down, so begin by putting them into a food processor, or if you’re like me you have a coffee grinder (or two) just for herbs and resins. Pulse to break down. 2. Add the remaining ingredients and process until they are a fairly uniform consistency about the size of grains of sand. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container. 3. To...

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Pretty little Violets

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 | 0 comments

  Ever admire those pretty little purple flowers popping up all over in the springtime? Well, here’s an easy and sweetly tasting recipe for some Violet Jelly! Try it out and let us know what you think! Well, here’s an inspiration that I tried from a FB post – try it – easy peasy and you’ll love it!   VIOLET JELLY 1 pint violet flowers 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 cups sugar 3 oz. liquid pectin Directions: Gather lots and lots of little violet flowers and gently press them down into your very clean mason jar. After you are sure you can’t get...

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Horehound Cough Drops

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 | 0 comments

We are fighting a nasty hacking cough here at our homestead….and look what I found in my morning email from OHG!!! Definitely going to try this! Make your own! Here is a simple recipe that will fill a sandwich bag with golden horehound cough drops. The honey covers the bitter taste of this aromatic herb. You can also substitute or combine with other herbs, such as mint or sage. • 1 cup fresh horehound leaves • 1 cup water • 2 cups sugar • 2 tablespoons honey • Granulated or powdered sugar, to coat 1. Put horehound in a small nonreactive saucepan and add water. Bring to a boil and...

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Coconut Uses

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Coconut can combat influenza viruses, fight bacteria that cause cavities, expel lice, improve digestion, reduce inflammation…the list goes on. Hailed as the “tree of life,” coconut’s health benefits are many, but it is coconut oil that stars in many practical uses. From a stain remover for fabrics to a preshave balm, try these 14 handy household uses for coconut oil. Coconut Oil Uses 1. Chef’s Secret: You can up the health ante of many dishes by replacing vegetable oil with coconut oil. Use it in stir-fries, brownie recipes, pie crusts or even fry with it. 2. Hair Helper: For a rich hair...

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Tea Tree Oil – LOTS of uses!

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Tea tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties and is used to treat a variety of ailments. Tea tree oil refers to the essential oil distilled from Melaleuca alternifolia, an Australian tree. This powerful botanic oil has an abundance of beneficial properties; it is antiseptic, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. Found in many natural skin- and body-care products, tea tree oil treats a variety of skin conditions from acne to athlete’s foot. It also adds a punch to homemade cleaners. Read on for 11 of our favorite uses for tea tree oil. 1. Mildew buster: Combine...

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Chicory Coffee Substitute

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Alternatives to Coffee: Chicory Coffee Substitute January/February 2002 http://www.motherearthliving.com/Cooking-Methods/chicory-coffee-substitute.aspx By Rachel Albert-Matesz Makes 6 cups When roasted and brewed, chicory and dandelion roots have a robust coffee-like flavor and aroma. Unlike coffee, they’re caffeine-free. You can make a pot, refrigerate the leftovers, then reheat as needed. A strong brew may be used to make a Mocha Frosty, pudding, custard, or ice cream. Make it strong or weak, as you like. • 4 to 6 tablespoons roasted chicory root or roasted chicory root grinds • 6 cups...

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