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How to Make Potent Herbal Oil Infusions

My very first projects as a new herbalist involved several attempts at oil infusions. I remember I poured olive oil over a jar of dried hibiscus petals and crossed my fingers, hoping that whatever I used it in would be potent and medicinal. I left it for weeks with absolutely no colour change, no scent extraction, and no signs that the oil had extracted anything at all. I felt defeated, but later that month I made a heated oil infusion… Read More »How to Make Potent Herbal Oil Infusions

How to Make Soap for Sensitized Skin | Cold Process Soap Recipe

Skin can be sensitized by numerous things, ranging from diet or contact with an allergen to autoimmune diseases like eczema. It is an extremely common condition to be in, and many of us have or will experience sensitivity to some degree. It doesn’t have to be a permanent state, but can become chronic if symptom’s and the root cause are left unchecked. This is a soothing soap recipe designed to repair the moisture barrier of compromised skin, help prevent trans… Read More »How to Make Soap for Sensitized Skin | Cold Process Soap Recipe

7 Homemade Foods You Can Start Making Now

Homemade foods have become a luxury, an outdated practice for the rich and those with extra time on their hands; but before agriculture and food was industrialized, what we ate was made from scratch in kitchens, bakeries, and restaurants around the world. At-home and small scale production was commonplace, and everything was done by hand or with simple machines. A baker made bread with flour from a local mill, and farmers canned their vegetables in jars to save for later… Read More »7 Homemade Foods You Can Start Making Now

How to Make the Best Window & Mirror Cleaning Spray

From the beginning of my low-waste, green cleaning journey, I have been interested in replacing my products with simple, homemade alternatives. This recipe is by far the easiest one I have made, and easily competes with Windex and other glass-shining formulations! It’s extremely simple to create. You can also customize its scent using a simple acetum (vinegar infusion). While white vinegar tends to have a strong scent, infusing it helps cut down on its potency, and it generally fades quickly… Read More »How to Make the Best Window & Mirror Cleaning Spray

How to Make a Soothing Bath Soak

Attention: If your skin can be described as red, itchy, irritated, chapped, or dry, you should give this soak a go. It’s cheap, extremely easy to throw together, and it feels great on angry skin. It’s inspired by a remedy my mother used on me when I was a kid; a simple oatmeal bath for my annually enraged eczema. Every winter, my elbows, knees, and arms would flare up with itchy red splotches, and this quick bath soak made it… Read More »How to Make a Soothing Bath Soak

Cold Process Soapmaking for Beginners | What You Need to Get Started

Soapmaking is a beautiful skill anyone can learn. With the right tools, you can create luxurious bars of soap for years to come! Whether you plan on gifting them, selling them, or enjoying them yourself, there are a few things you’ll need to get started. Don’t worry; I’ve put together a list of recommended supplies and where you can find them!  Personal Protective Equipment Soaping comes with a few hazards; lye is caustic, its fumes can be dangerous, and soap… Read More »Cold Process Soapmaking for Beginners | What You Need to Get Started

Florida Summer Prep – How to Beat the Heat

Temperatures here in Florida are on the rise; nearly everyday, the thermostat reaches 85°F. When I moved here last August, I was woefully unprepared for the heat and humidity. While St. Louis summer’s are no walk in the park, the sun hits differently here. I’ve compiled some DIYs, tips, and tricks for beating the summer heat, and hope they help you and I both survive the sweltering sauna that is Florida in the summertime.

Prepping for Summer – Making Hand Fans and Neck Coolers

This post contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Warmer weather is returning, at least here in Florida; more and more often, we’ve had full days without much of a drop past 80°F. While I’m enjoying the spring weather and longer days, I find myself worrying over the coming heat waves. I’ve decided to begin prepping for the sweltering summer heat by creating a few useful tools to help my family… Read More »Prepping for Summer – Making Hand Fans and Neck Coolers

How to Take Care of Your Feet | 5 Tips for Healthier Toes

In the Northern hemisphere, winter is coming to an end. The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter, and the days of walking in sandals and flip flops are nigh. For many, winter comes not only with snow and hot cocoa by a warm fire, but also with dry skin and cracked, painful heels. These are some tips I’ve accumulated over the years as someone who struggles to keep my extremities maintained, and as a massive skincare enthusiast!… Read More »How to Take Care of Your Feet | 5 Tips for Healthier Toes

How to Effectively Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Ingredients

When reducing your waste, especially in the kitchen, it can be difficult to replace convenient disposables and store-bought products with equally effective and easy-to-use alternatives. Sure, there are some great ideas out there, but knowing which ones are worth trying can be tricky. This is a guide for you to use on your low-waste journey, inspired by the questions I’ve had and the mistakes I’ve made. I began searching for the best disinfectants for Covid and other nasty bugs, and… Read More »How to Effectively Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Ingredients