Bath bombs are easy and fun to make and use--like a giant Alka-Seltzer for your tub, providing an explosion of fragrance and color, along with the emollience of luxury oils.
Save money on laundry detergent—make your own 100% natural laundry soap! You can have fresh, clean clothes while avoiding harmful chemicals.
This tutorial is aimed specifically at crafters who would like to make professional looking labels for their products--thus enhancing marketability at craft fairs, retail stores, and farmers' markets. But I think it can also serve and a good basic introduction for anyone working with GIMP.
Learn the tricks to making a successful goat milk soap! I'm sharing my recipe for a lovely soap with my thought process behind the ingredient selection.
How to make a water-based facial moisturizing toner that is loaded with humectants, NMFs (natural moisturizing factors), nutrients, amino acids, and exfoliants—and with 7% glycolic acid.
Beldi-type soft soaps—sometimes called paste or gel soaps—are easy to make and wonderful for your skin. Here is my own recipe for a luxurious version.
How to make Beldi facial soap to clear acne, nourish skin with quality oils, and rejuvenate aging skin.
How to make your own natural homemade conditioner, customized for your hair's needs, including such additives as panthenol and centrimonium chloride for extra-wonderful results!
How to grow a big, gorgeous rosemary plant for your winter kitchen, to move outdoors in summer to accent your garden. The trick: A BIG pot.
Make a homemade body butter that really works for dry skin.
How to adapt Liz Ardlady's famous shampoo bar recipe to make liquid shampoo.
How to make a luxurious lotion to soothe and heal dry skin and eczema. It also works well for sore or cramped muscles.
My favorite soap recipe and how it evolved.
This exotic Mexican hominy soup has it's roots in the Native American nixtamal--corn converted into hominy. It's hot and spicy, fragrant with cilantro and the rich smell of hominy.
Red Palm Oil Soap--with about 30% red palm oil--is very skin loving. Here's the recipe!
Learn how to build a bent-willow chair using free wood collected from the roadside. They're perfect to use as outdoor furniture so you can relax on the porch during the evenings!
This is one of many possible recipes for the increasingly popular Soleseife, a popular spa soap made with sea salt, in imitation of “seaman’s brinewater soaps” made with sea water.
Dragon's Blood--Another Homemade Soap Recipe. This one is high in oils and fats that moisturize and condition the skin, and it feels heavenly in the shower. Dramatic color and fragrance too!
This is my adaptation of African Black Soap for the home soaper. It is not true African Black Soap—but may provide comparable skin benefits.
It takes less than an hour to make this classic bar at home--plus a few hours' wait to unmold! Use it to make coconut milk shampoo.
Salt soaps are among the latest stylish new soaps for excellent deodorant qualities, moisturizing, exfoliating, and to firm and protect new skin cells! Hard, long-lasting, quick-drying travel bars.
You can make this pure, natural homemade coconut milk shampoo in your blender in minutes! Best made with Castile soap made with 100% olive oil.
Homemade herbal ointments and salves can provide deep healing and relief!
Homemade DIY soaps make beautiful all-natural gifts and making them is a creative and practical craft for providing your family with the best!
Homemade natural medicinal ointments and salves are easy to make in your kitchen!
One species of passionflower is very hardy--a gorgeous vine for growing on a fence or trellis. More tender forms can be overwintered indoors, so you can still enjoy their exotic summer flowers.
It's easy to install an outdoor water spigot (faucet) for watering your garden!
These traditional Native American foods make wonderful hearty meals and snacks for you family! Indian tacos also make great fund-raisers!
How to grow plants of all kinds from seed by using pre-treatments such as cold treatment to ensure your seeds germinate and grow.
Here are the basics of how your plumbing works, and how to re-plumb with CPVC to move water lines indoors.
Popovers are an easy and delicious baked holiday--or anytime--treat. What we in the US call "popovers" are known in Britain as Yorkshire Pudding, and served as an accompaniment to dinner meats.
Healing herbal teas can be prepared to help many minor ailments--or just for a flavorful treat to enjoy--from herbs that are readily available, or already in your kitchen.
Brie en croute deserves to become a family tradition for Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, or the night before Thanksgiving or Easter, study groups, or any time friends and family gather.
How to treat colds and flu with Lomatiu, Andrographis, Baikal Skullcap, and Boneset, with preparations and dosages--and information on how to grow and harvest these herbs in the home garden.
A discussion of diabetic diet, choosing herbs and supplements that help, and understanding causes of insulin resistance, and the causes of diabetes.
Cast iron cookware is easy to care for, and you can easily re-season used cast iron from thrift stores and junk stores to make it good as new!
You can easily grow glorious lisianthus ("Lizzies") from seed started early indoors. It just takes patience!
Lower home heating bills and provide backup heating for power outages: Wood stoves, vent-free gas, kerosene, electric space heaters, foot-warming stones, and kotatsus.
Soup is some of the best of all cold-weather foods, and the best way to make homemade soup is to begin with homemade soup stock!
Acorns have been used as a staple human food for thousands of years. Today, interest in using this healthful and abundant native wild food has been revived. Try some delicious acorn recipes.
Gardening for self-sufficiency during the zombie apocalypse
Ideas for stocking up on emergency lighting for your home during power outages.
Longing for one of those fancy new “rainshower” showerheads? Or maybe what you’d love best is one of those combination overhead and hand-held showerheads. Replacing your showerhead is one of the easiest of all plumbing projects.
Herbal and Natural Treatments and Home Nursing Care for Diarrhea and Vomiting, Symptoms of Stomach Flu and Food Poisoning
Does your kitchen sink drain leak? The fix for a leaky sink drain is to replace the strainer, and it’s easy!
Wilted lettuce is an old-time traditional favorite that can serve as a main dish or light dinner unto itself, though our family generally includes a more substantial second offering. This hearty salad can become a satisfying complete meal just by...
There is no need to spray your home with toxic pesticides to get rid of fleas--and flies, too. Several essential oils repel and kill fleas and flies, especially when used in household cleaners.
Passionflower, meadowsweet, rosemary, lemon balm, thyme, Sweet Annie, chamomile, catnip, mint, ecinacea, black-eyed Susans, and Bible leaf make a lovely and useful herb garden.
Another of the fast, easy recipes that fed my family over many years as a single or busy mom.
At last! A gluten free pancake!
A selection of medicinal herbs that are both beautiful and useful
This comfort food is a favorite of children and sick folks. Most of the preparation is fast and easily done ahead. Matzo ball soup also freezes well.
Wisterias are beautiful vines known for their vibrant colors that can stop traffic. But they are also notorious for growing aggressively. This article will explain how to successively grow and care for one.
One of many mostly fast and easy (and reasonably cheap) recipes that got me through more than a decade of single parenthood.
Herbs that are reputed to cure psoriasis are slippery elm and American saffron (safflower),
Several perennial flowers provide amazing displays of flowers and foliage, yet require almost no care! Here are three to provide the backbone of your home flower garden.
Many women have opted for a joyous home birth experience! Planning a home birth carefully is important.
Foot and leg cramps are almost always caused by magnesium deficiency--or, more accurately, insufficient magnesium intake in relation to calcium intake. The fix is easy! Get more magnesium!
Here is my original recipe for coconut-almond madeleines, as well as the basic recipe and the recipe for chocolate madeleines--along with some (perhaps heterodox) tips.
Autumn olive berries are one of the most abundant—and nutritious—of wild berries. They can often be gathered by the gallon in woods and fields.
Elderflower champagne--a refreshing traditional English summer beverage--is as easy to make as Kool-Aid!
There are many wild plants growing in the fields and along the roadsides that make delicious and healthful herbal teas!
Homes remedies for impetigo include black walnut hull tincture (which you can make at home), colloidal silver, and elecampane root.
How to make elderberry juice, elderberry syrup, and elderberry rob.
Here are a few commonly available wild plants for foraging, along with some simple recipes for making yummy wild food dishes!
Cure head lice without putting pesticides on your child's head--and prevent re-infestation--with inexpensive herbal treatments.
Make echinacea tincture, mullein oil, black walnut hull tincture, and wild cherry cough syrup at home.
Kidney stones may be passed painlessly and/or dissolved without surgery or other conventional medical treatment using inexpensive herbal treatments.
Gout can be cured with natural remedies, diet, and herbs, without conventional medical treatment.
An herbal cleansing and toning approach to leaky children that focuses on toning the urinary tract and the nerves
Elderflowers added to gooseberry jam impart a delicate “muscat” flavor, and give the jam a beautiful “calico” look, that makes these jams excellent for giving as gifts.
Apple cider vinegar, olive oil, slippery elm, and probiotics are all reliable cures for most cold sores.
Elderflowers blooming in the fields and along the roadsides in June are a beauty--and healing--bonanza!
Ringworm is easily cured at home using iodine, black walnut hull tincture (which you can make at home), and other simple products.
Here’s how to cure yeast infections (Candida albicans) naturally.
A comprehensive discussion about fevers, including danger signs and natural/herbal treatments.
Children's growing pains--muscle cramps that usually occur in the feet and legs--are nothing more than magnesium deficiency.
You can avoid costly medical procedures and remove warts, moles, and skin tags painlessly at home using castor oil and baking soda.
A child who seems unable to use her hand, but lets it hang limply her side, may have a dislocated wrist. Here’s what to do.
Plantar warts can be cured without , laser therapy, cryotherapy (freezing), acid treatments, or surgery, and without wasting time and money on frustrating and discouraging over-the-counter products.
Painful toothaches caused by an infection or impacted wisdom tooth can be cured with Echinacea.
Scabies can be cured with Vitamin E oil applications, or with diluted oil of thyme. There's no need to see a doctor or apply chemical pesticides.
An Easy Home Remedy for Burns, Wounds, and Other Skin Affections
Shingles can be cured in 24-48 hours with Purple Coneflower.
I learned of this remedy when I took my oldest daughter to a naturopathic physician for a severe case of pink case. Since then, I've successfully used this treatment many times.
To make the most fragrant rose waters and potpourris, use the most fragrant roses. Modern roses often lack the sweet perfume of the old-fashioned roses traditionally used to make attar of roses.
Real wild cherry cough syrup is easy to make—and it’s the world’s most effective cough remedy!
Many of the expensive tinctures and other herbal preparations available from health-food stores and herb dealers can be prepared at home for pennies!
Quickly cure UTIs Using Purple Coneflower! I have found that Echinacea tincture (my own homemade version) will cure a UTI in a couple of hours--though later doses are needed to keep it from returning.
You can easily make Echinacea tincture at home, using the roots of your own Echinacea plants from your garden and a pint of vodka.
Many menstrual problems are simply an indication of iodine deficiency, possibly along with other micro-nutrient deficiencies, and can be easily cured by adding seaweed to your diet.
Does your back periodically "go out," leaving you prostrate and with severe back pain for weeks? Chances are, all you need is magnesium!
A fast cure for bronchitis: a few drops of the essential oil of sandalwood on a lump of sugar. Real wild-cherry cough syrup and elecampane root tea give this cure a boost.
How to cure ear infections--permanently--using herbs and nutrition!