We have a special gift for you! Over the last few years, folks have asked us to create a book featuring our favorite herbal recipes from the blog. Your wish has been granted! We're so excited to offer this collection of recipes covering natural body care, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, homemade cleaning formulas, and healthy snacks for FREE. You will find so many wonderful inspirations for creating herbal gifts and easy tips for natural healing within these pages. Soon your cupboards will be well-stocked with herbal goodness! To make it super easy for you to find the supplies you need, we've included links to all of the ingredients, tools, and container options within these recipes – all you need to do it click on the listed ingredients on each page. We hope you enjoy the e-book and look forward to creating these botanical formulas for your very own home apothecary. Click here to download our free e-book!
These gorgeous certified organic Moon Melt Lotion Bars just arrived from our friends at Moon Valley Organics. Lotion bars are the perfect emollient and are designed to recondition and soften your skin and soothe irritations. These moisturizing bars are empowered by the properties of farm-grown Calendula and Comfrey to nourish skin. Fresh herbs are combined with on-the-farm harvested beeswax to naturally seal in moisture twice as long as water-based moisturizers and allow the herbs to work their wonders. Choose from either Lavender or Coconut Lemon and pamper your skin as the days get shorter and the sun's influence begins to wane. Click here to peruse our selection of all natural, botanical-infused body care products.
Our new catalog for Autumn 2015/Winter 2016 has arrived! Conifers, fragrant roots, citrus, and spices perfume the breezes of fall and winter. With such abundance to celebrate, we're crafting gifts for loved ones and making medicine from this year’s bounty. We’re also ruminating on the connections that create community, the importance of shared traditions, and stewardship of the precious green beings that provide us with so much nourishment and healing. Our new catalog offers unique homemade gift ideas, herbal profiles, sustainability news, and specially curated botanical products that we hope you'll love. As always, we print on post-consumer waste paper with eco-friendly inks so you can recycle the cover and compost the rest, although we hope you’ll keep it around for a bit or share it with a friend. You can also view the catalog online by clicking here! Want a FREE copy all for yourself? Request a new catalog here!
While I love thick and fluffy creams, and I am quite partial to body butters as everyday moisturizers, I enjoy the convenience of a thinner lotion, too. It's nice to have a moisturizer thin enough to put in a bottle with a pump — handy for keeping by the sink for busy families. Just a couple squirts of lotion and off you go! I wanted a lotion full of spicy, crisp, autumn scents that are warming, hydrating, and good for the skin, but still light enough to work as a lotion. This recipe makes 8 ounces, but it can be multiplied if you’d like to make a larger batch. You can also experiment with other carrier oils, butters, essential oils, and hydrosols to create your own customized lotion! You won’t really need any special ingredients or tools, just a hand mixer or immersion blender works fine, and a 2-4 cup Pyrex measuring cup works well for the […]
Soothing, rich, and luxurious… High quality botanical butters are luscious plant fats that make ideal conditioning ingredients in all sorts of body care recipes, giving your creations a wonderfully creamy, smooth, and dense viscosity. Pressed from the seeds of a variety of plants, butters are solid at room temperature, which makes them great for thickening up body care recipes such as lotions, skin creams, body butters, lip balms, lotion bars, and hair conditioners. The skin nourishing elements and the lovely melt factor at body temperature makes these ingredients the perfect base for natural deodorant and sunscreen recipes alike. All of the butters we offer can be easily exchanged for one another in recipes depending on your preference, making them versatile go-tos in your cabinet. Things to consider… Color: The color of the butter you choose will change the appearance of your recipe. Some butters are white, while others have a more yellow or cream color to them. If you are hoping for a light white result, I would recommend sticking with shea and/or mango butter. […]
The newest addition to our ever-expanding library of books is an excellent resource for folks who eschew the chemically-laden conventional "beauty" products and prefer to pamper their bodies with homemade, organic cosmetic creations. Packed with step-by-step photographs, easy-to-follow instructions, expert tips, and problem-solving solutions, 200 Tips, Techniques & Recipes For Natural Beauty provides you with a bounty of tips on how to source, store, and use natural, organic ingredients that will work wonders for your body. Shannon Buck provides a plethora of recipes for all types of skin and hair, making it easy to find the best recipes for you and your loved ones. This book shows you, in gloriously illustrated detail, how to create delightful lotions and potions in your own home using herbs and flowers. Discover conditioning carrier oils, sumptuous butters, and aromatic floral extracts, and essential oils that will nourish you from head to toe. Includes more […]
There is no point in stretching the truth…I am nearly 50 years old and while I have tried to take good care of my skin over the years, my skin-care strategy is evolving as my body ages. As a teenager and young adult, it was all about absorbing extra oil and striving for blemish-free skin. Throughout my thirties and early forties, I used a water-based moisturizing cream with sunscreen daily, and that worked well to help combat the rigors of a busy life. Recently, I’m finding my skin needs a bit more nourishment and moisture and I’ve been working on creating face and skin treatments that have more of the good oils and concentrated botanicals to meet the requirements of my ever-aging skin. I never would have dreamt of putting oils directly on my face when I was 21, but now my skin seems to soak it all in—leaving […]
Not too many weeks ago, I had the pleasure of driving down the I-5 and back, taking detours to explore lakes and forests along the way. This road trip was planned well in advance, so I had time to prepare a few herbal luxury items including an herbal infused witch hazel for freshening up our faces and this lovely hand sanitizer recipe based on our version of the Four Thieves® Oil Blend recipe. I didn't want to make something as intense as the commercial gels you find at your local convenience store, but something natural that behaves similarly: goes on easy, dries up quickly, and has a powerful botanical base. I absolutely love the combination of ingredients in the final formula! The alcohol (roughly 20% of of total recipe), combined with the aloe vera gel, dried up very quickly, leaving my hands soft and refreshed and smelling wonderful. This recipe isn't meant to replace soap and water, but is a great option for […]
As more people look to natural, organic, and GMO-free alternatives for skin, body, and healthcare, it can be hard to know how to create safe alternatives to store bought products. Some of the questions that come up again and again are about preservatives and how to extend the shelf-life of your homemade goodies. One of the reasons many of us are trying to get away from conventional shampoos, soaps, pastes, and cleaners is that they contain synthetic ingredients used to increase the shelf-life up to months or even years. Those ingredients can cause allergic reactions, may be drying or irritating, and could potentially be linked to some rather unsavory health problems. We know we don’t want to slather those ingredients on our bodies, but are we afraid of life without preservatives? Let's get to the bottom of this… As a rule, water-based creations will have a much shorter shelf-life than oil and butter-based ones, because water breeds life! […]
It's time for the next recipe in our Summer Sale of 2015! We love to make this deeply penetrating and soothing herbal massage oil for the occasional aches and pains we endure. Ideal for sore muscles and the minor bumps and bruises that result from hiking, gardening, long bike rides, yard work, and other physical activities. This oil also makes a wonderful salve base! For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on select sizes of organic Olive Oil, Arnica Flowers, Rosemary Essential Oil, and Eucalyptus Essential Oil at 25% off!
It's time for the next recipe in our Summer Sale of 2015! When the power of the sun stings your skin, you'll want to reach for cooling astringents first. The herbs in this recipe are great at drawing out the heat before using an oil or cream. Since oil acts as a protective barrier on the surface of your skin, it can actually hold in the heat that you want to cool. This is why using tannic astringents is an important first step! You can even keep it refrigerated for an extra refreshing sensation. Ready to make some of your own? For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on select sizes of organic Spring Green Tea, Cleavers, Lavandin Hydrosol, and Aloe Vera Gel at 25% off!
Tangled hair and tired of it? Have you tried all of the fancy spritzes and sprays out there? Ready to make your own and customize the scent? Well, we have the perfect herbal recipe for you! When applied to wet hair, the mucilaginous quality of organic marshmallow root mixed with aloe vera gel will coat, soften, and help smooth out those knots, making it much easier to brush through those otherwise difficult to manage manes. This mixture will also help flatten out and tame a bed head, giving you perfect, soft, shiny and ready-to-go hair within just minutes of rolling out of dreamland. "Tame the Mane" Detangler Spray Ingredients: 2 TBSP organic marshmallow root 2 cup water 2 TBSP aloe vera gel 20 drops organic lavender essential oil 10 drops organic rosemary essential oil Optional: 1 TBSP organic argan oil, jojoba oil, or avocado oil Directions: Place water and marshmallow root in small sauce pan, and bring to simmer. Cook until […]