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Our Top Recipes of 2018

While looking forward to a fresh new year, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the past and the lessons learned along the way. We had a blast creating a variety of botanically inspired recipes for you, from natural body care formulations to herbal remedies that will keep you well all year long. Here are seven selections from 2018 that really stood out:

Bag of soap nuts spilling out of cotton bag with bottle of essential oil sitting on denim fabric.

1. Natural Laundry with Soap Nuts

Soap nuts are a cost-effective, natural way to get your laundry clean. Plus, these little berries’ cleansing power is gentle enough for trouble skin, people with chemical sensitivities, or to get grime out of your little ones’ diapers, clothes, and bedding.

Glass cup filled with golden liquor, with an orange slice and various loose botanicals surrounding it, on a rustic table.

2. Homemade Vermouth Two Ways

Store-bought vermouth is often cloying, tending to finish your drink with a synthetic, floral aftertaste. Luckily, it’s easy to up your cocktail game by crafting your own bitter beverage that’s infused with organic herbs like wormwood and gentian root. With these recipes, you can make sweet or dry vermouth in a snap with our quick method, or take your time with our slower, more traditional method.

Person using roll on to apply perfume oil to wrists with essential oil bottles artfully displayed around.

3. Roll-on Perfumes with Essential Oils

Let these four uplifting scents bring you back to summertime. Enjoy vibrant essential oils blended with luscious organic jojoba oil and dispensed in our popular and oh-so-convenient roll-top glass bottles.

White bowl filled with green paste with displayed botanicals and a bottle of hydrosol.

4. Ayurvedic Face Mask

Ayurveda is an ancient health philosophy that originated on the Indian subcontinent. Now used worldwide as a form of alternative medicine, the word “Ayurveda” roughly translates to “knowledge of life.” Its holistic approach to the body, mind, and soul aims to enhance wellness and restore balance through lifestyle changes, herbal remedies, and other treatments. This face mask, based on that wisdom, is incredibly easy to make and quick to take effect!

Hand placing colorful beeswax wrap on top of glass of iced water with sliced lemon and botanicals.

5. Complete Guide to DIY Beeswax and vegan wax Food Wraps

These eco-friendly and cost-effective wraps are a kitchen game changer! Not only do they cover a bowl or platter, but they’re also great for wrapping up anything you’d use plastic wrap for (like a half piece of fruit or a sandwich), or as a lid for a nourishing herbal infusion.

Glass filled with chocolate balls with garnishments surrounded by ingredients used to make them.

6. Paleo Ashwagandha Chocolate Bites

These tasty treats combine organic dark chocolate, nut butter, and adaptogenic ashwagandha powder to keep you focused and energized at the office or on the go. They have the texture of cookie dough, the kick of chai-inspired spices, and taste of chocolate that’s hard to resist!

 White bars of soap sprinkled with colorful flower petals on a cool-colored natural stones.  

Making your own soap from scratch is a fun way to express your creativity while crafting something that's useful and beneficial for your skin. By following this simple recipe, you can make basic unscented bars of soap, or customize them by adding organic herbs, flowersessential oils, and other skin-loving ingredients.



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Topics: Culinary, Aromatherapy, Natural Body Care, Recipes, Herbalism, Tea & Herbal Drinks


Written by Raychel on December 18, 2018

Raychel Kolen, blog contributor, originally hails from the Midwest but has been calling Oregon her home for more than a decade. With her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa, Raychel enjoys storytelling in all its forms and especially relishes the opportunities to visit our farm partners in the Pacific Northwest and across the globe, shining a light on the remarkable efforts these hardworking farmers are doing to grow and nourish our beloved botanicals. When she isn’t thinking about marketing strategy or teaching workshops at the Mother Earth News Fair, Raychel can be found adventuring in the outdoors, foraging for wild mushrooms, fermenting fresh veggies in her kitchen, or hanging out with her hubby and sweet rescue dogs.

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