Homemade Candles + Winter Bloom Essential Oil Blend (and Vegan Option)

Candlelight is good anytime, but during the winter holidays, it’s part of human traditions that date back thousands of years. This year, as the cost of everything, including candles, has skyrocketed, it makes more sense than ever to make our own. Ive made candles for fun over the years, including holiday candles, but I’m definitely not a candle-making artisan. Fortunately, we dont have to be experts to produce simple, lovely poured candles. Making our own gives us the freedom to customize the scent with pure essential oils. Candle making is also a wonderful activity with kids, so the winter school holidays are a great time to pull out the wicks, wax, and your favorite upcycled jars. Developing some old-fashioned skills like this one means inflation doesn’t have to put a damper on what you love most this time of year: traditions and family.

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Posted by Heidi

DIY Toilet Deodorizer – Forest Blend


As we prepare to have guests over through the holiday months, it’s important that our friends and family feel comfortable when nature calls. After all, the key to life is not letting anyone know that you, in fact, have bowel movements. All kidding aside, it’s a sensitive subject for many, so giving your guest options that don’t involve heavy synthetic fragrances or noisy and environmentally harmful aerosol cans is both considerate and helpful.

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Posted by Jessicka

Autumn Breeze Wax Melt Recipe

 

When you think of autumn, what comes to mind? Is it the colorful masterpiece of the treescape, or the sound of crunching leaves? Possibly the taste of a pumpkin spice latte or warm mulled cider? For me, it’s the aromas whirling through the air that herald the coming of fall.

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How to Make Thieves® Cleaner


Over my years of DIY tinkering I’ve created over a hundred body care, culinary, and green cleaning recipes. Some I love seasonally, others come and go for one reason or another, and some shining stars remain a constant in my everyday life. One member of this VIP list is a “Four Thieves®” multi-surface spray. It’s easy to make, and its versality means that it earns its keep in my natural cleaning supply closet. It also smells fresh and invigorating and cuts grease with the likes of commercially available soaps and sprays.

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Posted by Jessicka

How to Upcycle Herbs After Making Infusions, Oils, Tinctures, and More

If you’re like me, you aim to not waste any of your herbal ingredients—you understand that hard-working pollinators and farmers put a lot of love and care into getting the finest organic botanicals into your cupboard. This is why I began exploring ways to reuse my herbs after making herbal preparations. Through years of making tea, infused oils, tinctures, vinegars, and honeys, I’ve tinkered up some fun ways to upcycle the remaining plant material, often called the “marc,” into other fine uses and crafts.

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Posted by Jessicka

Bilberry and Hawthorn Berry Syrup

I am a fan of Lynn Rosseto Kasper’s public radio cooking show The Splendid Table. I was particularly intrigued with a 2020 episode in which she talked about a recipe for butternut squash roasted with a cider reduction syrup that she made by simply reducing sweet apple cider from four parts down to one part. I thought—as I am wont to do—“What if I put herbs in that delicious syrup?”

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How to Soothe a Bee Sting at Home & in the Wild

We’re getting to the time of year when some species of bees, wasps, and hornets get more aggressive, so we’re more likely to get stung. In late summer and fall, these stinging insects start to prepare for winter at the same time that their natural food sources are depleted. They’re hungry and their instinct to protect their hive and, particularly, their queen becomes more intense. I sometimes get “hangry” too, so at some level I get it, but being on the receiving end of a yellow jacket’s misplaced fury is a big drag. Fortunately—so long as you are not allergic to bees and wasps—there are a number of very effective natural and herbal remedies if you’ve been stung.

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9 Herbal Activities for Kids

Giving children a good herbal foundation will stay with them for their lifetime. Knowledge is power, and when we are young, we are especially open and eager to learn new things about the natural world. In the same way that learning another language is especially helpful in earlier development stages, so is sharing the language of plants. No matter what career and lifestyle children grow into, exploring plants as a child will give them a solid foundation of wisdom that will help them in their day-to-day lives. They will have the ability to take control of their own health and teach others to do the same. 

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Posted by Jessicka

2 DIY Natural Deodorant Spray Recipes

Distilled from the twigs and bark of the witch hazel tree, high quality, organic witch hazel extract is a lovely, time-tested ingredient in DIY and natural deodorant sprays. Witch hazel lowers the skin’s pH, so odor-causing bacteria cannot thrive. It is gentle enough to be used alone, or can be combined with herbs and essential oils. It also does double-duty as a toner, which is why you see it show up so often in the finest facial toner recipes. These Mountain Rose Herbs deodorant spray recipes bring together the superpowers of witch hazel with balanced blends of aromatic essential oils—it’s no wonder they have been favorite go-to recipes for more than a decade! And, once you have the hang of these easy homemade sprays, you can customize the recipe to create a perfectly blended scent for yourself or your loved ones.

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How to Protect At-Risk Plants & Ecosystems While Enjoying Nature

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Posted by Jessicka

How to Harvest, Dry, & Store Herbs From the Garden

Whether you have acreage for a big herb garden or, like me, you’re trying to get as many herbs as you can in your small space—using patio pots, and windowsills, and waging war on every spot of lawn grass that you can eradicate—preserving our mid-summer herbal harvest is a deeply satisfying way to carry the magic of life-giving summer into the cold winter months. Drying our own herbs is remarkably simple and doesn’t require expensive special equipment—just some rubber bands and a piece of screen or a drying basket. If you’re ready to harvest your own herbs, here are a few pointers on drying and storing your bounty.

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Homemade Candles + Winter Bloom Essential Oil Blend (and Vegan Option)

Bring the comforting scents of the winter season to your space this year with DIY candles. Scented with pure essential oils, the Winter Bloom candle blend will delight you and your holiday guests.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

November 17, 2022

DIY Toilet Deodorizer – Forest Blend

An easy, inexpensive, and effective “Poo-Pourri™” spray is a handy recipe to have in your DIY toolkit. Learn how you can craft up a quick batch so you will be prepared when nature calls. Spray a few pumps in the toilet bowl before you go and odors will be significantly reduced, if not eliminated.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

October 12, 2022

Autumn Breeze Wax Melt Recipe

As we begin to incorporate elements of autumn into our homes, one important component is scent. This spiced autumn breeze wax melt recipe brings in the elements of fallen leaves with warming seasonal spices.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

September 29, 2022

How to Make Thieves® Cleaner

When it comes to green cleaning, versatility and effectiveness are of the most important things to consider. This Thieves® multi-purpose spray recipe cuts heavy grease, battles unwanted germs, and smells delightful. After trying your hand at this easy natural cleaning recipe, it will surely become a staple in your natural cleaning supply closet.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

September 16, 2022

How to Upcycle Herbs After Making Infusions, Oils, Tinctures, and More

Have you ever asked yourself what you can do with herbs after you've made tea, infused oils, tinctures, vinegars, and honeys? Here are some fun ways to upcycle the remaining plant material, often called the “marc,” into other fine uses and crafts.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

September 12, 2022

Bilberry and Hawthorn Berry Syrup

Adding herbs and spices to an apple cider reduction syrup is a delicious way to bring more botanical support into your diet. Join us as jim mcdonald shares his special recipe with cardiovascular-supporting berries.*
WRITTEN BY jim mcdonald- Guest Herbalist

September 7, 2022

How to Soothe a Bee Sting at Home & in the Wild

While we love our pollinator friends, getting stung is a total drag! These simple natural remedies will help soothe the burning and itching associated with a sting. Included are ways to address a bee sting at home or in the wild!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

September 6, 2022

9 Herbal Activities for Kids

Learning a new language is easiest for children which is why teaching future generations the language of plants is especially important. These 9 activities will help the herbal explorers in your life connect, learn, and grow with the natural world around them.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

August 17, 2022

2 DIY Natural Deodorant Spray Recipes

These two homemade deodorant recipes bring together the superpowers of witch hazel and essential oils to provide a quick and easy solution to body odor. Try the uplifting sweet orange and vetiver blend or the grounding cedarwood and juniper recipe to match your aromatic preferences.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

July 25, 2022

How to Protect At-Risk Plants & Ecosystems While Enjoying Nature

Each step that we take and every river stone we turn has an impact. Here are nine ways that you can be good land stewards while hiking, biking, camping, and enjoying nature.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

July 22, 2022

How to Harvest, Dry, & Store Herbs From the Garden

Drying our own herbs is an easy, deeply satisfying way to carry our summer bounty through the year. Learn the best ways to dry and store fresh herbs.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

July 18, 2022