Natural Hand Sanitizer

With younger children running around touching everything, I try to keep a supply of hand sanitizer and other balms tucked in my bag whenever we are out. While I prefer to just have my kiddos use soap and water, it’s nice to have something quick for little hands.    Natural Hand Sanitizer   6 ounces…

Vegan Body Balm

I have a new favorite skin care product!     I usually struggle with dry skin in the winter months, suffering from cracked hands and flaking skin on my face. My skin usually recovers by spring. This year, however, my skin has remained dry and flaky long after the cold weather has passed. I suspect…

Herb Thursday: Witchhazel Toner

I have a very simple skin care routine – much simpler than when I was in my 20s. I usually wash my face with clay or a gentle vegan soap (homemade, but not by me…yet). At night, a simple rinse with water is sufficient. I no longer wear makeup so my skin doesn’t require anything more…

Herb Thursday: Calendula Ointment

Calendula is a staple in my herbal first aid kit. A basic calendula ointment is excellent to keep on hand for all manners of cuts, scrapes and irritation. While there are very good commercially-available calendula ointments (I like Boiron), it is easy enough to prepare a homemade batch. This is a recent preparation of calendula ointment…

Herb Thursday: Tea Tree Oil Deodorant

I finally took the plunge and made my own deodorant. My husband is under strict orders to give me his honest feedback on whether or not it works. This is my variation on a recipe that I have seen in many forms around the internet, so I have high hopes. Here in South Texas, our…

Herb Thursday: Eucalyptus Vapor Rub

We’ve been battling some upper respiratory crud this week, and the children have been miserable with sniffles, sneezing and coughing. Getting sick is a rare occurrence around here, but when it happens, it tends to hit everyone at the same time Whenever I was sick with a cold, my dad would put Vicks Vapor Rub…

Herb Thursday: Body Powder

One of my fondest memories of my grandmother, who recently passed away, is of the body powder puff that was a fixture in her bathroom. It was not anything fancy, just a simple shallow container with a matching powder puff on top. She would dust herself with a bit of talcum powder after her shower….

Herb Thursday: Rhassoul Clay

I have really simplified my health and beauty routine over the years. I stopped wearing makeup two years ago, and no longer use fancy foaming face washes or special cleansers or anything like that. I prefer a simple vegan handmade soap for washing my face, and have just recently started using rhassoul clay. Rhassoul clay…