How to Make Herbal Tinctures from Dried Herbs I have several tincture recipes posted (including my two favorites: Chamomile Tincture and Digestion Tincture ) but I realized that a post with general instructions on how to make a tincture from any herbs would be helpful. A tincture is a concentrated liquid form of an herb that is easy to make and easy to take. Tinctures preserve and concentrate the properties of the herb, making them more effective and longer lasting. Alcohol based tinctures have a shelf life of several years and are easy to use when needed! I keep several tinctures on hand for my kids, as they can be used externally even on small children for relief from common problems. If you’ve ever bought tinctures from the store, I’d encourage you to try making your own, as they are very inexpensive to make and can be made in minutes. Tincture Making Supplies: I make most tinctures in an alcohol base as this makes them the most long lasting, but tinctures can also be made with glycerine, vinegar or even with honey to make a syrup!
Herbs For Hair Growth Top 10 Herbs For Hair Growth image to repin / shareHerbs background pic © Elena Moiseeva - Fotolia.com Please share this page: Google + StumbleUpon Reddit Baldness, thinning hair, receding hairline - whatever you want to call it, hair loss is a concern many experience particularly during mid to late adulthood. Other factors mentioned by the American Academy of Dermatology include improper hair care like poor diet; health disorders like anaemia and thyroid conditions; treatments like chemotherapy and certain medications; and innate conditions like alopecia and menopause.  Your hair is not just a part of your head or body but has become a symbol of beauty, health and status, making it aptly called your 'crowning glory'. So rather than spending much on harsh mixed chemicals or turning to drastic solutions like expensive hair transplants or drug therapies to stimulate hair growth, why not give herbal remedies a try for a more natural, cheaper, gentler and safer approach? Aloe vera Horsetail
Growing Herbs, Planting Herbs, How to Grow Herbs The best tips for growing herbs indoors, outdoors, and in container herb gardens. Learn how to plant and care for herbs when home gardening. Plant a kitchen herb garden to supply fresh herbs to spice up your meals. Design Your Own Vegetable Garden Layout Using our Free "Vegetable Garden Planner" Software! Why Grow an Herb Garden? The practice of planting herbs has been undertaken on every continent for hundreds of years. Herbs are prized for their scents, medicinal properties, and seasoning qualities in gardening, aromatherapy, arts and crafts, home remedies, and cooking. Planting a small sized kitchen herb garden supplies a wide range of flavorful, therapeutic, and fragrant herbs. Download Free Garden Planning Worksheets, Garden Diary, Zone Chart, Or Planting Guide Common Types of Herb Gardens Visiting herb gardens is the best way to decide on which plants to select and where to place your garden. Indoor Herb Gardening Many herbs can be successfully grown indoors in a container herb garden.
Homemade Hairspray - A Simple, Natural Recipe that Saves Money I was so excited to share this recipe for homemade hairspray that I had a hard time conducting an adequate test phase! I’m happy to report that after using it every day for over a month, I’ve been thrilled with the results. (UPDATE: I’ve been using this formula for over two years now, and won’t ever go back to store-bought!) My Issues with Commercial Hairspray Nowadays I have very thick, curly, long(ish) hair and need to use a generous amount of hairspray no matter how I style it. It’s time for something different. To my delight, Matt received a basic recipe for homemade hairspray from a DIYNatural reader named Charli. I tested the recipe, made a few tweaks, and came up with this wonderful recipe. Citrus-Lavender Hairspray Step 1 Cut a whole orange or lemon into wedges and combine with 2 cups water in a small pot. Step 2 Strain liquid through cheesecloth into a measuring cup. Step 3 Combine alcohol and essential oils in a small bowl, swirl to mix, then add to the cup of citrus juice. Step 4
The Lazy Lady’s Guide to DIY: Hanging Herb Garden in Ladyguides on Persephone Magazine. At some point near the middle of March, I always decide that I’m “done” with winter. The sweaters and jackets get pushed to the back of the closet, the flip flops come out, and I inevitably freeze my butt off for several weeks until the weather catches up with my warm-weather state of mind. Likewise, my cravings for fresh herbs and veggies are always a little ahead of the season. Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money and avoid buying too much at a time and letting most of it go to waste. If it’s still too cold to plant outside where you are (or if you’re short on space!) What you’ll need: Tin containers with snap-on plastic lids (tea, cocoa, and coffee cans are a good bet), coat hangers, pliers, scissors, herbs (I bought basil, rosemary, dill, and cilantro for about $2.50 each), masking tape, coffee filters, a nail, a hammer, X-acto knife, scrap fabric or paper, and glue or spray adhesive. Slide the bottom inside the can, holding it up from inside. Flip the can over.
A Fourth Leaf: Leave-in Hair Growth Treatment Since donating my hair, I've had an obsession with attempting to grow my hair the longest I can in the fastest way. In a previous post, I made a wash-out oil treatment. This treatment has a lot of the same ingredients, but it's a daily leave-in spray. Let's get to it! So obviously I didn't make enough to fill this spray bottle, but in my defense, I was going to use a smaller bottle. Here's what you'll need and an estimation of how much of each I used: 2 bags - Camomile tea (make sure it's 100% camomile) or Peppermint tea 1/2 tbs - Dry Rosemary leaves 5 tsp - Lemon juice (from the bottle or the real thing) I added this to lighten my hair - you may skip it if you wish. 1 cup - water (Just a side note, chamomile will lighten hair - especially if exposed to heat or sun.) Heat up your water and put in into a cup or jar to steep with the two chamomile tea bags. Take the Rosemary leaves and grind them as fine as possible. Remove the tea bags and stir in the lemon juice! I really love this spray!
Edible Flowers, How to choose Edible Flowers, Eatable Flowers, Edible Flower Chart, List of Edible Flowers, Incredible Edible Flowers Edible flowers are the new rage in haute cuisine Photo of edible flowers picked in Linda's garden in July (lavender, thyme, dill, cilantro, day lily, squash blossom, Nasturtiums, chives, and basil). After falling out of favor for many years, cooking and garnishing with flowers is back in vogue once again. Today, many restaurant chefs and innovative home cooks garnish their entrees with flower blossoms for a touch of elegance. One very important thing that you need to remember is that not every flower is edible. In fact, sampling some flowers can make you very, very sick. You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat. Never harvest flowers growing by the roadside. Identify the flower exactly and eat only edible flowers and edible parts of those flowers. Always remember to use flowers sparingly in your recipes due to the digestive complications that can occur with a large consumption rate. Fruit Flowers: Herb Flowers:
Hair Mask Recipe – Longer Fuller Softer Silky Hair Print this Post Long, glorious, beautiful, shiny hair…isn’t that every woman’s dream at one point or another ? Summer and Winter tend to be the harshest seasons that can take a toll on your hairs health. Summer: exposure to harsh chlorine, long hours spent soaking in the hot sun and overuse of styling products, your hair is bound to brittle and screaming for moisture. Winter: exposure to extreme temperature differences, heavy winds and even snow can rob your hair of it’s moisture and natural shine. No need to buy fancy hair masks, when you can find everything you need in your kitchen. Combine: 1 tsp. honey 2 tsp. olive oil 1 -2 tsp. coconut oil 1 large egg Massage into dry hair with your fingertips ( boosts circulation to the scalp ) Let it soak in nourishing your hair for at least 10 to 15 minutes… longer the better Shampoo your hair as you normally would and finish with your favorite conditioner Spectrum Refined Organic Coconut Oil — 14 fl oz ( Multi-Pack)
Building a Square Foot or Raised Garden Box with Wood | My Square Foot Garden This spring my friend Tara and I tackled this project together. Here’s a list of materials and costs: wood (two 16′ 2×10 boards, one 8′ 2×10 board-$31 total)16 corner brackets ($.56 each, $9)wood stain (1 can from the “oops” pile-$5)screws ($5)miscellaneous parts ($3)weed mat (free)kite string (free)1 bale peat moss ($8)1 bag perlite ($13)3 bags chicken compost ($11)11 bags steer compost ($15)6 gallon bucket of coffee grounds (free) Total Cost: $100 Tools and equipment: electric drillscissorsshovelglovespaintbrush First, of course, we made a plan. We made a bit of a mistake at HD-we allowed the store employee to pick our boards for us (they were heavy!). Since we knew the exact lengths we needed, we had the HD employee to cut the wood right there. We lay the boards on a flat surface (patio) and screwed the corner brackets on the insides. Upon the advice of the guy at HD, we bought stain and stained the boxes. One of us stained, while the other prepped the area. Voila! Happy gardening!
Shampoo Bar Soap Recipe - Nightly I begin my journey into soap making almost 2 years ago. It all started when I read this post and began to understand how easy and cost-effective making my own really is! I am by no means a soap making expert. I usually stick to pretty basic recipes and I haven’t experimented much with scents or creative designs. Hot processed soap is the way to go for me. Determine Your Method There are so many recipes and soap-making methods out there. I would also recommend borrowing a few of these books from the library if you really find yourself wanting to know more: Handcrafted Soap by Dolores BooneThe Soapmaker’s Companion by Susan Miller CavitchThe Natural Soap Book by Susan Miller Cavitch Why shampoo bar soap and not just baking soda? What a great question! I have long hair and I was so frustrated. I really didn’t want to be dependent on store-bought shampoo! So I set out to create a solution! Purchase these handcrafted Herbal Silk Shampoo Bars via Roots + Reverie on Etsy. Gather The Supplies Alright!
Square Foot Gardening Soil--Mel's Mix | My Square Foot Garden You may be asking “whose mix”? Mel Bartholemew is the author of All New Square Foot Gardening and the founder of the square foot gardening method. He recommends filling your garden boxes with a special mix, instead of dirt. Mel’s Mix 1/3 vermiculite1/3 peat moss1/3 compost (from as many sources as possible) This is done by volume. The Cost I was able to buy the peat moss and compost at WalMart or Home Depot, but I only found the vermiculite at IFA Country Stores (Intermountain Farmers Association). 2 large bags (3.5 cu ft) vermiculite, $18.00 each1 large bale (3.8 cu ft compressed, expands to be more) peat moss, $9.008 bags (1 cu ft) compost, $2.00 each (average price)6 extra bags (1 cu ft) compost, $2.00 each (average price)TOTAL COST (three 4′x4′ boxes): $73.00 The Benefits Why not just use dirt? Planting and germination–Mel’s mix is much lighter than dirt, and it doesn’t get compacted down because you never walk on it. Cost Savers Mixing It Up–Tarp Method Pour compost on a large tarp. Update
pH Balanced Shampoo Recipe pH Balanced Shampoo Recipe UPDATE: (Mar. 2015) I get a LOT of questions about this recipe. Some people love what it does for their hair. Other try waiting through the detox and still can’t get results they love. I wish I had the answer, but natural hair care is tricky. In fact, you can read about some of the common hair issues and what I now recommend for natural hair care in this post. There are a lot of great questions about this shampoo in this post that I have answered in my All Natural Hair Care Guide. My all natural shampoo recipe is one of my more popular posts. Especially when one of YOU guys helped me see the better solution. My original shampoo recipe, like so many out there online, uses a base of castile soap. Luckily, there are more options. The comment that helped my poor little scalp Some months ago I got a comment from a reader named Amanda on my shampoo recipe. Why restoring your scalp’s pH is important Your scalp, like your skin, ranges in pH between a 4 and 7. Fear not!
Bottle Drip Irrigation | I prefer to have the bottle standing right-way-up as I think it looks nicer and it keeps debris out of the bottle thus keeping the holes from blocking. The materials: * 2 litre plastic soft-drink bottle or water bottle * Sharp small screwdriver, pointed hole-maker or drill This can be used in container gardening, raised bed gardens and open vegetable gardens. Using your pocket knife, make 2 small slits in the bottom of your bottle. Dig a hole next to your tomato plant. This will slowly deep-water your tomato plants and most other vegetable plants. You can learn more about this on another website. Only two very small holes are needed at the lowest place on the bottle. I prefer to leave the lids off. Place bamboo stakes next to each bottle. Here I am making another hole slightly higher up the bottle. However, if I remove the lid, water will come out this hole as well as the holes in the base. You can make larger holes, and partly fill the bottle with coarse-sand or soil to slow the flow.
9 Homemade Tips To Cover Up Grey Hair Image: Shutterstock “Grey hair” is one of the most dreaded night mares for all women, especially those who have crossed the 30 mark! This problem is universal and wide spread among the masses. It is one of the most prominent signs of ageing and premature ageing. Grey hair occurs when our hair is devoid of the pigment called “melanin”. We often resort to various methods to cover up our grey hair. 1. This is the number gray hair remedies. However, when you color there are two aspects you must always keep in mind which are how the color looks for your skin tone and the trend for that season. 2. This is perhaps the most effective and natural hair dye to cover up the grey hair when we speak of gray hair home remedies. Amla and henna not provides the colour, it also nourishes the hair making it soft and shiny. [ Read: Henna Packs for Hair ] 3. Grey hair can be covered up nicely with by the use of black tea remedy. How to: 4. This treatment will show visible results in a few weeks. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.