Natural Balms for Cuts, Stings, and Bruises

Though there are a variety of ointments available for treating minor wounds, many of them are made of synthetic compounds that can irritate the skin or provoke allergic reactions in people with chemical sensitivities. Fortunately, there are simple natural remedies that often prove themselves effective against painful stings, cuts, bruises and infections without producing side … Continue reading Natural Balms for Cuts, Stings, and Bruises

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Rose Water Hydrosol

Winter in Utah/Oregon means a lot of time indoors and, we hope, a lot of time for projects. I have a penchant for all things floral, so it’s only natural that one of my projects would be to bottle a favorite scent. For an easy-to-make winter refresher, I turn to rose hydrosol, also known as … Continue reading Rose Water Hydrosol

Rose, Cardamom, and Ginger Body Soak

A DIY recipe for making a healing tub soak of your own. A Warming Winter Body Soak: In the following order, blend together in a mortar and pestle: A small handful of whole green cardamom pods A handful of dried rose petals About 1 cup of your favorite bathing salt (Ashley loves Himalayan pink salt … Continue reading Rose, Cardamom, and Ginger Body Soak

What Is Neroli Oil and What Is It Used For?

Neroli oil is a pale yellow essential oil derived from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree (citrus Aurantium). Extracted via steam distillation, neroli oil has a sweet, distinctive citrus scent and is widely used in perfumery and aromatherapy. According to legend, neroli oil is named for Anna-Marie de Nerola, an Italian aristocrat who popularized … Continue reading What Is Neroli Oil and What Is It Used For?