Body Care

How to Make a Healing Green Salve From Your Yard

by Daisy Body Care

Nature knows that summer is going to bring with it a host of skin challenges: bug bites, heat rash, sunburn, mysterious itches, minor scrapes and more. To give us a weapon to deal with these complaints, springtime lays out an array of skin-healing plants. Now’s the time to act while these plants are present, fresh, […]

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Eggshell Toothpaste and Face Scrub In One

by Daisy Body Care

Yes, you read that correctly, and yes, I may be crazy. My kids think so. “Are you putting toothpaste on your face?!” “Yes, I’m putting toothpaste on my face. Show me the rule that says you can’t put toothpaste on your face.” In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have fed them the “show me the rule” […]

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Making Lemon Balm Tincture

by Daisy Body Care

If I were stranded on a desert island one of the first plants I’d go looking for is lemon balm. It would help keep me calm, and considering I was stranded on a desert island I would be in need of a heaping helping of calm. It would also help me sleep which would be […]

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How-To: Passionflower Tincture

by Daisy Body Care

Besides being appreciated for its fantastical blooms, passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is used medicinally to calm anxiety and improve sleep. It’s thought to increase levels of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid). GABA regulates the excitability of neurons in the brain. GABA is also suspected to regulate the production of melatonin, which is related to healthy sleep. And, since […]

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DIY Soothing Plantain Salve Recipe

by Daisy Body Care

Plantain, that pesky lawn and garden weed, makes a soothing salve for itches, bites, burns, rashes, sore muscles and strains. Using the plantain-infused oil we made in this post, here’s a recipe for an easy-to-spread salve to keep in store for all the times someone in your family says “I’m itchy!” and “Ouch!” PLANTAIN SALVE […]

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DIY Plantain-Infused Oil

by Daisy Body Care

Most people have seen this herb growing in cracks in the sidewalk or marring the monoculture of an otherwise pristine lawn. Before you pluck it out and toss it away, consider that broadleaf plantain (Plantago major) is a nutritious edible plant and a potent medicinal herb. Plantain (especially the young, tender leaves) can be used […]

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Half-time DIY: The Body Care Review

by Ivory Soap Body Care

I have been in love with the smell of Ivory Soap since college, so no matter how hard I try, I just can’t quit loving it, even in favor of something I make myself.  So, for body and laundry, I still buy it rather than using my own homemade version.  For GIFTS, though, I totally […]

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Interview with a Herbalist, Part 2

by Daisy Body Care

This is the second half of my interview with English herbalist Paula Normandale. I try growing more medicinal herbs each year.  However, I don’t always know what to do with them, which is one reason I’m happy to bring Paula into our realm.  My main method now is tincturing, so I’m picking her brain for […]

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Interview with a Herbalist

by Daisy Body Care

One of the best parts of blogging is the people you “meet” along the way, irrespective of geographical and other barriers.  One of those people is Paula Normandale.  She is an English herbalist and she has been helping me find my way through this relatively new interest of mine, herbal medicine. She’s kindly agreed to […]

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Making Rosemary Tincture

by Daisy Body Care

Continuing my tincture-making spree, I made rosemary tincture. Rosemary is an herbal powerhouse.  It contains antioxidants, known to combat free radicals. I’d heard about free radicals and antioxidants forever, but never knew quite what they were so I looked it up.  Free radicals are molecules with unstable outer layers caused by unpaired electrons.  These unstable […]

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Making Turmeric Tincture

by Daisy Body Care

I’ve been on a tincture rampage lately. I suppose it’s fear-based. Fear of wintertime illnesses, nemeses that steal weeks of otherwise productive, if chilly, pursuits, replacing them with hacking cough/mouth-breathing misery. Also, I ain’t getting any younger (funny how that happens), and when you find yourself misplacing things the size of large Rubbermaid tubs (where […]

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Body Care Essentials: 8 DIY Products

by Ivory Soap Body Care

Over the years doing this blog, I’ve done lots of research on DIY products.  Now, my daily ablutions are all taken care of with homemade products…’cept the cotton swabs and toothbrushes! In the Shower Baking Soda solution in old rubbing alcohol bottle (shampoo, body wash) Dilute solution of apple cider vinegar in old peroxide bottle […]

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Washing Hands with Baking Soda

by Ivory Soap Body Care

Daisy says she’s raising apes.  If she leaves out liquid soap or bar soap by the kitchen sink, the natives attack.  She noticed however, that her Parmesan shaker can of baking soda and tea tree oil “carpet cleaner” remains untouched.  So, she started using it to wash her hands.  Even hands she thought were relatively […]

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Washing Hair with Baking Soda

by Ivory Soap Body Care

I finally tried washing my long hair with baking soda, and it works! The Principle of the Thing The equation of clean, as I have said many times, is: (1)Temperature + (2)Agitation + (3)Chemistry + (4)Time = CLEAN In the shower, you have hot water(1) going for you already.  Baking soda has two basic cleaning […]

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Washing Oily Skin with…OIL??

by Ivory Soap Body Care

  Yes. Kid you not. Before I started doing this a month ago, I still looked like a 13 year old and I’m 36. My other alternative was to use over the counter acne products. As you know, they take the HIDE off you. Back then, I had my make-up done by a professional who […]

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Making Motherwort Tincture

by Daisy Body Care

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is a heavy-hitter in the medicinal plants game.  It is used, among other things, for the heart, for anxiety, and for women’s health.  You can read more about it here. I planted motherwort seeds last Spring.  They germinated and produced a few plants, which flowered and went to seed. This year, I […]

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Super Easy Liquid Soap or Shampoo

by Daisy Body Care

I’ve read many methods for making liquid soap.  Most people agree making liquid soap from scratch, that is, from oils and potassium hydroxide, is tricky at best.  Reports of solidifying and separating are pretty universal.  I tried my hand at it a long time ago, and experienced it myself. I do like the convenience of […]

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Pure Honey Cough Drops

by Daisy Body Care

I’m  a lightweight when it comes to cough drops.  The industrial strength menthol ones are intolerable to me.  I’ve always felt like such a weinie about it, but I can’t understand how so many people willingly put those things in their mouths.  For a dare, maybe.  For money, certainly, if the price were right.  Voluntarily?  […]

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Peppermint Foot Slather with Neem Oil

by Daisy Body Care

As the weather warms up, get those feet ready for their annual unveiling with this recipe for a neem-heavy lotion I can only term a “slather.”  It hits the warmth of your skin and liquefies into a juicy, emollient boon for the toughest hide. Neem and calendula are both well-regarded for their skin-healing properties.  The […]

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Cloth Diapering Confidential

by Daisy Body Care

I’ve been doing cloth diapers for two years and have made a few observations along the way.  Anyone wanting to hear my reflections on the subject of infantile excrement management is so in luck. 1.  I am humbled by the incredible transformative miracle of the modern washing machine.  It actually cleans the dipe I’ve been […]

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Blackberry Leaf Decoction

by Daisy Body Care

As I was trimming back a few blackberry shoots I got to thinking–Aren’t blackberry leaves Something–you know, something in their own right other than the prickly part of blackberry production? As it turns out, they are something. High in tannins and vitamin C, they are good for: skin mouth/gum tissue intestinal health immunity Teas and […]

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The Most Important Step to Staying Healthy

by Ivory Soap Body Care

http://www.flickr.com/photos/beedigital/ / CC BY 2.0 Don’t eat sugar.  Lower your calories.  Have an energy bar.  Avoid carbs.  Jump off the roof! The diet industry can make us all really nuts if we pay attention too long.  And unfortunately, most of us don’t get any decent information from our doctors.  But, here at Little House we […]

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Make Your Own Insect Repellent

by Daisy Body Care

This is an insect repellent for the skin. I’m not going to misrepresent–for me, it isn’t the holy grail of natural repellents which would last indefinitely and be 100% bugproof. I keep a bottle in my back pocket and reapply frequently and I still get the occasional bite. I do like it, though. In a […]

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Quick, Natural, Head-to-Toe Clean

by Daisy Body Care

Shampoo and body wash, like all synthetic detergents, work equally well in hard and soft water. The problem is that it’s expensive and rips the oils out of your hair. Hence the need for conditioner–to cover up the oil-stripping-damage done by the shampoo. Soap is WAY better. The problem with soap is that it doesn’t […]

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Quick Stick Deodorant

by Daisy Body Care

In the DIY world of home health and beauty products, deodorant seems to be the the most feared replacement. Stinking is NOT OKAY in our culture, right? But aluminum crammed in your pores cannot be good for you, and it seems in recent years that store-bought deodorant is becoming less and less effective anyway. This […]

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Homemade Sunscreen

by Daisy Body Care

Just in time for winter! Sunscreen recipe! My timing might not be particularly awesome. On the other hand, the sun does shine year round. (Although it isn’t making much of an appearance here today). This recipe makes a sunscreen that contains emollient ingredients as well as zinc oxide. Shea butter and avocado oil also offer […]

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Body and Bath Basics: Skin Ointment/Liniment

by Daisy Body Care

Here’s another homemade skin care standard to go along with our lotion bars, sugar scrub, and lip balm, this time a recipe for a general purpose ointment. It is made of shea butter, avocado oil, beeswax, calendula and rooibos extracts and aloe vera, all of which are known for their soothing, protecting, and healing properties. […]

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Lotion Bar Recipe: Homemade, All Natural

by Daisy Body Care

A lotion bar recipe can be simple or fancy-pants. This tutorial gives you both. What is a lotion bar? It is a soap-hard manifestation of moisturizer you can make yourself that doesn’t go bad and doesn’t contain: . . . and stuff like that. And lotion bars are child’s play to create. So easy. The only […]

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Hot Stuff for my Cold

by Daisy Body Care

I’m SICK! Sore throat, congestion, cough, aches, blah, blah, BLECH! But, I have to admit, I feel pretty decent now that I engaged in a little home remedy dabbling. HOT MEDICINAL SOUP (recipe adapted from here) Makes 1 serving 1 large clove garlic 1 T olive oil 1 tsp sliced ginger 1/2 tsp turmeric cup […]

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Homemade Herbal Sugar Scrub

by Daisy Body Care

I have never been one for sugar scrubs. I have oily skin and the idea of putting something with more oil in it on my face, regardless of how ‘scrubby’ it claimed to be–appalling. But after reading that sucrose in a good oil actually has alpha-hydroxy (chemical exfoliant) properties, I thought I might give it […]

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Homemade Lip Balm

by Daisy Body Care

This couldn’t get much easier. If you read our Lotion Bars post, you can see these are the same ingredients, only in different proportions. So no more ingredients to buy. And again, two versions–economy and first class. Everyday Jane and Princess. (Accidentally switch them up and you may not be able to tell the difference.) […]

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Snot Rags vs Planet Earth

by Daisy Body Care

Sure, we all love the environment, so tissues are bad. But who really wants to put snot backin their pocket, right? Paper towels are bad too, but who wants to dry their hands with a funked-out dishtowel that some other member of your family probably used to clean the floor? (Yes, Son #1, I’m looking […]

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Homemade Baby Wipes

by Daisy Body Care

The beginning of chemical-free-dom often begins with our baby’s hind end… Homemade Baby Wipes. There are two camps on homemade baby wipe rags. The disposable and the non-disposable. On the left side of the menacing pic above, you see the paper-towel-roll-cut-with-a-knife version (cut roll once shortways and once long ways. 1/4 roll per batch solution). […]

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Homemade Hair and Body Care

by Daisy Body Care

Certain soaps can be used to create your own hair care products. For the following recipes, the only ingredient that can’t be found in your grocery store is optional–tea tree oil. I order it here. Shampoo/Head-to-Toe Body Wash: You will need–1 bar of pure soap, warm water, 1/4 cup olive oil 1. Grate soap. 2. […]

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