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DIY Bath & Beauty: Luxurious Rose Cold Process Soap

A perfect DIY project, this rose scented cold process soap recipe will result in a luxurious soap with a rich and gentle lather. There is an old saying that goes a little something like this: You aren’t a real homesteader until…

Plantain Medicinal Uses & Herbal Drawing Salve

Plantain is an herb with many uses. Make this plantain weed drawing salve to relieve all your bug bites, bee stings, slivers, and rashes. Plantain Weed  (Plantago major, P. lanceolata) Energetics: cool, somewhat moist Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-obtrusive, astringent, demulcent,…

Wild Roses & the Ephemeral Nature of Life

Feral, beautiful wild roses delight the senses. Thoughts of the fleeting nature of things & recipes for wild rose infused honey & a luxurious facial toner. I have buried myself. In farm work. In school work. In housework. The phrase…

Nourishing Whipped Body Butter

This nourishing and rich whipped body butter is worth the planning. Extremely moisturizing and not the least bit greasy, a cream for dry and tired skin! This last handmade gift requires a little bit more planning, but is equally easy…

Cinnamon Sugar Body Scrub

This Cinnamon Sugar Body scrub is sure to leave your skin soothe, soft and smelling like a dream! Who doesn’t like a good scrub? Nobody.  I have never met a single person who doesn’t enjoy the invigorating grit of a…

Relax & Detox Mineral Salt Bath Soak

At once beautiful and therapeutic, this relaxing and detoxifying mineral salt bath soak makes for a perfect handmade gift, as well as a gift for one’s self. We put our bodies through a lot of stress.  Farm work, desk work,…

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  • 🌱When your seed packets are a work of art:
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY 💰 
Right before a raging rain storm blew through, I picked up my @botanical_interests seeds.  Lots of traditional garden veggies to add to the tomatoes, peppers, and berries already here. But I couldn’t help myself - some zinnia, calendula, nasturtium, echinacea and tulsi seeds made it into my box.🌸
Tomorrow I am clearing an unsightly and basically bare border to plant with catmint, salvia and rosemary.  And maybe I will get the garden planted.  But judging by the sheer volume of rain we received this afternoon - I suppose we may need to dry out for a couple of days first.👩‍🌾
#garden #growyourown #gardening #gardener #homestead #homesteader #homesteading #reclaimingthehomestead #botanicalinterests
  • Hawthorn... honestly.  Ya got me like 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
The local hawthorn bloom has coincided with rainy weather.  Which is not favorable for harvesting these lovely blooms and young spring leaves.  Hoping to dry out for a day so that I can gather a small basket of flowers and leaves to dry for tea making and oil infusing.

But honestly?  We need the rain.  Western Oregon has been unseasonably dry for the last few weeks.  I am worried about the fire danger this summer and the bigger picture for the climatic dynamics in our area.  It’s dry.  And that’s weird.

Want to learn more about hawthorn? Check out my book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary.  Available wherever books are sold (did you know it was picked up nationally with Costco?🥳), or from my website.  Tap link in bio then click on this picture to order an autographed copy.
#thebackyardherbalapothecary #hawthorn #crataegus #wildmedicine #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #herbalism #medicinal herbs

https://nittygrittylife.com/product/backyard-herbal-apothecary-product/
  • I can't even wait to make a batch of this strawberry elderflower sparkling mead this year!  Why? Because:
1.  Strawberries and elderflowers are some of my favorite things.
2. Fermenting is fun (and so much easier than you think).
3. THIS. IS. DELICIOUS.
So, get prepped and ready -- because the season is almost here (if it isn't already where you live)!
Tap link in bio and click on this picture to see the post.
#mead #sparklingmead #elderflowerchampagne #strawberrywine #strawberries #elderflower #honey #ferment #fermenting #fermentation 
https://nittygrittylife.com/strawberry-elderflower-sparkling-mead/
  • There are a few plants that as a gardener and an herbalist that I simply cannot do without.
Lavender is one of those plants.
Learn all about the health benefits of lavender and get instructions for a fabulous restorative bath soak in this excerpt from my new book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary!
Tap link in bio and click on this picture to see the post.
#lavender #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #medicinalherbs #lavendulaangustifolia #bathsalts #herbalbath #herbalmonograph #thebackyardherbalapothecary 
https://nittygrittylife.com/the-medicinal-uses-health-benefits-of-lavender/
  • Mom really wants rose petal jelly and hot, butter-y scones for breakfast on Mother's Day.
Really, she does.
Trust me.
Tap link in bio and click on this image for recipe.
#rose #rosejelly #edibleflowers #wildfood #wildfoodlove #foraged #foraging #forager #eatwild
https://nittygrittylife.com/wild-rose-petal-jelly-scottish-scones/
  • Make the most of where you live.  From patio container gardens to sprawling acres, here are few tips shared from my friend Amy's book on micro-farming!
Tap link in bio then click on this picture for post.
#microfarm #microfarming #sustainability #organic #permaculture 
Photo credit @tenthacrefarm 
https://nittygrittylife.com/micro-farming-techniques-for-any-size-yard-or-garden/
  • Let's talk dirty...
No, not that kinda dirty.  Sheesh... 😝
Let's talk about using herbs to improve your soil.  If we can help the land heal itself, perhaps we have a shot of healing ourselves.
Did you know that yarrow is considered a compost activator and can be used as companion plant to increase the health, vigor and aromatics of neighboring plants?
Tap the link in my bio and tap this picture to learn more about nine medicinal herbs to increase the vitality of your soil.
#herbs #herbalism #herbalist #garden #gardening #permaculture #biodynamicfarming #organic

https://nittygrittylife.com/herbs-to-improve-your-soil/
  • Soft, pillow-y and delicately flavored with the rose, lavender and peppermint.  The world is a sweeter place with homemade marshmallows.  So don't come at me with complaints of sugar -- cuz, marshmallows guys... 🥰 🥰Marshmallows🥰

Tap link in bio for recipe.

#homemademarshmallows #marshmallows #edibleflowers #confectionery #confection #confections #rose

https://nittygrittylife.com/herbal-marshmallows/
  • Folks, I need some hops.
And I don't mean beer (although, I wouldn't minnnnnnd one).
I mean, I need the gentle, lightly sedating, nervine hops.  This hops pillow sachet (which can also be used as a almost euphoric tub tea) is just the thing to calm my frazzled nerves.
Tap link in bio then tap this photo hop monograph and instructions for making these sachets.
#hops #nervine #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #medicinalherbs #herbalism #selfcare 
https://nittygrittylife.com/hops/

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