soothing skin balm in a jar on wooden table

DIY Soothing Skin Balm

Here’s a wonderful old recipe which harnesses the soothing powers of calendula and comfrey and the antiseptic powers of lavender and thyme. If you have a rash or irritated skin I recommend you give this one a go. You may have to search a bit for the herbs,  many health shops have dried herbs packaged up for teas so you …

iced cup cake on wooden table with lavender

Old Fashioned Lavender Icing

This is a lovely old-fashioned icing to make for your cakes. It goes particularly well with a lemon cake and is guaranteed to give your guests a pleasant surprise.   Wendyl found the recipe in an old herb book from the 70s; it says it was once known as ‘conserve of lavender flowers’ and that the original recipe was in The Queen’s Closet …

spray bottle

Bergamot & Lavender Air Freshener

If you can’t find the ingredients on that can of air freshener or gel deodoriser, why would you use it? This recipe uses essential oils that not only perfume your home but also carry mood-enhancing benefits and can treat symptoms of fatigue, stress. and depression. It’s a great alternative way to keep your kitchen and bathroom smelling good and let …

foaming soap

DIY Lavender Foaming Soap

In our book Recipes For A Cleaner Life, there’s a recipe for Liquid Hand Wash that contains Sunlight soap, we’ve had a few people with sensitivities ask for a liquid soap recipe that is made with Castile soap instead. This DIY recipe works best in a foaming soap dispenser; when used this way it will last about three times as long …

linen bags, lavender

Moth Repellent Linen Bags

Naphthalene, the main ingredient in conventional moth balls, is listed as a registered carcinogen by the FDA, so natural moth repellents are the only safe choice. These are great to use when storing your woollens, blankets, sheets or clothes. The herbs in this recipe smell wonderful with the added essentials oils, lavender and cinnamon, both repel moths and make the …