Tag: herbs

Mason Jar Crafts: Hanging Glass Jar Shelves and Transparent Labels. PLUS Free Printable Jar Labels

What can you do with glass jars? What can’t you do with glass jars? That washed-out olive jar might look super plain and dull, but then you fill it with new things, and it can brighten the whole kitchen up! These are two of my recent projects with new ways of using and decorating glass jars, as part of Crunchy Betty’s Tuesdays Outside The Box.

Mason Jar Hanging shelf


Dictionary style transparent labels


Pimp Your Products!

Let’s face it – making your own skin care products is time consuming. And as I understand that everyone don’t get a kick out of it in the same way as I do, I don’t blame anyone who feel they don’t have time or energy to make everything from scratch. So why not cheat a bit?

Check out these three easy ways to turn your store bought, cheap plain products into fancy customized products in no time.


Skin care for a weekend away

Out on summer cottages, the rules of skin care are something completely different. You simply don’t feel like there’s any point in taking care of your skin or hair. But when out on the country side, you’re often surrounded by herbs and flowers that are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that would do wonders for your skin.

Before heading off to celebrate mid summer, I just wanted to share a couple of great recipes that need almost no ingredients. A birch shampoo and a herbal cleansing milk.  These are wonderful when you’re out in the middle of nowhere and want a luxurious treatment that you picked yourself. You can find the recipes over at Hildablue recipes. And don’t forget, herbal infusions are amazing face toners.

How to Dye Your Hair With Herbs

Before, I wrote about dying your hair with henna, indigo and cassia, and gave you a few recipes to make with henna. But there are also a few other methods of tinting and dying your hair without using chemical dyes.


Lightening hair
Some of you have probably heard that it’s possible to lighten ones hair by soaking it in lemon juice and sunbathe. Please, please do not try this at home! (more…)

Calendula Oil – Sunshine in a Jar

Time really flies, doesn’t it? Doesn’t even matter if you’re having fun or not. Feels like summer was just here, but all of a sudden people are starting to plan Christmas gifts and I find myself knitting a pair of leg warmers. It also feels like just the other day I wrote my last blog post, but turns out it was almost two weeks ago. I really should get my act together here.

Today, I was going to write about how long this summer has been and how it’s still warm outside. But literally just as I sat myself down to start writing just that, I look out of the window and – it’s snowing! God dammit. Good thing I started on those leg warmers.
But still, can you imagine that up until now my balcony has been in full bloom. New flowers have been coming up constantly. And we’re talking mid October here. In Finland. That’s global warming for you, I guess.

My main balcony project this year (well, this is actually the first time I’ve even had a balcony and thus been able to have a balcony project) has been growing Calendula. Calendula is a lovely flower that comes in all ranges of colors from light yellow to deep dark orange. And speaking of time, the name calendula comes from the latin word calendae (the first day of the month), which possibly comes from the regularity of the calendula – it opens up every morning when the sun comes up, and closes again when the sun goes down.


Where To Buy Material For Homemade Cosmetics

Having an unusual a hobby as making your own skin and hair care products, it can sometimes be a bit of a hassle to find the material to work with. There are some good webshops that sell raw material for homemade skin care, but a lot of material can also be found in local shops and similar, as long as you know where to look. Here are a few tips: (more…)

Fairytale Oil

This recipe is also my contribution to the Mountain Rose Herbs recipe contest.

When using herbs and flowers in homemade skin care, a simple way of getting a good mix of herbs is to use premade herb tea blends.
Mountain Rose Herbs Fairytale tea is a really good blend to use in both skin and hair care products. It’s contains a dozen different herbs and flowers, that not only make good tea, but they also all have great benefits for your skin and hair!  Some of the main ingredients include calendula, red clover, lavender and chamomile. (more…)

Herbal oils

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Herbal oils are great fun to make, and so versatile! You can use herb oils as such for skin care, hair care or in food. Or you can use it as a base in any recipe that calls for an oil.

To make a herb oil, you just need a plain vegetable oil and some fresh or dried herbs. If you use dried herbs, you can use a bit less, since they shrink when they dry up. As the oil base, try olive, sesame seed, jojoba, almond  or possibly rapeseed oil. Dry oils as sunflower seed and thistle oil are not so good, as they have a risk of going rancid from the sunlight. (more…)

Stingy and yummy

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As part of the herb serial, I’m going to go through some of my own favorite herbs and flowers, and what they are good for. I shall start today with one of my absolute favorite herbs.

One of the most ignored and disliked herbs is the stinging nettle (Urtica dioica). And why, really? Sure, it might sting you a bit, but just consider all it’s benefits.

Nettles are filled with vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, C, D and iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium), contain about 40% protein and are rich in fiber. It is good for fatty, acne skin and provides shine and strength to hair. All you need to do is soak the nettles in a bit of warm water and the sting will go away.


First perfume-experiment

A while back, I was talking about perfumes, and I am pleased to tell you that I have now finished my first experiment with making my own herbal perfumes.

To make your own perfume, you will need a “carrier”.  Alcohol is considered the best, since it doesn’t cover up the smell. Oils also work, the best one is jojoba, because it doesn’t have much smell.

Vodka works great, the higher the percentage the better. Rubbing alcohol isn’t very good, since it smells too much of alcohol. (more…)