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101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife's All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants
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101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife's All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants

by Jan Berry

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Go Green in Every Part of Your Life with These Easy, All-Natural Herbal Products

Kick toxic, synthetic skin care products and cleaners out the door and bring the healing joy of nature into your life with the simple, versatile projects in 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home. In this incredible resource, Jan Berry teaches you the


Go Green in Every Part of Your Life with These Easy, All-Natural Herbal Products

Kick toxic, synthetic skin care products and cleaners out the door and bring the healing joy of nature into your life with the simple, versatile projects in 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home. In this incredible resource, Jan Berry teaches you the basics of making your own skin care and hair care products, health remedies and household cleaners—then how to customize them into truly unique and personalized items! You’ll learn how to make:

- Honey, Rose & Oat Face Cleanser
- Cool Mint Body Wash
- Basic Calendula Lotion
- Floral Salt Foot Scrub Bars
- Basil & Lime Lip Balm
- Lavender Oatmeal Soap
- Violet Flower Sore Throat Syrup
- Thyme Counter Cleaner
- Lavender Laundry Detergent
- And so much more!

All of the projects are easy to make and use commonly found herbs, flowers, oils and other natural ingredients. No fancy equipment or previous experience required! If you don’t have a certain ingredient on hand, Jan provides tips on how to substitute and what works best. Going green has never been easier or more affordable. With this book, you can use local, natural ingredients to make something beautiful, effective and good for you and your family.

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“If I could only choose one book to lead me from garden to kitchen to make my own body care products, this would be the one. This book is a keeper!”
—Marlene Adelmann, founder and director of The Herbal Academy

“This book is full of tested recipes and solid instructions. It has a little bit of everything. I love the practical tips for handling ingredients and safely storing your handmade products.”
—Anne-Marie Faiola, founder of SoapQueen.com, owner of Bramble Berry and author of Soap Crafting and Pure Soapmaking

“Beautifully arranged and photographed! Jan has finally taken her wonderful recipes and gorgeous photography and created a dreamy handcrafter’s guide. Her whimsical formulas combine play and purpose, making this a useful book to enjoy year-round.”
--Holly Bellebuono, director The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine and author of The Essential Herbal for Natural Health and The Healing Kitchen

“So many books provide recipes for the do-it-yourselfer to make at home, but few give you tips for how to craft your own recipes. I’m excited to make Jan’s recipes, but over-the-moon about the idea that her readers will be encouraged to source simple ingredients from the backyard and get creative in the kitchen to make natural bodycare products at home!”
-Dawn Combs, author of Heal Local and co-owner of Mockingbird Meadows

“Whether you have a small handful of dried calendula in the cupboard or a yard full of dandelions you want to put to good use, Jan Berry is your best friend. The deep connection she has with the plants she works is evident as she introduces you to their personalities and dreams up simple and creative ways to invite them into your home. ‘Nerdy’ doesn't quite describe this farm wife's enthusiasm for herbs—she's pure genius!”
- Rachael Brugger, managing editor at HobbyFarms.com and UrbanFarmOnline.com

Library Journal
★ 05/01/2016
Take advantage of the garden, herbs, and flowers with this amazing collection of herb-based products. Blogger Berry (thenerdyfarmwife.com) concentrates on the application and properties of herbal ingredients in this attractive volume. Projects range from skin care to bath and hair care, soaps, scrubs, and household cleaners. Many are simple, with instructions that are sensible, straightforward; the recipes are ideal for small quantity—for personal use, mostly, but easy to multiply for larger batches. The required herbs and other ingredients are not hard to find or make yourself. There's a strong selection for making scrubs, balms, and lotions for gifts. However, the soapmaking section is a bit too cursory—a better choice is Anne-Marie Faiola's Pure Soapmaking. VERDICT The approachable recipes make this an essential source for homemade herbal products.

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101 Easy Homemade Products For Your Skin, Health & More

A Nerdy Farm Wife's All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flower & Other Plants

By Jan Berry

Page Street Publishing Co.

Copyright © 2016 Jan Berry
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62414-208-6


Getting Started Making Natural, Homemade Products

Common Herbs & Flowers & Their Benefits

Our gardens and backyards are filled with flowers, herbs and weeds that have the potential to provide many fun and useful products for home, health and beauty. If you can safely eat a plant, there's a good chance that it can be used in other interesting ways as well.

Although I've listed details about the ones specifically used to make the projects in this book, this isn't an all-inclusive list of plants with benefits. Explore the Internet, your library and local bookstore to find articles and books about herbs and edible flowers that grow in your locality. Some common plants, such as roses and basil, are easily recognizable, but always be certain of the identification of what you're harvesting before use.

Basil has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and tick-repelling properties. Taken orally, it has an analgesic (pain relieving) affect on chronic pain conditions and makes a good expectorant in cough syrups. Basil opens up the sinuses, helps headaches, can be used in baths for stress or pain, as a toner for acne, rubbed on bug bites, incorporated in a salve for joint aches and has even been shown in one study to be effective in an antiaging cream. In short, basil is not just for pesto!

* Basil & Rose Kombucha Toner

* Basil & Lime Lip Balm

* Create Your Own Vinegar Hair Rinse

* Catnip & Basil Insect Repellant Spray

* Basil Mint Sore Throat Spray

Calendula is a well-loved and often used flower that's included in many skin care recipes. It's a classic addition to diaper creams for babies, due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and skin healing properties. It may help conditions such as eczema, is a lymphatic (helps relieve congested lymph nodes), good for sore throats and swollen tonsils, helps skin regenerate and is used in formulations to reduce the swelling and appearance of varicose veins. The tea can be used as an antiseptic wound wash. It should not be used internally by pregnant women.

* Calendula Whipped Coconut Oil

* Calendula Whipped Coconut Butter

* Basic Calendula Lotion

* Calendula Spice Fizzing Bath Salts

* Calendula Spice & Honey Cleansing Scrub

* Dry Shampoo for Light Hair Tones

* Carrot & Calendula Soap

* Bug Bite Powder

* Itchy Skin Rinse

* All-Purpose Animal Salve

Catnip is a cooling and drying herb. It repels mosquitoes and flies, is a mild analgesic (pain reliever), calms the nerves so a person can rest, is added to bath soaks to relieve stress and can be used in a hair rinse for dandruff. As a tea it may help relieve colds, coughs, upset stomach, nausea, toothache and headache.

* Create Your Own Vinegar Hair Rinse

* Catnip & Basil Insect Repellant Spray

Chamomile is antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Chamomile has been shown to have a mild cortisone-like effect and is often used in lotions, creams, salves and other products to help relieve rashes, irritated or red skin and eczema.

* Chamomile Honey Face Wash

* Honey & Chamomile Cream

* Calming Bath Soak

* Lavender Sleepy Time Bath Tea

* Lemon Chamomile Bath Melts

* Chamomile Brown Sugar Scrub Cubes

* Chamomile Lip Scrub

* Chamomile "Almost Castile" Soap

* Chamomile Calming Syrup

Cornflower is also called Bachelor Button. The flower extract is used as a skin conditioner and astringent. The petals add color to teas or bath soaks, and contain anti-inflammatory properties. A finely filtered tea can be used to soothe eye irritation and reduce puffiness.

* Lavender Blue Mask

Daisy is a common roadside weed found in many places. The flowers can be used for coughs and bronchitis. Common daisies were known in the past as a traditional wound herb for bruises, broken bones, eczema, inflammation and infection, and in more recent years have been the subject of a study that scientifically verified their wound-healing abilities.

* Daisy Vanilla Lip Balm

Dandelion may be vilified by those who seek a perfectly green lawn each spring, but it is an important plant in a multitude of beneficial ways. The flowers are among the first food sources for bees. They are also a good source of lecithin, and when infused in oil and turned into salves, lotions and creams, act as a mild analgesic (pain reliever) and healing agent for painful, chapped skin. The plant tincture stimulates the liver and has been known to clear acne and eczema when taken internally over time. It has also been studied for its cancer-fighting potential. Traditionally, dandelion sap has been used to treat microbial or fungal skin infections along with acne and warts.

* Dandelion Thyme Vinegar Toner & Tonic

* Dandelion Cuticle Balm

* Dandelion Body Butter

* Floral Salt Foot Scrub Bars

* Dandelion Plantain Chapped Lip Treatment

* Dandelion Scrub Bar

* Lavender Dandelion Pain Relief Oil

* Dandelion Magnesium Lotion

Dianthus is an ornamental bedding plant, with flowers in shades of white, pink and red and are also called "pinks." The edible flowers can be used as a garnish, but I primarily use them in body care recipes as a natural colorant for bath salts and sugar scrubs.

* Floral Salt Foot Scrub Bars

Elder flowers help heal wounds and have been used for generations as an aid to obtaining a beautiful complexion. The berries of this shrub are a proven treatment for influenza.

* Elder Flower Eye Cream

Forsythia is a common, bright yellow flowering shrub whose blooms are among the first signs of spring each year. While the autumn fruits are traditionally the plant part used as medicine, the flowers can be utilized in a similar, milder-acting manner. Forsythia is cooling, anti-inflammatory and combines splendidly with honeysuckle to fight viruses. The flowers can also be used in preparations for acne or skin flare-ups.

* Forsythia Clear Skin Toner

* Floral Salt Foot Scrub Bars

Hollyhock is a cousin to the herb marsh mallow and shares similar soothing, cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. The flowers and leaves can be infused in oil to make salves and creams.

* Hollyhock Split-End Crème

* Hollyhock Shampoo Bar

Lavender is one of the most loved herbs around. The sweet-scented plant is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, acts to regenerate skin, soothes inflammation, speeds up wound healing, fights infection, repels flies, fleas and moths and freshens laundry. Lavender can be incorporated in a multitude of products for health and home, including salves, creams, lotions, soaps, cleaners and more. While the flowers are most commonly used, the leaves can be utilized in many recipes as well.

* Lavender Castile Soapy Facial Cleanser

* Lavender Blue Mask

* Lavender, Coconut & Honey Balm

* Garden Herbs Bath Soak

* Calming Bath Soak

* Lavender Sleepy Time Bath Tea

* Lavender Oatmeal Bath Melts

* Lavender Oatmeal Soap

* Lavender Bug Bite Sticks

* Lavender Dandelion Pain Relief Oil

* Four Thieves Vinegar Spray

* Lavender Laundry Detergent

* Lavender Fabric Softener

* Herbal Dry Shampoo or Flea-Repelling Powder

* Itchy Skin Rinse

Lemon Balm is a mild stress reliever, uplifts mood and has a marked antiviral effect, especially against herpes viruses, making it ideal for including in lip balms and salves for cold sores.

* Warming Ginger & Lemon Balm Bath Tea

* Floral Salt Foot Scrub Bars

* Chamomile Calming Syrup

* Lemon Balm Furniture Polish

Lemongrass is a powerhouse of beneficial properties. It's anti-amebic and antibacterial, a decoction of the stalk acts as an antidiarrheal, the infused oil is antifungal, the fresh leaves are antifebrile (a fever reducer), a tea of dried leaves is anti-inflammatory and the essential oil is antimalarial. All that, and it smells wonderful, too!

* Lemongrass Cream Deodorant

Mint is cooling and pain relieving. It can help ease stomachache, indigestion, headache, nausea and sore muscles. It's useful in salves for cooling itchy or inflamed skin conditions. While peppermint and spearmint are most commonly used, you can also use orange mint, pineapple mint, apple mint, chocolate mint and other such varieties.

* Cool Mint Body Wash

* Peppermint Pine Headache Salve

* Mint Cocoa Body Butter

* Aloe Mint After-Sun Lotion

* Garden Herbs Bath Soak

* Sore Muscle Bath Bags

* Energizing Rosemary Mint Bath Tea

* Whipped Spearmint Scrub Butter

* Classic Peppermint Lip Balm

* Chocolate Mint Lip Balm

* Mint Lip Scrub

* Cucumber Mint Soap

* Basil Mint Sore Throat Spray

* Fresh Mint Wall Wash

* Peppermint & Parsley Fresh-Breath Dog Treat

Nettle is anti-inflammatory, astringent, healing, antibacterial, antimicrobial, nutritious and can be used externally as a treatment for dandruff and acne. It's included in many hair care formulations to improve scalp circulation and to stimulate hair growth.

* Nettle, Coconut & Honey Hair Mask

* Herbal Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair Tones

* Create Your Own Vinegar Hair Rinse

* Nettle & Coconut Oil Vitamin Treats

Oregano is powerful against bacteria and fungus, helps fight upper respiratory infections and contains several vitamins, minerals and potent antioxidants. It's a great addition to cold care remedies.

* Oregano Oxymel

* Four Thieves Vinegar Spray

Parsley is best known as a breath freshener. It's nutritious and high in vitamins A, C and K, helps eliminate the uric acid that causes gout and may be beneficial to animals with arthritis.

* Peppermint & Parsley Fresh-Breath Dog Treat

Peony is an old-fashioned garden flower used in this book as a natural colorant for scrubs and bath salts. Use dark pink or red peonies; the palest pink flowers don't work as well.

* Peony & Orange Sugar Scrub

* Floral Salt Foot Scrub Bars

Pine is high in vitamin C and antioxidants. The resin is antibacterial and helpful for sore, stiff joints and rheumatism. Pine is very warming and increases circulation.

* Peppermint Pine Headache Salve

* Garden Herbs Bath Soak

* Sore Muscle Bath Bags

* Orange Pine Floor Cleaner

Plantain is a common weed found in many backyards and driveways. It cools, soothes and moistens and is one of the best herbs for skin irritations, cuts, bug bites and scrapes. For in-field first aid, you can simply grab a leaf from your yard, pulverize it by chewing on it a few seconds, then place it directly on the irritation for relief. Plantain, the green leafy weed, should not be confused with plantain fruit. Plantain makes a very nice infused oil for soaps, salves and lip balms.

* Garden Herbs Bath Soak

* Dandelion Plantain Chapped Lip Treatment

* All-Purpose Animal Salve

Rose is a gentle remedy for inflammation. It's astringent, soothing, cools hot flashes, can be mixed with honey to make a soothing throat syrup and is an excellent addition to skin care recipes. The scent of rose uplifts the spirits and gladdens the heart.

* Honey, Rose & Oat Face Cleanser

* Basil & Rose Kombucha Toner

* Rose Pink Face Mask

* Regenerating Rose Balm

* Cocoa Rose Lotion Bars

* Rose Face Cream

* Fizzy Rose Lemonade Soak

* Lavender Sleepy Time Bath Tea

* Vanilla Rose Bath Melts

* Floral Salt Foot Scrub Bars

* Rosy Lip Tint

* Herbal Dry Shampoo for Medium Hair Tones

* Old-Fashioned Rose Soap

* Calamine Rose Lotion

* Aloe Rose Sunburn & Hot Flash Spray

* Rose Window Cleaner

* Itchy Skin Rinse

Rosemary increases circulation, making it wonderful for use in sore muscle salves and recipes for healthier scalp and hair growth. Just a whiff of rosemary has been shown to increase concentration and focus.

* Garden Herbs Bath Soak

* Energizing Rosemary Mint Bath Tea

* Create Your Own Vinegar Hair Rinse

* Rosemary Beard Oil

* Four Thieves Vinegar Spray

Sage is warming and drying. It reduces sweating and is a good antimicrobial for sore throat. Since it's such a drying herb, nursing mothers should not ingest more than normal culinary use, or it may negatively affect milk supply.

* Sage Green Mask

* Garden Herbs Bath Soak

* Create Your Own Vinegar Hair Rinse

* Four Thieves Vinegar Spray

Sunflowers have skin-soothing, anti-inflammatory properties and are used in formulations for shiny hair.

* Sunflower Salve

* Sunflower Lotion Bars

* Vegan Sunflower Lip Tint

* Create Your Own Vinegar Hair Rinse

* Sunflower Hot Oil Treatment

* Sunflower Shampoo Bar

Thyme is a potent disinfectant, making it a good choice for treating cuts, scrapes and sore throats. It's also been shown to be highly effective against the bacteria that cause acne.

* Dandelion Thyme Vinegar Toner & Tonic

* Thyme & Raw Honey Mask

* Grapeseed & Thyme Lotion (for Oily Skin)

* Garden Herbs Bath Soak

* Thyme Flaky Scalp Spray

* Thyme & Witch Hazel Clear Skin Facial Bar

* Lemon Thyme Dusting Spray

* Four Thieves Vinegar Spray


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Meet the Author

Jan Berry is the writer and photographer of the blog The Nerdy Farm Wife, where she shares creative ways to turn herbs, flowers and other garden plants into pretty things that are fun and practical. She writes regularly for HobbyFarms.com and Natural Herbal Living magazine. Her projects have been featured on Natural Living Mama, Empress of Dirt, Lovely Greens, BuzzFeed, Money Saving Mom, the Bulk Herb Store Blog and more. She lives on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband, two children and a menagerie of farm animals.

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