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

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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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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781624142017
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 149,912
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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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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



CHAPTER 1

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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Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Getting Started Making Natural, Homemade Products 7

Common Herbs & Flowers & Their Benefits 7

Preserving Herbs and Flowers 15

Infusing Oils 16

Oils and Cosmetic Butters 19

Additional Ingredients 22

Substitution Tips 25

Preservatives, Antioxidants & Shell Life 26

Equipment You'll Need 28

How to Make Blocks of Beeswax Easier to Use 29

How to Measure Beeswax by Volume 30

Preparation Times 30

Nontoxic Herbal Skin Care 33

Honey, Rose & Oat Face Cleanser 35

Chamomile Honey Face Wash 36

Violet Flower Cleanser 39

Lavender Castile Soapy Facial Cleanser 40

Cool Mint Body Wash 42

Forsythia Clear Skin Toner 43

Dandelion Thyme Vinegar Toner & Tonic 45

Basil & Rose Kombucha Toner 46

Violet-Infused Aloe 47

Thyme & Raw Honey Mask 48

Dried Flowers & Herbs Mask 51

Naturally Soothing Salves & Balms 53

Lavender, Coconut & Honey Balm 55

Sunflower Salve 56

Regenerating Rose Balm 59

Peppermint Pine Headache Salve 60

Dandelion Cuticle Balm 62

Create Your Own Salve 63

Exotic Body Butters & Lotion Bars 65

Dandelion Body Butter 67

Mint Cocoa Body Butter 68

Calendula Whipped Coconut Oil 71

Calendula Whipped Coconut Butter 72

Sunflower Lotion Bars 75

Violet Leaf Lotion Bars 76

Cocoa Rose Lotion Bars 77

Easy, All-Natural Creams & Lotions 79

Basic Calendula Lotion 81

Aloe Mint After-Sun Lotion 82

Grapeseed & Thyme Lotion 85

Rose Face Cream 86

Elder Flower Eye Cream 88

Quick, Custom Herbal Cream 89

Honey & Chamomile Cream 91

Violet & Aloe Moisturizing Cream 92

Garden-Fresh Bath Soaks & Salts 95

Garden Herbs Bath Soak 97

Calming Bath Soak 98

Calendula Spice Fizzing Bath Salts 101

Fizzy Rose Lemonade Soak 102

Sore Muscle Bath Bags 103

Garden Bath Teas 104

Beautiful Bath Melts & Scrubs 107

Lavender Oatmeal Bath Melts 109

Vanilla Rose Bath Melts 110

Lemon Chamomile Bath Melts 112

Calendula Spice & Honey Cleansing Scrub 113

Peony & Orange Sugar Scrub 115

Whipped Spearmint Scrub Butter 116

Floral Salt Foot Scrub Bars 119

Chamomile Brown Sugar Scrub Cubes 121

DIY Lip Care 123

Classic Peppermint Lip Balm 126

Chocolate Mint Lip Balm 126

Basil & Lime Lip Balm 126

Daisy Vanilla Lip Balm 129

Dandelion Plantain Chapped Lip Treatment 129

Rosy Lip Tint 129

Vegan Sunflower Lip Tint 129

Create Your Own Lip Balm 130

Chamomile Lip Scrub 135

Mint Lip Scrub 136

Luscious Hair Care 139

Hollyhock Split-End Crème 141

Nettle, Coconut & Honey Hair Mask 142

Thyme Flaky Scalp Spray 143

Sunflower Hot Oil Treatment 144

Herbal Dry Shampoo 147

Create Your Own Herbal Shampoo 148

Rosemary Beard Oil 149

Create Your Own Vinegar Hair Rinse 150

Simple Homemade Soaps 153

Soap Making Basics 154

Soap Making Equipment 155

Lining Molds 157

Unmolding & Slicing Bars of Soap 157

Adding Natural Fragrance and Color 157

Soap Making Overview 158

Chamomile "Almost Castile" Soap 162

Lavender Oatmeal Soap 165

Old-Fashioned Rose Soap 166

Thyme & Witch Hazel Clear Skin Facial Bar 171

Sunflower Shampoo Bar 174

Hollyhock Shampoo Bar 177

Dandelion Scrub Bar 180

Carrot & Calendula Soap 182

Cucumber Mint Soap 184

Coconut Laundry Soap & Stain Stick 187

Herbal Home Remedies 189

Catnip & Basil Insect Repellant Spray 191

Lavender Bug Bite Sticks 191

Calamine Rose Lotion 194

Lemongrass Cream Deodorant 195

Bug Bite Powder 197

Lavender Dandelion Pain Relief Oil 198

Basil Mint Sore Throat Spray 201

Oregano Oxymel 202

Violet Flower Sore Throat Syrup 205

Dandelion Magnesium Lotion 206

Aloe Rose Sunburn & Hot Flash Spray 208

Chamomile Calming Syrup 209

Nontoxic Solutions for the Home 211

Thyme Counter Cleaner 213

Lemon Thyme Dusting Spray 214

Basic Toilet Bowl Cleaner 215

Lemon Balm Furniture Polish 216

Rose Window Cleaner 219

Four Thieves Vinegar Spray 220

Orange Pine Floor Gleaner 223

Herbal Hand Soap 224

Lavender Laundry Detergent 226

Fresh Mint Wall Wash 227

Lavender Fabric Softener 229

All-Natural Pet Care 231

Herbal Dry Shampoo or Fie a-Repelling Powder 233

Itchy Skin Rinse 234

All-Purpose Animal Salve 237

Peppermint & Parsley Fresh-Breath Dog Treat 238

Nettle & Coconut Oil Vitamin Treats 241

Resources 242

Acknowledgments 245

About the Author 246

Index 247

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