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Avoiding Contamination While Making Goat Milk Lotion
August 18, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Making goat milk lotion isn’t difficult, but there are some steps that shouldn’t be avoided. When making goat milk lotion, care must be taken to reduce and attempt to eliminate …

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Coloring Soap Naturally
August 16, 2019 . · Soapmaking

When learning how to make homemade soap, will you use dyes, micas, or try coloring soap naturally? There are many ways to achieve beautiful colors in your handmade soaps. Some …

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Elderberry Offers Edible and Medicinal Benefits
August 9, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

My first experience with elderberries came when my husband and I moved to the country to build our first home. We purchased land that was pretty much untouched as far …

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Making Shampoo Bars
July 31, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Making shampoo bars is a very different process from making body soap in a lot of ways. Unlike body soap, it is important to limit the number of unsaponifiable substances …

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11 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
July 29, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Let’s face it, no one likes to be bitten or stung. The itching, stinging, burning, painful response our bodies have to bites and stings can even be uncomfortable. I had …

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A Garden of Simples Offers DIY Remedies
July 28, 2019 . · Growing

In the early days of our country, certain herbs were grown and used for the household and for simple medicinal remedies. There was no drug store around the corner so …

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Exploring the Numerous Calendula Benefits
July 23, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), or pot marigold as it’s sometimes called, is a multi-purpose edible and medicinal herb. The Shakers and early settlers knew the culinary value and superior healing qualities …

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Enjoy Egg Whites for Skin Tone with Egg Soap
July 18, 2019 . · Soapmaking

There are many recipes using egg whites for skin, as it is a natural and effective astringent and pore tightener. Astringents are ingredients that tighten the skin and give a …

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12 Plants That Keep Away Mosquitoes
July 11, 2019 . · Growing

Growing dual-purpose edible plants that keep away mosquitoes is beneficial and practical. From the annoyance of buzzing in your ears to the threat of Zika and West Nile, mosquitos are …

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How to Make Milk Soap: Tips to Try
July 7, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Learning how to make milk soap provides another use for that excess goat milk. It’s not as hard as you’ve probably heard! It’s a popular misconception that making soap with …

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Making Homemade Lipstick
July 4, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Learning how to make homemade lipstick is easy and gives you control over the ingredients. You just need a lip balm base, micas, and containers. In the wave of homemade …

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How to Make Lip Balm at Home

One of the neatest things about having a desire to be as independent as possible is the many things you learn to do on your own. And come those cold winter days, you’ll be happy to know how to make lip balm at home.

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Jewelweed Soap: An Effective Poison Ivy Remedy
June 19, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Jewelweed soap is fun to make this time of year, when the plant is just starting to send up tender, young shoots full of soothing juice. Jewelweed uses lots of …

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Selling Homemade Food: Laws and Considerations
June 15, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

Cottage food law is the legal permission or ban on selling homemade food. And it’s gotten a lot of attention lately. Within the past few years, states have either tightened …

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10 Frugal Homemade Fire Starters for Your Hearth or Emergency Pack
June 2, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Save money on your survival gear list by making items from scratch. Homemade fire starters combine free or upcycled materials with inexpensive combustibles. Whether you need to start a fire …

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