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From Fresh Herbs to Dried Teas

Add to Favorites By Shirley Benson, Wisconsin – Going from fresh herbs to dried herbal teas is a wonderful, inexpensive way to cure many of your daily aches and pains, …

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Using Comfrey, Parsley, St. John’s Wort, and Arnica For Bruises
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites As the mother of a very active little boy, one of the best things I’ve learned to do through my training as an Ayurvedic practitioner is how …

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The Joys and Challenges of Growing Herbs Outdoors

Add to Favorites By Gail Reynolds – Whether you are growing herbs outdoors for pleasure, profit, or production of homegrown flavorings for your home kitchen, the hot and sultry summertime …

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A Guide to Natural Cold Remedies
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites As cold and flu season comes upon us, more and more people are looking for natural cold and flu remedies. My family has used and benefited from …

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A Guide to Growing Chives

Add to Favorites By Gail Reynolds – Whenever I think of growing herbs outdoors here at Timberlakes, I think about growing chives. Chives are about the sturdiest and most dependable herb …

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Stamping/Embossing: A New Way With Soap Designs
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Soap designs can elevate the sophistication and beauty of even the simplest soap recipe. Imagine a classical, ivory-colored olive oil castile soap with a lace pattern, delicately …

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Salt, Sugar, and Sodium Lactate in Soap
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Sodium lactate in soap is commonly used to harden the resulting soap bar. There are many ways to affect the hardness of your bar, but sodium lactate …

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Old-Fashioned Lard Soap Recipes, Then and Now
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Homesteaders cooked a lard soap recipe in kettles over fires. You can make it in your own kitchen. Pliny the Elder discusses soap manufacturing in Historia Naturalis. …

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How to Make Green Soap: An Excursion Through Time
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Ancient Syrians knew how to make green soap used by Queens Cleopatra of Egypt and Zenobia of Syria. It’s a timeless method that abounds today. Some scholars …

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How to Make Homemade Soap: Easy Terms You Should Know
February 13, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Even with easy homemade soap recipes, beginners get bombarded with foreign terminology. Use this glossary if you’re wondering how to make homemade soap easy.

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How to Choose Between Natural Dyes or Acid Dyes
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Natural dyes have been used for centuries creating color from plants, insects, fungus, and minerals. Certain colors denoted higher social classes and wealth because they were harder …

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Dyeing Wool Yarn Differs from Dyeing Cotton
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Dyeing wool yarn is one of my favorite pastimes. Experimenting with different plant sources from nature can yield an amazing range of color. Since we raise sheep …

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Learn How to Felt Wool for Fun or Profit
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites By Robyn Scherer – Sculpting is an art form that takes time, skill, and an attention to detail. Usually, people think of sculpting as an art form using clay …

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