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Laundry Soap Bars

Laundry Soap Bars

  There’s a movement happening to create a natural, toxin-free home. It’s something everyone should take seriously because once you start learning about the different chemicals that are in our every-day products, it’s ridiculous. But really… there are so many toxic chemicals found in household cleaners. We can make our own all-natural products that are safe AND effective.   Please take notice of the labels on your laundry detergent, cleaners, dish soap, shampoo & conditioner, body soap, shave cream, cosmetics, deodorant, lotion, cream, lip balm, candles, air fresheners… these can contain chemicals that can be carcinogenic, endocrine disruptors & neurotoxins....

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Top 3 Ways to use Stinging Nettle

Top 3 Ways to use Stinging Nettle

It’s amazing what over an inch of rain can do to our prairie landscape after a slow start to Spring. Over the last ten days we saw everything turn green and start growing, and quickly. We were fortunate to finish up seeding in the fields before the rains came. I went out for a walk and found six different types of wildflowers all together on some of our land and weeds galore! I write weeds, as that is what they are to the vast majority of people, but to me they are also useful plants. I was specifically on the...

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How I Make Soap

How I Make Soap

I have been buying handmade bar soap for years and swear by it. My dry itchy skin is gone and my skin sensitivities disappeared. Then a few years ago, my mom said “I’m surprised you don’t just make your own soap, being as that would be a ‘Jess kind of thing’.” I love to make things in our home and follow an all-natural lifestyle. Then I thought “Hm!  You're right! Why haven’t I made soap??” There’s something about using handmade soap that you just can’t find in mass manufactured soap. Handmade soap has character. It’s charming, smells good, feels good...

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How I use Wild Roses

How I use Wild Roses

    I’ve been planning a soap recipe for months using wild roses and rosehips so finally this week, it happened! When you wildcraft your ingredients, it does take a lot of planning in advance since you must wait for the right season and for drying. I picked the rose petals last week and allowed them to air dry on my counter and I picked the rosehips last fall. I dried them and used them for a Vitamin C packed tea but saved extra for this project.     The wild rose (Prickly rose, R.acicularis) is Alberta’s provincial flower and...

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Balsam Poplar Buds

balsam poplar herbal infused oil spring spring wildcrafting

Balsam Poplar Buds

The leaves are just budding out here in central Alberta in Mid-May and we finally have a green hue over the prairies. We had an exceptionally long and cold winter, so the anticipation for Spring was doubled with my new foraging interest. The snow was melted in April but nothing yet sprouting so my eyes were searching for something I could forage and create with. That’s when I discovered balsam poplar buds filled with that aromatic, sticky resin. Most people know of this tree as the one not to park underneath as you would end up with sticky sap all...

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