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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

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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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A Forager

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A Forager

I’m called many titles… mom, wife, auntie, nurse, soap-maker, and now a forager.  A what?  A forager.  Do people still do this in 2020?  There is certainly a small community of such people however I maybe only know of a handful myself.  By definition, a forager is a person that searches wildly for food or provisions.  A gatherer.  A searcher.  I haven’t always been an avid forager, however.  The extent of my ‘gathering’ was picking the occasional wild saskatoon or raspberry.  But now that I am in that next phase of my life, back in the country after living the...

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