DIY Sunflower Petal Hand Balm

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Sunflower petal hand balm is delightful. After long winter months, your skin may be craving additional moisture. Use this balm to heal and soothe your skin. | PreparednessMama

Sunflower petal hand balm is delightful. After the long winter months, your skin may be craving additional moisture. This wonderfully fragrant ointment can be used to heal and soothe the skin, taking full advantage of the herbal and medicinal properties of the ingredients. Usually, people create lip balms, which are used to provide a protective layer on […]

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Grow a Bumper Crop of Basil in Containers

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Basil is one of the most popular herbs to grow for culinary creations and you can easily grow basil in containers. Find out how to get a bumper crop for pesto and cooking | PreparednessMama

Basil and containers go together Basil is one of the most popular herbs to grow for culinary creations and you can easily grow basil in containers. After all, who can resist a batch of fresh pesto made from basil growing in your own yard! As soon as the weather turns I begin growing basil in […]

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Herbs to Know Stevia rebaudiana

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Herbs to Know Stevia: This easy to grow tender perennial will give you years of fresh leaves to use in cooking and herbal preparations. | PreparednessMama

Do you grow stevia in your herb garden? This easy to grow tender perennial will give you years of fresh leaves to use in cooking and herbal preparations. This month’s herb to know is Stevia. Learn how to grow it, harvest and use it. Get the Facts on Stevia: Name: Stevia rebaudiana, sweet leaf, sweet herb […]

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Essential Herbs Series – Herb Blogger Roundup

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While researching my Essential Herbs series I ran across many wonderful bloggers. I thought you'd like to meet them too . Herb Blogger Roundup| PreparednessMama

Herb Blogger Roundup While researching the Essential Herbs for Every Garden series I ran across many wonderful bloggers. I thought you’d like to meet them too. Join me for a Herb Blogger Roundup. I spent the morning in the garden. Planting a few extra seeds, transplanting some basil and tending to the herbs. Even though […]

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Calendula Herbal Recipes for Health & Gifts

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Calendula herbal recipes to make at home | PreparednessMama

Don’t miss growing this old-fashioned favorite. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go plant shopping at a local nursery with a friend and we stumbled upon the humble Calendula officinalis plant. She had never heard of it, probably because it is hard to find at nurseries. It has such wonderful healing properties, that […]

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Lemon Verbena Simple Syrup

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Preserve the harvest with lemon verbena simple syrup | PreparednessMama

Today I’m making lemon verbena simple syrup as a quick way to preserve my harvest.  Lemon verbena is my favorite herb. It smells wonderfully fresh and inviting. I think it has the best lemon fragrance, even better than lemon balm, and right up there with fresh lemon. I planted a lemon verbena hedge of twelve […]

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3 Ways to Use Dandelion Root Tea

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3 ways to use dandelion root tea (with recipes) | PreparednessMama

Do you let dandelions grow in your garden? You know exactly how important it is to have dark, leafy greens as part of your diet. You know the many health benefits associated with kale and spinach and Swiss chard, and you know that the antioxidants in green tea help keep you calm while also preventing […]

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Herb Profile: Moringa Benefits + a Giveaway

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Herb Profile: Moringa Benefits | PreparednessMama.

Moringa was a new addition to my garden last year and I’m continually impressed with its health benefits. I received a root cutting from Blue Yonder Urban Farm at the end of March last year and it has come back as a healthy plant this year. I’m excited to begin using Moringa in my herb […]

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Mint, Calendula, & Plantain Herbal Bath Salts

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Make your own herbal bath salts with this recipe | PreparednessMama

How to make your own herbal bath salts….and other homemade products I collect recipes. Useful recipes for soaps, lotions, creams, and cleaning products. I have too many to count and I’m sure there are more to collect. These recipes often give me the inspiration to create my own variations and I love seeing what creative things […]

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Herbs to Know: Sage

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Herbs to Know: Sage. Growing conditions and use | PreparednessMama

An herb garden workhorse Sage is an herb native to the Mediterranean, belonging to the Lamiaceae (mint) family along with oregano, lavender, rosemary, thyme and basil. The many species of sage have virtually the same properties. Its leaves contain tannin and its astringent properties have been demonstrated over centuries. “Sage is singularly good for the […]

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Herbs to Know Lemon Balm

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Herbs to Know" Lemon Balm. Another tasty member of the mint family | PreparednessMama

Another tasty member of the mint family. Lemon Balm came from the mountainous regions of southern Europe and has long been enjoyed for its fresh lemon scent. I was an ingredient in potpourri and was strewn around the house to provide a clean and festive atmosphere. It earns a spot in my herb garden because it […]

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Herbs to Know: Plantain

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Herbs to Know: Plantain - I urge you to resist the urge to kill it | PreparednessMama

Plantain can be your friend and not just a weed. I treasure the healing properties of plantain so much I’m actually growing it in a pot in my garden. That may sound strange because most people can find it along roadsides, in meadows, and unfortunately to the dismay of some gardeners – their lawn. Not […]

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How to Grow, Harvest & Use Rosemary

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How to grow, use and harvest rosemary | PreparednessMama

Rosemary Hair Rinse & Rosemary Vinegar Rosemary is one of those easy herbs. It is easy to grow, easy to use and easy to preserve. Plus is smells wonderful! No yard or patio should be without it. Most people know to use Rosmarinus officinalis as a spice when cooking. According to the University of Maryland […]

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