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There are only three essential ingredients required to create luxurious, soothing soaps: water, olive oil and caustic soda. Olive oil, the most beneficial oil for your health, is the primary ingredient. In cosmetics, it has been used since ancient times because of its virtues for glowing hair and skin. Rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins, it has the added benefit of being available virtually everywhere.
A number of wonderful extra ingredients customize and create a personal soap: beeswax, cocoa butter, clay, kaolin, seaweed, goat milk, egg yolks, and others. Some ingredients give the soap hardness (beeswax), softness (honey) or more foam (cocoa butter) for greater cleansing ability.
Because using soap is such a sensory experience, a comprehensive section covers essential oils that create the air of perpetual breeze of that good soaps possess. With this information, you can create the perfect scent. The recipes feature essential oils of the highest purity that are added to the soap right before it is placed in molds.
Easy step-by-step preparation techniques produce luxurious soaps such as:
This fascinating history of soap and its ingredients with therapeutic recommendations is informative and fun to read. The comprehensive recipes with preparation, utensil and ingredient tips guide the reader to create better-than-store-bought quality soaps at home.
Author: Mar Gomez
Enjoy growing your own food and cutting your bills in half this year. Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Your Own Food is filled from cover to cover with the best articles on gardening, preserving, backyard chickens, beekeeping and more. With the help of this 100-page guide, you'll get the satisfaction of saving money and eating homegrown food all year long.
Read about 20 crops that will keep and how you can store them. Follow vertical gardening tips and techniques so you can grow bigger beans, tomatoes, cantaloupes and more. Not only can you eat homegrown food, but your backyard flock can, too, when you learn to grow your own all-natural poultry feed. Discover new facts about growing blueberries, potatoes, Asian greens and radishes.
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Author: Mother Earth News
Not only are there great articles on growing a successful garden in the Mother Earth News How to Grow and Preserve Your Own Food guide, you’ll also read how to make those delicious fruits and vegetables last throughout the year. Filled with helpful tips, step-by-step instructions, beautiful photographs and more, this guide contains hundreds of great ways to achieve food security for you and your family.
Learn how to grow a great fall garden with broccoli, carrots, spinach and more. Follow the simple instructions on an easy-to-make mini-greenhouse to help you stretch your growing season. Save money and enjoy delicious, homemade foods all winter with food preservation instructions. Read how to master the art of fermentation to make your own cheese, sauerkraut, beer, bread and more. Discover how to keep backyard chickens and bees for the best homegrown eggs and fresh, enjoyable honey.
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Of all the Made at Home titles, perhaps this one speaks loudest to the popularity of homegrown foods. The smoked bacon, salamis and heady cheeses we love are prime candidates for handcrafted taste. Curing and Smoking demonstrates how simple it is to use the magic of smoke to create wonderfully aromatic foods with distinctive flavors.
The book follows the curing and smoking processes from beginning to end, from creating a purpose-made pantry to storage. Topics include drying, curing, hot smoking, cold smoking, indoor smoking, drying and wrapping, and vacuum packing. Foods are not limited to meats and cheeses, but include fruits and vegetables, fish, ciders, and seafood. Even eggs can be smoked or cured. Original and delicious recipes offer up such delights as jams and jellies, hot-smoked oysters, and fresh tomato salsa. Curing and Smoking is ideal for adventurous cooks, modern pioneers and all food crafters.
About the Made at Home book series
A new series for living the good life!
Father-and-son team Dick and James Strawbridge have long lived the good life on their small acreage, and now they’re sharing their years of knowledge and experience with readers via their Made at Home series of books. This exciting collection draws on the invaluable wisdom they’ve gleaned while producing an abundance of good things to eat and drink: organic fruits and vegetables grown, juiced, fermented, and preserved; pigs smoked for ham, sausages, salamis, and bacon; a mixed flock of birds used for eggs and eating; and bees raised for honey. It's an enviable lifestyle driven by a desire to eat well every day.
And it doesn’t require a lot of space. Made at Home contains numerous adaptations to urban and suburban life. Plants are grown in small lots and pots, chickens are kept in backyard pens, and meat items are smoked in the backyard. It’s proof positive that anyone can live the good life.
Author: Dick & James Strawbridge
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Ever thought about starting your own apiary but didn’t know where to begin? Wonder no longer! Join Shane Gebauer, of Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, and special guests as we host an intensive two-day training course in Asheville, North Carolina. From sourcing bees to extracting honey, you will learn everything you need to know about how to maintain a happy and healthy hive, straight from world-class instructors! The MOTHER EARTH NEWS INSTITUTE is designed to “go deep” with limited class sizes and personalized attention, so that all attendees leave armed with the knowledge they need to start keeping bees. Presentations will be interspersed with hands-on workshops for setting up and maintaining your own hive. Brushy Mountain Bee Farm has been serving the beekeeping industry for more than 30 years and is the exclusive supply partner for this MOTHER EARTH NEWS INSTITUTE. Find out more about their quality products, service, and support online at www.BrushyMountainBeeFarm.com.
The Basics of Beekeeping is limited in attendance. This pass includes tuition to the INSTITUTE, lunch both days and other exclusive resources for the busy beekeeper. To make reservations by phone or for information about the program, including any questions about the schedule, please call 1-800-234-3368.
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This first installment of our new Wiser Living Video Series DVD features some of our most popular workshops, taught by leading experts on do-it-yourself, sustainable projects. From learning the basics of pickling vegetables to making your own all-natural household cleaners to extending your garden season with easy-to-build mini-greenhouses, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Video Series features a broad spectrum of information. Recorded by professionals, each 10- to 20-minute workshop is brought to life through vivid imagery, crisp audio and step-by-step instructions that will guide you on your path to self-sufficiency.
Gardening and Backyard Chickens
About the talent:
As a writer, farmer and the Publisher and Editorial Director of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Bryan Welch is well known for his optimism, sense of humor and his commitment to empowering people to live their own versions of the good life. His work demonstrates unequivocally that it’s possible to do well in business without destroying natural or human resources.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Senior Associate Editor Robin Mather grew up in a rural village in Michigan, where her classmates at school were the sons and daughters of farmers. She frequently stayed with friends whose families ran farms, and loved everything about their lives — from bucking bales of straw and hay to bottle-feeding calves.
Cheryl Long is the Editor-in-Chief of MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine and a leading advocate for more sustainable lifestyles. She lives on an 8-acre homestead near Topeka, Kan., that is powered in part by solar panels. There, she manages a large organic garden and a small flock of Welsummer chickens.
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of Grit magazine, has been farming and selling farm products for almost 30 years and believes that demand for heritage breeds is poised to explode. His family’s seed company and nursery business inspired his academic career in genetics, while childhood experiences instilled a fascination with animal husbandry.
Mother Earth Living Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner is enthusiastic about sharing the simple, commonsense ways we can connect with nature to better our health, homes and lives — including using herbal remedies to prevent or treat common ailments and cleaning our houses with affordable, natural ingredients.
Karen K. Will is editor of The Heirloom Gardener magazine and operates Prairie Turnip Farm in Osage County, Kan., with her husband, Hank Will. She is a freelance writer, photographer and blogger, and the author of Cooking With Heirlooms: Seasonal Recipes With Heritage-Variety Vegetables and Fruits.
Allison Martin is Managing Editor of Mother Earth Living, and previously spent five years on staff at The Herb Companion magazine, where she learned about plant medicine traditions. She lives in Lawrence, Kan., with her family, two bulldogs and cat.
Author: Mother Earth News
The Oleum Vera DIY Organic Face Mask Kit is the perfect introduction to homemade beauty recipes for face, and includes everything you’ll need to design your own cleansing face masks from unique natural ingredients along with simple items that are already in your kitchen. How does it work? 1.Choose from dozens of face mask recipes 2.Blend together our organic ingredients and oils with simple items from your kitchen according to the recipe 3.Enjoy your fresh, all-natural face mask! Whip up these beauty recipes for face masks (and dozens more) Our natural beauty recipes for face masks use powerful ingredients like avocado, honey, clay, lavender buds for deep cleansing alongside luxurious organic oils for glowing, healthy skin. •Deep Cleansing Lavender Face Mask •Deep Cleansing Tea Tree & Oregano Face Mask •Deep Cleansing Rose & Avocado Face Mask Every Organic Face Mask Kit includes: •Organic Avocado Oil** - Moisturize dry skin with this luxurious, organic oil, which is one of the richest oil sources of vitamin C, E and provitamin A. With its hydrating and antioxidant properties, avocado oil is especially useful in regenerative and anti-aging skin care. 2fl oz (60ml) •White Kaolin Clay - Gentle yet stimulating, White Kaolin soothes the skin while absorbing impurities and exfoliating dry patches. 0.7 oz (20g) •Bentonite Clay - Clear your skin with this powerful, porous clay. Bentonite is perfect for oily skin as it draws out toxins and tightens the skin. 0.7 oz (20g) •Organic Spirulina Algae - This algae help to fight skin inflammation and prevent premature signs of aging with its natural protein content. 0.7 oz (30g) •Organic Rose Petals** - The natural oils in rose petals help to moisturize and soothe sensitive skin, leaving the face soft and calm. As well as bringing a sweet aroma to your homemade cosmetics, these petals are also high in Vitamin C. 0.1 oz (3g) •Organic Lavender Buds** - Lavender buds, used alone or with other flower petals, lend a pleasant scent to your organic, homemade creations. 0.1 oz (3g) •Eco-friendly Reusable Mask Jar Do you need a real spa day? Try our complete DIY Organic Home Spa Kit for luxurious massage oils, silky bath oils and even more face masks. Organic and responsible ingredients While choosing only the purest ingredients for our kits, we are keenly aware of our impact on the environment. All our plant-based oils are cold-pressed and unrefined - you won’t find any synthetic oils or GMO products here. Besides the fun of making your own cleansing oils and masks, you can also be comforted by the fact that they are also environmentally-friendly, sustainable and responsible. The best part? All packaging is recyclable and the containers are reusable. MMTUM, Inc. Montréal (Quebec) Canada H2G 1Z3 *Certified organic by Ecocert ICO according to NOP Standards *100% of the total ingredients are from organic farming - COSMOS ORGANIC certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to COSMOS standard **98% of the total ingredients are from organic farming
Author: Oleum Vera
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Blend together seven customizable body scrubs from luxurious organic oils, white kaolin clay and rose petals for natural, gentle exfoliation that refreshes and polishes your skin. The Oleum Vera Organic Body Scrub Kit is the perfect introduction to beauty recipes for body and includes everything you need to combine the natural exfoliating power of organic ingredients with easy-to-find items from your own kitchen. The key to vibrant skin year-round, a regular exfoliation routine gently removes old skin cells to uncover the healthy new skin below, which helps your moisturizing products work more effectively and can even reduce the appearance of concerns like cellulite. How does it work? 1.Choose from dozens of body scrub recipes 2.Blend together our organic ingredients and oils with simple items from your kitchen according to the recipe 3.Enjoy your fresh, all-natural body scrub! Whip up these beauty recipes for body (and dozens more) Our natural beauty recipes for body use powerful ingredients like white kaolin clay, coffee, mint and rose petals to exfoliate alongside soothing organic oils to reveal beautifully healthy skin. •Lemonade Body Scrub with Sweet Orange Oil •Coffee Body Scrub to Reduce Visible Cellulite •Choco-Mint Body Scrub with Fresh Mint •Milk and Honey Exfoliant for Dry or Sensitive Skin Every Organic Body Scrub Kit includes: •Organic Sweet Almond Oil**- Give your skin a healthy glow with sweet almond oil, an organic, light oil that helps cleansing oils penetrate deeply into the skin and draw out impurities. 2fl oz (60ml) •Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil* - Antibacterial and aromatic, this organic, fresh-scented oil is ideal in a natural body scrub and for stimulating digestion and circulation. 0.17 fl oz (5ml) •White Kaolin Clay - Gentle yet stimulating, White Kaolin soothes the skin while absorbing impurities and exfoliating dry patches. 0.7 oz (20g) •Organic Rose Petals** - The natural oils in rose petals help to moisturize and soothe sensitive skin, leaving the face soft and calm. As well as bringing a sweet aroma to your homemade cosmetics, these petals are also high in Vitamin C. 0.1 oz (3g) •Eco-friendly Reusable Scrub Jar Are you ready for an entirely green body care routine? Try our complete DIY Organic Body Care Kit for homemade lotion bars, creamy body butters and even more body scrubs. Organic and responsible ingredients While choosing only the purest ingredients for our kits, we are keenly aware of our impact on the environment. All our plant-based oils are cold-pressed and unrefined - you won’t find any synthetic oils or GMO products here. Besides the fun of making your own cleansing oils and masks, you can also be comforted by the fact that they are also environmentally-friendly, sustainable and responsible. The best part? All packaging is recyclable and the containers are reusable. MMTUM, Inc. Montréal (Quebec) Canada H2G 1Z3 *Certified organic by Ecocert ICO according to NOP Standards *100% of the total ingredients are from organic farming - COSMOS ORGANIC certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to COSMOS standard **98% of the total ingredients are from organic farming
Author: Oleum Vera
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An all-natural, full-body introduction designed especially for men, this organic kit from Oleum Vera allows you to create 8 homemade oils, serums, scrubs and rinses with simple ingredients from the kitchen. We know that organic skin care isn’t just for the girls - it’s for everyone! This no-nonsense, DIY kit embraces that spirit, and includes the purest plant-based oils and essential oils (all organic) and a set of easy recipes to get started. All you need are a selection of natural ingredients - from simple baking soda to organic beer! How does it work? 1.Simply patch test each ingredient in the kit to determine your skin type and sensitivity. 2.Pick a recipe for the organic shaving serum, body scrub, massage oil or hair and scalp serum that you crave the most. 3.Mix together the oils, clays and butters you need with everyday ingredients from your kitchen. 4.Your product is ready. Enjoy! Choose from several organic recipes, including: 1.Fragrant Pre-Shave Oil - To Soften your Face Before Shaving 2.Nourishing Beer and Honey Rinse - To Strengthen your Hair 3.Soothing After Shave Spray - To Tighten the Skin Contents Plant-based oils •Hazelnut Oil* - Moisturizing and balancing, hazelnut oil is known to soften the skin and reduce the signs of aging. Rich in vitamins A and E, it’s also used to strengthen hair strands, which helps them recover from chemical treatments. 2 fl oz (60ml) •Jojoba Oil* - Organic jojoba oil balances oily skin by mimicking the effects of human sebum, halting the skin’s natural oil production while keeping pores clear. It’s also a good source of healing fatty acids as well as Vitamin A and vitamin B complex. 2 fl oz (60ml) •Tamanu Oil* - Loaded with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antibiotic properties, tamanu oil was made for those with persistent acne. It has been used to treat rheumatism and skin infections for centuries. 1 fl oz (60ml) •Plant-based glycerin** - With the ability to attract and retain moisture, plant-based glycerin is perfect for dry, dehydrated skin. 1 fl oz (60ml)Non-GMO Vitamin E - Antioxidant Vitamin E helps to keep your homemade remedies fresh, and prolongs their shelf life. 0.5 fl oz (15ml) Essential Oils •Lemongrass Essential Oil* - A must-have for organic hair and skin care, lemongrass essential oil helps to slow down oil production and sterilize pores. Its pleasant citrus scent also adds a note of freshness to your daily routine. 0.17 fl oz (5ml) •Peppermint Essential Oil * - Ward off infections with this refreshing essential oil, perfect for naturally cleansing the face and body. 0.17 fl oz (5ml) •Cedarwood Essential Oil* - Ease inflamed skin the organic way with cedarwood oil. Leaving your face with a smooth yet firm feeling, this natural, woody-scented oil is perfect when used after your morning shave. 0.17 fl oz (5ml) •Frankincense Oil* - Bursting with anti-aging properties and a naturally complex earthy scent, this essential oil helps protect, lift and tighten the skin. 0.17 fl oz (5ml) High-quality accessories •Spray bottle •Dropper vial •Funnel •Recipe booklet Organic and responsible ingredients While choosing only the purest ingredients for our kits, we are keenly aware of our impact on the environment. All our plant-based oils are cold-pressed and unrefined - you won’t find any synthetic oils or GMO products here. Besides the fun of making your own cleansing oils and masks, you can also be comforted by the fact that they are also environmentally-friendly, sustainable and responsible. The best part? All packaging is recyclable and the containers are reusable. MMTUM, Inc. Montréal (Quebec) Canada H2G 1Z3 *Certified organic by Ecocert ICO according to NOP Standards *100% of the total ingredients are from organic farming - COSMOS ORGANIC certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to COSMOS standard **98% of the total ingredients are from organic farming
Author: Oleum Vera
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Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Your healthy Paleo lifestyle is about to get easier and so much more delicious thanks to one pan and one book, Cast Iron Paleo. On the stovetop or in the oven, your cast-iron skillet brings out the flavors of pastured meats, fresh vegetables, healthy fats, and the savory spices you’ll find in these recipes.
Author: Pamela Ellgen
The "clean foods team" of Bowden and Bessinger use wholesome ingredients, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, and pasture-raised poultry in their recipes. Losing none of the convenience, they skip the high-sodium canned food "products" used in many slow cooker recipes and bring you dishes with both traditional and ethnic flair.
Author: J. Bowden, J. Bessinger