101 Easy Homemade Products Book Review
I love making my own cleaning products and have been doing so for years. They save me money and are made from natural ingredients. I jumped at the chance to get a copy of the new book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife’s All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants.
This book doesn’t just include 101 recipes for easy homemade products for your body and home. It begins with an excellent primer on the healing properties of various plants (many found right in your yard). Learn how to preserve herbs and plants, and three different ways to infuse oils. Learn all about oils and butters and their individual shelf lives. I live on an island, so I really appreciate the substitution list.
We use medicine as a last resort in our home, preferring the preventive medicine of healthy living. I’ve been wanting to get into homemade remedies more, to have an alternative when we do get sick and I have attended a little workshop in the past, but I lost my notes and never tried making anything myself. I’m so excited to have this handy reference that I can turn to now anytime I want.
Besides the ingredients, what do you need to make these recipes? Items you probably already have on hand! A hand mixer, mortar and pestle or electric coffee grinder, mesh strainers, and canning jars. Even I have these items in my kitchen. It’s also helpful if you have a digital scale for accuracy, a double boiler, and a small food processor, but they’re not absolutely necessary.
I haven’t had a chance to make any of the recipes yet, because the ones I really want to try require spring weather. It’s still cold with nothing green to be seen, not even tulips poking out of the ground yet, and certainly no roses or dandelions. I’ve read through all the instructions though and they are thorough, step by step, and easy to understand. I’ll be sure to share with you when I start making some.
So what kinds of recipes are in the book? A wide range, including skin care, salves and balms, lotions, creams, bath soaks, salts, melts and scrubs, soaps, home remedies, cleaners (yay!), and even pet care!
I’m looking forward to dandelions appearing on my lawn now! Then I can make this Lavender Dandelion Pain Relief Oil.
I’m also looking forward to giving this Honey & Chamomile Cream a try.
I can see a lot of mother-daughter pampering sessions in my future with these delightful, easy homemade skin care products.
I just have to mention the high quality of this book. The texture of the cover is amazing and the pages are beautiful and glossy (if you are tactile like me you won’t want to put it down)! The pages are sewn so they lie completely flat and the book is very sturdy. I will be handing this down to my kids someday.
The author of 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home, Jan Berry, is owner The Nerdy Farm Wife blog, where she shares creative ways to turn herbs, flowers and other garden plants into pretty, fun, and practical things. Her amazing projects have been featured on Natural Living Mama, BuzzFeed, Money Saving Mom, and more. She lives on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband and two children.
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