- Free Newsletter
- For more than 130 years, GRIT has helped its readers live more prosperously and happily while emphasizing the importance of community and a rural lifestyle tradition.
- Subscribe Today!
Nettles (Urtica dioica) are one of my absolute favorite herbs. Wait — have I said that already about some other herb? Hey, it’s hard not to love them all. But nettles are definitely my favorite. Aside from being a powerhouse healing herb, it’s one of the most ignored (or feared, depending on how you feel […]Read more »
Anyone can harness the power of plants to reduce allergens and toxins present in their environment. Expert herbalist and author Pip Waller provides more than 500 plant-based remedies for house, health and more in The Herbal Handbook (North Atlantic Books, 2015). The following excerpt from “Household Products” offers DIY cleaners that can be used in […]Read more »
This toner helps restore acidity to the skin, keeping it toned, healthy and resistant to infection. All skin types benefit from using vinegar. It helps control blackheads in oily skin and cures flakiness in very dry skin. The fresh mint leaves a cooling sensation on your skin. • 3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves (or 1 tablespoon […]Read more »
This slightly acidic bath helps rinse away soap residue on your skin and reinstates your own natural acid balance. For women, it is also a good way to counteract yeast infections because the acidic environment will kill harmful bacteria. The combination of herbs gives your bath an uplifting scent that helps reduce stress. • 1 […]Read more »
By Gina DeBacker Caring for our hair can become somewhat of an obsession, but using conventional beauty products doesn’t always seem like enough. That’s when we start to seek products that will give our tresses that extra-needed boost. Supplement your hair care with these nutrient-rich herbs. Homemade hair rinses and shampoos infused with the following […]Read more »
There are many natural ingredients that you can combine with your favorite cleanser to help exfoliate while you cleanse. But this scrub doesn’t need cleanser added, because oatmeal is a good alternative to soap for sensitive skin. Mint is naturally cleansing, antiseptic and energizing. • 1⁄2 cup oatmeal • 1 tablespoon raw, unsalted sunflower seeds […]Read more »
This is a mild non-soap cleanser that is perfect for sensitive skin. Cucumber juice, chamomile flowers, and aloe vera gel are all cleansing and soothing to the skin. Cornmeal is a classic skin scrubber that can be used by all skin types. For a variation on this recipe, try using white or blue cornmeal. • […]Read more »
Sea salt scrubs get your body soft and smooth. They have been used for centuries to clean and deodorize the skin. This also makes a nice gift for a friend who can use a bit of extra pampering. • 2 cups coarse kosher or sea salt • 1 cup light oil such as almond, sesame […]Read more »
By Janice Cox Soy is great for the skin. It increases collagen production and helps keep skin tone even. This scrub also is soothing to dry skin because it uses sugar, which is less dehydrating than harsh chemical peels or salt rubs. The vegetable oil also helps moisturize, and dried lavender is naturally soothing and […]Read more »
By Kathlyn Quatrochi Infusions—The weakest of preparations, infusions are useful for hydrating the skin. Steep 1 ounce of herb leaves or flowers in 1 pint of simmering (200°F) water for about 5 minutes. Do not boil. Let cool to room temperature. Soak a washcloth in some of the liquid, then apply it to the skin. […]Read more »