Natural First Aid: How to Use Yarrow to Stop Bleeding

Natural First Aid: How to Use Yarrow to Stop Bleeding

One crucial component to any herbal first aid kit is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This is seriously one of my favorite herbs.

Known as a styptic, yarrow is useful to stop bleeding. I’ve used this herb many times for this purpose and it is almost magical how well it works! Next time you have a minor cut or wound to treat and you need to stop bleeding, go for some common yarrow.

How to Use Yarrow to Stop a Bleeding Cut

Using Yarrow as a Styptic

Fresh or dried, it works just as well either way.

Grow some in your medicinal herb garden to use as needed. Both the common ‘wild’ variety (with white flowers), and the garden variety (with white to wine red blooms), are effective as a medicinal herb.

Harvest and dry some to be kept in your natural first aid kit so you always have it on hand. Good quality dried yarrow can be good for about one year, maybe a little longer. This is just a good medicinal herb to have on hand so make a habit each summer of harvesting and drying what you estimate you would use for the year.

WATCH NEXT: How to Identify Yarrow … Coming Soon!

How to Use Yarrow to Stop Bleeding for Natural First Aid

Obviously, for serious wounds seek medical attention!

Rosemary Essential Oil for Healthier, Thicker Hair

Rosemary Essential Oil for Healthier, Thicker Hair

What is Research Saying About Rosemary Essential Oil and Hair Loss?

Studies are showing that rosemary essential oil is effective at increasing hair growth in men and women suffering from thinning hair, or hair loss.

  • Rosemary essential oil has been shown effective against two types of alopecia (androgenic alopecia and alopecia areata) with six to seven months of regular use.
  • Rosemary essential oil has been shown to be just as effective as the active ingredient minoxidil in popular prescription and otc hair loss treatments.

According to the Natural Medicines Database

“preliminary clinical evidence shows that rosemary oil, in combination with lavender, thyme and cedarwood oils, applied topically to the scalp improves hair growth in some patients. This combination was massaged into the scalp for a minimum of 2 minutes, followed by wrapping the head in a warm towel, every night for 7 months. Improvement in hair growth was seen in 44% of patients receiving the active treatment, compared with 15% of those receiving placebo.” (Therapeutic Research Center, 2016)

And in this study, Rosemary oil vs minoxidil 2% for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia: a randomized comparative trial,

“both groups experienced a significant increase in hair count at the 6-month endpoint”

“[providing] evidence with respect to the efficacy of rosemary oil in the treatment of [androgenic alopecia].” (Panahi, Taghizadeh, Marzony, & Sahebkar, 2015)

Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits, Safety, Uses & Recipes for Your Hair!

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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Essential Oil Basics

From the Latin rosmarinus meaning “rose (or dew) of the sea”.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae

Common Names: common rosemary, camphor rosemary, compass plant

Global Sources: native to the Mediterranean, available from similar climates around the world

Four Primary Chemotypes (depending on geographic region): cineole, camphor, verbenone, and myrcene

Steam distilled from the fresh or partially dried plant, preferably the flowering tops.

Therapeutic Actions and Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil

  • stimulant – increased circulation encourages hair growth for thicker hair
  • potent antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal – suppresses growth of fungus and bacteria that can cause dandruff, itchy scalp, and irritation
  • analgesic – relieves pain
  • antidepressant – uplifting mood and concentration boosting properties
  • antioxidant – minimizes free radical damage, supports the immune system and protects cells

Safe Use of Rosemary Essential Oil

Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA

Not for young children. May be toxic for babies and children under the age of four if inhaled.

Not for use during the first trimester of pregnancy due to camphor content.

(Petersen, 2016)

Using Rosemary Essential Oil for Hair

Pretty much any application that gets the rosemary essential oil to the hair follicles will be helpful,

  • hair treatment / beard oil
  • dry shampoo / hair powder
  • hair rinse
  • add to your shampoo or conditioner

Here are 3 recipes for inspiration…

No time for DIY? Get our Cedar & Herb infused Hair Treatment and Beard Oil here!

RECIPE #1: Cedar & Rosemary Hair Treatment / Beard Oil

Use as a beard oil to make your beard grow faster and fuller, or as a daily warm oil scalp treatment to encourage thicker and fuller hair.


– 1 oz combined base oils (choose argan, jojoba, grapeseed, or other hair pampering natural oils)

– Base oils may be infused with herbs for additional potency

– add 1ml (18-20 drops) essential oil per ounce of carrier oil (7 drops cedarwood, 4 drops rosemary, 4 drops lavender, 3 drops patchouli)


– massage a small amount into scalp / underlying skin daily

– use as a hot oil treatment. Apply warm oil to scalp and hair, allow to remain 30 minutes to overnight before washing out.

RECIPE #2: Rosemary Lavender Dry Shampoo / Hair Powder

Make your own DIY dry shampoo using rosemary and other essential oils that encourage hair growth. Hair powder is an effective means of carrying the essential oils to the scalp and also works great as a dry shamoo to extend the time needed between hair washings.


– 1 cup arrowroot powder

– 1 cup cornstarch

– 15 drops rosemary essential oil

– 15 drops ‘lavender’ essential oil, Lavandin intermedia (for a stimulating effect) or Lavandula angustifolia (for a relaxing effect)


Apply powder to roots and scalp, massage in and then shake out the excess. Brush and style as usual.

May be used to absorb natural oils, lengthening the time necessary between shampoos.

For darker hair, add a little cocoa powder.

For more dry shampoo recipes check out this post from Wellness Mama.

RECIPE #3: Rosemary & Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has added benefits for your hair. According to this article, apple cider vinegar is a natural detangler, normalizes hair and scalp pH, adds body and shine, reduces frizz, prevents dandruff, and may even further help stimulate hair growth and stop hair loss! 

For even more on the benefits of apple cider vinegar for hair loss, check out this post from!


– 1 cup water + 2-4 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar (less ACV for dry hair, more for oily hair or dandruff) (Leonard, 2016)

– essential oils (3 drops rosemary, 3 drops cedarwood, 1 drop clary sage)


Apply after shampooing, drenching hair from root to tip. Allow to work for 1-3 minutes before rinsing. Repeat up to 1-2x per week.

Rosemary essential oil also blends well with…

Bay (L. nobilis)

Cedarwood (J. virginiana)

Lemon (Citrus limonum)

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavandin (Lavandula intermedia)

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)


Friedman, D. (2015, April 2). Benefits of apple cider vinegar for hair loss. Retrieved November 27, 2016, from

Hay, I. C., Jamieson, M., & Ormerod, A. D. (1998). Randomized trial of Aromatherapy: Successful Treatment for Alopecia Areata. Archives of Dermatology, 134(11), 1349–1352. doi:10.1001/archderm.134.11.1349

Keville, K., & Green, M. (1995). Aromatherapy: A complete guide to the healing art. United States: Crossing Press,U.S.

Leonard, J. (2016, February 10). 10 reasons to wash your hair with apple cider vinegar + how to do an ACV hair rinse. Retrieved November 27, 2016, from Natural Beauty,

Panahi, Y., Taghizadeh, M., Marzony, E., & Sahebkar, A. (2015). Rosemary oil vs minoxidil 2% for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia: A randomized comparative trial. Skinmed., 13(1), 15–21. Retrieved from

Petersen, D. (2016). AROMA 101: Introduction to Aromatherapy. Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences.

Therapeutic Research Center. (2016). Rosemary Professional Monograph. Retrieved November 27, 2016, from Natural Medicines Database,,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=154

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Herbal Salve – DIY Skin Balm Recipe

Herbal Salve – DIY Skin Balm Recipe

Traditional healing herbs, locally grown or sustainably gathered, then carefully infused into skin-loving olive and avocado oils. This is a healing skin balm that is helpful for minor wounds, sprains, strains, bruises, rashes, burns, blisters, cracked skin, redness, swelling, reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, preventing infection, anti-itch, and topical minor pain relief.

I find that a good all-around skin salve is a crucial component of our first-aid cabinet. When I was growing up it was always a popular kind of triple-antibiotic ointment. We used it for everything from cuts and scrapes to burns and more. Now that I am making our family’s medicine naturally this is the first-aid skin salve that I prefer. It can be used like that old triple-antibiotic ointment, but has even broader uses and is just as (if not more) effective.

What is an Herbal Salve / Balm?

Salves and balms are a great way to hold herbs and essential oils in contact with the skin so that their active constituents may be absorbed to serve their healing purposes. They are super easy to make yourself, although they do take a bit of time.

All-natural salves and balms are made using a variety of ingredients such as oils or lanolin plus a hardener like beeswax. The consistency of the balm depends on the ratio of ingredients and can be adjusted according to your preference. More or less beeswax makes a harder or softer balm.

oil or lanolin + beeswax = easy to apply ointment for skin

Each Ingredient Matters

In addition to any herbs and essential oils, the ingredients that make up the bulk of balm or salve recipes also have unique therapeutic properties. We chose olive and avocado oils for this skin balm for the healing properties they bring to the table, plus a little vitamin E.

Olive Oil (Olea europaea)

Organic olive oil is the herbalist’s base oil of choice, most often chosen for herbal infusions. Olive oil is one of the oldest cosmetics and medicines used for wound dressing, treating minor burns, and preventing and treating stretch marks (Therapeutic Research Center, 2016c).  

Avocado (Persea Americana) Oil

Avocado oil is used topically to soothe and heal (Therapeutic Research Center, 2016b) which makes it a perfect choice for a skin healing balm. Loaded with vitamins A, D & E, proteins, minerals and amino acids, according to this study avocado oil helps promote the regeneration of cells and production of collagen, and hastens wound healing (de Oliveira et al., 2013). Research also shows that avocado oil’s penetration enhancing effects help carry the healing properties of the balm to tissues that need it (Viljoen, Cowley, du Preez, Gerber, & du Plessis, 2015). Not to mention, avocado oil is a great skin softening moisturizer.

Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E is exceptionally high in antioxidants and so it doubles as a natural preservative, slowing the oxidization of the other ingredients. Vitamin E is also helpful for healing wounds and minimizing scarring (Petersen, 2016).

The recipe can use only base oils, like avocado or olive oil, or can be accentuated with herbs and essential oils.

Accentuate your Skin Balm with Herbs

Depending on the intended purpose of your balm, you can choose various herbs for infusing into your base oils.

I wanted an effective yet gentle all around skin healing balm that would be good for wounds, burns, minor cuts and scrapes, insect bites, bumps, bruises, sprains, strains, and healing scars and stretch marks. So after doing my research and gathering what was available to us this summer, we chose comfrey, plantain, pearly everlasting, calendula, and saint john’s wort to use in this recipe. These are herbs that are exceptionally good for skin and are available for gathering in many areas or are very easy to grow.


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First, Make Your Herb Infused Oil

If you want to accentuate your balm with herbs, first you must infuse your base oils.

You can use one or all of the herbs we have included in our recipe, or maybe you have other herbs in mind. Just make sure the herbs you choose are safe and appropriate for the people who will be using your balm. You will want one ounce of dried herb to one pint of oil (Petersen, 2016).

With the exception of comfrey, all of these herbs are considered gentle and safe to use for all ages. Due to the alkaloid content in comfrey, the American Herbal Products Association warns against its use for those who are pregnant or nursing, and suggests limiting topical application to 4-6 weeks for everyone else.

There are a million and one ways to make an herbal oil infusion, and it seems like every herbalist book, school, class, etc gives a slightly different method. This makes me think, maybe it isn’t really all that complicated. The two main things are 1) getting the active constituents from the herbs into the oils and 2) being able to reproduce your results somewhat consistently. To learn more about herbal medicine making, check out this amazingly informative book: The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook by James Green.  I wish I would have bought this one years ago. Or for beginning herbalists, I found this book a good place to start: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use.

Skin Healing Herbal Oil Infusion Recipe

This infused base oil will be an ingredient in the final Healing Salve, or it can be used ‘as is’ for moisturizing, to make lip balm, as a base for lotion, or other herbal skin care goodies.


  • ¼ ounce dried comfrey leaf (omit for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding)
  • ¼ ounce dried plantain leaf
  • ¼ ounce dried pearly everlasting leaf and flower
  • ⅛ ounce dried calendula flower
  • ⅛ ounce dried st john’s wort flower
  • 1 pint organic olive oil


TIP: The active constituents of the herbs will infuse into the base oils even better if the herbal material is chopped into small bits. I like to measure out my herbs by weight and then run them through the food processor to break them up a bit.

  1. Place your chopped herbs into a pint size jar and cover with the oil, filling the jar to the top before sealing with a lid.
  2. Allow the herbs to macerate. You can do this slowly by setting the jar on the counter for 4-6 weeks, shaking it daily which is the preferred method by most. Or you can speed up the process by gently heating the oil. This can be done by placing the jar in a crock pot, fill the crock pot with enough water to come up the sides of the jar but not cover it, and set the crock pot on low or warm. Do not allow your oils to overheat! Try to keep them at 140-160F for 4 hours, then turn off heat and leave for 12 hours.
  3. Strain the herbs from the oil. Reserve the oil for making your salve, toss the spent herbs to the compost pile.

Now that you have your herbal infused oil, you are ready to make your salve. But first, let’s talk a minute about the essential oils we are using.

Essential Oils Good for Skin Balm

There are a wide variety of essential oils that we can choose from for making a balm. Again, it depends on the effect you are after and who will be using the preparation. It is important when using essential oils to research each oil you use and ensure they are safe for your intended purpose.

For our Healing Salve recipe I chose lavender and tea tree, two safe and effective skin healing essential oils.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil

Lavender essential oil is not included simply because of the amazing aroma, Lavandula angustifolia has multiple healing properties that make it an effective first aid ingredient. Bruises, burns, insect bites and stings, scalds, sores, sprains, and minor wounds and infection will all benefit from the use of lavender essential oil. Lavandula angustifolia has minor pain relieving properties in addition to it being antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and astringent. (Petersen, 2016)

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil

Melaleuca alternifolia has been a long time favorite in our family. We use it for everything. It’s healing properties are potent and highly effective. Like lavender, tea tree oil is an analgesic which can help relieve pain topically. Antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-itch, antiseptic, and highly antimicrobial. Tea tree oil is helpful for blisters, burns, cuts, bacterial and fungal infections, cracked skin, sores, insect bites and stings, wounds, and more. (Petersen, 2016)

Now, let’s get to the main event… the actual ‘Herbal Salve’ healing skin balm recipe. 

Herbal Salve - DIY Skin Balm Recipe Traditional healing herbs, locally grown or sustainably gathered, then carefully infused into skin-loving olive and avocado oils. This is a healing skin balm that is helpful for minor wounds, sprains, strains, bruises, rashes, burns, blisters, cracked skin, redness, swelling, reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, preventing infection, anti-itch, and topical minor pain relief.

Herbal Salve – DIY Skin Balm Recipe

Again, this healing skin balm is helpful for minor wounds, sprains, strains, bruises, rashes, burns, blisters, cracked skin, redness, swelling, reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, preventing infection, anti-itch, and topical minor pain relief. 

Tips and Precautions for Using this Herbal Salve

For topical use only. Apply a small amount of herbal salve to the affected area, massaging gently. Repeat as necessary, 2-3 times throughout the day. Because of the comfrey, limit application to 4-6 weeks and consult your healthcare provider before use if you are pregnant or nursing. Discontinue use if irritation occurs.

This recipe makes approximately 6 ounces. Just right to fill a few small containers for around the home, or for sharing with friends!


  • 2 ounces avocado oil
  • 0.375 ounce beeswax
  • 3 ounces herbal infused organic olive oil
  • 0.25 ounce (1-1/2 teaspoons) vitamin E oil
  • 15 drops tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)


  1. Combine the avocado oil and beeswax, melting them together. Use the double boiler method or the microwave. Be careful not to overheat your oils! You just want the wax to melt.
  2. Once the beeswax is completely melted, add the herbal infused organic olive oil. By adding the herbal infused oil at this stage it will not be exposed to as much heat. It also brings down the temperature of the mixture before the next step so the heat doesn’t vaporize the essential oils.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool a little, but not so much that it is no longer fluid. Below 160F is good for most essential oils.
  4. Add the essential oils and stir to distribute.
  5. Pour the mixture into clean containers and leave undisturbed until balm is cool and set. Do not cover yet or condensation can form.
  6. Once completely cooled, cover your herbal balm and label your container carefully.



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Petersen, D. (2016). HERB 101 Basics of Herbalism. Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences.

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Viljoen, J. M., Cowley, A., du Preez, J., Gerber, M., & du Plessis, J. (2015). Penetration enhancing effects of selected natural oils utilized in topical dosage forms. Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, 41(12), 2045–2054. doi:10.3109/03639045.2015.1047847

Beard Oil, Ten Reasons Your Guy Should Be Using It (And what you are missing out on if he’s not)

Beard Oil, Ten Reasons Your Guy Should Be Using It (And what you are missing out on if he’s not)

How do you feel about your man’s facial hair?

Do you love it, or not so much?

Does he use a good beard oil?

I love my man’s beard. I can’t get enough of it! And the beard oil that he uses has a lot to do with why.

Today I want to share with you ten really good reasons your guy should be using beard oil, and what you are missing out on if he’s not. (…in no particular order)

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UPDATE: We are no longer making and offering this beard oil for sale… so sorry! If I get enough requests, I can put together a post sharing my recipe and method if anyone would like to make some from scratch. 😉 Even so, my man still wears beard oil, and here’s why…

1. The scent… Oh, the scent.

The scent alone is reason enough.

I love cologne. Trouble is, store-bought colognes and perfumes, as it turns out, are really not that good for you. Synthetic fragrances “have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, cause reproductive malformation, and have been linked to liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity” in addition to links that have been found to fetal exposure and such conditions as autism, ADHD, and neurological disorders. Shocker, right? Essential oils, on the other hand, don’t just smell amazing they can improve your health in so many ways.

2. The mood lift

If your man’s beard oil contains essential oils, they will not only help with everything from itchiness to increased beard growth, they also serve as mood altering aromatherapy.

For a stress fighting blend to help with anxiety, fatigue, and depression, look for blends containing essential oils like cedar, lavender, or patchouli. Citrus and rosemary boost concentration. And oils like vanilla and ylang-ylang to help relax and let go.

3. The look

I’m the one that talked him into keeping it, I love his beard! It’s fun to grow it out and experiment with different shaping and styles. But, a beard with any length, will eventually become unruly. A bit of beard oil smooths it right out. Shiny, healthy, under control, and looking good.

4. The feel

I asked my guy to grow out his beard. If I were totally straight with you, I would tell you it’s because I love running my fingers through it. TMI? Sorry. I love how it feels! And the beard oil just makes it so soft, it’s irresistible. I can’t help myself. And he doesn’t mind. 😉

5. Soft kisses

Am I right, ladies? We don’t like pokey kisses!

Beard oil will make your man’s facial hair silky and soft. No more scratchy beard hairs when you come in close.

6. Guys need skin care, too!

The skin under a guy’s beard can become quite irritated, dry and itchy. The base oils used in higher quality beard oils target these conditions. Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants they moisturize and penetrate deeply giving the skin what it needs to stay nourished and healthy. And, if your beard oil contains essential oils they can give it an extra boost, often having antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

7. Beard envy

Does he want to be the object of it? Teenage boys will hail his beard as magnificent.

Or does he want to be the guy wishing he knew the trick? What makes that guy’s beard so shiny, full, and under control?

8. No more ‘beardruff’

A lot of guys suffer from beard dandruff or beardruff. A good beard oil can nip that in the bud especially if it contains essential oils like lavender and rosemary.

Lavender essential oil is antifungal and anti-inflammatory which helps to sooth irritated skin and prevent the growth of yeast which can cause dandruff. Rosemary essential oil not only increases circulation and stimulates hair growth, it is also helpful in combating itchiness.

9. Go natural

Many of the best beard oils on the market are all-natural, ours certainly is.

10. Beard oil keeps his beard clean and healthy

You wouldn’t want to rest your head against a toilet seat now, would you?

Many of the essential oils found in a good quality beard oil possess antimicrobial properties. These essential oils naturally prevent the growth of fungus and bacteria which is not just dirty, fungus and bacteria can be the underlying cause for itch, irritation, and flakiness.

Want to learn more about what makes our small batch, handcrafted beard oil different?

Here’s our post, PNW Original Cedar & Herb Infused Beard Oil.


Keville, K., & Green, M. (1995). Aromatherapy: A complete guide to the healing art. United States: Crossing Press,U.S.
Petersen, D. (2016). AROMA 101: Introduction to Aromatherapy. Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences.
Beard Oil, Ten Reasons Your Guy Should Be Using It (And what you are missing out on if he's not)

Try some and let us know how you like it!

PNW Original Cedar & Herb Infused Beard Oil

PNW Original Cedar & Herb Infused Beard Oil

Prevents beard envy… Or causes it.

So, you have a beard. And you have heard of beard oil. But what is it? What is beard oil and why would you ever want to use it? That’s a good question.

A good beard oil not only makes you look like a well-put-together-guy, it also conditions your beard, moisturizes dry skin, prevents beard itch, treats beardruff and acne, encourages hair growth, and more. Our original beard oil recipe is designed to both tame and invigorate.

UPDATE: We are no longer making and offering this beard oil for sale… so sorry! If I get enough requests, I can put together a post sharing my recipe and method if anyone would like to make some from scratch. Let me know!

PNW Original Cedar & Herb Infused Beard Oil

Try it, you (and your girl) are sincerely guaranteed to love it.

What Makes Our Beard Oil Different?

This small batch, handcrafted beard oil recipe is a blend of five high-quality base oils including grapeseed, argan, jojoba, avocado, and sweet almond.

But while many beard oil brands stop there, we go on with ours to combine these beard pampering oils with the healing power of responsibly wildcrafted and organically grown herbs from right here in the Pacific Northwest. Western red cedar, horsetail herb, lavender, and rosemary (see the benefits below) – all specifically chosen with a magnificent beard and your skin in mind – are slowly infused into the beard conditioning oil which forms the base of this product.

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Need to know more about what the heck beard oil is, and how to use it? Check out this article by the Huffington Post and then come back here and get some for yourself!

Choose the aromatherapy blend with CEDAR & HERB essential oils, or go ‘NAKED’.

The CEDAR & HERB essential oil blend is our own proprietary combination of quality essential oils including cedarwood, lavender, rosemary, and patchouli. Not at all flowery, this therapeutic essential oil blend has a nicely grounding, woodsy, down-to-earth scent that you are sure to love. Specially blended, not just for the skin and hair benefits, the aromatherapy properties can actually boost your mood, too! …not to mention anyone in your vicinity. Ladies? My guy wears this stuff daily, and I can’t get enough of it.

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Apply a small amount to hands and work into beard and underlying skin. Breathe deep and enjoy!

Here is my guy’s review of the Western Red Cedar & Herb infused Beard Oil…

I am not one that uses very many personal care products other than the basics. So when my wife first created some beard oil, it took a little bit to convince me to use it. I decided to give it a shot, in part to make my wife happy (happy wife = happy life) and in part because it smelled really good.

Now I can’t stop using it!

It really is that good. First of all, it smells amazing – earthy and soothing. Secondly, it tames the wildness in my beard. Reduces stray and straggly hairs making my beard more manageable. Not the least of all, it smells really good to my wife. I don’t know about you, but if you’ve ever had a woman come face to face in the ‘kissing zone’ and breathe you in – it’s pretty awesome.

It really is one of those things I never thought I’d try and I likely never would have if it wasn’t for the fact that it was essentially purchased for me. I would recommend this as a gift for any man out there. It may not be at the top of their list, but after trying it, it likely may be there in the future. Just be careful because this stuff is addicting!

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Skin, Hair, and Aromatherapy Benefits of Key Ingredients

For more information about the quality oils we use in our products check out this post: Why is that on the label? Guide to Natural Hair & Skin Care Ingredients: Oils & Butters

  • Grapeseed oil – Great for both skin and hair, grapeseed oil is a natural mild astringent packed with vitamin E. It is very light and easily absorbed by the skin. Moisturizing without an oily residue, this scentless oil doesn’t weigh down hair or leave a greasy feel. It is even said to regulate natural oil production, bringing your own oils into balance.
  • Argan oil – A popular hair and skin care ingredient due to its antioxidizing effects, it is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, with antiaging properties to keep skin and hair looking great. Excellent daily skin and hair moisturizer that treats split ends and can help with skin conditions including acne.
  • Jojoba – Very close in resemblance to our own natural oil, jojoba is protective and emollient yet allows skin to breathe. It is easily absorbed and great for dry, damaged complexions and hair.
  • Sweet almond oil – When used in hair products it may help to strengthen, thicken, protect, add shine, and prevent split ends. Nutrient rich and light, sweet almond oil is suitable for all skin types, making the skin soft and pliable. It is rich in omega 9 and omega 6 fatty acids, and vitamins D & E. In the tradition of ayurvedic medicine, sweet almond oil is said to bring the body back into balance.
  • Avocado oil – A favorite for use in all kinds of hair and skin care products, avocado oil is highly penetrating and loaded with vitamins A, D & E, protein, minerals and amino acids. Avocado oil is known to regenerates cells, aid hair growth, soften skin, moisturize, hydrate, reduce inflammation and itching, relieve burns, and more.
  • Western Red Cedar tips (Thuja plicata) – antifungal, anti-viral, promotes immune function through stimulating white blood cell scavenging
  • Lavender buds and essential oil (Lavendula angustifolia) – calms the nerves, relaxing, uplifting effect, mild antidepressant, antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, disinfects acne blemishes, stimulates the repair of tissue, heals wounds
  • Horsetail herb (Equisetum arvense) – tissue repair | FOR HAIR/SKIN/NAILS: rich in silica and calcium to strengthen and give life
  • Rosemary leaf and essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) – mild and uplifting stimulant, treats inflammation, antiseptic, antidepressant, antioxidant, circulatory tonic, relaxant | FOR SKIN: brings blood to the skin giving a nice glow, antiseptic which helps skin resist infections | FOR HAIR: stimulates growth, activates circulation
  • Cedarwood essential oil (Texas) – used for addressing fatigue, depression, stress and overwork, irritability, bacterial infections
  • Patchouli essential oil – used for addressing anxiety, fatigue, depression, irritability, bacterial and fungal infections, dandruff

PNW Original Cedar & Herb Infused Beard Oil


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Keville, Kathi, and Mindy Green. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Moore, Michael. Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico, 2011. Print.

Zak, Victoria. 20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature’s Healing Herbs. New York, NY: Dell, 1999. Print.

Disclaimer: This information is for research and educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Do your research!

CEDAR & HERB Solid Shampoo Bar

CEDAR & HERB Solid Shampoo Bar

I can tell we are going to love this shampoo bar before I even get the batter into the mold. The pungent aroma of cedar held up straight through the cooking process. I almost decided to leave this bar ‘naked‘, and let the western red cedar shine through on its own, it smells that good. But I had already decided on a combination of essential oils to boost this soap’s natural hair care power.

Here is what went into this all natural Cedar Shampoo Bar.



Summer Carrot Soap with Mint & Lemongrass Essential Oils

Summer Carrot Soap with Mint & Lemongrass Essential Oils

What do I do with all these carrots?! Why… make soap of course!

Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, carrot soap makes a great facial cleanser and body bar said to increase collagen and fight acne, naturally! Pamper your skin and invigorate your senses with this all-natural aromatherapy soap and its pleasant, uplifting blend of peppermint and lemongrass essential oils.

To make this LIMITED EDITION SUMMER CARROT SOAP, we start with a pile of beautiful, bright orange carrots organically grown right here on the PNWfromScratch farm. The carrots are thoroughly pureed into a smooth mixture and blended with fresh, filtered Pacific Northwest rainwater to form the water base of this original recipe. Combined with skin loving nutrient oils through the age-old natural soap making process, and resulting in a beautiful bright orange bar naturally colored from only the carrots themselves!

Get this limited edition natural soap while it lasts, it’s going to sell out quick!

PNWfromScratch All-Natural Handmade Carrot Soap with Mint and Lemongrass (7)

Where to get it…

Visit our shop on Etsy at PNWfromScratch for this and more of our all-natural, handmade products.

See How the Soap is Made

Check out this post: [VIDEO] Making Summer Carrot Soap

Soap Details


Made from scratch with these INGREDIENTS: organic carrot puree {organically grown carrots from the farm and fresh, filtered Pacific Northwest rainwater}, *olive oil, sodium hydroxide {lye}, *coconut oil, avocado oil, sustainable palm kernel oil, grapeseed oil, cocoa butter, rice bran oil, castor oil, essential oils {pure blend of peppermint and lemongrass}, sodium lactate. *certified organic

For ALL skin types
Scent: pure blend of peppermint and lemongrass essential oils
Weight: approximately 4.75 ounces, hand cut
Dimensions: approximately 3.5″ x 2.5″ x 1″

Natural Soap Care

This is an all natural product with no synthetics or artificial preservatives. It is made fresh, allowed to cure, and then shipped ready-to-use. And that is what it is meant for… use it! Your handmade soap will last longest if you allow it to dry between uses. If needed, store unwrapped in a cool, dry place. Allowing the soap to breathe allows the bar to further harden and helps it to last longer.

Natural Skin Care

It is always good to listen to your skin. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. If using a particular soap every day begins to make your skin feel dry {especially soaps designed to pull dirt and toxins from your skin} then skip a day or two and use something different in between. This is how I find my best results, my skin knows what it needs {which is why I got into the whole natural-soap-making-thing in the first place} and so does yours. Give it what it needs and it will be happy.

PNWfromScratch All-Natural Handmade Carrot Soap with Mint and Lemongrass (5)

This information is for research and educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.



If you could wrap the Pacific Northwest up in a bar of soap, I think this would be it.

Detoxifying benefits of natural sea salt from the Hood Canal combine with the relaxing and balancing aroma of cedar wood essential oil to form what is quickly becoming a PNW from Scratch favorite. Men especially love this soap, but it really has been a favorite overall, men and women alike.  (more…)



We have been having a lot of fun researching various natural soap making ingredients and in doing so came across activated charcoal or activated carbon. One of the best-known cleansing/detoxifying agents out there, activated charcoal is carbon that has been treated to increase its toxin absorbing properties to superhero proportions. Proven to absorb several times its mass in impurities, it makes an amazing detoxifier… not to mention a really cool, black soap.

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Why is that on the label? Guide to Natural Hair & Skin Care Ingredients: Oils & Butters

Why is that on the label? Guide to Natural Hair & Skin Care Ingredients: Oils & Butters

Do you ever wonder why a particular ingredient is included in the natural skin or hair care products available to you? If you are a savvy consumer, you do. And obviously, you are a savvy consumer, because you are seeking to use all-natural hair and skin care products! It kind of goes hand-in-hand.


Well, to help you discern those labels {and to help me as a quick reference for the healthy benefits of my favorite ingredients} I have started to put together a series of posts listing ‘ingredients you might find on all natural body care product labels and why’.

Eventually, I would love to have a comprehensive list of all the ingredients I like to use, but that is going to take some time. We have to start somewhere. And since, this week, I am working on crafting soap recipes, I think I am going to start with ‘oils & butters’ considering they make up such an important part of those recipes. (more…)

Natural soap. What is the big deal?

Natural soap. What is the big deal?

People who have seen my kitchen lately might be wondering what the fuss is all about. What started as a simple what was supposed to be a simple handmade Christmas gift has exploded into a natural soap making frenzy. And it doesn’t look like it will be stopping anytime soon. But, why? What is all the fuss?

Natural Soap... Why it matters - PNWfromScratch.com_5

freshly made natural soap, still in the mold

Why bother with natural or handmade soap? How does natural soap compare with commercial soap? What is the best soap out there for you and your family? I would like to share with you a little what I have learned about the benefits of natural soap and body products, and why I bother.


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