Organic Emily

Medicinal Herb Post – Oregano

Oregano plant

Medicinal Herb Post #34 written July 26, 2018 Oregano – Origanum vulgare and other spp. Oregano is a sun loving perennial that reseeds easily in rich soil if allowed to flower and go to seed. Keep it cut back regularly and it will keep producing spring, summer and fall. I like to dry it and […]

Medicinal Herb Post – Basil


Medicinal Herb post #33 written July 26, 2018 Basil – Ocimum basilicum and Ocimum sanctum (Holy Basil) This sun loving annual is part of the mint family, with a square stem and alternating and opposing leaves. It has over 150 different varieties of its kind like lemon, cinnamon and holy basil to name a few. […]

Shingles-Herpes-Cold Sore Salve

Salve 1

This salve works! The key ingredient is Lemon Balm or Melissa officinalis. It kills any strains of the herpes virus from shingles and chicken pox to genital herpes and cold sores.  It will definitely shorten the duration of any outbreak.  The plants are simple to grow and use. Here’s how to make it yourself. Recipe […]

Medicinal Herb – Gumweed

Gumweed 1

Medicinal Herb Post #32 written July 23, 2018 Gumweed – Grindelia spp. This little happy weed is a perennial that grows in poor dry soil. Although some have said their experience with it has been shown to be an annual or biennial. I’ve also grown it in fertile soil in my own back yard too. […]

Medicinal Herb – Cayenne


Medicinal Herb Post #31 written July 23, 2018 Cayenne – Capsicum annuum and all other hot peppers included. This annual is easy to grow in fertile soil and full sun. I like to start seeds indoors the first part of March, keeping them 1 inch below T8 lights on a shelf in my kitchen. Just […]

Emily’s Skin Salve


This stuff is my go to for everything! I’ve been making it for years and sharing with friends and family. There are so many stories people have shared with me about the salve that continue to surprise me. It is the best thing for sun burns, alleviating the pain, but also shortening the redness and […]

Natural Hand Sanitizer


This recipe is super easy and alcohol free or if you want a little rubbing alcohol  in it you can use half witch hazel and half rubbing alcohol. I feel like the orange, lemon and tea tree essential oils do a good job disinfecting.  This recipe is also safe for small children who shouldn’t absorb […]

Soothing Herbal Bath Scrub


I love this stuff! It is super hydrating, mineralizing, exfoliating and smoothing for the skin. You can easily make this large batch or cut it in half. Recipe Mix together in a large bowl the following ingredients. 1 cup dried calendula flowers 1 cup dried chamomile flowers 4 tablespoons dried lavender buds 2 tablespoons dried […]

Rose and Lavender Facial and Hand Cream


This luxurious cream is heavenly! It is very hydrating, calming and great to use just before bedtime! The rose is a natural astringent and pH balancer and the lavender is cleansing and calming. This makes for great gifts and is simple to make. I like to get my ingredients from Bulk Apothecary or Whole Sale […]

Sore Muscle and Bruise Lotion


This rich and soothing lotion is wonderful for massage or every day use. Be careful not to use on broken skin because it does contain the arnica plant and can poison the blood.  You can make any kind of lotion with the basics of this recipe. Use whatever kind of oil, liquid and beeswax. Recipe […]