Home Made Essential Items on an urban homestead

Pure Essential Shampoo

Natural Shampoo with Essential Oils


  • 1/2 c of Dr. Bonner’s Pure Castile Almond Liquid soap

  • 1-1/2 c of Distilled Water

  • 3 T Coconut Oil

1-5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

1-4 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Pour into container and shake.  Shake well before each use.

Rosemary  Is good for Hair Loss, Greasy/Oily Hair.  (The Rosemary plant was regarded as sacred by many civilizations and used to drive away evil spirits and protect against plague and infectious illness.)

Lavender  Is good for Dry Hair, Fragile hair, Hair Loss also a antimicrobial and antiseptic along with so many other benefits!

The French Medicinal Uses were for Dandruff, hair loss, insomnia and much much more!

Lavender Is a universal oil that has been known to balance t he body and work wherever there is a need!  If in doubt use Lavender!

Aromatic- Influence:  It promotes consciousness, health, love, peace, and a general sense of well-being.

Homemade Essential Oil  Shampoo
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Liquid Laundry Soap

  • 1 Quart Water ( boiling)
  • 2 Cups Bar Soap ( grated about 1 bar)
  • 2 Cups Borax

2 Cups Washing Soda(. not baking soda!  Find it at Wal-Mart in the cleaning section)


Soap mixed with Borax and Laundry Baking Soda


Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until the soap is melted.

Pour the soap water into a large clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda and stir until soap is melted.

Add 2 Gallons of water, stir until well mixed.

Cover pail and allow to set 24 hours.  The detergent will gel and require stirring before each use.

Use 1/2 cup per large load

Thats Less than 4 cents per load!!

I like to add some Essential Oil to the detergent after I’ve added the 2 gallons to it;  My favorite is Lavender and a little Tea Tree Oil.

All natural and no chemicals in this!!

Grating the soap
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Moisturizing Lotion

    . 1 cup of Shea Butter
    . 1 cup Coconut Oil
    . 1/3 cup of Arrow Root Powder/Or 2-3 Tsp of Beeswax Beads
  • Soften the Shea Butter and Coconut oil in microwave or double broiler; I melt the Beeswax separate then add to the Shea Butter and coconut oil. Keep staring till mixture melts and don’t overcook!


  • Add the Arrow Root Powder and stir well.(If you like a thicker lotion)
  • Add 75-100 drops of Essential Oil all one scent or your choice.
  • I used: .50 drops Lavender
  • . 10 Frankincense
  • . 10 Lemon
  • Transfer to mixing bowl and whip with mixer till soft form peaks.
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  • Then transfer to glass jars.



This made 4 small 4oz jars

Lavender is healing to the skin and a natural disinfectant

Frankincense is healing to skin and wrinkles and helps reduce inflammation

Lemon helps reduce cellulitis deposits and cooling to the body

So good and not greasy!  See that was easy peasy!!   ENJOY!

Author-Pamela Marston

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The Old Laundry Days

I was standing here folding laundry and looking at the cloths pin basket and wash board and the old memories came up from my child hood!! A little of a nightmare I might add !

I was about 10-12 yo and remember hanging up cloths outside after mom threw them in a basket and out I went to hang those wet things up , not my favorite thing to do mind ya!

Then back in to the OLD Maytag Ringer washing machine! It was my job to take them out of the rinse water and hand run them through the ringer of the Machine, the spool thingy spun the whole time I was trying to just barely push a piece of wet clothing into it that thing! Well then all of a sudden before I knew it that sucker had me!!!

It grabbed my fingers then my hand, then went rolling and grabbing my wrist half way up my dang arm!!! Holy Batman I was doomed the thing wouldn’t unlock then finally after mom was banging on the release that monster let go of its grip!!

Well to this day my right wrist and forearm are a little flatter thanks to LAUNDRY!!!

So this gal loves our modern washing appliances so much that I make my own soap, softener and kinda dream of hanging my cloths on the line ( If I had one)

It’s coming this spring ! It’s all about Self-Reliance you know!

Happy Washing Y’all

Laundry Soap


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Natural home grown spices


About 25 years ago I started drying some of my own veggies which back then wasn’t very many! I started with Celery and green peppers ; now through the years and more time after having had raised 4 boys things have changed.

Living in a little River town the past 23 years I began doing a garden again and canning and freezing along with drying veggies and herbs!

So here are a few items I make with some of my dried vegetables and herbs.

I dried my own Celery last fall and keep in canning jars. It’s so nice to have for soups, stew and such!

Author-Pamela Marston


The jar on left is the Celery, sorry forgot I ran out of Labels!


The bottom bag is my mix of green peppers, red peppers and jalapeños! So good mixed with Meatloaf,Tacos,Chili and such.

Cilantro my Favorite herb to cook with or mix in my Italian dishes, I’ll be raising more this year !

Then last but Best is my Taco Seasoning and Chili seasoning mixes!

Taco Seasoning Mix

  1. 1/4 cup chili powder
  2. 1/4 cup cumin powder +2 Tablespoons
  3. 1-1/2. Tablespoon garlic powder
  4. 2tsp onion powder
  5. 2 tsp oregano
  6. 2tsp paprika
  7. 2 Tablespoons salt
  8. 1-1/2 tsp pepper

Put all ingredients in a pint jar and shake to mix well, This makes approximately 1 cup.

I add 3-4 Tablespoons to 2 lbs of hamburger


Chili Seasoning

  • 1/2 c chili powder +2 Tablespoons
  • 2 -1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 5 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 c plus 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons pepper
  • Add 3 Tablespoons and 1/2 cup water to 1 pound of meat
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Home-made Scent Tarts

Lavender Fields

As part of ridding chemicals from our home I have been making my own scent bars/Tarts with natural wax and Essential Oils , not Fragrances which still have chemicals in them.

The Lavender ones I made with my Own Harvested Lavender and used the flower buds along with some pure Lavender Essential Oil.

I use a 1/2 pound of natural soy wax (not from a craft store). I order on line Amazon.

    Weigh out on scale then add to double broiler and heat to 180 degrees F then remove from fire and add
    2 tsp Lavender
    1/2. Dried Lavender buds (save half for top of scent tart)
    Stir gently and pour into molds and let harden. I usually let mine set for a few day to season a bit.

Now just drop into a wax warmer and enjoy and relax! Lavender is good for that!

Sweet Nothings

Another Scent Tart I made I using

  • 2 Tsp of Ylang Ylang
  • 1/2 Tsp Cedar Wood
  • 1/4 Tsp Vetiver
  • 1/4 Tsp Clove Bud
  • Cook same as above

Gently stir and pour into mold, oh I love the Silicon molds I purchased on line also!

Essential Oils of Yang Ylang, vetiver, cedar wood and Clove bud.

Note I did not add in coloring to my wax if I did I use natural coloring such as herbs, seeds, fruit and such.

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2 teaspoons beeswax

1 teaspoon shea butter

3 teaspoons Fractionated Coconut Oil

1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil

  • 2 drops Cedarwood oil
  • 2 drops Melaleuca oil,
  • 2 drops Rosemary oil;  
  • You can change it up to your preference, Just remember not to make it floral!  Guys don’t like that LOL

Combine all ingredients, except the EO’s in glass container. Place jar in saucepan with 1-2 inches of  boiling water.  Stir in ingredients until melted and combined.   Remove from heat and let rest fo three minutes then add the essential oils and stir.  Pour mixture not an empty time or airtight glass jar.   Let balm rest 1-3 hours before use.

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Deodorant with Lavender (Serves 4 oz jar)


1/4 cup Shea butter

2 Tabl  coconut oil

3 heaping Tbl beeswax  ( I use the small pellets)

3 Tbl baking soda

2 Tbl arrowroot powder/ or substitute with cornflower

20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

10 drops of Tee tree ESsential Oil

In a double broiler or bowl placed in pan of water over medium heat, bring the water to slightly boil.

Add the Shea butter and Coconut oil to the top bowl . Once she Butter and coconut oil melt add the beeswax and stir until all ingredients are liquid.  Remove the bowl from heat and quickly add the arrowroot and baking soda. Add the essential oils stirring to combine all ingredients.

pour the deodorant into a 4 oz Mason jar.

The deodorant will solidify as it cools.  I use about a Dime size amount and just rub under arms and its not sticky and smells good!

Enjoy this Healthy Natural deodorant without all the chemicals!


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Owie Blend (spray)

Good for those little cuts and scratches!


Ingredients:  Essential Oils

  • 15 drops of Melaleuca
  • 15 drops of Lavender
  • 5 drops Frankincense

Top off 1-2 oz spray bottle with FCO(Fractionated coconut oil) and shake gently.  Great for kids and Adults!  No additives or chemicals and it smells wonderful!

Author- Pamela Marston.  Photos- Pamela Marston


Owie Blend Spray

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Wood Polish