DIY Flower Wreath Crowns

These DIY flower wreath crowns are an educational and fun way to be creative with plants!
 

I love spending time with my girls ~ they are so much fun! 🙂  It’s important to spend good quality time with our children and make memories!  They grow up way too fast, don’t they? 🙁 

Every summer, we go flower picking to make flower wreath crowns.  The girls choose which flowers they want, and we braid them into crowns.

They are so simple to make!

Flower Wreath Crowns 

  1. Start with 3 separate flowers
 
 
2. Begin braiding them together, making sure you braid as tightly as you can.
 

 3. When one of the stems gets short, or you just want a new flower weaved in…

 
~Add another flower to one of the stems….~

 

 
~And continue braiding~
 
4. Stick flowers in here and there to fill in empty spaces and add more color and beauty!
 
 
5. When the crowns are the size you want, twist the ends of the stems around the beginning of the wreath.
 
~And you have a beautiful flower wreath for your girls~

 

You can make this more educational by studying the flowers/herbs you choose for your wreath and whether they can be used for food or medicine! Learning about herbs can be a daily way of life. Our children’s lives may depend on this some day!
 
 

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Lemony Lemon Balm Drink

This lemony lemon balm drink is absolutely refreshing and delicious on a hot, humid day!

It was a super hot, humid day and the lemon balm in my yard was calling my name. I had never used it in a lemonade-type drink, but I just knew that it would make a refreshing drink.

And it did not disappoint! This lemony lemon balm drink is absolutely delicious!

Lemon balm is a great herb for anxiety, nervousness, and stress. It also promotes sleep and is an antiviral.

It also makes a great lemonade.

This lemony lemon balm drink is absolutely refreshing and delicious on a hot, humid day!

I simply picked a handful of leaves, steeped it into a tea and added sugar, water, and lemon juice.

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Lemony Lemon Balm Drink

Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh lemon balm or 1/4 cup dried lemon balm

8 cups water, divided

1 cup cane sugar

2 cups lemon juice

Directions

Add lemon balm to 2 cups of boiling water. Cover with lid, remove from burner, and steep for 20 minutes.

Strain lemon balm into a 2 quart jar or pitcher, stir in sugar until dissolved.

Add lemon juice.

Fill jar with ice and water.

3 Home Remedies For Sunburns

  SUNBURN
 

Sunburns can ruin a vacation and lay a person out of work for days. Not only can a bad sunburn damage the skin, it’s just plain miserable

I don’t burn too often these days because my skin is pretty used to the sun, but sometimes we find ourselves out in the sun for an extended period of time and realize we have a bad burn on our hands!

Here are a few easy home remedies for sunburns that will bring relief and keep the skin from blistering. The key is to apply them often (hourly – depending on how bad the burn is) for the first few days and throughout the day every day after that until the skin is no longer red. If I’m going to be away from the house while dealing with a sunburn, I make sure to carry one of these remedies with me.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar contains vital trace elements and minerals, plus beneficial enzymes. It is believed to help balance the skin’s ph levels, making it an effective remedy for sunburns. Only the raw vinegar with the “mother” contains these healing properties, so I personally don’t use the processed kind at the stores. I buy this kind of ACV!

Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

There are a couple of different ways you can use apple cider vinegar for sunburns. 1. Add 2 cups of ACV into a bath and soak at least 20 minutes.  Repeat if pain returns.  2.Place vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the sunburned areas as often as needed. Use a washcloth or cotton balls to apply to face.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is a cooling essential oil. It also contains menthol, which provides a natural numbness for painful, burned skin. Buy peppermint oil here or here.

  1. Mix 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil into 1/4 a cup of olive or coconut oil.
  2. Apply as often to the sunburn as needed. This is very cooling and soothing.

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3. Aloe Vera

We’re all familiar with the wonderful aloe vera plant.  If you have a plant, scrape the insides of the leaves and apply, or keep a bottle of aloe vera gel on hand to use as often as needed.

 It’s best, of course, to not be exposed to the sun long enough to burn, but if you know you’ll be in the direct sun for a long time, considering purchasing a natural sunscreen. Find my favorite sunscreen here.

What are your favorite remedies for sunburns?

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*This post has been updated from its original publishing on July 12, 2012.