essential oils & aromatherapy

Siberian Fir Melt-and-Pour Guest Soaps

Siberian Fir Melt-and-Pour Guest Soaps

Guests always comment on the quality and aroma of our hand soaps. Both the foaming hand soaps we have at our kitchen sink or the guest soaps we have in the guest bath garner all kinds of comments. People unanimously love well-crafted aromatic soaps. Few […]

Cardamom and Sweet Orange Beeswax Candles

Cardamom and Sweet Orange Beeswax Candles

I’m on a bit of a tear with cardamom and sweet orange essential oils. For one thing, cardamom and sweet orange essential oils smell incredible together. For another thing, I accidentally have too much of each. What to do? Indulge some aromatic beeswax candles! Honestly, […]

Whipped Vanilla Jasmine Shea Butter

Whipped Vanilla Jasmine Shea Butter

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of whipped Shea butter myself–if I’m going to enjoy Shea I’ll typically blend it into a cream or body butter. (The one exception: I lurve whipped Shea butter on my dry, cracked hands!) But I have a dear friend […]

Cocoa & Vanilla Tub Truffles

Cocoa & Vanilla Tub Truffles

What the hell are tub truffles? Tub truffles are basically candy for your skin. Tub truffles are tiny “bath candies” designed to add yumminess and skin-nourishing oils to your bath. We call them “tub truffles” because they smell like chocolate (thanks to the cocoa butter) […]

Nourishing Face Serum

Nourishing Face Serum

Real talk: I’m thinking I could use some TLC for my face this winter. Between brutally cold winds and, you know, my age, I want more than just cream for my face in my natural medicine cabinet. It’s time for Nourishing Face Serum, y’all. Thankfully, […]

Midnight Sun Bath & Body Scrub

Midnight Sun Bath & Body Scrub

It’s been a bit cold (and energetically frosty) here, y’all. With a construction crew tearing up my kitchen and the sun hiding all day after a late rise with an early set, I find myself hankering for some aromatherapy sunshine. My remedy? Heartwarming, uplifting, strengthening, […]

Fragrant Foaming Hand Soaps

Fragrant Foaming Hand Soaps

There’s something incredibly satisfying about crafting your own cleaning products. I vividly remember the first time I made a foaming hand cleanser–I felt like a sorceress when the fragrant foam came out. Considering how dirty our hands get doing all the things on our farm, […]

bug off! natural bug repellents

bug off! natural bug repellents

It’s that time of year again! Ten minutes on the trail and 100 mosquito bites later, I’m reminded I need to refresh our homemade bug repellents…. We had great luck with the blend I made last year–no skeeter or tick bites all season! (PHEW.) I […]

sweet, fragrant milk & honey: an aromatic bath for imbolc

sweet, fragrant milk & honey: an aromatic bath for imbolc

The pagan festival of Imbolc, also known as the feast of Brigid, marks the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Celebrating the return of the light, it falls at the time when livestock begin giving birth to their young and milk begins […]

pine cone fire starters

pine cone fire starters

Between local minds and the farmer’s almanac, rumor has it the winter of  2016-2017 will be a particularly cold and wet one in our little slice of the inland northwest. To wit, we rallied early this year to keep the home fires burning in our […]

soothing calendula salt scrub

soothing calendula salt scrub

This is a wonderful relaxing, anti-inflammatory scrub for the tub that looks and smells like a bright ray of sunshine. Healing Rays Calendula Salt Scrub Whereas the coffee and sugar scrub is designed to thrill with you wonderful fragrance, this next one is anti-inflammatory, relaxing, and […]

the big, burning question, part iii of iii: my red flags

the big, burning question, part iii of iii: my red flags

This is part iii of iii in response to “what brand of essential oils I recommend,” focused on the red flags I sometimes see with potential suppliers along with one big, beautiful appeal for peace, love, and understanding… You’ll find part i, my thoughts on the […]

the big, burning question, part ii: how I choose my essential oil suppliers

the big, burning question, part ii: how I choose my essential oil suppliers

The big, burning question I so often get is, “what brand of essential oils do you recommend?” The first part of my response to the question, focused on the question itself, can be found in part i of this series here. In this post you’ll find part ii of […]

so, how DO I use essential oils?

so, how DO I use essential oils?

While I don’t use essential oils all day, every day, in ALL the things, I do use them often, in many ways, and in many things — I love essential oils. I also love hydrolats, essential waters, absolutes, CO² extracts, and carrier oils. (And herbs. […]

the big, burning question, answered (sort of), part i of iii

the big, burning question, answered (sort of), part i of iii

Of all of the questions I’m asked as an aromatherapist, the question about “which brand” of essential oils I recommend is BY FAR the most commonly posed — it’s also one of the most problematic and troublesome questions to answer. It’s especially precarious to provide a […]



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