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Mooning over the New Moon in Sagittarius – December 2017

Mooning over the New Moon in Sagittarius – December 2017

If you follow me on social media, you already know that this witch worships most meaningfully at the New Moon. Each New Moon brings new opportunities to go deep and invites fresh intentions for deliberate engagement with my life. I’m always excited about a New […]

The Good, The Grim, and The Wild: Reaping & Making at the Autumn Equinox

The Good, The Grim, and The Wild: Reaping & Making at the Autumn Equinox

Welcome, sacred and soulful time. Embrace us, holy moment of temperance. Twist us, dark and light. Bury us wholly beneath shadow and soul. Tear us in two between what was and what will be. We are eager to atone. We are prepared to reconcile and […]

about the new site

about the new site

Hello, friends! If you’ve been visiting The Untamed Alchemist on the web for some time and just returned, you’ve doubtless noticed a few changes… The site has been updated to offer a more user-friendly experience, improved functionality, and new features. (Helloooo, printable recipes!) Many of […]

quickening in the dark

quickening in the dark

Sleet taps the windows like a hundred hungry children as wind whips the house with a howl. The dead of winter is not dead at all, but alive and thrashing with an unholy chill. Change is coming, but it may not be spring, not the […]

making time for maker’s day

making time for maker’s day

I’m a big fan of Stuff That Works. Stuff That Works is the stuff that we all do to make our lives easier, better, more lovely, less challenging. I enjoy lots of Stuff That Works: aromatic baths for stress, walks in nature to clear my […]

botany, a poem by berton braley

botany, a poem by berton braley

Botany There should be no monotony In studying your botany; It helps to train  And spur the brain– Unless you haven’t gotany. It teaches you, does Botany, To know the plants and spotany,  And learn just why They live or die– In case you plant […]

full disclosure: i’ve got nothin’ but love

full disclosure: i’ve got nothin’ but love

After the interwebnet put my words on the wind and made a wee blog post go more than a little viral in 2015, an associate commented that it must be exciting to be making money off of this blog thanks to all the new “views.” […]

emerging essences: energetics of early spring blooms

emerging essences: energetics of early spring blooms

Over the next few weeks, many gardens will be dotted with the emergence of the earliest spring blooms, most notably many perennial bulbs. On our farm in the Idaho panhandle , we can expect to see a number of flowers, from hyacinth and crocus to narcissus and daffodils, emerging with fresh […]

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 […]

titles, and credentials, and consumer confusion…oh my!

titles, and credentials, and consumer confusion…oh my!

Insight into titles and credentials in aromatherapy from Lora Cantele, author of The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness and editor/publisher of the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapists (IJPHA), If you aren’t already subscribed to the IJPHA, I encourage you to […]

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 […]

an interesting caution about EOs and laundry

an interesting caution about EOs and laundry

The good folks at the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy (IJPHA) shared some interesting information that came out of England regarding essential oils and laundry. While the information is dated 2012, considering the current surge in general essential oil use and, particularly, essential oil use […]



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