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clearing, purifying, and cleaning at imbolc

clearing, purifying, and cleaning at imbolc

While some people will be watching a groundhog on February 2nd, many pagans will be preparing to celebrate the waning winter and the imminent return of spring at Imbolc, also known as Candlemas or Brigid’s Feast. Imbolc raises our energy in anticipation of spring and celebrates […]

lots of little big things

lots of little big things

It’s dark by 4 PM and the paths are crisp and frozen. Seasonal creeks are still and the lake rests quietly at an edge deep from its summer banks. The garden sleeps like a bear, quietly holding seeds and promise for next year under a […]

blood moon body butter

blood moon body butter

Sister moon, so bright and high Casting shadows here and nigh Swallowed swift in shadow burning Red with blood and boiling yearning. Fear of change and angst resurface Struggling blind to grasp my purpose Thrashing forth and back by years Standing still in age old fears. Mystic quiet […]

a few of my favorite things right now

a few of my favorite things right now

There’s LOTS to love in the world of aromatherapy and herbalism. While I always have “favorites”, I find myself turning to new essential oils at different times depending upon both my mood and my clients’ needs, new books turn up that capture my attention and “old” […]

untamed fact #24 (tamanu)

untamed fact #24 (tamanu)

Did you know that Tamanu (Calophyllum inophyllum) oil (also called Foraha) is a different color dependent upon the season it was sourced? The oil can range in color from a deep, muddy green to a bright, caramel orange! Tamanu is exceptionally supportive of skin healing and balance. It […]

aromatic vignettes: storytelling, aromatherapy, and transformation

aromatic vignettes: storytelling, aromatherapy, and transformation

first, about “storytelling” One of the core tenets at the heart of Untamed Alchemy holds that we have responsibility for the quality of our lives. The philosophy emphasizes that we are all creators who work with seemingly mundane ingredients in everyday circumstances to yield something wholly new that […]

what’s in a name? who’s who and what’s what in aromatherapy titles and acronyms

what’s in a name? who’s who and what’s what in aromatherapy titles and acronyms

NOTE: The post that appeared here is being vetted with industry experts, membership organizations, and colleagues as it’s clear now that there were a number of clarifications needed, corrections required, and inadvertent omissions in the original post. The post will be back when the kind souls […]

the great debate: internal use

the great debate: internal use

In my meanderings through various Facebook groups, professional communities, and coffee clutch conversations of late I find more and more conversations about — and contention surrounding — the internal use of essential oils. Questions surrounding safe use of essential oils come faster — and are sometimes responded to more […]

mooning over love: fragrances, foods, and flavors to excite and celebrate your beloved

mooning over love: fragrances, foods, and flavors to excite and celebrate your beloved

Ah, lurve. Few things are more fun to elevate and celebrate with oils, herbs, and food than sweet, sweet love. Whereas many of the best parts of love are arguably intangible, love is still very much informed by our senses — especially in the physical expression […]

hitting the road for discovery & connection

hitting the road for discovery & connection

I’ve been busy of late fulfilling orders, researching new products, testing new recipes, and finalizing the Winter, 2014 catalog that will feature many of Untamed Alchemy’s new creations. As a result, I’m thrilled that the next few days provide a much needed break from my desk […]

untamed fact #23 (chemotypes)

untamed fact #23 (chemotypes)

Individual essential oils can present with unique chemical compositions dependent upon details like their source location, climate conditions during the source plant’s growth cycle, and so on. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is an excellent example of an essential oil with a variety of potential chemotypes: you’ll […]

aromatherapy for grief & loss

aromatherapy for grief & loss

Can I be completely honest with you? The last two years have been doozies. I mean pick-you-up-and-throw-you-down fire walks. In the first year I lost my job at a place that held my heart and my core relationships. I went from being surrounded by people […]



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