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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

eat your way to independence: symbolic foods for freedom

eat your way to independence: symbolic foods for freedom

As specific holidays approach, I get an increasing number of emails from readers asking for articles, recipes, spells, and advice relevant to the upcoming holiday: aphrodisiacs before Valentine’s Day, oils and herbs for gratitude before Thanksgiving, and so on. This year, I noticed for the first time […]

bright ideas for a bold, beautiful garden

bright ideas for a bold, beautiful garden

Visitors to our Santa Fe farm often commented not only on the delicious flavor and prolific yield of our fruit and veggie gardens, but also on the enduring freshness of the items they yielded: most things stayed fresh looooong after similar store-bought items would turn or wither. We had […]

home, sweet home! we’ve arrived in idaho!

home, sweet home! we’ve arrived in idaho!

We have long loved the high desert of Santa Fe and enjoyed the more than three hundred annual days of sunshine the environment provided over the decades we called it home. Using biodynamic principles in planting, harvesting, and putting by, we were able to delight in […]

happy plants for da bees!

happy plants for da bees!

With spring showing her slip in everything from fruit blossoms to new blades of grass, lots of green thumbs are itching to get in the garden and plant in earnest. As you might imagine, I’m partial to organic, unsprayed garden gems that not only have medicinal […]

lots to like about lemon

lots to like about lemon

Most of us recognize the fresh, citrus note of Lemon: we find it used in foods (from seafood dishes to teas) and products (from bathroom scrubs to wood polish). Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil offers a broad range of therapeutic and energetic properties that support […]

safe use of essential oils

safe use of essential oils

If you subscribe to the notion that essential oils have various medicinal, therapeutic, and energetic properties, you already understand why you must approach them with reverence, respect, and care.  Said differently: if you appreciate that essential oils can powerfully impact the body, mind, and spirit, […]

dia de los muertos: an aromatherapy altar offering for the day of the dead

dia de los muertos: an aromatherapy altar offering for the day of the dead

Since January of 2013, I have lost several significant family members, human and animal alike. As Halloween 2013 approached, my thoughts turned to our altar and a means of honoring and celebrating all of them. Pagan lore holds the October 31st holiday we know as […]

five oils for fighting back against cold & flu

five oils for fighting back against cold & flu

Normally, I’d be spending the days leading up to the Autumn Equinox putting some thought and energy into summer’s transition to fall. This year, I was putting everything I had into preparations for Untamed Alchemy’s booth at the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair which happened to […]

the what & how of untamed alchemy

the what & how of untamed alchemy

Mission Generate passion for the science, history, art, lore, and magic of using natural blessings including pure essential oils, herbs, aromatics, and food for the benefit of body, mind, and spirit. Celebrate nature’s gifts by sharing pure, premium, hand- and homemade aromatherapy, herbal, and magical […]

intentional new year’s blends

intentional new year’s blends

Cheers! By the time New Year’s Eve rolls around, I am typically excited to commit to the possibilities the new year holds (not to mention eager to say goodbye to what the year-that-was held). As we roll up on New Year’s Eve in 2012, I […]

you can take these things for granted

you can take these things for granted

I find mystic delight in biology, chemistry, archetypes, and ritual. I am passionate about nature, aromatherapy, herbs and magic and LOVE educating and empowering others about them. With my classes, I am committed to providing a fun, informative, empowering, and generous learning environment that provides hands-on […]



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