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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 […]

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 […]

still *more* things to do with fire cider

still *more* things to do with fire cider

(If you’re just joining this series, you’ll find a fire cider recipe here to get you started and other recipes using fire cider here… If you’re back for more, welcome back!) Yes, there are still more amazing ways to use fire cider. Here are a […]

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 […]

*other* ways to use fire cider

*other* ways to use fire cider

If you’re like I was, you were very excited the first time you made fire cider. I visualized my highest possible health as I washed, peeled, and minced my ingredients. I imagined wellness itself steeping in that beautiful Mason jar. I was positively dizzy with […]

fire cider for fall

fire cider for fall

Let me begin by reminding you that I am not a health care professional (nor am I into pretending to be one). So I won’t suggest I know how to protect you from everything that might infect you this autumn. I’m no master of my […]

browned buttery roasted butternut with sage

browned buttery roasted butternut with sage

While the rest of the world is losing itself over Pumpkin Spice Everything, I’m just happy to be in the season when people open their hearts and mouths to actual, real-life edible gourds. If you’re a regular consumer of organic squash, you’re probably already aware […]

almond coconut cocoa not

almond coconut cocoa not

Let me begin by saying I am an Only Child. Despite a big heart and a sensitive soul, I can be a real brat. [Not on the daily. Here and there. But still. Only Child. Where the “O” and the “C” are capitalized no matter […]

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 […]

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 […]


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