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creamy exfoliating facial scrub

creamy exfoliating facial scrub

While I love the wonderful facial cleansers I have on hand of my own making, I recently found myself hankering for a facial scrub without sugar, coffee, or salt that feels like the facial scrub I left behind years ago. The name rhymes with Ain’t Hives…. I loved that scrub for years […]

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 […]

put essential oils in ALL the things! (yeah, NO.)

put essential oils in ALL the things! (yeah, NO.)

So, this is me sitting in my house on a quiet Sunday morning. The sun is casting wide beams of warmth and light across my living room and my dogs are blissfully ensconced, each on a dog bed in their own respective beam, at various places on […]

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 […]

bright blessings from the heart of winter: thyme-infused honey

bright blessings from the heart of winter: thyme-infused honey

Happy New Year, friends! I’m just poking my head out of my hibernation cave to offer the first “hello!” of 2015. As is my nature, I am hunkered down in contemplative mode making plans for the new year, assessing strides against last year’s goals, and tending to […]

fragrant herbal body powders

fragrant herbal body powders

As a treat for the holidays, I’m sharing some recipes to help you craft natural, handmade gifts for friends, loved ones, hostesses, and distant cousins… Today, it’s all about herbal body powders… First, your BASE recipe (aka natural body powder!): 1/2 oz. Arrowroot Powder 1 […]

sublime organic facial cleansers for all skin types

sublime organic facial cleansers for all skin types

So simple to make and so incredibly amazing. Hurray for wild and wise, natural and intentional, pure and simple goodness for our faces! Compared to over-the-counter cleansers laden with long lists of complicated, synthetic ingredients that tend to strip skin, the natural and organic facial cleansers offered […]

aromatic melt & pour soaps

aromatic melt & pour soaps

Few DIY projects are as easy as making your own aromatic melt-and-pour soaps — just about anyone can do it, you don’t need many special supplies, and the resulting products are superior in quality and fragrance to most store-bought soaps. You can create unique blends […]

old-fashioned spiced elderberry syrup

old-fashioned spiced elderberry syrup

No elderberry syrup in your house? The best day to make it is yesterday: you want it on hand for sniffles, sneezes, and the almost inevitable immune fatigue that comes in colder weather. This little kitchen witch loves elder for its many offerings (wood, flowers, berries) […]

luscious aromatic lotion bars

luscious aromatic lotion bars

Free recipe time! I’m sharing my recipe for my all-time favorite lotion bars with my most popular essential oil combinations. Choose from a simple lavender scent or sweet, floral fragrance… or go with our savvy traveler’s secret weapon: a lotion bar perfect for the airplane and airport with its antimicrobial, […]

invigorating vanilla mocha morning shower scrub

invigorating vanilla mocha morning shower scrub

It’s the holidays. Time to start handmaking ALL the things, y’all. This recipe is pure indulgence–and the perfect treat for an early morning shower for the mocha or latte lover in your life. Vanilla Mocha Coffee & Sugar Scrub The Vanilla Mocha Coffee & Sugar Scrub smells […]

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 […]


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