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German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

German chamomile essential oil is distilled from the flowers of Matricaria recutita and often grown and distilled for its essential oil in Hungary as well as other parts of Eastern Europe, North America and Australia. Native to temperate parts of Eurasia, M. recutita best expresses itself when grown in this type of terroir. As many … Continue reading German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas)

Lavandula stoechas in full bloom on the Long Island coast. Lavandula stoechas is classified in the mint (Lamiaceae) family and native to the Mediterranean basin. It is a compact perennial shrub with linear gray-green leaves. Its characteristically dark purple flowers, topped by purple bracts, are on dense, oblong spikes reaching to 1.25” long. Unlike its … Continue reading Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas)

Your Other | Wild Side

Have you ever stumbled upon a piece of genius that stopped you in your tracks and uplifted you so much that it stayed with you and you chewed on it, ruminated on it for so long that it almost became you? That recently happened to me as I was searching for poems that mentioned Basil … Continue reading Your Other | Wild Side

Meditation: A Guide to Your Tactile Sense

When is the last time you really paid attention to your sense of touch? Not necessarily giving a big hug or receiving a fabulous massage; something more nuanced then that. Really tuning into your inner workings as well as what is going on around you. Simply paying attention to your body-mind-soul... just... BEING. Join me … Continue reading Meditation: A Guide to Your Tactile Sense

Meditation: A Guide to Your Aural Sense

Here. Now. At this moment you have the power to glean information about what you need by paying attention to your body in its surroundings and your response to those surroundings. Needs, not wants. What do you need more or less of? When is the last time you paid attention to your sense of hearing? … Continue reading Meditation: A Guide to Your Aural Sense

Shells: A Haiku & Ruminations

Many things may be found along Earth's shorelines, where rocks and sand meet the rolling waters edge. Shells, rocks, washed up garbage. All sorts of detritus. Shells. I don't think of them as detritus. More like mysterious beauties shrouded in juxtapositions: seemingly solid yet often easily crushed. Hard minerals yet ephemeral. Light in weight but … Continue reading Shells: A Haiku & Ruminations

Squeaky Clean: DIY Body Polishes (Sugar Scrubs)

What Is a Sugar Scrub? Sugar scrubs may be made of two simple ingredients: sugar and a nut/seed oil like sunflower oil. You may choose to “amp up” a scrub with botanical ingredients, including essential oils but you don’t need to in order to reap the benefits. Sugar scrubs are also known as "Body Polishes," … Continue reading Squeaky Clean: DIY Body Polishes (Sugar Scrubs)

Earth Day: On Plants and Their “USES”

In deference to Earth Day the following is a reflection on a common relationship many of us humans may have with plants. It may be human nature or a cultural thing; what ever it is I've tried to stop doing it for a few years now. The "thing" being us humans thinking in terms of … Continue reading Earth Day: On Plants and Their “USES”