Clary Sage has seduced humans for centuries. Join me in the garden and by the still as we wax poetically about the virtues of the sticky, oily herb and it's divine essential oil.
Yarrow, the plant of "thousands of leaves" may bring an element of healing and protection to your life. This post includes an aromatherapy blend for a mood mist.
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)
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)
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)
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”
Over the years I have looked for different ways to help people tap into the power of plants, specifically aromatic plants and their essential oils. I learned from great teachers who wisely passed on how the most effective way to understand a plant, or an oil, and its "actions" is to sit with it. "Smell … Continue reading An Aromatic Meditation: Attunement
What Is an Aromatic Spritzer? At its simplest an aromatic spritzer is a combination of essential oils and water put into a bottle with a spray top. Spritzers for Myriad Applications What may you choose to make with a bunch of essential oils in a bottle of distilled water with a spray top? It really … Continue reading Aromatic Spritzers: Elegantly Effective and Affordable Aromatherapy
To Soak or Not to Soak? That is the Question... Soaking in a tub for 15 to 20 minutes. This was something I used to do weekly, years ago, when I practiced more common sense. Now, as a full-fledged adult, baths are something I always THINK about but never make the time for. Seriously, for … Continue reading The Perfect Bath: An Act of Love
Although it is clear nothing beats washing our hands with basic soap* and hot water, we may often find ourselves in a pinch where a portable hand cleanser would be handy (pun intended). Notice how I'm not choosing to call this a "hand sanitizer"...you can probably guess why. Instead of some drippy-drabby post that goes … Continue reading On-the-Go Hand Cleanser