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”

An Aromatic Meditation: Attunement

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

Aromatic Spritzers: Elegantly Effective and Affordable Aromatherapy

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

The Perfect Bath: An Act of Love

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

On-the-Go Hand Cleanser

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

The Mathematics Behind Balms & Salves

The impetus behind writing this post was my frustration in finding measurement guidelines (the mathematics) to make a balm or salve. Many recipes give specific measurements for a specific recipe and that's it--no  guidelines, no "WHY." What if I need a small quantity (e.g., 1 ounce) or a large quantity of an odd number (e.g., 23 ounces)? What if I have funky … Continue reading The Mathematics Behind Balms & Salves

Aromatic Bath Fizzies: “How To” & “Why”

Over the summer I was working with a client who I knew needed to get back into the tub. This person used to take baths galore, but ceased to do so since moving to New York City (read: small bathroom and a not-so-ideal-sized bathtub). I needed to deliver a synergy of essential oils to her … Continue reading Aromatic Bath Fizzies: “How To” & “Why”

Mouth-rinse: Hydrosols and Xylitol

In conjunction with a toothpaste I made to help treat gum inflammation, it seemed wise to concoct a soothing mouth-rinse that could be used to: Clear any residual baking soda from the mouth. Address bleeding gums (post brushing & flossing). Freshen breath. For this, it seemed a gentle, cooling effect would be best, which is where hydrosols come into play. Which leads … Continue reading Mouth-rinse: Hydrosols and Xylitol

Toothpaste: Baking Soda, Coconut Oil, Xylitol and Essential Oils

I had a routine dental check-up in late July of 2015 and received bad news--bleeding gums on my lower-right gum-line. As you can imagine this was depressing news. Granted I don't floss as much as I should. Though I do gargle and brush, twice daily, with national brands of mouthwash and toothpaste. Obviously something had to change, like … Continue reading Toothpaste: Baking Soda, Coconut Oil, Xylitol and Essential Oils