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

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)

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

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

Contributions: Writing and Interviews

Check out articles I've written or contributed to! Stay tuned for plant profiles on my blog! Interviews: Livestrong: The Best Aromatherapy Scents for Each Room of Your House Rodale's Organic Life: The Most Versatile Essential Oils Soulveda: A Whiff of Good Health Sonic Yoga Newsletter Contributions: Alignment & Aromatherapy Honoring the Body with Restful Action

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”

Getting to Know: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow, an herb in the Asteraceae family, has been used for wound healing/vulnerary purposes since ancient times. According to folklore, Achilles (the Grecian battle hero), carried the herb while on battle campaigns to treat battle wounds. This tough (it's so tough that it grows in the incredibly damp, clay soil of my gardens!) herb can be found throughout the temperate climates of the … Continue reading Getting to Know: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

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