Plant Talk: German Chamomile

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 Plant Talk: German Chamomile

Plant Talk: Spanish Lavender

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 Plant Talk: Spanish Lavender

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)

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